Recent Editorial

  • Cardinal Bo speaks the unspeakable

    Apr 17, 2020

    In launching his unprecedented attack on China over its culpability for COVID-19, Myanmar’s Cardinal Charles Maung Bo appears to be on a collision course with both the Vatican’s Secretariat of State and Myanmar’s government and military.

  • At its ‘darkest hour,’ message of hope to humanity

    Apr 17, 2020

    Pope Francis preached a Gospel of hope to a humanity living under fear of the coronavirus pandemic, two thirds of whom are under quarantine or restricted movement, as he commemorated the Resurrection of Jesus at the Easter Vigil celebration in an empty St Peter’s Basilica on April 11.

  • Jesus’ Sacred Heart is open for you, despite the ‘bitter affliction’ of coronavirus

    Apr 11, 2020

    The novel coronavirus pandemic’s effects on victims and the closure of churches have deeply pained the Catholic faithful and clergy, but Holy Week is a time to join together to seek God’s mercy and love in the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

  • Coping with isolation

    Apr 11, 2020

    We are all on a sharp learning curve. The virus has reshaped what we had taken for granted in terms of our living. And the best-informed predictions of an end to our constraints and containment are that we won’t see any change till a vaccine comes to our aid. But that won’t be for 12 months by most estimates.

  • The Easter mystery in empty churches and around the world

    Apr 11, 2020

    Easter has a strange flavor this year, one we were no longer used to. The pandemic emergency, which has yet to be brought under control, forces priests to celebrate mass without the people.

  • An unusual ‘Urbi et Orbi’ and liturgy during the pandemic

    Apr 04, 2020

    The coronavirus pandemic is pushing all of us to relativise and prioritise. This is also true for the Catholic Church, or at least it should be.

  • Virtual liturgies run risk of ‘de-localisation’

    Apr 04, 2020

    The forced virtualization of liturgical space during this pandemic runs the risk of a new kind of centralization and de-localization of the Catholic Church.

  • Characteristic Christian practices

    Apr 04, 2020

    Global crises of the kind we are currently facing can lead to seismic changes, but often as not, they simply clarify current challenges and possibilities.

  • In the time of pandemic

    Mar 29, 2020

    Every day seems like another tipping point in the global coronavirus pandemic, bringing developments we might not have imagined possible just twenty-four hours earlier. March 15, the third Sunday of Lent, saw a wave of unprecedented cancellations of public Masses in Catholic dioceses around the world.

  • Pope stymied by the coronavirus

    Mar 29, 2020

    In times of public crisis, people look to their elected leaders for guidance and direction.