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Commentary to the 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year C

Commentary to the 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year C

by: Fr. Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

We could summarize the message of the Gospel by saying that there are three categories of people: on the lowest rung are the wicked (those who, while still receiving the good, they do evil); higher are the righteous (those who respond to the good with good and evil with evil); finally there are those who respond to evil with good. Only they are the children of God.

A Fidelity that Rebels: Lessons from the Movie Whale Rider

A Fidelity that Rebels: Lessons from the Movie Whale Rider

by: Paulson Veliyannoor, CMF - Madrid Forge Centre in Church Issues,

Local churches in several countries are courting their own problems. There are clamours for reforms from within and without. Specifically referring to some of the latest scandals within the Church in India, the author discusses the thorny issue of obedience, especially religious obedience.

Commentary to the 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year C

Commentary to the 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year C

by: Fr. Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

Those who has the money to invest, do not rely on the first sales pitch that is on the street. He asks for information, seeks advice from some experts, checks which actions are down and which are rising, which gives major reliability and which are on sale. Only at the end, after careful consideration, he chooses what to buy. Our life is a precious capital that God has placed in our hands and must be productive. What are the values at play? What are the actions that will bump up the capital?

Pope Francis in UAE: 'Look at how Jesus lived'

Pope Francis in UAE: 'Look at how Jesus lived'

by: Christopher Lamb - The Tablet in Ecumenism,

Pope Francis completed his two-day visit to the United Arab Emirates by celebrating an historic public Mass in Abu Dhabi.The Mass marked the end of a visit remarkable in its frequent affirmation of fraternity between Christianity and Islam.

Commentary to the 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year C

Commentary to the 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year C

by: Fr. Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

Today’s readings present some characters who are called to carry out a mission of proclaiming the Word of God. They all have the same reaction: they feel unworthy, incapable, inadequate. Isaiah declares to be a man of unclean lips. Peter asks Jesus to turn away from him because he knows he is a sinner. Paul says that the Risen One was manifested to him, but “as to an abortion,” that is, as an imperfect being, one born abnormally.

The bishops should follow Peter

The bishops should follow Peter

by: The Tablet in Church Issues,

Loyalty to the papacy – even to the point of martyrdom – has been a distinguishing mark of Catholics in these islands since the Reformation. If their leaders now show signs of drifting away from that allegiance, they may need to be gently pulled back to it by their own people.

Christians in the Emirates, freedom in the shadow of Islam

Christians in the Emirates, freedom in the shadow of Islam

by: Gauthier Vaillant, Abu Dhabi and Dubai - La Croix International in Ecumenism,

There are no old stones, no belfry, no courtyard opening out onto the outside in a church in the United Arab Emirates, but modern building complexes enclosed by high walls behind which Catholic communities bubble with life.

Commentary to the 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year C

Commentary to the 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year C

by: Fr. Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

The last verse: “But Jesus passed through their midst and went his way” (v. 30) does not refer to his miraculous disappearance. It is a message of consolation and hope that Luke wants to give to the Christians of his community who are facing opposition, misunderstandings, disagreements, and hostility... Luke ensures: Protected by God, they, too, will pass through the midst of persecution and will continue confidently along until they reach their goal.