Church - 2019

Christmas lights in Taipei (Photo: New Taipe Government)

The light of Christmas in Taiwan

ChurchDonato Contuzzi

In Taipei, 24 and 25 December are working days. Few people know the meaning of the holiday, yet the city is illuminated by LED lights. A missionary of the Fraternity of St. Charles describes the hope that everyone has inside.

Pope Francis

Burn with the charity of the good shepherd

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On the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the priestly ordination of Pope Francis, we re-propose the homily for the Jubilee, delivered on 3 June 2016.

Teodoro

Amazonia/4: The treasure of a wise man

ChurchJulián de la Morena

Venezuela, on the slopes of Mount Roraima, Theodore and his Catholic people hadn’t seen a priest for a long time. The story of a casual encounter and the beginning of a friendship.

Julián de la Morena and Teodoro
In the village of Matazanis, in Chiapas, Mexico

Amazonia/3: Waiting for Jesus to knock on the door

ChurchJulián de la Morena

In Chiapas, a village of Native American farmers, several hours by jeep from "civilization". People, from the mountains, gather to welcome a priest who comes to celebrate Holy Week.

The city of San Cristóbal de las Casas
Guillermina

AMAZONIA /2: The potter and what Nietzsche could not have imagined

ChurchJulián de la Morena

Guillermina lives in Ocotlán de Morelos, Mexico. She is a craftswoman with ten children. "Clay is earth, water, fire and air, but without me it's nothing. When I have a mass of clay, I pray and do not use moulds.” This is what her work teaches her.

Ruins of the Zapotec civilization
John Henry Newman. Illustration by Roberto Abbiati.

Newman’s living idea

ChurchGiuseppe Pezzini

He is the first English saint of the modern age. From the October issue of Traces, Professor Ian Ker, the leading expert on Newman's life and work , presents a portrait of the man, intellectual, pastor and prophet of the contemporary church.

Fr. Julián de la Morena in Chiapas, Mexico

Amazonia /1: "I, modern traveller, amongst the indigenous"

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“We have come to contemplate the peoples”, said Francis, at the opening of the Synod. In a series of articles, Julián de la Morena, missionary in Latin America, recounts his encounters with indigenous Christians. Simple people, but of great human stature.

The meeting between the Pope and the Amazonian peoples in Puerto Maldonado
Cardinal Serafim Fernandes de Araújo

Fr. Giussani's friend at Belo Horizonte

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Cardinal Serafim Fernandes de Araújo has died at the age of 95. He accompanied the movement in Brazil since the Sixties. Speaking about Fr. Giussani, he said: “He made everything pass through that diamond that is Christ".

John Henry Newman

Cor ad cor loquitur part III: Newman's third conversion

ChurchGiuseppe Pezzini and Michela Young

For the occasion of the canonisation of John Henry Newman on 13th October, we re-propose extracts from the Newman exhibition, which developed Pope Benedict XVI's reading of Newman's life as a threefold journey of conversion. A journey for us all.

Church of St. Mary and St. Nicholas, founded by Newman in Littlemore. Via Wikimedia Commons.
Benedict XVI during his address to the German Parliament on 22 September 2011

Three Popes and the “common house”

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John Paul II, Benedict XVI and Francis. A collection of the Church’s statements on themes at the heart of the Synod on the Amazon. At stake is not only "a "physical" ecology, but also a "human" ecology, that makes existence more dignified".

John Paul II
 Sister Giusy (right) in the Palaçoulo countryside

Portugal: The gift of a new monastery

ChurchMaria Acqua Simi

A new Cistercian "foundation" in the countryside, in the North of the country, will host a community of ten Trappist nuns who will leave their home in Vitorchiano, Italy. A living expression of "our being Church for the world".

The construction work of the new monastery.
John Henry Newman. Photo from The Oxford Oratory.

Cor ad cor loquitur part II: Newman's Second Conversion

ChurchGiuseppe Pezzini and Michela Young

For the occasion of the canonisation of John Henry Newman on 13th October, we re-propose extracts from the Newman exhibition, which developed Pope Benedict XVI's reading of Newman's life as a threefold journey of conversion. A journey for us all.

Trinity College, Oxford. Via Wikimedia Commons.

Assisted suicide. The Italian Bishops on the ruling of the Council

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Italy’s Constitutional Court ruled on the non-punishment of suicide assistance to those who have already decided to take their own lives, pointing towards guidelines for a future law. The Italian Episcopal conference reiterates the words of Pope Francis.

Monsignor Giuliano Frigeni

Giuliano Frigeni: “Our cry”

ChurchAlessandra Stoppa

Why is the life of indigenous peoples at the center of the Church’s attention? The interview with the Bishop of Parintins who, before participating in the October synod dedicated to the Amazon, will be at the Cultural Centre in Milan on 24th September.

John Henry Newman

Cor ad cor loquitur Part I: Newman’s first conversion

ChurchGiuseppe Pezzini and Michela Young

For the occasion of the canonisation of John Henry Newman on 13th October, we re-propose extracts from the Newman exhibition, which developed Pope Benedict XVI's reading of Newman's life as a threefold journey of conversion. A journey for us all.

An allegory of Tudor succession. Wikimedia Commons