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What will the Amazon Synod do for the Church?

Posted on
Friday, October 18th, 2019

The Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon Region was controversial long before this Autumn. Self-described orthodox Catholics have worried over its potential impact far from the Amazon. One of the issues to be discussed at the synod is the acute shortage of priests in the nine countries that make up Amazonia.

A proposal that has been kicked down the road

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Saint John Henry Newman…. A wonderful saint

Posted on
Friday, October 11th, 2019

This Sunday, October 13 2019, will be canonized on October 13 2019, in Rome. Pope Francis decreed that Newman and four other blesseds will be canonized together in St. Peter’s Square. Indian Sister Marian Thresia, founder of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Family; Italian Sister Giuseppina Vannini; Brazilian Sister Dulce Lopes Pontes, and Marguerite Bays, a Swiss

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An “Extraordinary Mercy” – “I give you the power of the keys”

Posted on
Friday, October 4th, 2019

Pope Francis made a phone call to a leading theologian and priest who was suspended from active ministry in part over his LGBTQ-affirming work, and gave the theologian “the power of the keys,” a phrase indicating his restoration to active priesthood.

Francis placed the call two years ago to Fr. James Alison who only yesterday shared in The Tablet his

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God’s Coffee

Posted on
Friday, September 20th, 2019

A group of alumni, highly established in their careers, got together to visit their old university professor. Conversation soon turned into complaints about stress in work and life. Offering his guests coffee, the professor went to the kitchen and returned with a large pot of coffee and an assortment of cups – porcelain, plastic, glass, crystal, some plain looking, some

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God is with us

Posted on
Friday, September 13th, 2019

A minister passing through his church in the middle of the day decided to pause by the altar and see who had come to pray. Just then the back door opened, a man came down the aisle, the minister frowned as he saw the man hadn’t shaved in a while. His shirt was shabby, old, and his coat was worn

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World Suicide Prevention Day.

Posted on
Friday, September 6th, 2019

This Tuesday, September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day.

Suicide prevention remains a universal challenge. Every year, suicide is among the top 20 leading causes of death globally for people of all ages. It is responsible for over 800,000 deaths, which equates to one suicide every 40 seconds.

Every life lost represents someone’s partner, child, parent, friend or colleague.

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Climate change…..a real problem

Posted on
Friday, August 30th, 2019

Climate Action Plan: Will we adapt to climate chaos?

The much anticipated ‘Climate Action Plan’ was recently released by the Irish Government (June 17). The Climate Action Plan arrives as a reaction to both electoral and public demonstrations of citizens’ impatience with this and previous Governments’ ‘laggard’ response to climate breakdown. The Climate Action Plan was already required as a

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Christianity – Mighty Challenge !!!

Posted on
Friday, August 23rd, 2019

Christianity is the only religion which worships the scapegoat, the one who is hated, excluded, spat upon, blamed for everything, ridiculed, shamed, and made expendable.

Christianity is the only religion that focuses on imitating the victim and which sees God in the one who is surrounded by the halo of hatred.

There are some important lessons to be learned from

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