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The freedom of forgiveness

The freedom of forgiveness

by: Giulia Galeotti - L'Osservatore Romano in Articles,

God, our neighbour and ourselves: if there is one thing of which we certainly all have need in our daily life, it is forgiveness. God's pardon, the pardon of our neighbour, and pardoning ourselves – It  is a  restorative, a reinvigorating honey.

The meaning of Christmas

The meaning of Christmas

by: BBC in Articles,

Christmas is marked on the 25 December. The Holy Family, Mary and Joseph with the baby Jesus. Christmas is a Christian holy day that marks the birth of Jesus, the son of God.Jesus' birth, known as the nativity, is described in the New Testament of the Bible. 

Christians without compromises

Christians without compromises

by: Benedict XVI - Financial Times in Articles,

In an article for the 'Financial Times' Benedict XVI presents Christmas as a time to engage with the world. This infant, born in an obscure and far-flung corner of the Empire, was to offer the world a far greater peace, truly universal in scope and transcending all limitations of space and time.

An Atheist’s Christmas

An Atheist’s Christmas

by: Jonathan Holloway - "Thinking Faith" in Articles,

What does Christmas mean if you don’t believe in Christ? Thinking Faith asked Jonathan Holloway to tell us how and why someone who rejects religious values celebrates Christmas.

Faith that won’t fit the mould

Faith that won’t fit the mould

by: Linda Weedhead - The Tablet in Articles,

On the face of it, the findings of the 2011 census concerning religious affiliation make gloomy reading for the Churches. But headlines about the decline in Christianity mask an altogether more subtle and intriguing reality. 

Preparing for Christmas

Preparing for Christmas

by: Fr. Richard Rohr - Center for Action and Contemplation in Articles,

"Come Lord Jesus," the Advent mantra, means that all of Christian history has to live out a kind of deliberate emptiness, a kind of chosen non-fulfillment. Perfect fullness is always to come, and we do not need to demand it now. This keeps the field of life wide open and especially open to grace and to a future created by God rather than ourselves. 

A pluralist Church must cast off defunct Eurocentrism

A pluralist Church must cast off defunct Eurocentrism

by: Fr. Mick Kelly, SJ - UCA in Articles,

Globalization's consequences: A pluralist Church must cast off defunct Eurocentrism. The Roman Catholic Church is the largest Christian denomination, with more than a billion members worldwide. Its Latin Rite (there are several others) is the only organized branch of Christianity to expand substantially beyond Europe. 

Confession: a sacrament in decline

Confession: a sacrament in decline

by: John Cornwell - UCA in Articles,

Catholics of my generation, brought up in the faith before the Second Vatican Council, often went to confession weekly, and never less than monthly, as did our parents and grandparents. Today, the majority of Catholics in many parts of the world have stopped going to confession regularly.

The Spectator will take no part in state-sponsored press regulation

The Spectator will take no part in state-sponsored press regulation

by: Fraser Nelson - The Spectator in Articles,

If the state grants itself power over the press now, for the first time since 1695, then power over digital would follow. It is technologically possible; China is the world leader. But until recently Britain was the world leader in the notion of press freedom, with a tradition dating back to Milton, and it’s high time these principles were reapplied for the digital age. Perhaps in the proposed Bill of Rights.

The Tears of A Cardinal.... The Hope of A Church?

The Tears of A Cardinal.... The Hope of A Church?

by: Rocco Palmo in Articles,

Touching down at Fiumicino on Wednesday clad in a windbreaker, a backpack strapped on and bottled water hanging out, it wouldn't be a surprise if at least a few untrained observers mistook the boyish cardinal-designate for a returning student-priest... if only the welcome from the Filipino ambassador to the Holy See hadn't blown his cover. 

Justin Welby’s social conscience

Justin Welby’s social conscience

by: Melanie McDonagh - The Spectator in Articles,

One of the things we know about the next Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, is that he doesn’t like bankers. Another is that he has given a good deal of thought to the question of social sin. A third is that he has been profoundly influenced by the social teaching of a nineteenth century pope, Leo XIII, as expressed in his 1891 encyclical, Rerum Novarum.

Sexuality - Its power and porpose

Sexuality - Its power and porpose

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

We are all powerfully, incurably, and wonderfully sexed, this is part of a conspiracy between God and nature.  Sexuality lies right next to our instinct for breathing and it is ever-present in our lives. Spiritual literature tends to be naïve and in denial about the power of sexuality, as if it could be dismissed as some insignificant factor in the spiritual journey, and as if it could be dismissed at all.

Purgatory as seeing fully for the first time

Purgatory as seeing fully for the first time

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

 Imagine being born blind and living into adulthood without ever having seen light and color. Then, through some miraculous operation, doctors are able to give you sight. What would you feel immediately upon opening your eyes? Wonder? Bewilderment? Ecstasy?  Pain? Some combination of all of these?

The rise of civic religion?

The rise of civic religion?

by: Fr. Stephen Wang in Articles,

 By chance I was in my home town of Harpenden on Sunday, and after the 9.45 Mass many people from the Catholic church went down the road to the United Service of Remembrance round the War Memorial on Church Green.

Hong Kong cardinal is cautiously optimistic about the future

Hong Kong cardinal is cautiously optimistic about the future

by: Alessandro Speciale, Vatican City in Articles,

On the eve of the Communist Party National Congress, which will usher in a new leadership in the world’s most populous country, China’s top-ranking churchman is warning not to expect “too much” from the leadership changes. However, he remains “optimistic” that relations between Beijing and the Vatican will improve “in the long run.”

Why young Britons have turned responsible

Why young Britons have turned responsible

by: The Economist in Articles,

Despite the images of teenage looters beamed across the world during last year’s riots, young people in Britain are broadly, and increasingly, well-behaved. Unlike Mr Daltrey, they appear to want to get old before they die. 

Church leadership is not about control

Church leadership is not about control

by: Timothy Radcliffe OP - Tha Tablet in Articles,

In a homily to celebrate 25th anniversary of Bishop William Kenney's ordination Fr Timothy Radcliffe OP says a bishop's rule is about opening space for God.

Spirituality is not just another health tonic

Spirituality is not just another health tonic

by: The Guardian - Mark Vernon in Articles,

The effect of religious practices on our wellbeing is of growing interest. But in looking at the links, we must not confuse the two. 'What is not being asked is what religious traditions actually teach about the link between faith and health.