The believers’ reflection on the fate of Mary after death continued to grow over the centuries. It led to the belief in her assumption and, on 1 November 1950, to the papal definition: “The Immaculate Conception Mother of God ever Virgin, finished the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory.” What does this dogma mean?
We don’t live on bread alone. Jesus told us that. Our soul too needs to be fed and its food is affirmation, recognition, and blessing. Every one of us needs to be healthily affirmed when we do something well so as to have resources within us with which to affirm others.
The island's rehabilitation, however, is also affecting longtime residents like Estelita. She and her family are being driven away from the only place they know as home. "Where will we go? We were born here. This is all we got," she said upon receiving a notice of eviction from authorities.
Five-time Tamil Nadu chief minister was a champion of religious minorities and oppressed groups. Church leaders in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu have expressed condolences at the death of Muthuvel Karunanidhi, a five-time state chief minister who supported freedom of religion despite being an atheist.
The Vatican’s director of astronomy and Tablet columnist SJ has called on Scottish Catholics to take back science from atheists and secularists. In a talk entitled “Adventures of a Vatican Astronomer” at the Lauriston Jesuit Centre in Edinburgh, Consolmagno reminded his audience of Scotland’s long history in science.