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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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.
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.
President-elect Joe Biden should choose a non-Catholic to be the next U.S. ambassador to the Vatican. Eleven Americans have represented the United States to the Holy See since 1984, the year the two states formally established full diplomatic relations. And every one of those envoys has been a Catholic.
Father Pier Luigi Maccalli had been working as a Catholic missionary in southern Niger for 11 years when -- on September 17, 2018 -- he was abducted in the middle of the night from his home in the small village of Bamoango.His kidnappers took the then-57-year-old Italian priest and member of the Society of African Missions (SMA) into the Sahel Desert.
Bishop Henri Coudray is a French-born Jesuit who has lived in the north-central African country of Chad since the 1960s. He spoke to La Croix's Xavier Le Normand about his life and ministry and his delight in being able to build a cathedral in a territory that is 95% populated by Muslims.
The riot was convened by him, and then egged on by him as it developed. It was a palpable attempt to stop the constitutional process dead in its tracks, ending the formal recognition of Joe Biden as the next President. To incite insurrection is sedition probably bordering on treason. To try by violence to prevent a rightfully elected president taking office certainly is. Donald Trump deserves to spend the rest of his days in prison.
In the Catholic Church in the United States, one of the most important Churches in the world, the structures of ecclesial conversation have all but broken down. One of the tragedies of contemporary Catholicism is that the Church has become overly politicized.
And that has led me to submit that all the love that the cosmos experiences, in every natural being, is itself the repository of all that each one aspires to as the fulfilment of her/his life. We've given it the name love. We have diminished it by using the name God, but that really is what God means in our context: love.
"Love, I found, is not only an emotion or a disposition, but an actual and active presence in which I am an actual and active participant. It is a who, as well as a what." Simplicity complicates things. People cannot reconcile themselves to simplicity. For "people" substitute "we".
The Letter marks the 150th anniversary of Blessed Pope Pius IX’s declaration of St Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church. Pope Francis says his own plans to write the apostolic letter on St.Joseph "increased during these months of pandemic". Joseph – the man who goes unnoticed, a daily, discreet and hidden presence – an intercessor, a support and a guide in times of trouble. Saint Joseph reminds us that those who appear hidden or in the shadows can play an incomparable role in the history of salvation.
Christmas is going to have its job cut out to enliven the bleak midwinter of 2020. Out of concern for public health, festive celebrations are going to be circumscribed by the toughest government imposed regulations since the killjoy, Bible-bashing Puritans tried to ban Christmas observances altogether in the mid-seventeenth century.
Pope Francis advanced the sainthood causes of one woman and seven men, including an Italian judge who was murdered by the infamous Sicilian Mafia. During a meeting yesterday with Cardinal Marcello Semeraro, prefect of the Congregation for Saints' Causes, the Pope signed a decree recognising the martyrdom of Rosario Livatino, who was murdered by four members of the Mafia organization, commonly known as Cosa Nostra, in 1990.
After a year in which the Vatican has grappled with a global pandemic and financial scandals, and where Covid-19 restrictions saw the closure of church buildings across the globe, the Pope urged his closest collaborators not to try and shield themselves from difficulties.
The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the way most Catholics around the world are used to worshiping, having led to measures ranging from outright bans on physical gatherings to limits on the size and behavior of congregations. The various restrictions have raised numerous theological, liturgical and spiritual questions.
Populism, the idea of a revolt of “the people” against the elites, has been the most discussed if slippery of political concepts of the century so far. The books and learned articles have poured out from the professors and the political commentariat. Of course 2016 was the annus mirabilis for the populists. Brexit, a raw populist project, won in England, and Donald Trump won in America.