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The Patriarch of Moscow on the persecution of Christians

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kirillREFLECTION - “The continued persecution of Christians in several countries of the world, especially in the Middle East, is a matter of our Church’s meticulous attention. Using violent measures, killing Christians for their confession of faith in Christ, extremists seek to physically eliminate Christianity itself, to break the existing interreligious balance...

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Card. Ravasi on “Light” and its symbol as the Revelation

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International Year of Light 2015 - color logo 2REFLECTION - Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, President of the Pontifical Council for Culture,  has marked  the opening of  the International Year of Light with a speech that focuses on light as a theological symbol. The International Year of Light is a global initiative which aims to highlight the importance of light and optical technologies in the lives of all citizens...

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Church for poor, a challenge: Japanese bishop

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isaopreviewREFLECTION - Bishop Isao Kikuchi of Niigata finds it a challenge for Japanese Catholics to understand Pope Francis’ call for a Church for the Poor as Japan is a relatively rich country. The bishop expressed his views recently in his blog reviewing the major events in Niigata Diocese from October to December. The prelate recalled...

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The grace of the call - Reflection for the opening of the Year of Consecrated Life

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c lifeREFLECTION - Religious life is a particular form of consecrated life, and, as the Year of Consecrated Life opens, it would be helpful to begin in the beginning, that is to say, to begin with a consideration of the call or vocation to religious life. By understanding better this grace, we will also learn what prepares the seedbed of vocations, what helps them grow...

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Germany: The Church and the media, which scenarios?

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kelpREFLECTION - In a recent conference in Bonn, 200 representatives of German Catholic media addressed their mission as well as the future scenarios of Church communication. Given the need to be ever more open to the web opportunities and respond to communities' requests, many scenarios are unfolding in a sector undergoing constant restructuring...

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The Social Dimension of Evangelization... by Stephen Bevans, SVD

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REFLECTION - In the fourth chapter of his groundbreaking Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis focuses on what he calls “The Social Dimension of Evangelization.”  Francis is quick to point out that the exhortation itself is “not a social document” (EG 184). Nevertheless, he says, there is “a profound connection...

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Mission and Money in Two Recent Mission Documents…, by Stephen Bevans, SVD

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REFLECTION - What I’d like to do in this short presentation is to briefly compare the reflection on issues around Mission, Money, and the Global Economy in two very recently issued documents on Mission: one the one hand, there is the statement “Together Towards Life: Mission and Evangelism in Changing Landscapes,”...

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Spreading the Joy of the Gospel: Pope Francis and Evangelization Today, by Stephen Bevans, SVD

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REFLECTION - I fell in love with Pope Francis during his inauguration as pope on March 19, 2013. I had already been pretty impressed when, appearing on the balcony of St. Peter’s immediately after his election, he asked the thousands of people gathered there to pray for him before he gave them his first papal blessing...

 

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Suicide threatens teens

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amandapreviewREFLECTION - Amanda is recovering after battling depression for three years. The Grade 12 student, 18, is thankful for friends who helped stop her from taking her own life. About 300 children and teenagers commit suicide every year in Canada, according to The Hospital for Sick Children. Worldwide, suicide is the second leading cause of death for people...

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Sri Lanka - Meeting of the SRU

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REFLECTION - At a meeting of the SRU (Southern Religious United, the Galle diocese branch of the CMRS: Conference of Major Religious Superiors of Sri Lanka) we had discussed the subject matter of the role of women in the Church... "The second point discussed was the role of women in the Church. We took as the starting point the way...

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Evangelii Gaudium and Prophetic Dialogue, by Stephen Bevans, SVD

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REFLECTION - Many things have amazed me since Roger Schroeder and I, borrowing from our Congregation’s 2000 General Chapter, have begun to reflect on the spirituality and practice of Prophetic Dialogue to express the basic attitude and practice of mission. There seems to be a real resonance between the idea of prophetic dialogue...

 

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SEDOS public conference

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Alexey conference previewNEWS 2014 - "Truly I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds" (Gv 12, 24). An hermeneutical look at Dostoevskij in the context of contemporary mission. Prof. Alexey Maksimov, saturday 22 November 2014 9,30-12,30, Aula Magna Brothers of the Christian Schools...

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Dianich: This is why the Church needs reform

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prelatespreviewREFLECTION - During last week’s General Audience, Francis added a new species to his bestiary: the “peacock bishop”. This kind of man will do anything to become a bishop but “when he gets it does not serve” because all he does is “[go] around like a peacock” “[living] only for his vanity”. According to 80-year-old theologian Fr. Severino Dianich, the bishop...

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New Evangelization or Missionary Church? by Stephen Bevans, SVD

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REFLECTION - In the pages that follow, I would like to propose that the term and practice of a New Evangelization has subtly but effectively shifted to include a more comprehensive vision of the church that is, in the words of Vatican II, “missionary by its very nature,”  or, in the words of Pope Francis in the Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium...

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4 out of 10 countries limit religious freedom

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christians iraq previewREFLECTION - In the 61 out of 196 countries where change was witnessed, this has almost always been for the worst: the situation has improved in six countries and worsened in 55. A sharp decline emerges in the Religious Freedom in the World Report – 2014 published by Aid to the Church in Need. This is the 12th edition of the report which began to be published in 1999...

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Does the church need a new theology of women?

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womenREFLECTION - Assistant professor of theology and religious studies at the University of San Diego. (US Catholic via CNUA) Pope Francis himself has stated that the church needs a "new theology of women." But what does that mean, exactly? And who might write it? A traditional Chinese proverb teaches that “women hold up half the sky.” Women also hold up half the church...

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I will tell you about South Africa

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southafricapreviewREFLECTION - We interviewed the Provincial Sr. Julienne MUNYEMBA of the  African Province of Our Lady of Peace (AFM), which includes the countries of South Africa, Zambia and Lesotho. Through this interview  we wanted to get to know South Africa in particular. How is life in South Africa? Our country is called the "rainbow nation" because of the diversity of cultures...

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Paul VI beatification highlights dialogue, Vatican II, love for Church

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REFLECTION - With Pope Paul's beatification approaching, the 50th anniversary of the publication of his first encyclical letter, Ecclesiam Suam, and the 36th anniversary of his death Aug. 6, 1978, became the occasion for multiple reflections on his life and legacy in the Vatican media. "Although he was not always...

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"Relatio post disceptationem" of the General Rapporteur, Card. Péter Erdò

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SYNOD - Introduction - 1.During the prayer vigil held in St Peter’s Square on 4 October 2014 in preparation for the Synod on the family, Pope Francis evoked the centrality of the experience of family in all lives, in a simple and concrete manner: “Evening falls on our assembly. It is the hour at which one willingly returns home to meet...

 

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SLOVAKIA Society and faith: a crossroads

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ZdenopreviewREFLECTION - "Christian culture represents a platform for the contact with eternity", says Fr. Zdeno Pupik, chief editor of the diocesan magazine in Zilina and one of the initiators and coordinators of the Week of Christian Culture currently under way in Zilina until the end of this week. Danka Jaceckova, our correspondent from Bratislava, has interviewed him on current state...

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CCEE ASSEMBLY - Rediscovering human alphabet

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cceepreviewREFLECTION - "The family is not a problem but a solution for Europe. It is a source of invaluable resources for our European societies : it is its human capital", wrote the presidents of European Bishops' Conferences at the end of the CCEE plenary meeting held in Rome (October 2-4 2014) to reflect, ahead of the Synod for the Family, on the questions and phenomena...

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