Philippine Senate approves National Bible Day observance

Philippine Senate approves National Bible Day observance

Joe Torres, Manila-UCANews - Activities

The Philippine Senate has approved a bill that will declare the last Monday of January each year as "National Bible Day" to celebrate the Christian faith and reflect on the Scriptures.The bill was tabled by boxing champion-turned-senator Manny Pacquiao. "National Bible Day" would allow Christians "to unite and celebrate the Holy Bible as the cradle of the Christian faith," said the senator.

Why is the Mona Lisa smiling? You asked Google – here’s the answer

Why is the Mona Lisa smiling? You asked Google – here’s the answer

David Colman - The Guardian - Expressions

Of all the world’s enigmatic works of art, it is probably the Mona Lisathat people are the most curious about. And indeed, it is hard to imagine why a 77x53cm painting on a piece of wood might be worth more than double the £340m paid for Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi last year. So – why is she worth so much? Why is she so famous? Why is she smiling? There are answers – but they only tell you so much.

Sri Lankans mourn Buddhist monk who dies after elephant attack

Sri Lankans mourn Buddhist monk who dies after elephant attack

Kingsley Karunaratne, Colombo-UCANews - Ecumenism

Venerable Wimalarathana Thera attempted to build interreligious harmony in post-civil war Sri Lanka. He was also the vice president of the Congress of Religions, a body of national religious leaders.Retired Archbishop Oswald Gomis, a member of the Congress of Religions, said that Venerable Wimalarathana Thera was associated with good number of Catholic priests, Anglican ministers and also Muslims and Hindus.

 


THE SHOCK OF THE NEW

THE SHOCK OF THE NEW

Brendan Walsh - The Tablet - Church Issues

“It’s something I’ve lived; something I’ve experienced,” he says simply. “You can’t teach unless you’re ready to learn. And you can’t learn unless you’re ready to listen. And what the Pope does so dramatically in Amoris is to show, through the whole of Scripture, in one story after another, how God has chosen family life as a privileged way in which we see who God is and what God is doing.”

Commentary to the 1st Sunday of lent –Year B–

Commentary to the 1st Sunday of lent –Year B–

Fr. Fernando Armellini - http://bibleclaret.org - Homilies

Every year, on the first Sunday of Lent, the gospel is on the temptations of Jesus in the desert. Mark refers to them very briefly, and uses two verses (vv. 12-13) to explain them. In front of these few lines some preachers are struggling to outline the homily.

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