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Reflection

God speaks, and mission is born

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REFLECTION - “I am a mission on this earth; that is the reason why I am here in this world” (Evangelii Gaudium, 273). Here Comboni Missionary, Fr David Glenday, reflects on how over the years his call to mission has been shaped by God’s Word. "As the years have passed and I have trod the paths of mission, it has become clearer and clearer to me...

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Biennial Conference of the Missionary Societies of Apostolic Life (MISAL)

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LONDON - The Intercontinental Conference of the Missionary Societies of Apostolic Life (MISAL) this year took place at the Royal Foundation of St. Katherine (Alexandria) in London from 6-10th May 2014. It brought together 47 participants from 24 different Societies then a representative from the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples...

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Children: collateral victims of China's mass migration

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china migrationpreviewREFLECTION - In today's China, there might be around 150 million migrant workers: people who have left the place of their household registration and are working in cities for varying lengths of time. The numbers remain a matter of debate and wide fluctuation. Migrant workers' situations vary tremendously, from being soundly...

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Pope's Address in Gethsemane to Priests, Religious and Seminarians

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REFLECTION - "Here, in this place, each of us bishops, priests, consecrated persons, and seminarians might do well to ask: Who am I, before the sufferings of my Lord?"... Here is the address Pope Francis gave this afternoon to priests, religious and seminarians in the Church of All Nations in Gethsemane at the foot of the Mount of Olives....

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Upturn in Vocations to Priesthood and Religious Life in England and Wales continues

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vocationpreviewREFLECTION - Sunday 11th May is the World Day of Prayer for Vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life which is being marked across the globe. The Catholic Church in England and Wales says the significant upturn in the numbers of vocations over the past decade continues. Figures released for the year 2013 showed...

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Rediscover the joy in walking with the living

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REFLECTION - A very special note of the Easter experiences recounted in the Gospels, is the inner joy that captures and surprises those men and women who encounter the risen Christ. Jesus had spoken frequently through the parables of the Kingdom as the final fulfillment (cf. Mt 18:3; 25:21, Lk 15:7.10; 19:17), had explicitly made...

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Cardinal Timothy Dolan: "We need competent lay people to represent the Church"

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dolanpreviewREFLECTION - "The day of old, fat, balding bishops like me being the best spokespeople for the Church is long gone: now needs to have trained, competent lay people to represent them!". With a personal sense of irony, Cardinal Timothy Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, shared this belief when opening the IX Professional Seminar...

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Pope Francis' Homily at Canonization Mass

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ROME - Pope's homily at the Canonization Mass of Sts. John XXIII and John Paul II today in St. Peter's Square. "At the heart of this Sunday, which concludes the Octave of Easter and which John Paul II wished to dedicate to Divine Mercy, are the glorious wounds of the risen Jesus. He had already shown those wounds when he first appeared...

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On Leadership in the Church

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REFLECTION - “Surely it is high time, and surely it would be to everyone’s advantage to ‘shake off the dust of the Empire that has gathered since Constantine’s day on the throne of St. Peter’” (Congar 1964:  127). These words spoken by the great John XXIII will continue to challenge the Church leaders as long as they do not give up...

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Roncalli and Wojty?a's paths in Asia

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REFLECTION - Asia is the cradle of all major religions; Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Zoroastrianism, Jainism, Islam, Shintoism and Sikhism. God sent his Prophets and revealed holy books upon them. It is the dwelling place of two third of the world population...

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The poor always have a place of honour

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papa lavandapreviewREFLECTION - Christians live in constant expectation of the return of the One to whom we address our cry: Maranathà! Come, O Lord Jesus!
We live within the unfolding of history in time, every minute that passes and doesn't come back. Does it create a void? Generated the very moment when the Resurrected One...

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Saving love everywhere

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vocepreviewREFLECTIONS - The urgent need for “a profound theology of women” that has not – so far – been sufficiently developed is re-emerging. Pope Francis has spoken of it on several occasions: the Church “is female. It is impossible”, he said, “to understand a Church without women, active women in the Church”. It is not...

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Benedict XVI and Pope Francis: Interview with Sr. Enrica Rosanna

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francesco benedettoREFLECTION - On February 11, 2013, Joseph Ratzinger announced to the Cardinals in Latin that he was leaving the Chair of Peter.  It was a declaration handwritten by the Pope himself in which he explained that  he no longer had the strength to govern the bark of Peter and after having prayed at length, he had decided to leave it...

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Laval, Marie de l’Incarnation intertwined with Canada’s history

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bishoppreviewREFLECTION -The beginnings of the Church in Canada include a series of firsts that go beyond reminding us of who we are. If Blessed Marie de l’Incarnation and Blessed Bishop François de Laval become saints this year, in time for the 350th anniversary of the founding of the diocese of Quebec, these new saints could inspire...

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Music to the Father’s ears

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davidREFLECTION - Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful” (Luke 6, 36). Back in the last quarter of the past century, the Church in the United Kingdom was blessed with a very fine leader in the person of Cardinal Basil Hume, a Benedictine monk who had been abbot of his community before being appointed archbishop of Westminster...

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The Salesian priest: Interview with Fr Cereda, Councillor General for Formation

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salesianpreviewREFLECTION - Here is the first part of an interview with Fr Francis Cereda, Councillor General for Formation, on the identity and distinctive character of the Salesian priest. What is the identity of the Salesian priest? Before I answer that, it is important to recognize that in the congregation we all have a common vocation, which is Salesian...

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The Superior General OMI: "With Msg. Quevedo, let us look at the Church of the poor"

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quevedo-cardinalREFLECTION - "By naming Archbishop Quevedo cardinal, Pope Francis is giving a signal to all of us: it is the recognition of a very committed missionary, a priest and bishop who leads by serving others, whose main concern is the Gospel and the poor and who has worked tirelessly to promote friendship between Christians and Muslims...

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The Priceless Gift: A Primer of the Theology of Consecrated Life

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REFLECTION - This book is an initiative of the Polish Bishops’ Commission for the Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life. The author, Fr. Kazimierz Wójtowicz, cr, follows the path of the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Vita Consecrata and presents consecrated life like a mosaic.

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