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Pope asks parishes to accept refugee families

Syrian refugees

POPE Francis is calling on all European parishes and religious communities to take in one refugee family, as the United Nations recognises the record number of people trying to enter Europe, mostly from Syria, Eritrea and Afghanistan. “Every parish, every religious community, every monastery, every sanctuary of Europe, take in one family,” the Pope requested, after praying the midday Angelus ... Read More »

Why you need spiritual food

Fr Robert Barron

By Fr Robert Barron EVERY third winter, the Catholic lectionary provides a series of readings for Sunday Mass from the sixth chapter of the Gospel of John. This is the magnificently crafted chapter in which the evangelist’s Eucharistic theology is most fully presented. It is a curiosity of John’s Gospel that the Last Supper scene includes no “institution narrative,” which ... Read More »

World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation announced

Pope Francis

  POPE Francis has instituted a World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, which will be celebrated each year on September 1. Pope Francis made this announcement in a letter he sent to Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, and Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity, which was published by the ... Read More »

True love is chaste love

Pope on chaste love

POPE Francis has urged young people to live a chaste love, because true love respects the other and refuses to use him or her. The youth of Turin welcomed Pope Francis on June 21 as he concluded day one of his two-day trip by speaking for about 30 minutes to the young people gathered in Plaza Vittorio. Three of the ... Read More »

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 »

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