On July 18 last year, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen attended the installation ceremony of Archbishop Thomas Chung An-zu of Taipei in the nation’s capital. President Tsai delivered a speech where she hailed the Church’s century-long presence as having been vital for the development of Taiwan. "Over the past few decades, the Church has helped Taiwan society in so many ways and at so many levels that it is impossible to describe them in a few words or a few days," Tsai said.
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Saint Vincent of Lerins posed the following question in the fifth century“Can there be progress in the religion of the Church of Christ?” Today, we can phrase the question in the following wayHow is the precious deposit of faith guarded and transmitted through time? How can we speak of a “development of doctrine?”
A colleague once challenged Pierre Teilhard de Chardin with this question. You believe that good will ultimately triumph over evil; well, what if we blow up the world with an atomic bomb, what happens to goodness then? Teilhard answered this way...
For one whole year, 2020, a single anxious thought dominated the minds of all people in all the nations of the world: how to escape the clutches of Covid-19. It was a rare occasion when all humankind focused on just one issue. Today, Feb. 11, is the World Day of the Sick. It reminds us that while illness and injury may be part of our lives, we owe it to ourselves and to those we love to appreciate the gift of health and wellness.
President Joe Biden has spoken of the central role faith plays for him in showing a way through dark times. And he has pledged to confront and defeat white supremacy and domestic terrorism. Speaking at the annual National Prayer Breakfast, he said: “For so many in our nation, this is a dark, dark time. So where do we turn? Faith.
How do we search for God? It is easy to misunderstand what that means. We are forever searching for God, though mostly without knowing it. Usually, we think of our search for God as a conscious religious search, as something we do out of a spiritual side of ourselves.
Lying is the most pernicious of evils, the most dangerous of sins, the worst of blasphemes, and the one sin that can be unforgivable. Perhaps we need to be reminded of that today, given our present culture where we are in danger of losing the very idea of reality and truth. Nothing is more dangerous.
Reginald Foster OCD, the celebrated Latinist who died in December, committed one act of civil disobedience in the course of his duties for the Vatican.Tasked with making the official Latin version of a text written in Italian or Polish by Pope John Paul II, Reggie came across a phrase referring to Latin as a "dead" language.
Jerome has been one of the most influential Bible scholars in the history of Christianity. He was the first to translate most of the biblical texts into Latin, and his translation, known as the Vulgate, was commonly accepted as authoritative in the Christian West for more than a millennium.