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Faithful urged to test spirits

Pope Francis

VATICAN CITY: “The Christian is a man or a woman who knows to keep watch over his or her heart,” the Holy Father observed in his homily on January 7 at Casa Santa Marta. The Pope reflected on the importance of vigilance in discerning what comes from God. Speaking on the first reading from the First Letter of John, the ... Read More »

Pope changes rules on use of ‘monsignor’ title

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis has instituted a change in the conferring of the title of “monsignor”, ordering that within dioceses it only be granted to priests who are at least 65 years of age, the Vatican announced on January 7. In a statement issued by the Secretariat of State, the Vatican said it had informed bishops’ conferences, through a circular ... Read More »

Don’t just repaint, repent

dr edward mullholland

By DR EDWARD MULHOLLAND JOHN the Baptist has made his appearance on the Advent scene with his booming command to “repent”. What does it mean to repent? It is central to this penitential season of Advent.When my kids are finally ready to say “sorry” for something, which can take some time as tantrums subside and rationality slowly re-emerges, it is ... Read More »

New Vatican commission to work on child protection

Cardinal O'Malley

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis has approved the creation of a special commission for the protection of children. The suggestion was made by the eight-member Council of Cardinals meeting in Vatican City, and presented to the Holy Father, who approved its creation. Cardinal Sean O’Malley, a member of the council, told reporters the creation of the new body continued “decisively along ... Read More »

Pope calls 2015 ‘Year of Consecrated Life’

Pope Francis

VATICAN CITY: Emphasising the importance of the religious vocation, Pope Francis announced on November 29, 2015 would be dedicated to consecrated life. The Holy Father made the announcement during the 82nd General Assembly of the Union of Superior Generals, which concluded in Rome. Although a brief meeting with the union was planned, Pope Francis spent three hours in a question-and-answer ... Read More »

MP speaks out about attacks on Christians

Debris blocking a road burns after a bombing at St. Finbar Catholic Church in the Rayfield suburb of the Nigerian city of Jos

LONDON: A British member of parliament has said the persecution of Christians should cause the same horror and outcry as the Nazi-instigated Kristallnacht and other World War II atrocities. Speaking during a parliamentary debate, Fiona Bruce highlighted increasing reports of “extreme persecution”, especially in the Middle East. Ms Bruce said Christians in the region “have suffered from a domino effect ... Read More »

How John Paul II changed our outlook on the saints

mary mackillop chapel art

I HAVE spent the past few days in Rome attending meetings at the Vatican. The city of Rome is a city of saints and martyrs of the Church. One cannot walk far before encountering the statues, shrines, relics, churches, stories of the saints and blesseds who are such important bearers and role models of our Catholic tradition. The Church commemorates ... Read More »

There’s nothing to fear in the truths of human nature


By Dr Edward Mullholland I DON’T know if any group of Muslims sends the Vatican Easter wishes. I do know that the Vatican always sends a message for the end of Ramadan. To its credit, so does the World Council of Churches. In a world where political and religious divisions seem to grow exponentially, it is important to see the ... Read More »

Small faith can achieve things that ‘are humanly impossible’

Person lighting candle

VATICAN CITY: The Holy Father addressed more than 100,000 pilgrims gathered at St Peter’s Square to listen to his weekly Angelus address last Sunday. Reflecting on his recent trip to Assisi, Pope Francis began his address thanking God for his visit.  “Understand that this was the first time that I went to Assisi and it was a great gift to ... Read More »

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