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Pope calls 2015 ‘Year of Consecrated Life’

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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

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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’

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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 »

Finding the all-loving God of hide-and-seek

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By Dr Edward Mulholland THERE are few things as entertaining as playing hide-and-seek with a two year old. They love hiding. They invariably pick the same fairly obvious places over and over again, and they are always surprised to be found. When my youngest was two, I could sense his little heart beating a mile a minute as I approached ... Read More »

Defending marriage in an age of unreason

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ROME: The challenges faced by those who oppose same-sex "marriage" for religious reasons are growing, with an increasing number of individuals and organisations voicing support for "gay rights," while speaking out against what they claim to be discrimination and bigotry.

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