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The Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial holds a lesson for us all

December 7th, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

In her moving poem On the Pulse of Morning, Maya Angelou wrote insightfully about history and humanity’s ­tendency to forget, when she said: “History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, and if faced with courage, need not be lived again.” Her words were a powerful call to face up to and learn about our past in order to understand it and avoid ­repeating the mistakes and the misdeeds of earlier generations. Sadly, it is not a message which carries much resonance in Scotland. Collective amnesia and widespread ignorance of our past seem to be the norm. Nowhere more so ... continue reading.

LGBT issues and Catholic schools

December 7th, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Following concerns about the teaching of LGBT matters in Catholic schools, Barbara Coupar of the Scottish Catholic Education Service addresses the Church’s implementation of the government-backed TIE campaign.... continue reading.


Time to speak out for free speech rights on campus

December 7th, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Catherine Farrelly, president of Strathclyde Students for Life, explains why anti-abortion students’ fight for university recognition is so vital... continue reading.


Why we’re all banking on Faith

December 7th, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

As Christians rail against payday lenders, Ross Ahlfeld finds communities are leading the fightback.... continue reading.


We are not alone when we walk with God

December 7th, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Clergy can, like the Apostles, argue and compete with each other—but there’s a unique value in the bond that joins priests — By Fr Jamie McMorrin ... continue reading.

Participants process through the streets of midtown Manhattan during the 35th annual Pax Christi Metro New York Way of the Cross/Way of Peace April 14 in New York City. "Jesus Calls Us to Active Nonviolence" was the theme of this year's Good Friday commemoration. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz) See GOOD-FRIDAY-STATIONS April 14, 2017.

Bumping into St Mary at Adelaide cross

November 30th, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Hugh Dougherty finds it easy to encounter the powerful, living legacy of Australia’s first Saint... continue reading.

Advent, a season of joyful expectation before Christmas, begins Nov. 29 this year. The Advent wreath, with a candle marking each week of the season, is a traditional symbol of the liturgical period. (CNS photo/Lisa A. Johnston, St. Louis Review)

Don’t forget the greatest gift of all this Advent

November 30th, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

With Christmas less than a month away, it’s time to remember the true meaning of Advent and the need to prepare for the Infant King, Fr Michael Kane writes... continue reading.

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Plugged in to the power station of prayer

November 23rd, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

A week in a monastery on silent retreat is a reminder that the praying of the Divine Office powers the life of the Church, by Fr Jamie McMorrin... continue reading.

The bright lights of commercialism can blind us to the presence of God

November 23rd, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

In his Letter from America, Brandon McGinley reflects on a midnight stroll through Times Square and how modern society crowds God out... continue reading.

Loneliness: The epidemic of the 21st century

November 16th, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

ONE of the questions I get asked most often, especially by young people, is about loneliness. There is a presumption that a priestly life is painfully solitary; that our celibacy inevitably brings with it the burden of isolation.... continue reading.

Young people hunger for meaning, truth and love

November 9th, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Praying with a seven-year-old can restore your Faith in humanity, Fr Jamie McMorrin says, as he discusses school chaplaincy... continue reading.

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