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Commentary to the 3rd Sunday of Easter – Year B –

Commentary to the 3rd Sunday of Easter – Year B –

Fr. Fernando Armellini - http://bibleclaret.org - Homilies, Sat, Apr 14th 2018

Wonder and fear always accompany even today, the manifestations of the Lord “in the middle” to his communities. Wonder and fear are the images of the radical changes that the apparition of the Risen Christ brings to human life. With its radiance, the light of Easter reveals the pettiness of each withdrawal to the current world and opens the minds and hearts on absolutely new reality to the world of the resurrected, world that fascinates and inspires wonder and fear, for it is God’s world.

Gaudete et Exsultate: A help for our conversion and fulfilment, not an instrument for ideological wars

Gaudete et Exsultate: A help for our conversion and fulfilment, not an instrument for ideological wars

Christopher Morgan - Catholic Voices - Church Issues, Sun, Apr 15th 2018

The day the Papal Exhortation, Gaudete et Exsultate, was released a tweet was posted noting it was probably best not to read the document trying to find lines to disagree with or delighting in how the Pope called out one’s ideological enemies. It concluded “simply read and ask the Holy Spirit to help us become holier!”

Why cannot there be another consultation to energise the Catholic faithful?

Why cannot there be another consultation to energise the Catholic faithful?

Clifford Longley - The Tablet - Articles, Thu, Apr 12th 2018

This history raises serious questions. In the quite different climate following the arrival of Pope Francis, why can’t we pick up where we left off? Why cannot there be another consultation, as thorough as the one prior to Liverpool 1980, to energise the Catholic faithful as they were energised then?

Nuns in Indian slum toil for women's dignity

Nuns in Indian slum toil for women's dignity

Saji Thomas - UCAN - Religious, Fri, Apr 13th 2018

Bishop Karotemprel, who founded the congregation in 1989, said the nuns have helped "thousands of voiceless domestic workers" like Asharf to find "their place and value in their families and society." The 84-year-old bishop said he founded the congregation to help poor women in what was a newly developing diocese. "Thousands of people were living in the slums. 

Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation “Gaudete et Exsultate” (Rejoice and be glad)

Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation “Gaudete et Exsultate” (Rejoice and be glad)

Joseph Santiago, cmf - Church Issues, Tue, Apr 17th 2018

“On the call to holiness in the contemporary world”. Much of the document was written in the second person, speaking directly to the individual reading it. "With this exhortation I would like to insist primarily on the call to holiness that the Lord addresses to each of us, the call that He also addresses, personally, to you," he wrote near the beginning. 

Why Syria's patriarchs back Assad

Why Syria's patriarchs back Assad

Samuel Lieven - La Croix International - World Issues, Wed, Apr 18th 2018

Three patriarchs — two of them Orthodox and the other Catholic — have co-signed a statement strongly condemning the Western air strikes against Syrian government positions while reasserting their support for the Assad regime and its Russian and Iranian allies.

How Pope Francis gives witness to the 'new holiness'

How Pope Francis gives witness to the 'new holiness'

Laurence Freeman - The Tablet - Articles, Thu, Apr 19th 2018

The Pope’s idea of holiness embeds a prophetic anger against the dull mediocrity of consumerist individualism but, no less, against intellectualised religiosity. In the five short, well-crafted chapters of his new exhortation Francis speaks from a Catholic pulpit but his audience is the whole of humanity in its contemporary crisis of faith.