A Saint of Mercy

October 2016

In This Issue


Missionary month

The final goal of Mission Sunday is to remind Christians that the Church has been mandated by God “to proclaim mercy in every corner of the world, reaching every person, young and old.”

WM Special

A mystic in action

Most impressive in Mother Teresa’s spiritual profile, who was declared saint on September 4, is her visible sense of compassion, selfless attention to others, bubbling enthusiasm, and unfailing resilience in the face of difficulties – an example to emulate in our days.

WM Special

“St. Teresa lived spiritual poverty”

Fr. Brian Kolodiejchuk, the official postulator for the canonization of Teresa of Calcutta, speaks in this interview of Mother Teresa’s mystical experiences and her struggle with interior darkness for decades.

WM Special

A life of service

Fr. Sebastian Vazhakala is considered the co-founder of the contemplative branch of the Missionaries of Charity, the priestly branch of Mother Teresa’s congregation. His life, destined for a banking career, made an about-face after his encounter with the great nun. Below is his story, in his own words.


Daily Death Penalty

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and Capiz Rep. Fredenil Castro want to bring back the death penalty in the Philippines as a deterrent to crime. It can be said that the death penalty is already effectively and practically in force daily. As many as ten suspects are killed every day in the war on illegal drugs.

In Focus

Proclaiming God’s boundless mercy

Pope Francis has titled his message for World Mission Sunday 2016 as “Missionary Church, Witness of Mercy.” Francis centers his reflections on “Mission and Mercy” since, this year, the Church is celebrating the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. This presentation simply highlights seven pivotal themes emerging from the thought of Pope Francis.


The Jesuit volunteer

The Virginia lawyer, governor and senator was picked by Hillary Clinton as her running mate to bring American Catholic voters back to Democrats in the November 8 elections. Is he up to the mission?

Extraordinary People

The Angel of the Amazon

Silver-haired American nun Dorothy Stang (1931– 2005), who was killed, aged 73, on an Amazon road, looked more like an elderly American holidaymaker than a modern-day martyr. Her death was the conclusion of a life totally spent in defense of the Amazon forest and its poor inhabitants.

The Searcher's Path

The new evangelizer

We do not have the account of Luke’s vocation but his diaphanous figure, as a disciple and missionary, appears in filigree in his two works: the Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles. A look at Luke’s profile can help us to live for the service of evangelizing and feeling the joy of the Gospel, which Pope Francis invites us to do.

Strategies for Evangelization

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