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Commentary to the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year C

Commentary to the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year C

by: Fr. Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

People are not owners but administrators of God’s goods. This is an often insistently repeated affirmation of the church’s fathers. We recall one, Basil. “Aren’t you a thief when you consider your own the riches of this world; riches are given to you only to administer?”

Chinese state intensifies control over 'official' religions

Chinese state intensifies control over 'official' religions

by: ucanews.com reporter, Hong Kong in Church Issues,

A leading academic in Hong Kong says the Chinese government is attempting to tighten even further its control over religious groups. Professor Ying Fuk-tsang, director of the divinity school of Chung Chi College at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, has spoken at length about a consultation paper published Aug. 28 by Beijing’s State Administration for Religious Affairs (SARA).

Woman's death ends chapter of Jewish history in India

Woman's death ends chapter of Jewish history in India

by: Shawn Sebastian, Kochi - UCAN in Ecumenism,

She was the oldest of three Jews left in the once popular Jewish trade center on the coast of the Arabian sea in Kerala. Only two Sephardi Jews, who’s ancestors migrated from the Spanish Iberian Peninsula in the 16th century, are left in Mattancherry. Both do not wish to interact with media or strangers, unlike Cohen.

‘Mirror, mirror on the wall’: Narcissism and spiritual worldliness

‘Mirror, mirror on the wall’: Narcissism and spiritual worldliness

by: José Luis Narvaja, SJ - La Civiltà Cattolica in Spirituality,

The end of the seventh chapter of the Letter to the Romans contains an exclamation in which Saint Paul gives voice to a deep pain that permeates his entire existence: “Wretched man that I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death?” (Rom 7:24). At first glance, it seems that the apostle is making a very severe judgment about his own body, as if he almost preferred to do away with it so as to live serenely the spiritual life. But this is not so.

Commentary to the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year C

Commentary to the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year C

by: Fr. Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

In Jesus, God has experienced failure several times. Jerusalem has not corresponded to his love: “How often have I tried to bring together your children as a bird gathers her young under her wings, but you refused” (Lk 13:34). In Nazareth he could not perform any miracle (Mk 6:5-6); the rich young man responds with a refusal (Mt 19:16-22).

Exaltation of the Cross – September 14

Exaltation of the Cross – September 14

by: Fr. Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

The cross is the symbol of which Christians show their faith. Yet, for three centuries, they intentionally did not use the cross as a symbol of their faith. They were recognized in other symbols—the anchor, the fish, the loaves, the dove, the shepherd—but they were reluctant to depict the cross.

Pell and the Pope’s dilemma

Pell and the Pope’s dilemma

by: Christopher Lamb - The Tablet in Church Issues,

The Holy See, he said, respects the Australian judicial system but also recognises that the cardinal maintains his innocence, and he has the right to appeal to the High Court of Australia. The Church maintains its closeness to victims, and the right to pursue clergy abuse offenders. Any internal disciplinary procedure against Pell would not take place until all his legal avenues have been exhausted. This is the usual procedure.

Commentary to the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time –Year C

Commentary to the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time –Year C

by: Fr. Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

Until the end of the 3rd century, the Christian symbols were the anchor, the fisherman, the fish but never the cross. It will only be from the 4th century, with the famous discovery of the instrument of execution of Jesus by St. Helena, that the cross will become the symbol of victory, not on the enemies of Constantine at the Milvio Bridge but on death and all those that cause death. To choose the cross is to choose life.

Global commemoration for victims of religious persecution

Global commemoration for victims of religious persecution

by: Hugo Simon - La Croix International in Church Issues,

The situation of minority faith groups continues to deteriorate year after year and, in response to this observation, the United Nations General Assembly unanimously decided last May to proclaim Aug. 22 as the International Day of Remembrance for Persons Who Have Suffered Violence Because Of Their Religion Or Belief.

Commentary to the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year C

Commentary to the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year C

by: Fr. Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

The poor, even an enemy, must be loved because he is lovable, not out of compassion or assuming an attitude of haughty superiority (perhaps even only spiritual). Human eyes would never be able to see something lovable in these people if the word of the Lord does not purify the looks, does not cure our blindness. It is Jesus who makes us understand that if God loves every person, it means that in him there is always something wonderful.