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Commentary to the 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year A

Commentary to the 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year A

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

In today’s Gospel, Jesus insists, three times: “Do not be afraid!” (vv. 26,28,31) and each time, he adds a motive to justify his recommendation. The announcer of the Gospel is afraid, first of all, because of the violence unleashed by the enemies of Christ, his mission might fail (vv. 26-27).

Everyone Needs to Hear the Good News

Everyone Needs to Hear the Good News

by: Tom Grufferty - The Tablet in Church Issues,

When a diocese decided to explore strategies for evangelisation, the results were more positive than many had anticipated. One key discovery was the deep and neglected spiritual hunger in the general population

 
Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ – Year A –

Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ – Year A –

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

The gesture to reach out to receive the consecrated bread is the sign of the interior disposition to accept Christ and to ensure that his thoughts become our thoughts, his words our words, his choices our choices. In the sign of the Eucharist, his person is assimilated, as is the case with the bread. One day, the disciple will relish the transformation performed in him by the Spirit at work in the sacrament and he will exclaim, like Paul: Now “it is no longer me; Christ lives in me” (Gal 2:20). 

UAE Names Abu Dhabi Mosque After Mary, Mother of Jesus

UAE Names Abu Dhabi Mosque After Mary, Mother of Jesus

by: Jack Moore - Newsweek15 June 2017 in Ecumenism,

Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and deputy commander of the Emirati military, said he ordered the change in a bid to build bridges with other religions. The name change to  to “Mariam, Umm Eisa,” Arabic for “Mary, the mother of Jesus,” on Wednesday, would “consolidate bonds of humanity between followers of different religions,” he said, according to Gulf News.

Terrorist attacks are to do with religion says Archbishop Welby

Terrorist attacks are to do with religion says Archbishop Welby

by: Rose Gamble - The Tablet in Church Issues,

The Archbishop of Canterbury warned that a line must be drawn between cultural conservatism and extremism. Terrorist attacks are to do with religion says Welby, urging faith leaders to take responsibility. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has said that the terrorist attacks are to do with religion and that to claim otherwise is “not getting us anywhere.”

 Survey shows Christians outnumbered by those with ‘no religion’

Survey shows Christians outnumbered by those with ‘no religion’

by: The Tablet - May 2017 in Church Issues,

ALMOST HALF of the adult population in England and Wales now claims to have no religion,although the number of Catholics has remained stable,according to a new analysis,writes Carina Murphy. The report, The “No Religion” Population of Britain, shows that the proportion of the population who identify in the British and European Social Attitudes surveys as having no religion has reached 48.6 per cent, compared to the 43.8 per cent who identify themselves as Christian – Catholics, Anglicans and other denominations.

Commentary to the Solemnity of the Holy Trinity – Year A –

Commentary to the Solemnity of the Holy Trinity – Year A –

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

Today’s feast was very lately introduced in the liturgical calendar (only around 1350). It offers the opportunity, through reflection on the word of God, to purify the image that we have made of him and to discover new and surprising features of his face. To internalize the message, we repeat: “Show me, O Lord, your true face.”

Commentary to the Solemnity of Pentecost – Year A –

Commentary to the Solemnity of Pentecost – Year A –

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

The Spirit: Hope For A New World. Where the Spirit comes radical upheavals and transformation always happen: barriers fall, doors are opened wide; all the towers built by human hands and designed by “the wisdom of this world” shake; fear, passivity, and quietism disappear; initiatives are developed and courageous decisions are made.

Commentary to the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord

Commentary to the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord

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

The certainty of the Ascension reverses the 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. "The Sufferings of this present time are not worth compared to the future glory that will be revealed in us"

Plan for laypeople to lead parishes

Plan for laypeople to lead parishes

by: Christa Pongratz-Lippitt - La Croix International in Church Issues,
Parish clustering is no answer to priest shortage, says German Cardinal Reinard Marx, a top aide and advisor to Pope Francis. Cardinal Reinhard Marx has announced plans to allow laypeople in his Archdiocese of Munich to lead parishes where there are no priests.