At US border, Francis pleas for mercy
Standing less than a football field away from the southern side of the U.S.-Mexico border, Pope Francis launched anew the biblical cry of Jonah -- heart wrenchingly pleading for mercy and conversion of hearts towards migrants who he said suffer "grave injustices." Read more ...
Pope Francis in Mexico: discourse to bishops
"... Only a Church able to shelter the faces of men and women who knock on her doors will be able to speak to them of God. If we do not know how to decipher their sufferings, if we do not come to understand their needs, then we can offer them nothing. The richness we have flows only when we encounter the smallness of those who beg and this encounter occurs precisely in our hearts, the hearts of Pastors. ..." (An extract from the Pope's speech) - read more ...
Pope invites divorced, remarried Catholics to Vatican audience
ROME — As the countdown builds toward a major document in which Pope Francis is expected to address the controversial issue of Communion for divorced and civilly remarried Catholics, the pontiff has invited a group of divorced and remarried believers to a private audience. Read more ...
Spotlight - The Film
The buzz around Spotlight started almost immediately after its release in America late last year. Critics hailed the film, which tells the story of The Boston Globe’s investigation into the cover-up of clerical abuse in the Archdiocese of Boston. Abuse survivors also applauded the movie and box office figures proved very decent. Read more Read review by Jim McDermott. Read also Richard Leonard's review. And finally Michael Kirwan SJ's review.
A History of Sexual Abuse at St John's Abbey Collegeville
St. John’s Abbey, one of the largest Benedictine monasteries in the U.S., released more than 15,000 pages of documents Tuesday related to 18 priests it said “likely offended” sexually against minors dating back to the 1960s. Read more.
Holy Listening - A Spiritual Direction Course
The monastic tradition understands faith as a journey we make in companionship with others. Accompaniment is an important way in which we help each other find our way forwards in faith, hope and love. It can include spiritual direction and counselling, it can take place formally in one-to-one dialogue, in informal but regular meetings, on an individual basis or in groups, in the context of retreats and conferences. It is about sharing insights, listening to questions, seeking wisdom for the journey. Read more
Secret Catacombs Pact Emerges After Fifty Years
On the evening of Nov. 16, 1965, quietly alerted to the event by word-of-mouth, some 40 Roman Catholic bishops made their way to celebrate Mass in an ancient, underground basilica in the Catacombs of Domitilla on the outskirts of the Eternal City. Read more
Join the Climate March in Sydney
Synod's Final Document Gives Questions Rather than Answers
One of the ten prelates responsible for drafting the final document from the ongoing Synod of Bishops on family has said that while it may not give solutions to all the questions discussed by the gathering, it will give good direction to Pope Francis for future decisions. Read more
Information on Australian Bishops' Social Justice Statement on Refugees
Realising the Contemplative in You: Online Course with Joan Chittister
Contemporary spirituality includes multiple forms of devotion and meditation. In this e-course, Joan Chittister looks at the most fundamental of them all -- reading and writing -- and their relationship to the development of the spiritual life. Read more
Hammer and Sickle Crucifix
We do not know what President Barack Obama will give Pope Francis when he visits the White House next September. But we can be sure that it will not be a hammer and sickle crucifix like the one that Bolivian President Evo Morales gave the pope during his recent trip to Latin America. Read more.
Call From African Bishops to Synod: Be Less Euro-centric
October's synod of bishops on the family should take on a global perspective, rather than sticking to isolated issues found primarily in western society, African Church leaders have said. Read more.
Muslims Give $100K to Rebuild Black Churches in US
Three Muslim organizations have raised over $100,000 to rebuild black churches in the South. Read more.
Global Pulse - A Fine New EJournal
Find out more about this excellent initiative.
Catholics in the US and Climate Change
When Pope Francis releases his much-anticipated encyclical on the environment this week, he will find a largely receptive audience among American Catholics. Very few will have ever heard their own religious leaders speak about climate change before. Read more.
Synod: Rome Has Spoken but the Case is not Closed
The interview by the Jesuit Antonio Spadaro with the Dominican theologian Jean-Miguel Garrigues, in the latest issue of "La Civiltà Cattolica," continues to raise discussion. Read more.
Both Ends of the Gun
Aboriginal Australians at War
French Priests Lives Among the Brahmins in India
"I'm an ordinary priest," Fr. Yann Vagneux tells all those who invariably asks him why he is living in Varanasi, India, "the Rome of Hinduism." Read more
Catholic Academy Helping Iraqis Arise from the Ashes
Chaldean Archbishop Yousif Thomas Mirkis of Kirkuk launched a project in 2007 for an open university in Bagdad. The idea was to create a space of freedom, dialogue and research to pass on knowledge and facilitate individual reflection. Read more