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April 1, 2020

Symbols of hope

Some years ago I visited the new cathedral in downtown Los Angeles. I was struck by the multi-coloured woven banners, each about five metres high, decorating both side walls and depicting saints of all the Americas, north, south and central.… More

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An Appeal for Help

The Sisters of the Child Jesus, based in Kasama, Zambia, are a local order founded almost a hundred years ago. The Sisters run a day-care centre for 103 destitute children, a project started by volunteers from Jersey, U.K., who could not keep it going.… More

Climate Change – A Modern Day Plague

The growing threat of climate change reminds me of two Old Testament readings. The first is a warning and the second is a consolation.

The warning is given in Exodus. When Moses asked the Pharaoh to let the Israelites go, and the Pharaoh said no, God sent nine plagues  – water turns to blood, the plague of frogs, mosquitoes, horseflies, death of livestock, boils, hail, locusts and darkness – and the Pharaoh still said “no”.… More

A Grandparent Scam

Many of these illegal calls originate from overseas criminal rings, and they tend to target the elderly (GASP!) and recent immigrants because both are deemed more receptive to the come-ons. The scammers find people to target by consulting phone directories and mailing lists, including what is called a ‘sucker list’, which is a database of individuals believed to be susceptible to fraud.More

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