The 150 anniversary of the arrival of the Holy Family Sisters in Lesotho comes a happy coincidence during the Year of Consecrated Life . Pope Francis told women and men religious to “wake up the world”. It can truly be said that the Holy Family sisters woke up Lesotho for the occasion. From the... Read more
"The events of recent times cause many of us to ask: 'Is there still space for dialogue with Muslims?' The answer is: yes, more than ever" Here is the full text of a Declaration published this morning by the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue: “The events of recent times cause many of... Read more
26 APRIL 2015 - FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER Theme: Exodus, a fundamental experience of vocation Dear Brothers and Sisters, The Fourth Sunday of Easter offers us the figure of the Good Shepherd who knows his sheep: he calls them, he feeds them and he guides them. For over fifty years the universal... Read more
This was a unique moment in the history of the Church and in religious life when 1310 female, male formators from 106 countries and 416 religious congregations came together in Rome from 7 – 11 April 2015. The presence of religious from countries where living one’s consecration is a challenge and a... Read more
LISTEN TO THE ANGEL: “BE NOT AFRAID” “They went out and fled from the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.” (Mark 16:8) When I forget my identity as a beloved child of God, I lose my way in life. I become scared frightened and start... Read more
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