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Commentary to the Baptism of the Lord – January 13, 2019 – Year C

Commentary to the Baptism of the Lord – January 13, 2019 – Year C

by: Fr. Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

Today’s Gospel opens with a significant finding, “the people were in expectation.” It is easy to imagine what they are waiting for: the slave expected freedom, the poor a new condition of life, the exploited laborer hoped for justice, the sick healing, and the humiliated and raped woman the recovery of dignity. All aspired a new world; they hoped that among people abuses, distortions, mistreatment would disappear and rapports of peace installed.

More church crosses demolished in China

More church crosses demolished in China

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

 A source, on condition of anonymity, told ucanews.com that officials determined that, as three local Christian churches already had crosses removed, the Catholic Church should not be exempted. John, a Catholic of China's so-called 'open church', rather than what is known as the 'underground church', said it was depressing that such problems persisted.

Why I Left, Why I Stay

Why I Left, Why I Stay

by: Helene Stapinski and Dorothy Fortenberry - La Croix International in Church Issues,

The complex reasons people join the church and remain in it are as complicated and various as the reasons others leave it....For me, well, I’m not getting up on a Sunday morning and wrestling two kids into Mary Janes before nine o’clock for a metaphor. The enormity, the impossibility of the idea, is the whole freaking point.

Role of lay people was already an issue during the 11th century

Role of lay people was already an issue during the 11th century

by: Julien Tranié - La Croix International in Church Issues,

The Gregorian Reform is key to understanding the relationship between clergy and lay people in the Church today. In an interview with the German monthly, Vatican Magazin, Cardinal Walter Brandmüller has recently written that the present situation in the Church is “comparable to that of the 11th and 12th centuries.”

Commentary to the Epiphany of the Lord – January 6, 2019 – Year C

Commentary to the Epiphany of the Lord – January 6, 2019 – Year C

by: Fr. Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

Matthew writes in the A.D. 80s and what does he verify? He notes that the heathens entered en masse in the church. They recognized and adored the star, while the Jews, who were waiting for so many centuries, refused him. The story of the magi is, therefore, a “parable” of what was happening in the Christian community at the end of the first century. The pagans who sought the truth with honesty and perseverance have received from God the light to find it. 

Jesus and Mary hold an honoured place in Islam

Jesus and Mary hold an honoured place in Islam

by: William Eichler - The Tablet in Ecumenism,

Within the Islamic tradition, Jesus is part of a long line of prophets stretching all the way back to Abraham and forward to Muhammad, the last of God’s messengers. Isa al-Masih (Jesus the Messiah) is for Muslims a bearer of revelation; a messenger of God whose role was to remind an erring humanity of what he had already told the Jewish people: there is no god but God.

Authentic Christianity embraces the new

Authentic Christianity embraces the new

by: Eric Hodgens - LaCroix International in Church Issues,

We celebrate Jan. 1 so vigorously because we hope for better things to come. It articulates our Christmas belief that there can be “news of great joy for all the people.” But it only works if we take it on board. Things will change. So, must we. And that makes some people nervous.

Commentary to the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God – January 1

Commentary to the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God – January 1

by: Fr. Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

The readings reflect a variety of themes: the blessing to begin well the New Year (First Reading); Mary, model of every mother and disciple (Gospel); peace (First Reading and the Gospel); the divine sonship (Second Reading); amazement before God’s love (Gospel); the name with which God wishes to be identified and invoked (First Reading and the Gospel).