June the 19th marks the U.N.’s International Day for the Elimination of Sexual violence in conflict. Experts have described it as “a global epidemic” that is taking place on a worrying scale in many nations around the world. By Susy Hodges “The Plight and Rights of Children Born of War” was the theme for the 2018 observance of the International Day for the Elimination of…
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The ‘Instrumentum Laboris’ of the Synod of Bishops on young people scheduled for later this year, was released at a press conference in the Vatican on June 19. By Robin Gomes The ‘Instrumentum Laboris’ or the working document of the upcoming Synod of Bishops on youth, scheduled from October 3-28 in the Vatican, has three main sections, namely, recognizing, interpreting and choosing with regard to…
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That the Church may appreciate the urgency of formation in spiritual discernment, both on the personal and communitarian levels. Pope Francis - March 2018 The Church today needs to grow in the ability of spiritual discernment. There are many ways of living life well, using it for serving human and Christian ideals. We were created by God out of love and to love. Every Christian…
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The newly-instituted Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church, will help Christians plant their lives on the Cross, the Eucharist, and the Mother of God, according to Cardinal Robert Sarah. By Devin Watkins Cardinal Robert Sarah, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, on Saturday issued a statement on the newly-instituted Memorial of Mary, Mother…
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Monday of the Third Week of Lent OPENING INSIGHT Ps 84:3 My soul is longing and yearning for the courts of the Lord. My heart and my flesh cry out to the living God. SCRIPTURE READING Luke 4:24-30 At that time: When Jesus had come to Nazareth, he said to the people in the synagogue, “Truly, I say to you, no prophet is acceptable in…
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According to Pope Francis, faith and religion are not a “show”, but a way of converting our thoughts to the ways of Christ. Delivering a homily at his morning Mass on Monday at the Vatican’s Casa Santa Marta chapel, Pope Francis said that through the readings of the day, the Church wants us to reflect on the conversion of our thoughts, way of thinking, as…
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