Before dealing with the individual cardinal virtues, I had the opportunity to address the subject of the deadly vices. It was clear to see the great interest in the themes, especially as found among the humanities, philosophy, art, literature and spirituality. Such a multiplicity of approaches is an indication of the richness and complexity of human actions.
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Published in 1968, the book Men in Dark Times still has something to say in our time. Hannah Arendt wrote it long ago, it is true, and the work consists of a collection of essays devoted to people who lived most of their lives during the first half of the last century, with the exception of Gotthold Lessing.
Debaters from the Jesuit-run Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines won the World Universities Debating Championship for the first time in the history of the Southeast Asian nation. The Filipino debaters beat the world’s top universities including Harvard University and Oxford University on their way to victory in the championship, dubbed World Debate Olympics, at Madrid, Spain held from Dec. 27 to Jan. 4.
Offering prayers for at least 27 migrants who died in the Channel a year ago, Bishop Paul McAleenan, lead bishop for migrants and refugees for the bishops of England and Wales, said: “This avoidable tragedy challenges us to reflect on our collective responsibility for protecting refugees and migrants from life-threatening danger. As more of our brothers and sisters attempt to make this crossing in search of a better life, unacceptable discourse and policies continue to rob them of their human dignity.”
“I have come to echo the plea of all those who cry out for peace, which is the essential path to development for our globalised world.” Arriving in Kazakhstan, a country that borders Russia, Pope Francis said he came as a “pilgrim of peace” at a time when “our world urgently needs peace, it needs to recover harmony”.
Doctor Judith Bovensiepen teaches Social Anthropology at the University of Kent in the United Kingdom. Her research explored post-conflict recovery as well as oil development in rural Timor Leste, one of the only two Catholic-majority countries in Asia.
It was still the wee hours when Edna, a single mother, prepared to leave her home in the Philippines. Her sons — Peter, 16, and Chris, 4 — were up to say goodbye not knowing where their mother was going or when she will be able to return. The 38-year-old was returning to Saudi Arabia to work as a domestic helper. It’s her second time. The first did not turn out well but it paid her loans and sent her sons to school.
Bishop Emmanuel Badejo of Oyo who spoke at a huge funeral Mass on 17 June for victims of the Pentecost attack in Owo had strong words for Nigeria's federal government, saying it has failed to demonstrate “any desire to protect the Christian religion.” He blamed people in power who are failing to tackle Nigeria’s lack of security. “We are compelled to ask: ‘Nigeria, our leaders, are you still our leaders? Are we at war? How many more must die?’ Leaders must be leaders, not mere dealers,” he said.
As Missio prepares for the beatification of one of its founders, Bishop Alan will be celebrating a Mass for the charity’s volunteers and supporters in East Anglia.The Mass will take place on Saturday June 25 at 11.30am at Cathedral of St John the Baptist, Unthank Road, Norwich. All are welcome to join this celebration of the legacy of Pauline Jaricot and the work of Missio in the diocese.
The health professions, like so many other vocations, can be a privileged springboard and an open pathway to God. Doctors, psychologists, nurses and those involved in care reflect on the profound mystery of the human being who suffers and loves, resists and hopes, trusts and fights. They touch the very mystery of God, even if only for a moment.
Joseph Tran Quang Khung from St. Thomas Tran Van Thien Parish in Quang Binh province said that after Easter Sunday local Catholics traditionally clean and decorate the graves of their relatives at the parish cemetery as they believe that the “Risen Christ brings the spring and new life to people and the world.”
Tropical Storm Agaton (Megi), the Philippines' first tropical cyclone in 2022, has caused massive flooding and landslides, leaving a trail of death and destruction in Leyte, Samar, Capiz and other provinces in the Visayas.Samar and Leyte provinces have recorded 151 deaths.
News reports streaming out from Ukraine show the courageous resistance and the unity of Ukrainians in the face of the almighty Russian army of Vladimir Putin, the tyrant ruling Russia as an autocracy. "When a Russian tank passes below an apartment window, that Russian tank can expect brave, valiant Ukrainian women to light the cloth and throw it on the tank close to the engine"
Pope Francis has held an emergency online meeting with Patriarch Kirill of Moscow in his latest attempt to help calm the alarming situation in Ukraine.The Bishop of Rome and the head of the Russian Orthodox Church held a video conference on Wednesday during which they "discussed in detail the situation on Ukrainian soil", according to a statement from the Moscow Patriarchate"
Bishop David Malloy, chairman of the bishops’ conference Committee on International Justice and Peace, called on all Americans to help address the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Ukraine. “I encourage everyone to give generously to organisations such as Catholic Relief Services and USCCB’s Collection for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe that are bringing tangible relief and the hope of Christ to those in need,” Malloy added.
Religious and political leaders in London joined the Ukrainian community in prayer on the first Sunday after the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Archbishop of Southwark John Wilson, Canadian High Commissioner Ralph Goodale, representatives from the Ukrainian Embassy and Members of Parliament attended the morning liturgy at the Ukrainian Greek Catholic cathedral in Mayfair on Sunday.
The UK has the highest level of regional economic inequality of any comparable country. Since the 2019 election, the government has trumpeted “levelling up” as its flagship policy and the Levelling Up white paper, released last week, was its attempt to bring some definition to a slogan that up to now has been blurry and vague.
The liturgical celebration of the memorial of the Claretian Martyrs, after the celebration of the XXVI General Chapter, invites us to welcome in a special way the first words of the post-capitular exhortation: "Beloved Congregation, take root in Christ and be bold in mission" (QC 1). The lives of our confreres are a beautiful and challenging witness of rootedness and boldness. They could not have given their lives with the freedom and courage they did if they had not been deeply united to the Lord.
In his message for the New Year, Archbishop Eamon Martin referred to Pope Francis’ criticism of the “significant reduction worldwide in funding for education and training” while military expenditure has increased “beyond the levels at the end of the Cold War” and is growing “exorbitantly.”
To some they are defeated old men running away from their problems. To others, they are a spirited bunch making a bold, possibly prophetic move. The Downside monks’ decision to begin a new life in Devon is dividing opinion. Those who take a sour view fear they will not make proper provision for the treasures they leave behind. The more sympathetic believe their mission must come first.