Dementia Prayer Week 12th – 19th March 2020
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Dementia Prayer Week 12th – 19th March 2020

For those who are hearing about it for the first time; this week was inspired by people with dementia -so deep was their spiritual thirst.We carry on this work by inviting you to  take part in Dementia Prayer Week, one or every day. Source: Redemptorists Publications Read more

Giving up Mass for Lent
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Giving up Mass for Lent

In various parts of the world, especially perhaps in Asia, bishops have cancelled Sunday Masses and other gatherings as a preventative measure against the spread of the coronavirus that causes Covid-19, a potentially fatal infection that seems headed to becoming a pandemic. It is disappointing, but sadly not too surprising, to see how many Catholics…

Africa: A Prayer for the Corona Virus Emergency
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Africa: A Prayer for the Corona Virus Emergency

Nairobi (Agenzia Fides) – “We express our sympathy for and solidarity with those who are infected and affected by this strange epidemic and pray that an effective and affordable treatment of this disease may soon be found. In the meantime, we strongly urge our people to adopt the highest level of preventive measures to curb…

Pope Video March 2020 – For Catholics in China
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Pope Video March 2020 – For Catholics in China

Today, the Church in China looks to the future with hope. The Church wants Chinese Christians to be truly Christians, and to be good citizens. They should promote the Gospel, but without engaging in proselytism, and they need to achieve the unity of the divided Catholic community. Let us pray together that the Church in…

Cape Town, South Africa: Taizé Pilgrimage of Trust
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Cape Town, South Africa: Taizé Pilgrimage of Trust

Catholic Archbishop Stephen Brislin welcomed us the first day and Anglican Archbishop Thabo Makgoba closed the event on the last day of the gathering. Other faith leaders also attended on various days. On the last day, we attended church services with our host families, and after lunch the families took us to the bus for…

U.K.: Cardinal Vincent Nichols on the Journey of Lent – through Art
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U.K.: Cardinal Vincent Nichols on the Journey of Lent – through Art

For the beginning of Lent, Cardinal Vincent Nichols offers reflections on this painting in the National Gallery by the Italian artist Giovanni Battista Cima da Conegliano titled ‘The Incredulity of Saint Thomas’. It was commissioned in 1497 for the altar in the Church of San Francesco in northern Venice. During Lent we walk a path…

Way of the Cross – Journeying with Refugees and Migrants
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Way of the Cross – Journeying with Refugees and Migrants

Pray with the Lord, journey with Refugees and Migrants Download Way of the Cross Source: Jesuit Refugee Service

Lent: Asceticism Rediscovered
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Lent: Asceticism Rediscovered

At a surface level, asceticism (the constellation of the practices of voluntary self-denial such as fasting from food) does not hold much attraction for us today. In the film version of The Da Vinci Code, the crazy and murderous albino monk, Silas is depicted whipping himself and wearing a chain wrapped around his leg that he…

Lent in Black and White – A Reflection
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Lent in Black and White – A Reflection

Two centuries after Nieuw Amsterdam had become New York, a treat still somewhat unique to that city was born, the black and white cookie. It is coated half-and-half with dark and light frosting. Though when I was a kid I gave up eating them during Lent, those cookies are an apt symbol for the season….

Mount St Bernard Abbey, U.K.: Film ‘Outside the City’ Documents Life in Monastery
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Mount St Bernard Abbey, U.K.: Film ‘Outside the City’ Documents Life in Monastery

Hamer said: “I’ve been working on this film for four years now. I first heard about the monastery during the filming of my previous documentary Dear Albert which is about recovery from addiction, as many local addicts attend the abbey for spiritual retreats. I found the abbey such an interesting place and I knew I…

Recent Cameroon Massacre: Bishop George Nkuo (Kumbo) Declares Day of Prayer and Mourning
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Recent Cameroon Massacre: Bishop George Nkuo (Kumbo) Declares Day of Prayer and Mourning

“On Friday 14th February 2020, the military invaded Ngarbuh at 4 a.m. and we are told that twenty-four (24) people were killed among whom were pregnant women and little children,” Bishop George Nkuo of Cameroon’s Kumbo diocese has, “reliably informed,” recounted in his February 18 letter. “Some of the victims were burnt alive and several others…

A Closer Look at the Sermon on the Mount
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A Closer Look at the Sermon on the Mount

Whatever be its ecclesial provenance, from its content and inner structure Matthew’s Sermon on the Mount is evidently aimed at presenting an authoritative portrait of Christian discipleship. After a description of Jesus’s introductory healing ministry the scene is set in his ascending the hill and solemnly sitting down to address his disciples and the crowd…