159 – Diversity is a beautiful thing when it can constantly enter into a process of reconciliation and seal a sort of cultural covenant resulting in a ‘reconciled diversity’

After the unexpected renunciation of Benedict XVI there was much speculation as to who would succeed the German Pope. Some keener analysts, unconcerned about hitting…

155 – “Any Church community, if it thinks it can comfortably go its own way without helping the poor will risk breaking down”

On the day of the spectacular descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, the Apostles were so filled with strength and courage, that Saint Peter…

154 – “The Church has never been better. This is a wonderful moment for the Church”

In concentration camps, diabolical methods of torture abound. Besides the various forms of physical abuse, prisoners are also subjected to harrowing psychological pressures. Imagine that…

153 – “The Church can sometimes fall into a needless hallowing of our own culture, and thus show more fanaticism than true evangelizing zeal”

One of Cicero’s famous sayings defines history as a thing ‘which bears witness to the passing of the ages, sheds light upon reality, gives life…

141 – “This insidious worldliness is evident in a number of attitudes. In some people we see an ostentatious preoccupation for the liturgy, for doctrine and for the Church’s prestige”

There is a brief observation we would like to make to Francis. It can be noted in his prolific pronouncements that he often mentions the…

129 – “We must create new forms of cultural synthesis. Those who migrate force those who welcome them to change. We must promote the culture of encounter”

In our day, marked by the welcoming of migrants and the ‘collaborating with people who think differently,’ many may be shocked at the words of…

131 – ‘I dream of a “missionary option”, that is, a missionary impulse capable of transforming everything, so that the Church’s customs, ways of doing things, times and schedules, language and structures can be suitably channeled for the evangelization of today’s world rather than for her self-preservation’

Let’s imagine a ship from the era of the explorers, manned by valiant souls, setting off on a noble mission – to bring the treasure…

125 – “What is called for is an evangelization capable of shedding light on these new ways of relating to God, to others and to the world around us. The Church is called to be at the service of a difficult dialogue”

‘My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me’ (Jn 10:27). No one can but be enchanted at the sight of a…

116 – The thought comes to mind of the temptation of connecting the proclamation of the Gospel with inquisitorial blows. No, the Gospel is proclaimed with gentleness, with fraternity, with love

‘He who spares his rod hates his son, but he who loves him takes care to chastise him’ (Prov 13:24). The natural love that parents…

114 – A pastor is not afraid to get his hands dirty. He risks his life, his reputation, losing his comforts, his status, even lose his ecclesiastical career as well. He cannot be content, keeping to himself. It is so easy to condemn others, but it is not Christian!

To pardon and show mercy are characteristic attitudes of every good Christian. However, it happens that at times we do not know what, or who,…