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Reflection

Workshops focus on interculturality in lives and ministry

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Fr Tim Norton svd150REFLECTION - It is important to understand the difference between multicultural and intercultural, says former Australian Provincial of the Divine Word Missionaries, Fr Tim Norton svd, who returned to Australia recently to lead a series of workshops on interculturality. Former Australian Provincial, Fr Tim Norton svd, returned to Australia recently...

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Martha Zechmeister "The Martyred People Today and the Hope they Bring Us"

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REFLECTION - Monseñor Romero, like Rutilio Grande, his predecessor, and Ignacio Ellacuría, his follower and reflective echo, had, in their historic moments, in the years before and after the Salvadoran civil war, the prophetic charism and the genius to give voice to the suffering of the people. The people, sacrificed at that time to the idol of wealth...

 

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Catholic Church never works for conversions: Cardinal Alenchery

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alencherypreviewREFLECTION - Major Arch Bishop of the eastern rite Syro Malabar Catholics in India, Cardinal Mar George Alenchery, said that the Catholic Church never works for conversions. “There are people who misunderstand the mission of Christians, especially of the Catholic Church,” said Cardinal Alenchery, during his pastoral visit to the diocese...

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Living the present with passion

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peru pinheiroREFLECTION - The following reflections are simply meant to be comments on the second goal proposed by Pope Francis in his Apostolic Letter to all religious on the occasion of the Year for Consecrated Life, in November 2014, to help us to live as Comboni missionaries in our time. "The passion for an ideal – in our case the mission – is related to enthusiasm.

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Caritas leader sees 'Francis effect' at work on the ground

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caritasREFLECTION - Catholic charities around the world have no doubt about the reality of a "Francis effect" on their work. Because of the ongoing global economic crisis, most of the 164 national Catholic charities that form the Caritas Internationalis confederation report no significant increase in donations. However, the secretary-general of the Vatican-based network...

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Euthanasia blind to the mystery of love

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euthREFLECTION - Raissa Maritain the philosopher and spiritual writer died some months after suffering a stroke. During those months she lay in a hospital bed, unable to speak. After her death, her husband, the renowned philosopher Jacques Maritain, in preparing her journals for publication, wrote these words: “At a moment when everything collapsed for both of us...

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Maria Voce at the United Nations: Inventing Peace

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UN ReligiousLeadersREFLECTION - To risk your own life so as to relieve the suffering of the poor. This was Maria Voce’s invitation as she spoke of the last terrible phase of the Second World War, when in 1943 “a group of young women got together in the small city of Trent in northern Italy. While their city was being bombed, those young people, who were guided...

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April 15, 2015 - Most Reverend Robert W. McElroy - Mass of Installation

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hp Robert McElroyHOMILY - San Diego has a new Catholic Bishop, with the naming of Robert W. McElroy as the sixth bishop to serve the county. This is his homily of the Mass of Installation in St. Therese of Carmel Church. In January of this year, America was riveted for nine days as Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson set out to accomplish a task that for over wall of El Capitan in Yosemite Valley...

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Aram I: The Armenians were not massacred because they were Christians

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aramREFLECTION - Not even God – as Greek philosophers said – can undo the past. And Turkey’s reaction to Pope Francis’ words on the Armenian genocide betrays its attempt to hide and blot out a planned massacre for which there is conclusive documentary evidence. This is according to Catholicos of the Armenian Apostolic Church of Cilicia, Aram...

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"The Souls of the Just Are in the Hand of God" by Fr. Robert McCulloch

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REFLECTION - "The Souls of the Just Are in the Hand of God": Address given during the International Conference on Religious Freedom, 11 March 215, Parliament Building Ottawa Canada, in honour of Shahbaz Bhatti, ex-Federal Minister of Minority Affairs [Pakistan], assassinated 2 March 2011...

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The conflation of religion in geopolitical conflict

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geopolitical conflictpreviewREFLECTION - When attempting to make sense of geopolitical conflict, it is often too tempting to apply simplistic ideological labels, such as Sunni versus Shia, Islam versus the West, or democracy versus communism, as if it was predetermined that certain races, civilisations and ideologies were naturally irreconcilable. Framing conflict in such one-dimensional terms...

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Wake Up the World! Celebrating the Year of Consecrated Life

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Sacred Heart - white background.001.jpg.001REFLECTION - Maria Cimperman rscj, who was recently named the Director of the Center for the Study of Consecrated Life at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, reflects on three questions: From what must the world awaken?  (Wake up from what?)What must the world awaken to?  (Wake up to what?)How shall you offer your charism...

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Interview with Julia Kristeva who has spent years studying the saint of Avila

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juliaREFLECTION - “I came across Teresa”, Julia Kristeva told us, “at a publisher’s request: I spent about 10 years with the extravagant Spanish nun whom I had barely heard of, who became for me an indispensable figure of European culture. I am glad to have found, thanks to her, that Baroque dynamic which transfigured medieval Catholicism and opened...

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Denmark - A Course for the "New Catholics"

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denmarkpreviewREFLECTION - The course held in Copenhagen, "to prepare converts or adult candidates to baptism to full communion with the Catholic Church is ongoing until May 14". Priests, deacons, parishioners, nuns and members of the pastoral Council coordinate "The two-hour meetings held twice a week and every Sunday evening". "Usually we start and...

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Reflecting on the suffering of the Armenians

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armeniansREFLECTION - The Pontifical Oriental Institute on Thursday held a “moment of reflection” to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the “Metz Yeghern, the Great Evil: ter voghormia, Lord have mercy.” Metz Yeghern is the traditional expression used for attacks by the government against ethnic Armenians in the Ottoman Empire. Between one and one...

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Ars Moriendi

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ars moriendiREFLECTION - A moral seduction.” That is how our late friend and columnist John F. Kavanaugh, S.J., described the debate around physician-assisted suicide in 1997. “We have succumbed before,” Father Kavanaugh wrote, “in our always justifiable wars, in the treacherous bargain with capital punishment, in the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision...

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Final Statement of the International Vocation Conference in Rome

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content nrvc logo previewREFLECTION - In celebration of the Year of Consecrated Life, the National Religious Vocation Conference (NRVC) in the United States sponsored an international meeting of vocation ministers and religious leaders from across the Western world. The unprecedented meeting was generously under- written by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and had a three-fold purpose...

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On Dying Well

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jessica keatingREFLECTION - Last year Brittany Maynard’s controversial decision to “die with dignity” captured the national imagination and rekindled the contentious debate over the right to die. She was lauded by many for what they called her courage. The Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen praised her suicide, calling it “admirable,” “sensible” and “dignified.”

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Food that Nourishes. Letter by Marco Tasca, Minister General OFMconv

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LETTER - Dear friars, May the Lord give you Peace! In this letter, which you will receive during the season of Lent, I want to speak about food and nutrition. On the one hand, I’ll deal with the scourge of hunger, and on the other, with the excesses of overeating. I will also speak about the injustices in food’s production, distribution and consumption...

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Why the earth won’t green without us, by Ilia Delio, Ofs

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REFLECTION - There is much talk these days about the upcoming encyclical of Pope Francis on the environment. Scholarly conferences, workshops, articles, talk shows and interviews are focused on what the pontiff might say on the environment and the looming consequences of global climate change. It is an extremely important area...

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Caritas Europe - Poverty-risk expands

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poverta-20114pREFLECTION - In Europe one person in 4 is at poverty-risk (24,5%). One in 3 in seven “weak” Countries of the EU: Greece, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Ireland, Romania, and Cyprus. Caritas Europe presented on February 19 the third report on the crisis in the Old Continent examining the figures in seven countries considered “the weakest ones.”

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