Catholic leaders: Don’t forget refugees during pandemic

CNA Staff, Jun 20, 2020 / 02:01 pm (CNA).- People around the world have practiced solidarity during the pandemic, and they should do the same for refugees, Catholic humanitarian leaders said on World Refugee Day.   “COVID-19 has taught us an important lesson, the need...

The key to understanding soon-to-be-Saint Charles de Foucauld

His eyes stare out of the grainy black-and-white photo with an intensity I found frightening when, as a child, I first saw it on a prayer card. Later I began to imagine that perhaps this look was something to do with the romance of the desert. In my mind the nobleman...

Catholic Action: The president who transformed Ecuador

From Mexico to Argentina, the countries of Hispanic America (Portuguese-speaking Brazil had a different experience) followed similar patterns after independence. In almost every case, the oligarchy that had brought about the break with Spain would split into two:...

My wanderings have taken me into the mythical heart of England

Suddenly, there has been nowhere to go. This prompts the question, why do we usually go anywhere at all? At the same time, our immediate surroundings have newly revealed themselves. I live in Southwell in Nottinghamshire and am normally tempted to head for the more...

The pandemic has forced us to imagine a different future

What was it like when Mary and the disciples left the Upper Room on the day of Pentecost? As they stepped into the streets of Jerusalem it must have felt very familiar and very new at the same time. Many of us are having the same experience as the Covid-19 lockdowns...

Jesus invites us to confront a sinful world

Twelfth Sunday of the Year Jeremiah 20: 10-13; Romans 5: 12-15; Matthew 10: 26-33 “Sin entered the world through one man, and through sin death, and thus death has spread through the whole human race because everyone has sinned.” We tend to think of sin as the...

Concerning statues and absolute INSANITY

In these USA lib mob participants have reverted to their reptilian brain stems – I know, I know, its not unusual – and are committing massive vandalism in the destruction of public and private property by tearing down statues the don’t like, or they brain-stem “think”...