If I were there to hear this message when it was first proclaimed would I have believed it? I doubt it. How could I believe such a thing? Therefore, I do not blame those who did not believe. How do we know that He was risen - because the tomb was empty? There are other explanations for the empty... Read more
Discernment in decision-making As Jesuit Provincial and later as Archbishop of Buenos Aires during the military dictatorship the present Pope had to take some difficult decisions. Not all were good decisions, as he frankly admits. In a remarkable interview with the editor of a Jesuit magazine Pope... Read more
On March 14, 2015, a violent incident took place in Ranaghat, West Bengal, India, on the premises of the Religious of Jesus and Mary. Their school was robbed, the chapel desecrated, and one of the Sisters gravely sexually assaulted. The Superior General of the congregation has sent a press release... Read more
A study of the social and environmental impact made by the exploitation of material resources. “Our way of life is asphyxiating the indigenous people and is suffocating us also.” This is the clear statement made by Francisco Faragó, Director of The Amazonian Jungle (Selvas Amazónicas ), who... Read more
Responding to new needs of Evangelisation It is a central concern of Pope Francis that the Church and especially religious should not be preoccupied by themselves and their internal problems, but go out to the poor and the marginalised in society. The older we become the greater is the risk to turn... Read more
Sr. Luiza da Silva is a member of an inter-congregational community in Vendaval in Brazilian Amazonia. She speaks enthusiastically about the values of the Ticuna people, the ethnic group the Sisters work with. The people are very poor and needy but they have plenty of what is most important –... Read more
Sri Lanka: The suffering of war widows, in the midst of pain and social exclusion by Melani Manel Perera An interview with Lavina Hasanthi Perera, Women's Desk coordinator of the National Fisheries Solidarity Movement (NAFSO). The northeast of the country is home to over 85 thousand widows. The... Read more
There was a large gathering of parishioners and invited guests at the Mass of Thanksgiving on 11 February 2015 to mark the 125 years or Holy Family presence in the parish of Magherafelt. Holy Family Sisters from Britain and Ireland were among those invited and these included four members of the... Read more
Living our prophetic mission radically Through baptism, all Christians are commissioned and empowered to participate in the prophetic mission of Christ. Pope Francis believes that religious, by their consecration to the Lord, are called in a special way to live and act prophetically. For him the... Read more
Becoming experts in communion Excessive individualism, living on my own and for my own interests characterizes large sections of our society. The possibilities of digital communication are fascinating, yet often remain superficial and unfulfilling. Increasingly people have a longing for deeper... Read more
My first and only love At the origin of every call to religious life is a deep desire for God and a fascination with the person of Jesus and his liberating message. The way God’s Spirit touches us can be very different for every individual. The cares of daily life, the power of habit, failures and... Read more
The centre where the Assembly of Brazil took place is called “The Arsenal of Hope”. At the moment, it is a house which receives homeless people and is also a meeting place for the young people of the Ipiranga region where we live. We joined with the group from the Parish of San Alfonso. The phrase... Read more
Grateful for the past – living the present with passion At the occasion of the Year of Consecrated Life Pope Francis has written an Apostolic Letter to all religious in the Church. The Vatican Congregation responsible for religious has collected material from various talks and interviews in a... Read more
Many Sri Lankans seek work and easy money in the Gulf, the Middle East, Malaysia and Singapore. However, the poorly educated and the unskilled have become the victims of human trafficking, including prostitution and forced labour. As far as human trafficking goes, Sri Lanka is the point of arrival... Read more
Pope Francis' words after the recitation of the Angelus prayer to the faithful gathered in St. Peter's Square: Dear brothers and sisters, today, the liturgical feast of St. Josephine Bakhita, the African nun who as a young girl had the tragic experience of being a victim of trafficking, the... Read more
This year is dedicated to “Consecrated Life”. What do we mean when we say that we are consecrated? Evidently the dictionary definitions – to be declared sacred; set apart – are no longer meaningful within a worldview where everything is sacred and all creation is infused with the Divine. There is... Read more
In the year of Consecrated life (30 th November 2014 - 2 nd February 2016), Africa/South Africa Bishops pay tribute to the consecrated women and men who founded the local Church. Here are surely included the Sisters of the Holy Family who were an important pioneering presence in South Africa from... Read more
In the year of consecrated life, 3 days of prayer had been conducted in the three Christian traditions: Catholic, Orthodox, and Anglican. It was with a sense of joy and much enthusiasm that I joined the group of my sisters to participate in the prayer held in the Russian Orthodox church of St... Read more
on the dramatic situation in the country. Dear Brothers and Sisters, During these past few days, Kinshasa has been in a state of insufferable si ege . The people are in revolt; some politicians, together with the police, are sowing seeds of desolation and creating general insecurity. We condemn... Read more
Hundreds gathered in Mullaitivu tsunami memorial place on Friday to mark the 10 th anniversary of a disaster that still leaves an indelible mark on the pla ce. When a 9.15-magnitude quake opened a fault line deep beneath the ocean on Dec. 26 a decade ago, it triggered a wave as high as 17.4 meters... Read more