Focus

  • Beatification cause begun for French priest slain at the altar

    Apr 22, 2017

    Those who knew Fr Jacques Hamel are rejoicing at the speed with which the Church is paying homage to this simple and discreet priest, who died at the age of 85 while celebrating a weekday mass.

  • The United Airlines debacle isn’t about customer service. It’s about the morality of capitalism

    Apr 21, 2017

    The United Airlines debacle isn’t about customer service. It’s about the morality of capitalism

  • Fifty years after Populorum Progressio

    Apr 21, 2017

    As our nation saw the passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964 and the emergence of the War on Poverty, the Catholic Church saw the advent of a landmar

  • ‘Development means peace,’ 1967 encyclical said

    Apr 21, 2017

    Development is “the new name for peace,” Blessed Paul VI declared in “The Progress of Peoples” (“Populorum Progressio”). Those well-known words reflect the heart and soul of this encyclical, whose 50th anniversary we celebrate in 2017.

  • Food for thought

    Apr 21, 2017

    Oct. 4, 1965, about a year and a half before promulgating his social encyclical Populorum Progressio, Blessed Paul VI addressed the United Nations on its 20th anniversary. His speech highlighted themes that would later appear in his encyclical.

  • Roll away the stone to new life

    Apr 16, 2017

    Tom Conry’s “Roll Away the Stone” is arguably the most powerful Easter song to have been composed in English in recent years. Remarkable in its musical and textual simplicity, it answers the cynicism of unbelievers with the refrain, “Roll away the stone, see the glory of God.”

  • It takes the eyes of faith to witness to the Resurrection

    Apr 16, 2017

    On Sunday morning, we find Mary Magdalene and the disciples in a difficult situation. Everything that they have sacrificed, worked for and hoped for over the past several months and years of their lives came crashing down on Friday afternoon. Jesus is dead. He was arrested and crucified by the Romans in collusion with the Jewish authorities.

  • Food for thought

    Apr 15, 2017

    An Easter meditation on the new life Christ brings us: Sit with these verses in prayer.

  • The liberation Easter brings

    Apr 15, 2017

    Easter begins in the darkness and at night, when the great vigil Mass for this central Christian feast is celebrated. Yet Easter is all about daylight — a “new day” in time.

  • Where is the Speaker’s independence? Did he merely follow the BN script?

    Apr 13, 2017

    The notion that the Speaker was independent and not beholden to anybody was shattered beyond any repair on 6 April 2017, the last day of the parliamentary session. On this day, the Speaker lost his credibility completely.