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MM 50 Years Ago

Catholic Samoa pays a visit to the Pope In November 1971, Pope Paul landed for a day at Samoa on his journey from Manila to Sydney. This was a great honour for all the Pacific Islands and the Holy Father was fittingly received by Church and State. Since then, in a further gesture of condescension, […]

Friday 4 May

Acts 15:22-31; Psalm 57; John 15:12-17 Decided by the Holy Spirit As the newly-formed Christian church spread around the known world, it was faced with challenges of inculturation – as it is still today. Preachers and evangelisers need to know what is ‘core faith’ and what is cultural or social tradition. What local traditions can […]

Saturday 3 September

Memorial of St Gregory the Great, Pope and Doctor 1 Corinthians 4:6-15, Ps 145, Luke 6:1-5 Eucharistic hunger Christ feeds the disciple on the Sabbath walk with bread come down from heaven. The disciple walking 7 days in the world reweaves the Genesis gifts into a seamless garment of earth and sea, vegetation with living […]

Friday 21 August

ST PIUS X, POPE Ruth 1:1,3-6,14-16,22; Ps 146; Matthew 22:34-40 Love God and your neighbour There’s no doubt – sometimes it’s difficult to feel any neighbourly charity. Loud parties, rubbish that doesn’t get disposed of, cheeky children, bossy know-alls, the borrowers that never return … It can be convenient to assume Jesus wasn’t talking about […]

Saturday 22 February

Feast of the Chair of St Peter, Apostle 1 Peter 5:1-4; Ps 23; Matthew 16:13-19 Leadership In Matthew’s version of events at Caesarea Philippi (see 20 Feb), after Simon acknowledges Jesus as Son of God, Jesus changed his name to Peter and gave him authority from heaven. After Jesus’ resurrection, Peter exercised that authority and […]

Francis Speaks to the Sick; Reflects on the Creed

To the sick: be a spiritual resource and an asset to the Church On 9 November last year, the Pope addressed seven thousand members of the Italian National Union for the Transport of the Sick to Lourdes and International Shrines (UNITALSI), an association which has for 110 years been dedicated to the sick and frail, […]

Saturday 9 November

Dedication of St John Lateran Ezekiel 47:1-2,8-9,12, 1 Cor 3:9-11,16-17,John 2:13-22 St John Lateran is the Pope’s Cathedral, and so is a symbol of the unifying life and work of Christ in gathering and ministering to his People. It is from the waters of life of the heart of Christ that we drink of His […]

A new Pope and a new Prince

The birth of a child is always a miracle of God’s creation in which to rejoice. Prince George Alexander Louis is no exception, of course, and people of good will everywhere welcomed his arrival and wished him and his parents well. About 43 babies every 10 seconds were born on the same day as Prince […]

St Paul, Evangelizer – Ways out of Ourselves

St Paul the Evangelizer Pope Francis on the attitude of the good evangelizer: open to all, ready to listen to all, without exclusions. The example given by the Pope is that of the Apostle Paul in the Areopagus proclaiming the name of Jesus Christ among the worshippers of idols. According to the Pope, the way […]

‘Great Adventure of the Spirit’

Dorothy Day writes of the final days of Blessed Pope John XXIII fifty years ago…  An excerpt from the Catholic Worker of June-July 1963 – reprinted with permission Monday, June third, I landed from the Vulcania Italian Line Ship at 45th Street, New York, at eight o’clock in the morning to find many of my […]