Recent Editorial

  • True disciple of Jesus

    Sep 21, 2017

    Journalist Iacopo Scaramuzzi was the only Rome-based “Vaticanist” who predicted Jorge Mario Bergoglio SJ would be elected pope in 2013. He did so the night before the conclave got underway and the cardinals then selected the man we know as Francis, history’s first New World pope.

  • Rohingya people in Myanmar: what you need to know

    Sep 21, 2017

    The Rohingya are an ethnic minority in Myanmar which originates from the Indian sub continent. For several centuries, they have lived predominantly in Myanmar’s western state of Rakhine — also known as Arakan. They are predominantly Muslim.

  • Understanding for Aung San Suu Kyi’s position vis-à-vis the Rohingya

    Sep 21, 2017

    Some in diplomatic circles have expressed understanding for Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who is involved in the difficult process of national reconciliation now threatened by tensions in the country’s north-west.

  • Be brave in finding new ways to live, share the faith, Pope says

    Sep 15, 2017

    In a city many think of as being synonymous with new directions for the Catholic Church, Pope Francis told Colombian Catholics faith is not measured by how well they follow rules, but by the depth of their prayer life and the degree to which it pushes them to share the Gospel.

  • Hurricane Irma exposes Trump’s wilful blindness on climate change

    Sep 15, 2017

    President Trump’s reckless attitude to climate change is being shown to be folly as Hurricane Irma tears through Miami, Christian Aid says. Last year, a Christian Aid report showed that Miami tops the list of most vulnerable cities where climate change induced coastal flooding.

  • Be slaves of peace forever

    Sep 15, 2017

    As he concluded his five-day visit to Colombia to promote peace and reconciliation, Pope Francis made a final, passionate appeal to the inhabitants of this majority Catholic country: “Be slaves of peace, forever!”

  • Five reasons Pope Francis embraces Vatican II liturgy

    Sep 10, 2017

    It is not news that the liturgy has been a contested field in Catholic life over the past few decades. Opposition to liturgical reform began even before the conclusion of the Second Vatican Council. It increased from 1964 onward, when reforms like the use of English and the practice of the priest facing the people while presiding at the Eucharist were implemented.

  • ‘Hear the cry of the earth’ — an ecology message!

    Sep 09, 2017

    Environmental destruction is a sign of a “morally decaying scenario” in which too many people ignore or deny that, from the beginning, “God intended humanity to cooperate in the preservation and protection of the natural environment,” stated a joint message issued by Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople marking the Sept 1 World Day of Prayer for Creation.

  • How do we treat refugees?

    Aug 31, 2017

    The treatment of refugees has become more brutal, their sufferings have grown and their protection under the rule of law has been shredded. Internatio

  • Pope Francis speaks magisterially

    Aug 31, 2017

    In January 1965, Blessed Paul VI, explaining the first steps of the reform that were then underway, made clear that “it is the Church’s authority that wished (this reform)” and wanted “to promote and set alight this new way of praying” and that everyone should come on board as disciples of the Lord.