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Pope Francis encounter the Claretian Missionaries

Pope Francis encounter the Claretian Missionaries

Vatican News - Congregation, Fri, Sep 10th 2021

Vatican City. 9 September. This morning, Francis received at the Vatican the participants in the General Chapter of the Missionary Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, commonly known as Claretians, a group of about a hundred people from all over the world, representing the almost three thousand members of the Institute.

Freedom comes at a price

Freedom comes at a price

15-07-2021 The Tablet - Activities, Wed, Sep 8th 2021

The Prime Minister has announced that in England legal restrictions, for instance enforcing the wearing of masks in crowded public spaces, should be replaced by voluntary advice, leaving it up to every individual whether they comply or not. This is not going to work.

Different Ways of Being Spiritual but not Religious

Different Ways of Being Spiritual but not Religious

Ron Rolheiser, OMI - Articles, Tue, Sep 7th 2021

Nothing so much approximates the language of God as does silence. Meister Eckhart said that. Among other things, he is affirming that there is some deep inner work that can only be done in silence, alone, in private. He’s right of course, but there’s another side to this.

Return of Taliban triggers new hate wave in India

Return of Taliban triggers new hate wave in India

Nirendra Dev, New Delhi - UCANews - World Issues, Thu, Sep 9th 2021

The Indian government has been faced with a strange dilemma since the Taliban returned to power in Afghanistan. This triggered a debate about India toeing a pragmatic line and heading toward establishing formal relations with the Taliban, though the MEA said the discussions focused on safety, security and the early return of Indian nationals stranded in Afghanistan.

Commentary to the 24th Sunday in the Ordinary Time – Year B

Commentary to the 24th Sunday in the Ordinary Time – Year B

Fernando Armellini - Homilies, Sat, Sep 11th 2021

The cross is the sign of God's love and the ultimate gift of self. To carry it behind Jesus means to join him in making one self available to others, even to martyrdom. The third imperative, "follow me," does not mean "take me as a model," but share my choice, make my project yours, risk your life for the love of people, along with me. The debates about the identity of Jesus continue to this day. No one denies that he has marked the history of the world more than any other person. But not enough to cultivate this belief to be regarded as his disciples. To admire Christ is not to be his disciples.

Nothing Is As It Seems

Nothing Is As It Seems

Mariano Iacobellis, SJ - La Civiltà Cattolica - Film Review, Tue, Sep 14th 2021

French playwright Florian Zeller’s directorial debut, The Father, is an elegant and emotionally devastating chamber film which is essential viewing. Based on the play of the same name, The Father places at the center of its plot a man determined to refuse all assistance from his daughter as he ages.

Persecution against Indian Christians

Persecution against Indian Christians

Sebastian Milbank - The Tablet - Missions, Wed, Sep 15th 2021

More evidence has emerged of a relentless campaign of persecution against Indian Christians after a video was released showing a Christian woman being forced to burn an image of Jesus by a mob of Hindu extremists. In the video the men accuse the woman of being like a prostitute, claiming she was bribed to become a Christian. They tell her: “You should worship our gods and goddesses.”

Considerations on Power and International Aid Relations

Considerations on Power and International Aid Relations

Michael Kelly, SJ & Daniel Solymári - La Civiltà Cattolica - World Issues, Thu, Sep 16th 2021

This present study considers international aid, that is, the institutionalized forms by which people’s conditions are improved. It examines charity systems from the point of view of political power, starting from the concept that international aid was historically born along with the appearance of the idea of public affairs and public service, in the spirit of international relations.