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FR. AQUILINO BOCOS MERINO, CMF among the 14 appointed new Cardinals

FR. AQUILINO BOCOS MERINO, CMF among the 14 appointed new Cardinals

by: NUNC - Vatican News in Church News,

Vatican City. “I am pleased to announce that on June 29 I will hold a Consistory for the appointment of 14 new cardinals” Pope Francis said today, May 20, 2018, during the Regina Coeli at St. Peter’s Square. Among the 14 is our brother, Fr. Aquilino Bocos Merino, CMFOur Missionary Congregation had him as our Superior General from 1991-2003.

Commentary to the Solemnity of Pentecost Sunday – Year B –

Commentary to the Solemnity of Pentecost Sunday – Year B –

by: Fr. Fernando Armellini - http://bibleclaret.org in Homilies,

“Jesus gives His Spirit to the disciples and confers them the power to forgive sins” (vv. 21-23). The disciples are sent to fulfill a mission: “As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”  When he was in the world, Jesus made the face and the love of the Father present (Jn 12:45). Now, having left this world, he continues his work through the disciples to whom he confers his Spirit. 

The young men giving up careers, relationships and houses to become priests

The young men giving up careers, relationships and houses to become priests

by: Bernadette Kehoe - The Tablet in Church Issues,

“I’ve got a deep excitement at what lies ahead. I know this is the fulfilment of who I am; I can’t wait to embrace this new identity.” In a few months from now, Matthew Roche-Saunders will be ordained to the Catholic priesthood in Swansea. It will be the culmination of six years of formation, which followed his three years at Exeter University, studying psychology.

Ascension of the Lord – Year B –

Ascension of the Lord – Year B –

by: Fr. Fernando Armellini - http://bibleclaret.org in Homilies,

This completely new perspective could be the way to consider the years of life. We all know, and maybe we smile, of octogenarians who envy those who have fewer years than them. Well, they turn their gaze to the past, not to the future. The certainty of the Ascension reverses this perspective. While the years pass, the Christian is satisfied because he sees the days of a definitive encounter with Christ coming soon. He is happy to have lived, does not envy the young ones and looks at them with tenderness. 

Is there still debate in France over the place of religion?

Is there still debate in France over the place of religion?

by: Bernard Gorce and Mélinée Le Priol - La Croix International in Church Issues,

Emmanuel Macron’s long address to Catholics on the evening of Monday April 9 in Paris sparked sharp reactions from part of the political class. This is a two-part opinion piece on the place of religion in French society, following Macron’s speech. 

Commentary to the 6th Sunday of Easter – Year B –

Commentary to the 6th Sunday of Easter – Year B –

by: Fr. Fernando Armellini - http://bibleclaret.org in Homilies,

Israel understood that the Lord tied his heart to persons and took care of his people, yet she imagined him also ready to punish “the children and their children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation” (Ex 34:7). He contemplated the work of his hands, but he had not yet seen his face of Emmanuel—God with us—and, above all, had not yet discovered his heart.

A Confession of Faith in a Time of Crisis

A Confession of Faith in a Time of Crisis

by: Emili Tutu in Church Issues,

We are living through perilous and polarizing times as a nation, with a dangerous crisis of moral and political leadership at the highest levels of our government and in our churches. We believe the soul of the nation and the integrity of faith are now at stake.

Churches attacked in India's sensitive Odisha state

Churches attacked in India's sensitive Odisha state

by: Saji Thomas-UCAN in Church News,

Vandals have destroyed two Marian statues and set fire to the sacristy and storeroom of a parish in Rourkela Diocese of India's Odisha state. Sundergarh district administration has deployed armed police in the area because of the religious sensitivity of the two separate incidents on April 1, said police inspector Bijay Kumar Singh.

Commentry to the 5th Sunday of Easter – Year B –

Commentry to the 5th Sunday of Easter – Year B –

by: Fr. Fernando Armellini - http://bibleclaret.org in Homilies,

“There is no salvation outside of the Church.” This statement is famous, delivered in the third century by Cyprian, bishop of Carthage, and is not always correctly interpreted. Many Christians in the past have made the mistake of identifying the kingdom of God with the ecclesial institution to which they belonged. They flaunted arrogant certainties, cultivated prejudices against other religions and called the others impure and far. In the most abhorrent cases they also resorted to force to coerce others to conversion and baptism. 

Importing foreign priests is not the answer to the vocations crisis.

Importing foreign priests is not the answer to the vocations crisis.

by: Robert Mickens, Rome - La Croix International in Church Issues,

There are various aspects to what might be better called a priesthood crisis. La Croix International recently published two articles that looked at one of those aspects – the clericalist mentality that seems to be a disease (or at least a temptation) inherent in the very ethos of the ordained.