Posts Tagged ‘Hope’

Forgiveness, hope as Mass celebrated in the streets amidst violence

Monday, July 17th, 2017

In the middle of the current wave of political unrest, hunger and death, Venezuelan people are finding forgiveness is possible and there is hope for a better future. Violent demonstrations and attacks since the end of March have seen 92 people killed and over 1,500 injured. The new change in Venezuelan people’s attitudes began with Read more

Chiara Corbella’s husband on her possible canonization

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

The cause of canonization for the Italian laywoman Chiara Corbella opened June 13, the fifth anniversary of her death. Here is a recent interview with her husband: When Enrico Petrillo and Chiara Corbella were expecting their son Francesco, Chiara was diagnosed with a very aggressive form of cancer. Together, they decided to postpone treatment so Read more

Pope and Facebook founder – communication technologies could alleviate poverty and encourage hope

Friday, September 2nd, 2016

Facebook and similar communications’ technologies could be used to alleviate poverty, encourage the culture of encounter and bring a message of hope, especially to the most disadvantaged. This week’s meeting at the Vatican between Pope Francis and Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder and CEO of social networking giant Facebook, looked at ways to achieve this. The meeting Read more

Confessions of a girl with mental illness

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

This is my confession: I have a mental illness When I was 17, I was diagnosed with Chronic Depression (yeah, we’re diving straight in) but I believe that if I’d had the guts to see my doctor earlier, it would’ve been diagnosed when I was 13, or maybe even earlier. I suffered from Insomnia throughout Read more

Archbishop Dew says family synod freedom a welcome change

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Archbishop John Dew has contrasted the freedom of speech prevailing at the synod on the family with the atmosphere at a past synod. The Archbishop of Wellington told Vatican Radio that what is happening is very different from a synod on the Eucharist nine years ago. “ . . . I talked [then] about the possibility Read more

Bishop Peter Cullinane speaks at interfaith gathering

Friday, September 19th, 2014

Bishop Peter Cullinane was one of a number of speakers at a recent multifaith event in Palmerston North. Prisms of Light – An Interfaith Conversation on how Compassion Transforms our Communities, explored how compassion is a central theme in the the living out of many world faith traditions. Other speakers were: Helen Chong spoke on roots of compassion Read more

Anglican head tells NZ service that Church must beat its fears

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

In a sermon given in Auckland, the spiritual head of the Anglican communion has challenged the Church to overcome its fears. Preaching at a packed Holy Sepulchre Church in Newton, Archbishop Justin Welby said the Church has “so often lived in fear and often does so now”. “Fear causes our quarrels, whether it is sexuality Read more

Mum said, “I don’t want to die”

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

When Mum called to tell me she had cancer I didn’t answer. I looked up from my eggs on toast, registered her name flashing on my phone, and decided that whatever Mum wanted could wait. It waited until after I’d showered, watched an episode of Orange is the New Black, painted my nails a lurid green, Read more

Signs of hope in the Church and world

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

What are the signs of hope in the Church and the world? My initial reaction to that question was somewhat confronting. Besides the “Francis factor”, I saw very few signs of hope in the Church. This response was probably strongly influenced by the heart-rending stories of pain, suffering and broken trust that have been told Read more

Bethlehem this Christmas

Friday, December 20th, 2013

“Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem…” (Luke 2:4) As we remind ourselves each year, Joseph and Mary made their long journey, compelled by a census. It became a journey of joy as Mary gave birth to a baby whom we call the Read more