Focus

  • With the Earth in peril, we must act on behalf of God’s creation

    Aug 02, 2019

    One would think that with an overwhelming consensus among scientists on the planet agreeing that the Earth is in peril because of human activity and that the window of time we have to ameliorate the damage is quickly closing, there would be little disagreement about what the top priority should be for the human race.

  • Synod emphasises Church’s mission to defend the vulnerable

    Jul 26, 2019

    The objective of the upcoming Synod of Bishops for the Amazon is to highlight the need for religious, political and social leaders to come together and defend the dignity of indigenous men, women and children and an ecosystem that is crucial to the environment, said Peruvian Cardinal Pedro Barreto Jimeno of Huancayo.

  • Dialogue with indigenous: Understanding that ‘we are simple stewards

    Jul 26, 2019

    By convening a special synod on the Amazon at the Vatican in October, Pope Francis will be giving greater exposure to the Church’s deep concern for the people and the ecosystem on which they depend.

  • Can laypeople lead a parish? Look to Louisville for a thriving example

    Jul 18, 2019

    In his recent book Worship as Community Drama, sociologist Pierre Hegy described an unusual Catholic parish whose identity he hid under the name Church of the Resurrection.

  • A new dimension of Ignatian formation: laypeople training laypeople

    Jul 18, 2019

    Jim Caccamo, a retired educator and trained Ignatian prayer guide, serves as outgoing executive director of the Ignatian Spirituality Centre (ISC) in Kansas City, USA.

  • Strengthening the Family through Word and Eucharist

    Jul 04, 2019

    When the family gets together, the two things they do most are: eat and talk. This is especially so when long-scattered family members are reunited on festive or special occasions.

  • Is Francis our first charismatic pope?

    Jun 28, 2019

    When Pope Francis joined 6,000 people in Rome on June 8 for the launch on Pentecost eve of a new Vatican body to serve the 115 million charismatic Cat

  • Treatment of the poor is best indicator of social model

    Jun 13, 2019

    Pope Francis addressed Romania’s authorities, members of civil society and diplomatic corps on May 31 morning, shortly after arriving in the capital, Bucharest.

  • Blesseds showed exemplary faith

    Jun 13, 2019

    On his last day in Romania, Pope Francis visited the city of Blaj, in Transylvania. The highlight of his visit in the morning was the beatification of seven Romanian Greek-Catholic bishops. The pontiff used the occasion to slam the ongoing cultural “colonisation” and oppose the “new ideologies” that “devalue the person, life, marriage and the family [. . .] with alienating proposals as atheistic as those of the past”, which deny especially young people their cultural and religious roots, and make everything irrelevant “unless it serves our immediate interests”.

  • Veni Sancte Spiritus

    May 30, 2019

    The liturgy of Pentecost includes one of the more striking medieval texts in the Roman Missal, Veni Sancte Spiritus, or Come Holy Spirit.