Focus

  • Evolution of Capital Punishment in the Catechism of the Catholic Church

    Aug 10, 2018

    "Human life is sacred because from its beginning it involves the creative action of God and it remains for ever in a special relationship with the Creator, who is its sole end. God alone is the Lord of life from its beginning until its end: no one can under any circumstance claim for himself the right directly to destroy an innocent human being."

  • Pope revises Catechism to say death penalty is ‘inadmissible’

    Aug 10, 2018

    Building on the development of Catholic Church teaching against capital punishment, Pope Francis has ordered a revision of the Catechism of the Catholic Church to assert "the death penalty is inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person" and to commit the church to working toward its abolition worldwide.

  • Meet Indian Catholic priest leading study on Milky Way’s ‘sibling’ galaxy

    Aug 01, 2018

    Forty-year-old Fr D’Souza has an Indian connection. He hails from Goa and grew up in Kuwait. After joining the Jesuits, he began his college education at St Xavier’s College in Mumbai, which eventually led him to earn his PhD in astronomy from Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich, in 2016. Fr D’Souza, who works with the Vatican Observatory, is currently pursuing his post-doctoral studies in Michigan. Below, D’Souza gives insights into his work, what motivates him and the science-faith debate.

  • Not the Montessori Method: the Scientific Method

    Jul 26, 2018

    Maybe, the above intrigues, pleases, shocks the reader. Maybe, all at the same time. Maybe, we are willing to be sold on the idea that the Method is interesting and has valuable things to bring to the table.

  • Montessori schools are exceptionally successful

    Jul 20, 2018

    Montessori schools feature mixed-age classrooms that look the same everywhere in the world because everything in the environment has been thought out for very specific reasons.

  • How getting older — and feeling invisible — is preparing me for the kingdom of God

    Jul 13, 2018

    It is strange to feel invisible. I don’t remember exactly when it began to happen. The only thing I know is that I am not seen much anymore when I walk by people on the street. It is a little discomfiting, a little bittersweet.

  • Chinese evangelical Christians in Rome, in memory of the martyrs

    Jul 06, 2018

    The communities chose the Circus Maximus for their first European public event that celebrates the apostles Peter and Paul 1950 years after their martyrdom. An apostolic impetus that also looks to the Old Continent as a “mission land.”

  • What the World Cup can teach us about everything

    Jun 22, 2018

    It is upon us again. Four long years have passed, and now the 21st World Cup, hosted in Russia, is being broadcast around the world in dozens of languages.

  • The suicide epidemic and a message for a hopeless world

    Jun 22, 2018

    Suicide is rarely caused by a “single factor,” but contributing causes may include relationship problems, recent or upcoming crises, health, financial, housing and legal problems, and substance abuse.

  • Pope appeals that World Cup helps promote peace

    Jun 22, 2018

    As 32 nations get ready to vie for the World Cup in Russia, Pope Francis greeted players, organisers and soccer fans who will be following “this event that overcomes all borders.”