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Praise be to you, Lord

Ladauto Si', the Hobbit and Tolkien

By Archbishop Charles Chaput THE First World War lingers in the memory as humanity’s first encounter with industrialised killing on a mass scale. New weapons of the machine age obliterated forests, villages and fields – an entire way of life. This new type of war also deeply shaped the thinking of men who experienced it first-hand. Among them were JRR Tolkien ... Read More »

Prayer for victims

Pope Prayers

FOLLOWING his Regina Coeli address, Pope Francis lead thousands in praying the Hail Mary for those who died after a fishing boat carrying an estimated 700 migrants capsized off the Libyan coast. Although Italian border police rescued 28 people, an estimated 700 people were feared dead in what may be the worst disaster in the Mediterranean. Rescue workers had recovered ... Read More »

Pope proclaims Jubilee Year

“MANY question in their hearts: why a Jubilee of Mercy today?” Pope Francis posed this question in his homily at St Peter’s Basilica, responding: “Simply because the Church, in this time of great historical change, is called to offer more evident signs of God’s presence and closeness.” The Pope’s remarks were intertwined with his having officially proclaimed a new Holy ... Read More »

Titanic priest a ‘saint’

TERMED the “Titanic priest”, Fr Thomas Byles – who rather than save his life stayed on the sinking ship to pray with passengers – could be made saint. According to survivors, the priest refused a lifeboat seat two times, and instead prayed with second and third-class passengers on the sinking ship, reported Metro.co.uk Sunday. As the passengers realised the boat ... Read More »

Kids hit hard by divorce

By Fr John Flynn LC A RECENT press release from the American College of Pediatricians called attention to the negative effects for children when their parents divorce. The March 9 statement said a common view was that when a marriage no longer provided happiness to the spouses that divorce was the best solution and that children would be able to ... Read More »

Global restrictions on religion

By Fr John Flynn LC TOWARDS the end of February the Pew Research Centre published a report on hostility and restrictions regarding religion: it covers the period of 2013. It found that social hostilities regarding religion declined in 2013, from a six-year peak the previous year. Nevertheless, a significant number of countries still suffer from high levels of social hostility, ... Read More »

Christianity cannot be selfish, Bo says

THERE are “seven swords that pierce Mary’s heart in Myanmar”, Cardinal Charles Maung Bo said. According to Fides, when speaking to a crowd of about 100,000 pilgrims while celebrating Mass at the National Marian Shrine in Nyaung Lay Bin, Cardinal Bo outlined the seven struggles facing the people of Myanmar. “The seven swords of Our Lady of Sorrows in Myanmar,” ... Read More »

‘Islamic State’ begins executing seized Christians

Syria evacuation

TERRORIST group Islamic State has started killing hostages seized after it took Assyrian Christian villages in Syria’s Hassake governorate, with reports that about 15 are dead. In a message sent to Catholic agencies working in the region, including Aid to the Church in Need, Archimandrite Emanuel Youkhana passed on news of the executions from a contact in Hassake city, and said the ... Read More »

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