Pope's Encyclical:
The Joy of the Gospel

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Edited by Hong Kong prison chaplain Fr John Wotherspoon O.M.I. 
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DV  A new menu 7 days a week to encourage people who are trying
 to follow the example of Pope Francis by concern for issues like these

DG - Since August 3, 2013, this website has saved many dozens of Africans from going to prison in HK. 
See "Drugs", below

V2Catholic is now on Facebook.
God bless kind FB editor  in Melbourne 


 
Imitating Pope Francis Francis 


April 16  Wednesday of Holy Week

Spy Wednesday

The pull of Good Friday
The older we get the more we realise the connection between the Cross of Christ and our own struggles, and the more we realise that to make any sense of the human condition we have to travel by way of Calvary

Today's Bible readings

Let's use these readings to think often of Jesus during these sacred days

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Chris McDonnell
(Wed UK blogger)

Forgive and start again

Yet somehow we have to move on. Carrying the burden of anger, seeking further revenge only serves to maintain the hurt. To see how people in different parts of the world have sought to solve their pain of loss through conflict by extending friendship, is an example to us all

Vatican II - Renewal (2)

Hans KŁng: 
 
Letter to bishops  

Revolution to stop authoritarianism 

Fr Joseph Ratzinger: 
Writings on Vat II 

Robert Mickens:  
Vatican Implosion

Nicholas Lash:     Vatican II: 
Of Happy Memory - and Hope?

Robert McNally:  
Crisis & Criticism in the Church 

Priests 9 Masses a day
 - need to ordain married men

The evil of compulsory celibacy

Link between compulsory celibacy and sexual abuse

Why are women not being
 ordained to priesthood?
   (updated)

 


This website's 
Reflections on the 16 documents of Vatican II 

 

 

 


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Pro-refugee demonstration in Canberra
Refugees  not ''pawns on the chessboard of humanity''

Protesters arrested after praying in Immigration Minsiter's office
.... protesters reflect on this experience: Why we did it


Reflection from an inmate in a Hong Kong prison:
God is only a call away
Exodus 33 talks of God and Mosesí conversation while Moses was in the desert. In Mosesí desert, there was no apparent hope, no water, no air conditioning, no happiness and no peace. There is no Ďdesertí too remote for God to hear your cry, whether your desert is your burgled house, a foreign country, or even a prison cell.

Hindi edition of Doctor Jesus is now available free on internet, as well as in print. 
See www.doctorjesus.org 
(scroll down to Hindi)

Pope Francis

 

Full text

 

135. Let us now look at preaching within the liturgy, which calls for serious consideration by pastors. I will dwell in particular, and even somewhat meticulously, on the homily and its preparation, since so many concerns have been expressed about this important ministry, and we cannot simply ignore them.

 The homily is the touchstone for judging a pastorís closeness and ability to communicate to his people. We know that the faithful attach great importance to it, and that both they and their ordained ministers suffer because of homilies: the laity from having to listen to them and the clergy from having to preach them! 

It is sad that this is the case. The homily can actually be an intense and happy experience of the Spirit, a consoling encounter with Godís word, a constant source of renewal and growth.


Spy joke for "Spy Wednesday":
There are 3 Spies that get captured. One spy is French, one is German and the other is Italian. Their captors come into the cell and grab the French spy and tie his hands behind a chair in the next room. They torture him for 2 hours before he answers all questions and gives up all of his secrets. The captors throw the French spy back into the cell and grab the German spy. They tie his hands behind the chair as well and torture him for 4 hours before he tells them what they want to know. They throw him back into the cell and grab the Italian spy. They tie his hands behind the chair and begin torturing. 4 hours go by and the spy isn't talking. Then 8 hours, then 16 and after 24 hours they give up and throw him back into the cell. The German and French spy are impressed and ask him how he managed to not talk. The Italian spy responds, " I wanted to, but I couldn't move my hands!".


This website's Tanzania File
(stopping Africans from being tricked into bringing drugs to HK)

- letters  from Tanzanian inmates  in Hong Kong prisons

This website's South America file 
(stopping South Americans from being tricked into bringing drugs to HK)
- letters  from South American inmates  in Hong Kong prisons


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John W
   mini-Blog
Update re baby of African lady in prison ...and request for foster parents in HK:
latest is that a wise person with experience in Africa has suggested the best move is to help the baby get back to Africa and be looked after there.  Mother has agreed and will find someone from Africa to come to HK and take the baby to Africa
 
Further update: not just one baby, but three. Two other mothers in the same situation.
Coming soon: an appeal for help to sponsor two women from Africa to make a return trip to HK, on the return leg taking 3 babies with them

Sun: Africa           Mon: Europe & Russia          Tues: South Asia          Wed: East Asia    
     
Thurs: S.E. Asia & Pacific        Frid: South America           Sat: Central & North America 
   
Please join me in praying for one part of the world each day of the week:
Jesus, today, Wednesday, please bless the people of East Asia

On this 16th of the month, Jesus please bless the prisoners of Qinghai
Please join me in praying for prisoners in one part of China each day of the month


 

Today is the anniversary (and birthday!) of Corrie ten Boom

 Her powerful  movie:   The Hiding Place

Movie review     The book     YouTube interview

 "There's not a pit so deep
 where God is not deeper still"

 "You never know Christ is all you need , 
until Christ is all you have"

Other books by Corrie

April 15 

  Tuesday of Holy Week

Today's Bible readings

Let's use the readings to reflect on what Jesus went through this week.
His mental suffering and anxiety must have been extreme. Not much sleep these nights? Let's also remember the Corrie ten Booms in prison right now

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Thanks to that lilac dress, 'Queen meets Pope' was a surprise win for women

Vatican II & Renewal (1)

16 Documents of Vatican II

A Call to Action
Assn Catholic Priests Ireland

Bp Pat Power
Bp Geoff Robinson
Bruce Duncan
Catalyst for Renewal
Catholica
Catholics for Ministry  
Catholics for Renewal 
STANDUP4VATICAN2
The Swag
VII - Voice of the Church

We Are Church

 


Excellent articles on Mission
 
Hugh McMahon SSC

 

 

 



 

 

 

 


 

Jesuit Scholar:  Pope's 'Evangelii Gaudium' Directly Refutes GOP Budget Proposal

 

Global partnership gathers in Mexico amid faltering progress and scepticism



    

 

Sparking the moral imagination of the masses
I cannot believe that if most Australians knew the personal circumstances of so many refugees they would not be moved

Asylum seeker protest models 'habits of the heart'

c.f. comment from a friend: within 20 years, wealthy countries will be paying asylum seekers to migrate, to support their ageing populations


 

 71 killed in blast at Nigerian bus station, more than 100 injured

Let's keep up a daily prayer for the world's hotspots:
Central African Republic, South Sudan, Nigeria, Syria, Israel-Palestine, Ukraine, South China Sea


 

 Russia spent more of its wealth on arms than US in 2013 
(may both nations turn their spears into ploughshares)

 

R.I.P. 

Brian Harradine           Harradine- blueprint for power of one
May the world have more leaders like this great man of principle

Pope
 Francis

Full text

 

134. Universities are outstanding environments for articulating and developing this evangelizing commitment in an interdisciplinary and integrated way

Catholic schools, which always strive to join their work of education with the explicit proclamation of the Gospel, are a most valuable resource for the evangelization of culture, even in those countries and cities where hostile situations challenge us to greater creativity in our search for suitable methods.


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This website's Tanzania File
(stopping Africans from being tricked into bringing drugs to HK)

- letters  from Tanzanian inmates  in Hong Kong prisons

This website's South America file 
(stopping South Americans from being tricked into bringing drugs to HK)
- letters  from South American inmates  in Hong Kong prisons


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John W
   mini-Blog

Happy reunion yesterday with former schoolmate Joseph Mula

Also yesterday: Happy arrival of Hindi edition of Doctor Jesus


Sun: Africa           Mon: Europe & Russia          Tues: South Asia          Wed: East Asia    
     
Thurs: S.E. Asia & Pacific        Frid: South America           Sat: Central & North America 
   
Please join me in praying for one part of the world each day of the week:
Jesus, today, Tuesday, please bless the people of South Asia

On this 15th of the month, Jesus please bless the prisoners of Liaoning
Please join me in praying for prisoners in one part of China each day of the month


 

April 14 
  Monday of Holy Week

Today's Bible readings

Mary the sister of Martha washing Jesus' feet at the start of Jesus' last week before his death

     

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Darlene Starrs

(Canada)

Holy Week 2014

The smell of the palm might well serve as a reminder of the fragrance of Christ, especially during Holy Week

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Letter (in English) from a Hong Kong drug addict in a HK detention centre  
 -
asking that drug addicts be treated as patients rather than criminals

Statement of the Association of Catholic Priests:
Ė Pope Francis and the ordination of married men

Interactive Bible Quiz - Revelation

Based on the actual words of the Bible. 
How many times can you get 3/3 ?!

Pope
 Francis

Full text

133. It is not enough that evangelizers be concerned to reach each person, or that the Gospel be proclaimed to the cultures as a whole. A theology Ė and not simply a pastoral theology Ė which is in dialogue with other sciences and human experiences is most important for our discernment on how best to bring the Gospel message to different cultural contexts and groups

 The Church, in her commitment to evangelization, appreciates and encourages the charism of theologians and their scholarly efforts to advance dialogue with the world of cultures and sciences. I call on theologians to carry out this service as part of the Churchís saving mission.

 In doing so, however, they must always remember that the Church and theology exist to evangelize, and not be content with a desk-bound theology.



Today's Gospel - feet being washed.  Holy Thursday coming soon - feet being washed. Pope no doubt will wash and kiss some special feet on Holy Thursday (like last year).
Last night at the Yau Ma Tei weekly gathering for the poor, Deacon Edwin Ng and I did some foot washing and foot wiping. As I remembered how the Pope not only washes but also kisses, I jokingly said to Edwin as we began "I'll wash, you kiss".  But in fact I did kiss (the men's) feet

This website's Tanzania File
(stopping Africans from being tricked into bringing drugs to HK)

- letters  from Tanzanian inmates  in Hong Kong prisons

This website's South America file 
(stopping South Americans from being tricked into bringing drugs to HK)
- letters  from South American inmates  in Hong Kong prisons


Francis wishes to release Vatican II's bold vision from captivity  Over the past three years I've twice gone through all the documents of Vatican II to prepare some simple reflections for this website. All 416 reflections are here ....and will be linked permanently on the Wednesday menu of this site (at right side).  The more I study the documents the more I see the great beauty and value in them ....but also the more I see how they need updating, having been written 50 years ago when the world and the Church were very different from now 

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John W
   mini-Blog

The inmate I helped bail out last week (see Friday menu, below) came last night to our weekly gathering for the poor at Yau Ma Tei and, in football language, he played "on the ball" the whole time....whenever there was a job to be done, he was there....happy to help set up, happy to serve the meal, happy to clean up, happy to do any job that needed doing ....just happy to be back on the field after a stint behind bars. 

Such should be our attitude as we reflect on what God has done for us ...which is what Pope Francis says: our main motivation for spreading the Good News is our joy and gratitude for what God has done for us ...making us want others to share the same joy


Sun: Africa           Mon: Europe & Russia          Tues: South Asia          Wed: East Asia    
     
Thurs: S.E. Asia & Pacific        Frid: South America           Sat: Central & North America 
   
Please join me in praying for one part of the world each day of the week:
Jesus, today, Monday, please bless the people of Europe and Russia

On this 14th of the month, Jesus please bless the prisoners of Jilin
Please join me in praying for prisoners in one part of China each day of the month


 

April 13    Palm Sunday

Readings of today's Mass

Reflection on today's readings by Daniel Daring:
Our kenotic Lord

The kenotic Christ who hangs on the cross and cries ďMy God, My God, why have you forsaken me?Ē  reveals to us a form of God that we are least familiar with: a loser, a victim, a sufferer

Song using the words of today's second reading at Mass:
The Philippians Hymn


 


David Timbs
(Australia)

Tom Hoopes and the JPII Catholics

Francis has halted the fabrication of JP IIís regressive Cold War Catholicism and the duplicitous pretence of Ratzingerís Reform of the Reform.  Restoration has taken on a refreshing, unexpected twist and assumed a surprising new incarnation. It will not be held hostage to euro-centric ideology again

Pope Francis:
Thank you Holy Spirit

Inspiring photos:

 

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Newness, harmony, mission

Engagements of Pope Francis

Zenit.org - reports from Rome

 

 

 

 

 

 

Many thanks for checking
 this website each day

 


 

St Paul on Metro/Tube/MTR!
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Little girl telling the story of Jonah
 - brilliant!

 

 


The plight of Tanzanian women silently suffering in China

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Pope asks forgiveness from those sexually abused by priests

Pilgrimage to Rome shines light on early church's women leaders

Getting Out of Oil

Catholic universities can make a difference through divestment


A married priesthood would right many wrongs

Canberra-Shanghai school deal part of Chinese investment trip

Radical HK politician "Long Hair" in confrontation at Shanghai airport

Great front page headline in South China Morning Post
Long Hair's trip to Shanghai cut short  !


Pope
 Francis

Full text

Culture, thought and education

132. Proclaiming the Gospel message to different cultures also involves proclaiming it to professional, scientific and academic circles. This means an encounter between faith, reason and the sciences with a view to developing new approaches and arguments on the issue of credibility, a creative apologetics which would encourage greater openness to the Gospel on the part of all

When certain categories of reason and the sciences are taken up into the proclamation of the message, these categories then become tools of evangelization; water is changed into wine. Whatever is taken up is not just redeemed, but becomes an instrument of the Spirit for enlightening and renewing the world



It was
Palm Sunday but because of a sore throat, 5-year-old Johnny stayed home from church with a sitter.
When the family returned home, they were carrying several pieces of palm. 
Johnny asked them what they were for.
"People waved them as Jesus walked by," his father told him.
 "Wouldn't you know it," Johnny fumed, "the one Sunday I don't go and he shows up."

New letter (in English) from a Tanzanian inmate in a HK prison
- an appeal to the Tanzanian Ambassador in Beijing for a repatriation agreement between Tanzania and China

This website's Tanzania File
(stopping Africans from being tricked into bringing drugs to HK)

- letters  from Tanzanian inmates  in Hong Kong prisons

This website's South America file 
(stopping South Americans from being tricked into bringing drugs to HK)
- letters  from South American inmates  in Hong Kong prisons


Francis wishes to release Vatican II's bold vision from captivity 

Vatican II Reflection - 416

The fate of society depends on the use of the media,
and at the moment the media is contributing to a great dumbing down of society


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John W
   mini-Blog

Holy Week Computer:

Move failures, mistakes, disappointments, sins, tragedies, suffering

to  Good Friday folder

Then download and install Easter Sunday program in that folder


Sun: Africa           Mon: Europe & Russia          Tues: South Asia          Wed: East Asia    
     
Thurs: S.E. Asia & Pacific        Frid: South America           Sat: Central & North America 
   
Please join me in praying for one part of the world each day of the week:
Jesus, today, Sunday, please bless the people of Africa

On this 13th of the month, Jesus please bless the prisoners of Jiangxi
Please join me in praying for prisoners in one part of China each day of the month


 



The humble style of Cardinal Ranjith of Sri Lanka
 - from this (extreme) link. He's a good friend of the Sri Lanka president (who is responsible for crimes like this one). 
Here's a sample of Ranjith's kind words to his priests about liturgy. (c.f.r.!)

International Day of Human Space Flight (!)

Saturday   April 12

When we, for our part, aspire to diversity, we become self-enclosed, exclusive and divisive; similarly, whenever we attempt to create unity on the basis of our human calculations, we end up imposing a monolithic uniformity. This is not helpful for the Churchís mission.

(see below, Pope Francis: The Joy of the Gospel)

Today's Bible readings * * 

    * God's rescue plan for Israel, for the human family

   * Rescue by the death of Jesus

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Married men could be ordained priests if world's bishops agree

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Pope says human trafficking is 'a crime against humanity'

The unjust treatment
 of Bishop Bill Morris

 

 

Tribalism lives on, 
for better and for worse

 



 

 

 

 


Desmond Tutu calls for boycott of fossil fuel industry
Good news:
divestment gathering momentum

Coal is no cure

Michael Kelly S,J. 
The canonisation of Popes John Paul II and John XXIII Ė an event of telling significance

Speaking of China
Australia is bereft of a coherent national narrative for its relationship with China. 
It falls to Tony Abbott to do something about this on his current visit

Britain and Ireland bury the hatchet

What a great person of reconciliation the Queen is!


Scripture's not so clear on divorce

Latest newsletter from Christian Healing Ministries

Pope
 Francis

 

Full text

131. Differences between persons and communities can sometimes prove uncomfortable, but the Holy Spirit, who is the source of that diversity, can bring forth something good from all things and turn it into an attractive means of evangelization.

 Diversity must always be reconciled by the help of the Holy Spirit; he alone can raise up diversity, plurality and multiplicity while at the same time bringing about unity.

 When we, for our part, aspire to diversity, we become self-enclosed, exclusive and divisive; similarly, whenever we attempt to create unity on the basis of our human calculations, we end up imposing a monolithic uniformity. This is not helpful for the Churchís mission.  


Flight of fancy: Vatican hawk story was an April Fool's prank !

DV on tomorrow's menu: 
another new letter from a Tanzanian inmate in a HK prison

This website's Tanzania File
(stopping Africans from being tricked into bringing drugs to HK)

- letters  from Tanzanian inmates  in Hong Kong prisons

This website's South America file 
(stopping South Americans from being tricked into bringing drugs to HK)
- letters  from South American inmates  in Hong Kong prisons


Francis wishes to release Vatican II's bold vision from captivity 

Vatican II Reflection- 415

Given the huge importance of the media in our lives, we need to have a dedicated Media Sunday


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John W
   mini-Blog

A happy experience yesterday ...not the first time such an experience ....I was able to pay an inmate's bail which allowed him to be released from detention an hour or two later. Not "a sheep station", only HK$500, but he couldn't afford it. Now he is free, instead of waiting in detention until his trial on May 30. Same inmate is a regular "guest" at our Sunday night gathering for the poor ....all the more reason to help him. Can't help thinking that this is what Easter is all about. Jesus went bail for us, paying not in HK dollars but in his Blood.

Sun: Africa           Mon: Europe & Russia          Tues: South Asia          Wed: East Asia    
     
Thurs: S.E. Asia & Pacific        Frid: South America           Sat: Central & North America 
   
Please join me in praying for one part of the world each day of the week:
Jesus, today, Saturday, please bless the people of Central & North America

On this 12th of the month, Jesus please bless the prisoners of Jiangsu
Please join me in praying for prisoners in one part of China each day of the month


 

Fridays of Lent:

Prayer before a Crucifix

The Jesus Stabat Mater

Friday   April 11 

A sure sign of the authenticity of a charism is its ecclesial character,
 its ability to be integrated harmoniously into the life of Godís holy and faithful people for the good of all

(see below, Pope Francis: The Joy of the Gospel)

Today's Bible readings * * 

    * One week before Good Friday: 
Jeremiah's situation a foretaste of Jesus' situation

   * Momentum building up for arrest and killing of Jesus

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Good Samaritans come to the aid of miracle twins

(Stories like this are a welcome balance to "globalisation of indifference" stories)

Liturgy - New Translation

1998 ICEL Sacramentary
Misguided Missal
 
The new translation
Ghastly process/result

Ron Schmit:
 1962 Mass a condemnation of Vatican II

PrayTell

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Available in 19 languages


Jackie Evancho  - To Believe
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Pray-as-you-go.org
Daily prayer with 
beautiful music

Whole text of 1966 Jerusalem Bible

 

 

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 Success teaches you nothing (by a Hong Kong prison inmate)

In Johnís Gospel, when Jesusí friend Lazarus was lying mortally ill on his bed, he might have thought that God had forgotten him. But what he did not know was that God was preparing him for a testimony that would shock the world though Christís miracle of raising him from the dead

 

Obama, deporter-in-chief:  the shame of immigration policy, one family at a time   More than 2million immigrants kicked out. The vast majority of cases from minor crimes

 NCR Editorial:

 An engaged laity demands answers on finances, abuse
What were the bishops thinking? Why don't they get it?

 

 Following Keating's lead on reform
The world stands on the threshold of something only Australia and China have achieved over the past few decades: a long period of genuine, sustained productivity-based growth, writes Alan Kohler

 

"Pope Francis' emphasis on a poor Church for the poor" gives support to this article written before his election:
The Word-Crucified in the theology of Aloysius Pieris S.J
- see especially the section on Fr Michael Rodrigo O.M.I.  

Pope
 Francis

 

Full text

 Charisms at the service of a communion which evangelizes

130. The Holy Spirit also enriches the entire evangelizing Church with different charisms. These gifts are meant to renew and build up the Church. They are not an inheritance, safely secured and entrusted to a small group for safekeeping; rather they are gifts of the Spirit integrated into the body of the Church, drawn to the centre which is Christ and then channelled into an evangelizing impulse.

 A sure sign of the authenticity of a charism is its ecclesial character, its ability to be integrated harmoniously into the life of Godís holy and faithful people for the good of all.

 Something truly new brought about by the Spirit need not overshadow other gifts and spiritualities in making itself felt. To the extent that a charism is better directed to the heart of the Gospel, its exercise will be more ecclesial


 Vatican hires hawk to protect doves

Woman hits attacker over the head with saucepan


This website's Tanzania File
(stopping Africans from being tricked into bringing drugs to HK)

- letters  from Tanzanian inmates  in Hong Kong prisons

This website's South America file 
(stopping South Americans from being tricked into bringing drugs to HK)
- letters  from South American inmates  in Hong Kong prisons


Francis wishes to release Vatican II's bold vision from captivity 

Vatican II Reflection - 414

Many Catholic papers are too clerical


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John W
   mini-Blog

Yesterday I visited a large immigration detention centre in Hong Kong ....with a sickening feeling that although an "anyone welcome anytime" policy is not practical for any country/region, at the same time, in many parts of the world, there is a growing globalisation of indifference and even hostility towards poor people who want to have a better life for themselves and their families. So, if poor people do manage to get inside our borders, we lock them up until they can be deported or persuaded to leave

Sun: Africa           Mon: Europe & Russia          Tues: South Asia          Wed: East Asia    
     
Thurs: S.E. Asia & Pacific        Frid: South America           Sat: Central & North America 
   
Please join me in praying for one part of the world each day of the week:
Jesus, today, Friday, please bless the people of South America

On this 11th of the month, Jesus please bless the prisoners of Hunan
Please join me in praying for prisoners in one part of China each day of the month


 



A shepherd carries his sheep - see below

Thursday   April 10 

This is always a slow process and at we can be overly fearful. But if we allow doubts and fears to dampen our courage, instead of being creative we will remain comfortable and make no progress whatsoever. In this case we will not take an active part in historical processes, but become mere onlookers as the Church gradually stagnates

(see below, Pope Francis: The Joy of the Gospel)


Today's Bible readings
 

  US President: Abraham Lincoln.
"Abraham" means "father of a multitude".
Abraham is mentioned in today's first reading, psalm and Gospel
    

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Chris McDonnell
(Wed UK blogger)

 

A shepherd carries his sheep

The vision of the Church that Francis has offered us in this last year: care and concern for those less fortunate, a Church of the Poor, not lorded over by Church princes but served by those who truly see themselves as servants.  This attitude should influence the manner in which Bishops treat the priests of their Diocese, the relationship between priest and people in our parishes and the way we Christians treat each other

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Abortion - a true story

"Same-sex marriage": two elephants
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Globalisation of Indifference

Tale of Two Brains


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China Library
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  in China's Christian history

 

 



 

 

 

 


Hong Kong's English Catholic Paper, the Sunday Examiner:
Refugee union hopes to gain a bigger voice  (click to enlarge)

Pope Francis condemns killing of Jesuit priest in Syria

Dutch Jesuit Fr Frans van der Lugt shot dead in besieged Syrian city of Homs


Study indicates wide rejection by US clergy of new translation

The new translation


Argentina Archbishop defends decision to allow baptism of lesbian coupleís child

US man cleared of Brooklyn killing after 25 years in jail

Paolo Sorrentino to make TV series about fictional Italian-American pope 

Anniversary today 

Teilhard de Chardin  (1955)     Teilhard quotes

Pope
 Francis

129. We should not think, however, that the Gospel message must always be communicated by fixed formulations learned by heart or by specific words which express an absolutely invariable content.

 This communication takes place in so many different ways that it would be impossible to describe or catalogue them all, and Godís people, with all their many gestures and signs, are its collective subject

If the Gospel is embedded in a culture, the message is no longer transmitted solely from person to person

In countries where Christianity is a minority, then, along with encouraging each of the baptized to proclaim the Gospel, particular Churches should actively promote at least preliminary forms of inculturation. The ultimate aim should be that the Gospel, as preached in categories proper to each culture, will create a new synthesis with that particular culture. 

This is always a slow process and at we can be overly fearful. But if we allow doubts and fears to dampen our courage, instead of being creative we will remain comfortable and make no progress whatsoever. In this case we will not take an active part in historical processes, but become mere onlookers as the Church gradually stagnates.

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