A Letter from Saint Ignatius
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A Letter from Saint Ignatius

Heaven 14th March 2020, Earth time   Dear people on earth, I see you’re having a hard time finding the right attitude to the coronavirus. That’s not strange. Over the past few decades, science has made such progress that you have come to believe that a solution to every problem can be found in no…

The Raising of Lazarus
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The Raising of Lazarus

How can we begin to imagine the events in the gospel reading for the fifth Sunday of Lent from the point of view of Lazarus, raised from the dead?  Rob Marsh SJ invites us to try. ‘Death changes you. But so does life.’   It’s tough being dead – until you get used to it…

Three Lenten Narratives from the Gospel of John: The Raising of Lazarus
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Three Lenten Narratives from the Gospel of John: The Raising of Lazarus

Lent – Forgiveness and Reconciliation
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Lent – Forgiveness and Reconciliation

Perhaps this is a good time for us to reflect on how we do domestic Church, and how the great liturgical moments in the year or the great theological themes that underpin them permeate our ordinary lives. After all, we all want and need forgiveness in our lives, don’t we? Or do we? It is…

Pope Francis: Universal Call to Prayer
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Pope Francis: Universal Call to Prayer

Reflections on the Annunciation
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Reflections on the Annunciation

In many ways, then, the early chapters of Luke’s Gospel are similar in intent to the classical paintings of the Annunciation and of the other episodes in the childhood of Jesus. In those paintings Mary appears as no ordinary woman; the child is no ordinary child; and every artistic symbol is used to make sure…

Pope Francis: Current Crisis Reminds us that Humanity is a Single Community
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Pope Francis: Current Crisis Reminds us that Humanity is a Single Community

In the interview with “La Stampa”, published on Friday, Pope Francis speaks of the sorrow and pain that “everyone” is experiencing due to the coronavirus. The only way to survive this situation, he says, is by sticking together. The Pope invites us to live this moment “with penance, compassion and hope”. We need “humility”, he…

Italy: Massive Outbreak of COVID-19 in Two Convents outside Rome
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Italy: Massive Outbreak of COVID-19 in Two Convents outside Rome

In comments to Italian bishops’ conference newspaper Avvenire, Sister Bernadette Rossoni, general postulator of the Daughters of San Camillo, said that overall “we are fine,” and that three of the 40 infected nuns are hospitalized, while the others are not showing serious symptoms and are at home in the convent. While the number of infections inside…

‘Dig Deeper’ – Cardinal Vincent Nichols Announcing Suspension of Acts of Public Worship
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‘Dig Deeper’ – Cardinal Vincent Nichols Announcing Suspension of Acts of Public Worship

Austen Ivereigh on ‘Querida Amazonia: A Path to Inculturate and Transform the Church’
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Austen Ivereigh on ‘Querida Amazonia: A Path to Inculturate and Transform the Church’

On 10th March the Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat (SJES) of the Jesuits organized a webinar on Querida (Beloved) Amazonía: A Path to Inculturate and transform the Church with Austen Ivereigh, a fellow in Contemporary Church history at Campion Hall, Oxford University. Austen who has written extensively on Pope Francis as well as on many of Church documents…

Lockdown – A Song for our Time
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Lockdown – A Song for our Time

Lockdown Yes there is fear. Yes there is isolation. Yes there is panic buying. Yes there is sickness. Yes there is even death.   But, They say that in Wuhan after so many years of noise You can hear the birds again. They say that after just a few weeks of quiet The sky is…

St Jozefhuis, Oosterbeek, The Netherlands: Two Senior Lay Missionary Associates Renew Contract
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St Jozefhuis, Oosterbeek, The Netherlands: Two Senior Lay Missionary Associates Renew Contract

The customary celebration of the Feast day of St Joseph, Patron Saint of the Mill Hill Missionaries, on March 19th at St Josefhuis, Oosterbeek, this year was given an additional sparkle by the renewal of contract of two senior residents.  Jan Laarakker (*1929) and Nicolas (Ko) Klaver (*1944), two long-standing Mill Hill Missionary Associates, renewed…