Wide-Ranging Interview Pope Francis
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Wide-Ranging Interview Pope Francis

Francis, speaking about the ongoing crisis in Afghanistan, said: “I was touched by something that Chancellor [Angela] Merkel, who is one of the great figures of world politics, said in Moscow. I hope the wording is correct, but she said: ‘It is necessary to put an end to the irresponsible policy of intervening from outside…

Living the Vast Silence of Holy Saturday
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Living the Vast Silence of Holy Saturday

We don’t know what to do with it. Somehow it gets lost between the solemn exhaustion of Good Friday and the excitement of the Easter Vigil. Yet it is not an interlude between acts while the scenery changes behind the curtain. Neither is it a time when God continues to work in some other realm…

Sarawak, Malaysia: Churches Reopen for Lent
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Sarawak, Malaysia: Churches Reopen for Lent

Churches in Kuching, capital of the Malaysian state of Sarawak in Malaysia (located on the island of Borneo), have reopened their doors for Lent. As communicated to Agenzia Fides by the Archbishop of Kuching, Simon Poh, the local government has allowed the reopening of most of the churches, after more than two weeks of closure…

Singular Importance Zairean Rite Recognised
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Singular Importance Zairean Rite Recognised

But as the only inculturated form of the Eucharist after Vatican II, the Zaire Rite is hugely important. It essentially serves as a prophetic witness to Vatican II’s vision for greater liturgical adaptation, a vision that Roman authorities have largely suppressed. The point of liturgical inculturation is to support the “full and active participation” of…

Philippines: Hallowed Christmas Traditions Kept in Place
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Philippines: Hallowed Christmas Traditions Kept in Place

In the midst of the pandemic, Filipino Catholics have poured into churches for the famous Filipino Christmas tradition: the “Simbang Gabi” or “Misa del Gallo”, the mass celebrated at dawn for nine days, which begins on December 16th and ends on December 24th. At 4.00 in the morning the church bells began to ring, and…

Madame Acarie: ‘Too Greedy for Whom God is not Enough’
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Madame Acarie: ‘Too Greedy for Whom God is not Enough’

Each Sunday of Advent a short extract from the film: Une sainte qui s’ignore- Madame Acarie. MADAME ACARIE (Paris-Pontoise 1566-1618) A woman in the world, wife and mother of six children, who becomes a Carmelite, once widowed, under the name of Sister Marie of the Incarnation: beatified in 1791 by Pope Pius VI, she is…

Liturgical Inculturation in Congo Shows Gifts of the Spirit – Pope Francis
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Liturgical Inculturation in Congo Shows Gifts of the Spirit – Pope Francis

The Zaire Use is an inculturated Mass formally approved in 1988 for the dioceses of what was then known as the Republic of Zaire, now called the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in central Africa.  The only inculturated Eucharistic celebration approved after the Second Vatican Council, it was developed following a call for adaptation of the liturgy in “Sacrosanctum…

‘Quarantune’ – Philippine Music a Balm to the Soul
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‘Quarantune’ – Philippine Music a Balm to the Soul

Jesuit Communications, the Philippine Jesuits’ media arm, has released an online music video featuring Catholic choirs and musicians performing a composition by Father Eduardo Hontiveros, considered the father of Philippine liturgical music. The video, called a “Quarantune” because it was made during quarantine restrictions, was produced to boost morale among Catholics in the face of…