August 2013

It is our problem we must fix it
(Saturday, 24 August 2013 )

CAIRO (Agencies): Historically, Islam is the only religion that did not plan on eliminating the religions of conquered people, the Coptic bishop of Alexandria in strife-torn Egypt told the Arab West Report on August 13, stressing that there is currently no civil war in Egypt, but an outbreak of terrorism perpetrated by some elements of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Bishop Youhanna Golta said that the Brotherhood does not...

Twentienth Sunday of the Year
(Saturday, 17 August 2013 )

Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, preface of the Sunday (green).  
Jeremiah 38:4-6, 8-10;
Hebrews 12:1-4; 
Luke 12:49-53.

Mass of...

Shoe leather evangelisation
(Saturday, 17 August 2013 )

As disciples, we make commitments to values and principles that are not always cherished by other people or by wider society.

We can be misunderstood for our beliefs, even ridiculed. But in addition, our lives may be a reproach to those who do not share our aspirations. There may be times when we must stand in opposition to others.

All of this tends...

Fraternity Pope Francis’ first peace message
(Saturday, 17 August 2013 )

VATICAN (SE): Pope Francis has chosen Fraternity, the foundation and pathway to peace as the theme for his message for the 47th World Day of Peace, which will be marked on 1 January 2014, the Vatican Information Service reported on July 31.

It will be the first World Day of Peace for the newly-elected pope.

The World Day of Peace was an initiative of Pope Paul VI and it is...

Beer and bible a good cocktail mix
(Saturday, 17 August 2013 )

These words of Hilaire Belloc speak to me of a joyful Catholicism, impacting on every area of a person’s life.

It speaks to me of an integrated faith, where life is lived to the full, not just an hour in church on a Sunday morning to fulfil an obligation.

Just over three years ago, the Catholic Social Group was born among a group of laypeople who saw a need for fellowship, to...

Snowden gets support from Orthodox priest
(Saturday, 17 August 2013 )

MOSCOW (Agencies): As Edward Snowden ends his exile in the transit lounge of Moscow’s international airport and emerges onto Russian soil, he has found support in at least one unexpected quarter—the Russian Orthodox Church.

Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, the chairperson of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for Church and Society Relations, told Interfax-Religion that he welcomed his government’s decision...

It was a relief when my brother retired
(Saturday, 17 August 2013 )

MUNICH (SE): “It was a great relief,” Monsignor Georg Ratzinger, the brother of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI told Michael Hesemann on Dom Radio during a discussion of Hesemann’s new book, Pope Francis, the Legacy of Benedict XVI and the Future of the Church.

Monsignor Ratzinger said that he believes that his brother was prompted to retire from the papacy because of medical reports he had received that would...

Remembering Hiroshima recalls God’s call to walk in light of peace
(Saturday, 17 August 2013 )

HIROSHIMA (SE): In a year when what has become known as the Japanese Peace Constitution, or Article Nine of the country’s constitution, is under threat from the administration of the current prime minster, Shinzo Abe, the Ten Days of Peace sponsored by the Catholic Church each year embracing the anniversaries of the 1945 atomic bombings of Hiroshima (August 6) and Nagasaki (August 9), took on an added significance.


Peace is secured through trust not guns
(Saturday, 17 August 2013 )

AS THE SECURITY on Pope Francis during his trip to World Youth Day in Brazil expressed concern over his safety as he ploughed off into squatter areas and mingled freely among the crowds, the pope calmly told them that his security is bred from the trust of the people.

In a similar reflection, Archbishop Peter Takeo Okada, from Tokyo, said in launching the Church celebration of Ten Days of Peace, which begins on the...

Vocation follow up to Rio de Janeiro
(Saturday, 17 August 2013 )

RIO DE JANEIRO (SE): In the wake of World Youth Day it was estimated that an open forum, organised in the Congress Centre of Riocentre Rio de Janeiro on July 31 by the Neocatechetical Way on vocation to the priesthood and religious life, was attended by around 50,000 young people.

The gathering was hosted by an international team which runs the Way, Kiko Argüello, Carmen Hernández and Father Mario Pezzi, and...