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An Honest Prayer

An Honest Prayer

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Homilies,

Recently I received a letter from a woman whose life, in effect, had imploded. Within the course of a few months, her husband divorced her, she lost her job, was forced to move from the house she had lived in for many years, was locked down in her new place by Covid restrictions, and was diagnosed with a cancer which might be untreatable. It was all too much.

Pope calls Italian church to synod

Pope calls Italian church to synod

by: Christopher Lamb - The Tablet in Church News,

Pope Francis has called for the Church in Italy to hold a national synod, a move that will put pressure on bishops across the world to follow suit. During a meeting with a group of catechists from the Italian Bishops’ Conference in the Vatican, the Pope said the “process” for a national synod “must begin” and should start “community by community, diocese by diocese”. 

Being a priest doesn’t mean you can’t have fun

Being a priest doesn’t mean you can’t have fun

by: Melanie McDonagh - The Tablet in Church Issues,

The nice thing about the film It’s a Wonderful Life is that it shows a man how much he is valued while he’s still around to take pleasure from the knowledge. It’s been a little like that since Mark Langham, until lately chaplain at Cambridge, let it be known to the chaplaincy that he’s very unwell and receiving palliative care; Westminster Cathedral, where he was administrator, did the same.

Commentary to the FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT  – YEAR  B

Commentary to the FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT – YEAR B

by: Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

It is the serene image of God's response to people's sin: not a frowning face, but a band of light as sweet as a caress; not a menacing voice, but a welcoming smile, for those who, having forsaken the Lord, have tragically harmed themselves. The ambivalence of the arc, or the bow, expresses a paradox: the wrath of God is nothing but his smile and his severity coincides with tenderness.

Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and Religions

Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and Religions

by: Jaime Tatay, SJ - La Civiltà Cattolic in Church Issues,

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set out in the 2030 Agenda, endorsed by the United Nations in 2015, are the result of a long deliberative process. They reflect a broad international consensus on the greatest challenges facing humanity in the 21st century. It is clear that scientists, economists, engineers, politicians, sociologists, and even militaries have many reasons to care about the SDGs.

Interreligious Dialogue in Asia: A look at the past to understand the future

Interreligious Dialogue in Asia: A look at the past to understand the future

by: Benoit Vermander, SJ - La Civiltà Cattolica in Church Issues,

Over the last decades interreligious dialogue in Asia has faced some tough challenges. Even though many religious leaders, organizations and thinkers have been working constructively and efficaciously, at the popular level religions often limit themselves to coexisting rather than engaging in dialogue and collaboration. Besides, tensions and conflicts, both short- and long-term, continue to be all too frequent.

ASH WEDNESDAY

ASH WEDNESDAY

by: Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

Lent is a privileged time to return to ourselves, to nourish and to let the divine grow within us. It is a time to listen to God’s Word. It is not a superficial, distracted listening, almost fearful that the message will penetrate too deeply into the mind and heart, causing a disturbance, but a deeper listening that requires radical changes of direction in our lives.

Protestantism is beginning to outpace Catholicism in Mexico

Protestantism is beginning to outpace Catholicism in Mexico

by: Youna Rivallain - La Croix International in Church Issues,

More and more Mexicans are identifying as Protestants, as the Catholic Church watches people slowly walking away. Between 2000 and 2020, the proportion of Catholics in Mexico fell by ten points (from 88% to 77.7%), in favor of Protestants and Evangelicals. 

Commentary to the 6th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR B

Commentary to the 6th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR B

by: Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

The spiritual leaders of Israel have categorized people into clean  and unclean, just and sinners. But does God accept this discrimination? And when it is  done, on which side is God? The Gospel accounts of Jesus’ encounters with the lepers go far beyond this  narrative.

Commentary to the 5TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR B

Commentary to the 5TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR B

by: Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

 Why is man destined  to suffer? The traditional response of Israel to this puzzle is the doctrine of retribution that Eliphaz, the friend of Job, sums up: “Have you seen a guiltless man perish, or an upright  man done away with? Those who plow evil or those who sow trouble reap the same” (Job 4:7-8).