Pope Francis on Saint Charles de Foucauld: ‘Focus on his Joy’
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Pope Francis on Saint Charles de Foucauld: ‘Focus on his Joy’

Speaking off-the-cuff, the Pope said Charles de Foucauld’s spirituality helped him personally when he was studying theology. “He helped me overcome my crises and find a more simple, less Pelagian path of Christian life which is closer to the Lord.” The Pope concluded his speech by inviting the group to focus on St. Charles’ joy,…

Canonisation of First Indian Layperson
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Canonisation of First Indian Layperson

Indian Christians are delighted after the country’s first lay Catholic, Blessed Lazarus, popularly known as Devasahayam, was declared a saint at the Vatican. Pope Francis canonized Devasahayam along with nine others during a Canonization Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica on May 15 as celebrations were held at several churches across India, especially in the southern Indian states…

Titus Brandsma: Journalist -Martyr
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Titus Brandsma: Journalist -Martyr

Born in 1881, Titus Brandsma was a Dutch theologian, journalist, and author, as well as ordained Carmelite priest, who forcefully opposed and spoke out against the anti-Jewish laws the Nazis were passing in Germany before World War II. In January 1942, when Germany invaded the Netherlands, he was arrested. The Nazis told the Carmelite priest that…

Titus Brandsma: Interview with Dutch Ambassador to Holy See
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Titus Brandsma: Interview with Dutch Ambassador to Holy See

Titus Brandsma is a person of many talents. As a priest, he was inspired by Teresa of Avila, Carmelite and Saint. He had an extremely positive attitude to life. As a thinker, philosopher, and mystic, he made an intellectual contribution to the social debate. As professor at and Rector Magnificus of the Catholic University of…

Charles de Foucauld: Monk – Missionary Part 2
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Charles de Foucauld: Monk – Missionary Part 2

In the run-up to the forthcoming canonisation of Charles de Foucauld on May 15th I was asked to write an article on his influence on missionary thinking, spirituality and practice for the Dutch language periodical Tijdschrift voor Geestelijk Leven. What follows is a two part translation into English. F.E. Personal experience. Like most missionaries of my…

Charles de Foucauld: Monk-Missionary Part  1
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Charles de Foucauld: Monk-Missionary Part 1

In the run-up to the forthcoming canonisation of Charles de Foucauld on May 15th I was asked to write an article on his influence on missionary thinking, spirituality and practice for the Dutch language periodical Tijdschrift voor Geestelijk Leven. What follows is a two part translation into English. F.E. Charles de Foucauld – Monk-Missionary In…

Saint Patrick’s – On Celtic Spirituality
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Saint Patrick’s – On Celtic Spirituality

In the week or so before Christmas 2007, Heritage Ireland, the body responsible for conserving and promoting Irish heritage, advertised that it would be possible to view the Winter solstice from Newgrange on its webcam. This is where the rising sun over the Boyne Valley enters this famous passage tomb in Newgrange on the days…

Pakistan: Start Beatification Process Akash Bashir
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Pakistan: Start Beatification Process Akash Bashir

Archbishop Sebastian Shaw of Lahore on March 15 accepted the nomination for the beatification of Akash Bashir, the first Servant of God in Pakistan. The 20-year-old was killed while preventing a suicide bomber from entering a crowded St. John’s Catholic Church in 2015. The canonical ceremony was followed by a memorial Mass for the seventh…

400th Anniversary of Canonisation of Saint Francis Xavier
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400th Anniversary of Canonisation of Saint Francis Xavier

From my birth until the age of seven, I was a parishioner at St Francis Xavier, Liverpool, affectionately known as ‘SFX’. I didn’t know much about Xavier then, but I did notice the stained glass windows behind the high altar. Those windows, installed around the time I was born, replaced the original mid-nineteenth century windows…

DR Congo: Setting up Shrine to Blessed Isidore Bakanja ahead of Papal Visit
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DR Congo: Setting up Shrine to Blessed Isidore Bakanja ahead of Papal Visit

Plans are underway for Catholic Bishops in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to partner with the government of the Central African nation to construct a shrine in memory of Blessed Isidore Bakanja ahead of the planned Papal visit in July. On Tuesday, March 8, representatives of the Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO) had a meeting with DRC’s…

Pakistan: First Catholic on Path to Sainthood a Youngster
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Pakistan: First Catholic on Path to Sainthood a Youngster

The first Catholic to be set on the path to sainthood in Islamic Pakistan is a young Catholic who daringly sacrificed his life at the prime age of 20. It shows a pattern that Pope Francis follows: provide newer models of faith from wider societies for Catholics of this age, and in their own cultures….