Not long ago, relations between Church and State in Mexico were tense. One of the laws was the absolute prohibition on clergy to wear ecclesiastical clothes and to perform religious functions outside the church. On Ash Wednesday, I was invited by the parish priest of a poor and densely populated district of the capital to administer ashes in one of the various chapels of the parish.
Fr. Noel Sakie, a Comboni missionary priest from Togo, shares his vocation story. He recalls how being an altar server and participating in a Charismatic group were decisive in discovering his vocation to missionary life.
St. Joseph’s strong witness can guide us in our Christian life. He suggests three keywords for our vocational journey: dream, service, and fidelity.
In light of the overwhelming surge of migrants, numerous countries are implementing laws to tighten immigration controls. Pope Francis, in his encyclical Fratelli Tutti, pleads on their behalf, calling for a compassionate and benevolent approach towards migrants.
On the whole, the society of the Roman Empire had a poor concept of Christianity. To fight the prejudices and show the real face of the new religion, the Christian philosopher Saint Justin martyr invented the Apology.
A group of scientists recently published a report which states that the Earth’s ‘vital signs’ are the worst in human history. Instead of pursuing war and slaughtering thousands of people around the world, we should be focusing on the distressing signs of our planet.
We have seen a dangerous escalation in the Middle East because of the war in Gaza. Iran has attacked targets in Iraq and Pakistan. The Houthis are targeting ships in the Red Sea. Hezbollah and Israel are exchanging fire across the Lebanese border. Does religion have anything to do with it?
We can truly live a meaningful life under the guidance of the Master, Jesus Christ. The three words that will help us achieve this objective are service, sacrifice, and sharing.
Four religious people have chosen to live in a hermitage community in southeastern Philippines for silence and solitude and to spark interest among people in preserving nature and making it even more productive.
The vast majority of Catholics do not speak up and act out on behalf of countless suffering brothers and sisters. To go against this “culture of indifference,” believers are called upon to protect and enhance the life and dignity of all human beings.
Fr. Jorge arrived at Waterval Mission, Mpumalanga, in South Africa at a mature age. In his first years on the mission, he made a great effort to learn the Northern Sotho language of Sepedi, and he reached a certain level of proficiency, which allowed him to celebrate Mass and even preach in Sepedi. Quite often, when the faithful started to interact in fast conversations, he would easily get lost.
A bank professional in his young years, Raul felt the call of God to be a missionary. Despite his aging and frail parents, he summoned the courage to leave behind his profession and join the seminary. As a missionary, Fr. Raul has served in Africa and the Philippines.
At last year’s World Youth Day in August, Pope Francis asked young people to bring the joy of Jesus’ love to others because the joy for Jesus’ “crazy” and unconditional love urges me to bring it to others.
Saint Ignatius of Antioch was arrested and brought to Rome in chains to be thrown to the lions. During his journey as a prisoner, he wrote seven letters to the churches he passed through. They are a document of extraordinary beauty and relevance.
The Comboni Missionary Sisters are in Israel working with the Bedouin communities of Jahalin in the Judean Desert. Listening to their needs has led to ideas and the formation of education programs, which are put into practice through a network of volunteers and collaborators.
We must introduce the natural world into our liturgies. Many elements of the natural world could be introduced into the Preface of the Sunday Eucharist. Other liturgies could follow suit.
Voices are growing louder daily that our planet is grappling with an environmental crisis. Our environmental concern should not limit itself merely to pressure and protest but should lead to a change of attitudes that leads to effective action.
The systematic evangelization started off in 1565 by the pioneering missionaries that contributed to the Philippines’ identity as a predominantly Christian nation. The Spanish missionaries laid the cornerstone of a noble Catholic nation.
The journey from the head to the heart is only 8 inches long, yet many people do not quite make it in their lifetime. This journey happens when we take the road of humility and value kindness, respect, and love.
There is a very troubling realization that the Earth’s climate is in the control of very few moguls and politicians who control the fossil fuel industry. They were able to influence a change in the words of the final statement of the COP28.
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I am Sr. Kurniawaty Marsaoly, originally from Indonesia, and belong to the Our Lady of Sorrows Sisters Servants of Mary. I am a perpetually professed member of my community.
At last year’s World Youth Day, more than a million young people shared among themselves social friendship. Pope Francis calls this universal fraternity, proving a new fraternal order and world social experience possible.
The Fathers of the Church are writers who are the witnesses of the Tradition. They represent the continuity of the apostolic way founded on the writings of the New Testament.
In this new series on the Works of Mercy, Fr. John Taneburgo intends to open up the minds and hearts of our readers to the merciful God. Mercy is God’s best qualification and His great gift to us and to the whole of humankind.
Father Vincenzo Bordo, a missionary of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI), put on the apron 30 years ago and is now known in South Korea and beyond as “God’s chef.”
While living in a world of irresponsible economy whereby the system concentrates wealth in the hands of a few, Pope Francis asks us to be like a lighthouse in a stormy sea and get involved in the common good.
Jeepney drivers often hang rosaries and display images of Jesus and Mary on their dashboards to ward off evil and bring them good health. This practice shows how they profess and treasure their faith.
Releasing his apostolic exhortation Laudate Deum (LD) on October 4, last year, the feast of Saint Francis of Assisi, the Pope enunciates a prophetic call to seriously address the contemporary environmental and ecological crises humanity is experiencing.
Let us bid farewell with gratitude to the past year, recognizing the countless blessings we enjoyed. And let us welcome with trust the year ahead of us. Our highest hope is that the Lord will be with us each day of 2024.