Besides the doctrinal dissention, I agree with some commentators that the reason to the resistance to Pope Francis is his new mind-set and reformist agenda.
Baclaran: Shrine of Devotion and Mission
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Baclaran Church went through several stages of growth in becoming home to the biggest shrine in the world dedicated to Our Mother of Perpetual Help. Today, 150,000 devotees flock to the National Shrine every week seeking God’s mercy through the Blessed Mother.
At the core of the Baclaran devotion is the perpetual novena to Our Mother of Perpetual Help. The novena stresses the social and missionary dimensions, urging the devotees to pray for the community and society and be actively involved in evangelization.
The identity of the Baclaran Church lies on the intimate relationship between devotion to Our Mother of Perpetual Help and mission. The Shrine renders various services to the thousands of devotees who come every Wednesday for novenas and masses.
Prominent women and men in Hollywood and London have launched a movement to end sexual harassment in the workplace and society. They aim to challenge every act of sexual abuse that comes to light. It is called “Time’s Up.”
After reaching the abyss of drug addiction and rediscovering his spiritual faith, Guillermo Gomez is leading other recovering drug dependents to rehabilitation and true healing.
Myanmar has been in the world’s spotlight due to the ongoing Rohingya Muslims crisis in Rakhine. The Pope’s visit to the country and to Bangladesh furthered highlighted the human calamity. Cardinal Charles Bo, Archbishop of Yangon, explains the complexity of the problem and proposes to government and the international community a way forward to resolve it soon.
Today’s evangelizing work of the Church is by attraction rather than by proselytizing. By appearing as people who live the joy and beauty of their faith, Christians will attract others to experience that new way of life brought about by Jesus Christ.
In 1986, the uprising of a people united by their faith against an encroached dictator drew the admiration of the whole world. More than thirty years later, the disappointment of the people for the failed promises of social justice gave way to the return of the same dictator as a national hero.
In mainland China, there is a growing presence of educated professional people who, outside the Church structures, bear witness to God’s love in their lives. Their discreet presence may be an effective witness to the Gospel values in an increasing materialistic Chinese society.
The biblical narrative of Abraham’s encounter with God is a paradigm of any encounter: to open our tent to host the Other, the others, in an experience that transforms life and makes us confidants of God and the recipients of a blessing for humanity.
It’s February, commonly referred to as the Love Month. Dinner dates, chocolates, roses, red hearts easily come to mind. Lest we fall into the trap of limiting love into the romantic arena, we hope to deeply reflect on important aspects of the kind of love we all are in search of.
Strategies for Evangelization
October 2023 Issue
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