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The Pope proclaimed 35 new saints, including the "Martyrs of Natal," a group of 30 priests, laymen, women and children who were killed in 1645 during a wave of anti-Catholic persecution in Brazil. Also among the new saints were the "Child Martyrs of Tlaxcala, three children who were among the first native converts in Mexico and who were killed for refusing to renounce their faith. ...read more
“Tres cosas tiene el amor que no se pueden olvidar: Que Dios nos amó primero, que hay que darse por entero y ponerse a caminar.” (Tres Cosas Tiene el Amor, Fernando Leiva) Last time, I mentioned a bit of what Pope Francis said during his trip to the World Meeting of Families in 2015. With ...read more
What does the Church need to know from young people? This week we speak with Cardinal Kevin Farrell, of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life; Gillian Kantor learns something new from her kids; Billy Chan has more questions for Dummies and we reconnect singer/songwriter Mikey Needleman, who has a new album, We Ask of ...read more
In Rome, in Saint Peter’s Square, Pope Francis will canonize the following: Blessed Angelo da Acri, Italian Capuchin priest (1669-1739); Blessed Faustino Miguez Gonzalez, Spanish Piarist priest, founder of the Calasanzian Institute (1831-1925); Blessed Cristobal, Blessed Antonio, Blessed Juan, Martyrs of Tlaxcala: 3 children killed for having embraced the Christian faith in Mexico, in 1527 ...read more
The catechism needs to be more explicit against capital punishment. The Pope insists that capital punishment is inadmissible under any circumstance. ...read more
The Declaration of Rome was the final document produced by participants at the ‘Child Dignity in the Digital World’, world congress that ended last week. This “first-of-its-kind” document is a comprehensive list of recommendations and action items what will be the starting point for a unified, global attack against online child sex abuse and exploitation: implemented by governments, industry, church and law-enforcement agencies alike. ...read more
Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – October 15th, 2017 Matthew’s parable of the wedding feast and the declined invitations (22:1-14) is the last of three successive parables of judgment (beginning in 21:28) against Israel, especially her leadership. There are obvious connections among the three parables. Each has an “authority figure” (father, landowner, and ...read more
“When faith… encounters art, it creates a profound harmony because each can and wishes to speak of God, making the Invisible visible” (Pope Benedict XVI, General Audience, 18 November 2009) Have you ever looked at a work of art (a painting let’s say of a landscape) and, remembering the wonder of creation, be stirred into ...read more
The last two weeks we’ve been looking at love (part 1 and part 2). Jesus said that the two greatest commandments are to love God and to love neighbour (Matthew 22:36-40). He also said we have to love our enemies (Matthew 5:44). Last week we looked at seven qualities of love. Today let’s begin by ...read more