Pietà Re-imagined in Times of Corona
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Pietà Re-imagined in Times of Corona

This is “Good Friday 2020” by Ukrainian Jesuit, Vyacheslav Okun, who is a professor of philosophy at the Jesuit Ignatian University in Krakow and also at the Vatican. This striking new art work is based on Caravaggio’s “The Entombment of Christ”, and is described by artist Diana Muñiz in the following way: “In this Pietà,…

Laudato Si’ Week: 16 – 24 May
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Laudato Si’ Week: 16 – 24 May

Nature is sending us a message with the coronavirus pandemic and the ongoing climate crisis, according to the UN’s environment chief, Inger Andersen. Destructive practices – such as logging, mining, industrial farming – which drive wildlife into contact with people must be reviewed. Live animal markets – an ideal mixing bowl for disease – must…

The Forgotten Pandemic – by Bill Tollan MHM
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The Forgotten Pandemic – by Bill Tollan MHM

THE FORGOTTEN PANDEMIC Recently, for some reason, I recalled a strange daily ritual that took place in the morning in the Chapel of St Joseph’s College in Mill Hill. (I was a student there from 1955 to 1959.) What was going on? At that time there were about 120 students of theology in Mill Hill,…

Beyond the Pandemic – A Challenging Reflection
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Beyond the Pandemic – A Challenging Reflection

In a world where everything seemed to be within the grasp of our own human capabilities, developments and intelligence, with our technology that supports increasingly individualistic and alienating ways of life. In dominant societies that function under the premises of quasi-autonomy, self-determination and nationalisms. There, where apparently everything was under our control and superficial relations…

The Pope Video of May: For Deacons
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The Pope Video of May: For Deacons

The new Pope Video has just been published, to make known the prayer intention that the Holy Father has entrusted to the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network. This month, it is about deacons, “the guardians of service in the Church” and of a renewed apostolate in today’s world. Pope Francis exhorts us to pray for them,…

Where is God in a Coronavirus World? – Mark Dowd, a Well-known Broadcaster, Reflects
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Where is God in a Coronavirus World? – Mark Dowd, a Well-known Broadcaster, Reflects

‘Well, if God cannot create a material world with us in it, without suffering and death, then why create at all?’ It is essentially the same dilemma facing any young couple as they ponder bringing new life into the world. They know their offspring will experience highs and lows, and they will, like all of…

Laudato Si’ and Covid-19 – a Tale of Interconnectedness
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Laudato Si’ and Covid-19 – a Tale of Interconnectedness

This year was supposed to be a year of celebration in Rome, commemorating five years since the release of Laudato si’, the papal encyclical on care for our common home. However, instead of the gratitude that ought to have characterised the marking of that anniversary, the underlying public sentiment when witnessing the unfolding events first in…

Good Shepherd Sunday
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Good Shepherd Sunday

Today is known as Good Shepherd Sunday, for the Gospel is always taken from St John, where Jesus speaks of himself as the ‘Good Shepherd’. A shepherd leads his flock and Jesus is the shepherd who leads his followers. The sheep know his voice, trust him, and will follow only him. In the same way,…

Psychological Care Guidelines During Lockdown
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Psychological Care Guidelines During Lockdown

In these last few days, we have been facing a situation that, for most of us, is new and involves a major change to our routine, work, schedule, tasks, activity and mission focus. We must adapt to a reality that has been imposed on us in a relatively unexpected way which is not easy to…

Lockdown: The Times are out of Joint
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Lockdown: The Times are out of Joint

One of the reasons I am so interested in this new public awareness of time is that I have spent the last few years working on exactly this theme with a group of people who are experts-by-experience in the philosophies of time, but whose voices are rarely heard in public debate. These voices belong to…

Worldwide Malaria more Fearsome Killer than Covid-19
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Worldwide Malaria more Fearsome Killer than Covid-19

Today, another 1,100 people will die from malaria. The number will be repeated tomorrow, and the day after. As a public health researcher, I embrace the idea that all lives have equal value. That our goal is much more to delay death than to stop death, as the latter is inevitable. Therefore as we mark this year’s…

Cardinal Ouellet: ‘Involve More Women in Formation’
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Cardinal Ouellet: ‘Involve More Women in Formation’

“I believe that for the priest, learning to relate to women in the context of formation is a humanizing factor which promotes the balance of man’s personality and affectivity,” Ouellet said in an interview in the May edition of the Donne Chiesa Mondo magazine also published on the Vatican News site April 24. In the…