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.
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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.
As the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) continues its clampdown on freedom of religion, freedom of expression, and other basic rights under authoritarian President Xi Jinping, independent watchdog Freedom House awarded China a freedom score of 11 points out of 100 in its latest annual report.
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 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.
A Season of Prayer and Repentance has been suggested as a way to heal rifts among the Anglican Communion. The international task group behind the idea is proposing the fifth week of Lent in 2020 for the bonding exercise, from March 29 to April 5, anglicannews.org reported Jan. 29.
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.
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.
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.
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.