Synodality – A Reflection by  Fr Guido Gockel MHM
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Synodality – A Reflection by Fr Guido Gockel MHM

THE ROAD TOGETHER On Oct. 10, 2021, Pope Francis formally opened the “Synod 2021-2023”.Some of you may well wonder what this is all about. What is a synod? The Church’s governing structure is pyramidal, which means that the Pope is the head, followed by the cardinals as the next rank, then the bishops, and priests….

‘Science should be for the Glory of God’ – Vatican Astronomer Guy Consalmagno SJ
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‘Science should be for the Glory of God’ – Vatican Astronomer Guy Consalmagno SJ

Br. Guy Consolmagno has an incredible job. He is the Pope’s astronomer at the Vatican Observatory. Most people do not even know that the Vatican has an official astronomical observatory with telescopes in Italy and the USA. The Vatican and astronomy have a long history dating all the way back to 1582 and the Gregorian…

Francis of Assisi Universal Brother: Further Exploration of Fratelli Tutti
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Francis of Assisi Universal Brother: Further Exploration of Fratelli Tutti

What does universal love look like in practice? In Fratelli tutti, Pope Francis offers today’s gospel, the parable of the Good Samaritan, and the life of today’s saint, Francis of Assisi as examples … so today seems like a good day to study the encyclical again! Source: Thinkingfaith Continue reading

Book Launch: Future of African Theology
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Book Launch: Future of African Theology

The new book, Fr. Opongo said, “investigates the role of the Church in contemporary society, pastoral challenges, and propositions on how the Church could respond to them.” “The book is therefore an African Theology reader, introducing both Africans and international scholars to the diverse perspectives of African theology,” the Jesuit Priest said during the September…

October Extraordinary Mission Month- World Mission Church!
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October Extraordinary Mission Month- World Mission Church!

Simply put, we are the world’s encounter with God. We are God’s gift to the world. And when we act otherwise, we are betraying our vocation. So, how should we act? Does being the incarnation of God’s mission today mean we should be God’s recruiting agents? No. Jesus did not proselytize. Usually when he healed…

USA: Breaking the Spell
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USA: Breaking the Spell

As you might imagine, the suggestion that “America Needs Catholicism” was not received enthusiastically by letter writers to the Times. One correspondent asked where the Church had been in the 1920s and 1930s during the advent of European fascism. A fair question, to be sure, but one that ignores how the Church became an outspoken and…

Saint Augustine
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Saint Augustine

Augustine’s faith was essentially a thinking faith, endeavouring to bring together the belief of his heart and the abilities of his mind. This is well illustrated by the fact that his favourite verse from scripture was a [mis]quotation from Isaiah 7:9, ‘If you do not believe, then you will not understand.’ Faith seeks understanding: faith…

The Bread of Life – John 6
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The Bread of Life – John 6

Mass-goers in year B of the lectionary cycle, when Mark is the gospel regularly read on Sundays, might be taken aback on the 17th Sunday of the year when John’s Gospel takes over once the story comes to the feeding of the five thousand. For the following five successive Sundays, we have readings from John…

Mission in Ministry 2021: Towards a Theology of Safeguarding
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Mission in Ministry 2021: Towards a Theology of Safeguarding

Reflection on a Presentation given by Dr Marcia Bunge “Towards a Theology of Safeguarding “August 2021 “What is the significance of a robust and biblically based theology of childhood for safeguarding children, strengthening theology and empowering action?” The NBSCCCI (National Board for Safeguarding Children Catholic Church Ireland) continues to explore a Theology of Safeguarding through…