Day of Prayer for Peace in Ukraine
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Day of Prayer for Peace in Ukraine

The date for the Day of Prayer has been chosen as 14 September, the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, which is celebrated in a particularly solemn way in the Eastern Rite. On Wednesday, it is envisaged that liturgies will include a prayer for peace in Ukraine during Mass, and that an opportunity…

Pope’s Prayer Intention for September: For the Abolition of the Death Penalty
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Pope’s Prayer Intention for September: For the Abolition of the Death Penalty

There are many reasons to say “NO” to the death penalty. It is not a just punishment, since it “offers no justice to victims, but rather foments revenge… And it prevents any possibility of correcting a possible miscarriage of justice.” It’s morally inadmissible, because “it destroys the most important gift we have received: life.” And,…

Levels of Resonance – A Personal Reflection
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Levels of Resonance – A Personal Reflection

THE JOY OF MISSION APPEALS: Resonance with South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, Bamenda….. Like many, I always begin my Mission appeals with self introduction of where I come from, where I studied and where I am based.  I always wish I had time to say not just my geographical and external voyage which unintentionally may evoke…

Schiermonnikoog – Grey Monks’ Island
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Schiermonnikoog – Grey Monks’ Island

A few years ago a small band of Trappist monks moved from a large – surplus to requirements – abbey near Deventer in The Netherlands to the small island of Schiermonnikoog off the northern coast. They thus revived an ancient monastic presence. (Schiermonnikoog in the local dialect means “grey monks’ island”) Their very modest small…

Pope’s Prayer Intention for August: For Small Businesses
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Pope’s Prayer Intention for August: For Small Businesses

Everyone knows that the crisis, which we have not left behind us yet, has very serious socio-economic consequences. Not only for large companies, but above all for small and medium-sized businesses, craftsmen, “stores, workshops, cleaning businesses, transportation businesses, and so many others.” Their sacrifice to find a way out of this crisis, to save their…

Saint Ignatius of Loyola: Falling in Love with God
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Saint Ignatius of Loyola: Falling in Love with God

There is a lovely quotation, attributed to St Augustine, which says that, ‘The sacred scriptures are our letters from home’. They certainly were for St Ignatius. And what do we do when we get letters from home (however that is now defined in our digital age)? We take them somewhere quiet so we can be…

Pax Christi: Online Prayer Service for DR Congo and South Sudan
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Pax Christi: Online Prayer Service for DR Congo and South Sudan

On Monday 25 July, 16h00 Rome (10 AM East Coast) join Pax Christi International and the Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation Commission of the Union of International Superiors General-Union of Superiors General (UISG-USG) for a special online prayer service for the people and environment of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and South…