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Commentary to the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year C

Commentary to the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year C

Fr. Fernando Armellini - Homilies, Sat, Oct 12th 2019

A new light brightened only in the mind and heart of the Samaritan: he understood that Jesus was more than a healer. In his act of salvation, the leper captured the message of God. He, the heretic who did not believe in the prophets, had surprisingly intuited that God has sent him, whom the prophets announced: He opens the eyes of the blind, the deaf hear, the lame walk, the dead are raised to life and the lepers are made clean (Lk 7:22).

Newman the parish pastor

Newman the parish pastor

Teresa Morgan - The Tablet - Ecumenism, Sun, Oct 13th 2019

The church of St Mary and St Nicholas in Littlemore, just outside Oxford, is to this day much as Newman designed it in the 1830s. Parishioners still remember their preacher and benefactor in vivid stories passed down through the generations from those who knew him. 

Pope commends nuns for ‘standing on front line’ against human trafficking.

Pope commends nuns for ‘standing on front line’ against human trafficking.

Inés San Martín - CruxNow - Development, Mon, Oct 14th 2019

Speaking to a network of religious sisters that helps human trafficking victims, Pope Francis on Thursday told them to work closely with the local church, because this is necessary for their project to be successful. “I want to reiterate that the journey of consecrated life, both female and male, is the path of ecclesial insertion,” Francis said.

Commentary to the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time –Year C

Commentary to the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time –Year C

Fr. Fernando Armellini - Homilies, Sat, Oct 19th 2019

Prayer must not be a way to force God to do our will. Why are we invited to turn to him with insistence? What is the meaning of prayer? To these questions, Jesus responds today with a parable (vv. 1-5) and with application to the life of the community (vv. 6-8). The parable starts with the presentation of personages.

Pope Francis steps up his campaign for immigrants

Pope Francis steps up his campaign for immigrants

Robert Mickens, Rome - La Croix International - Development, Thu, Oct 17th 2019

"Xenophobia and aporophobia today are part of a populist mentality that leaves no sovereignty to the people. Xenophobia destroys the unity of a people, even that of the people of God." No one who has been following the activities of Pope Francis these past six or so years will be surprised by this condemnation of distain for foreigners and the poor.

The Arrival of Refugees, Old and New

The Arrival of Refugees, Old and New

Ron Rolheiser, OMI - Articles, Fri, Oct 18th 2019

The religious congregation to which I belong, the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, has had a long relationship with the indigenous peoples of North America. Admittedly it hasn’t always been without its shortcomings on our side, but it has been a sustained one, constant through more than one hundred and fifty years. I write this out of the archives of that history.

Vietnam’s largest pastoral center inaugurated

Vietnam’s largest pastoral center inaugurated

ucanews reporter, Hai Phong - Vietnam - Activities, Fri, Oct 18th 2019

A centuries-old diocese in northern Vietnam that has suffered much religious persecution has officially opened its first pastoral center to meet religious needs for local Catholics. The newly built Pastoral Center of Hai Phong Diocese was formally inaugurated on Oct. 4 by Archbishop Joseph Nguyen Chi Linh, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Vietnam.