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In his book, Pope presents Jesus as reconciler, not political revolutionary

Pope Benedict XVI: Priesthood is a vocation, not a Job

Facebook page opens for JP2 beatification

Pope calls on leaders to protect civilians in Libya

Vatican to launch news portal

"Philosophy studies must combat suspicion of truth"

World Youth Day goes green

Vatican to UN: Humans must remain at the centre of green development

US Bishops launch African Scholarship Fund

Auxiliary Bishop for San Jose appointed

Catholic bishops of Pakistan could propose Shahbaz Bhatti as a martyr

Relics of St Theresa of Lisieux arrives in Holy Land

New Myanmar bishop sets his priorities

Pope appoints coadjutor bishop for Phu Cuong

ICYM team visits Jamshedpur

Bringing smiles to the differently-abled

Marian Academy of India receives award

New Coadjutor Archbishop for Calcutta appointed

Bangalore Archdiocese donates ` 10 lakhs to Japan

Andhra Pradesh federation of churches: Annual meet

Bishop Thumma Bala appointed as the Archbishop of Hyderabad

Formation in villages for seminarians and candidates

Gujarati Christian Poets' Meet held

Symposium on Blessed Mother Teresa held

International Women's Day in Asha Nivas

'Think globally': Jesuit Superior General

In historic verdict, Indian Supreme Court says no to euthanasia

PMI SilverJubilee symposium organised

Teresian Association celebrates 100 years

Vatican launches 'Courtyard of the Gentiles' - a turning point for dialogue

Vatican's new financial norms go into effect

Reforms in seminary philosophy studies

Pope meets the bishops of Syro-Malankara

Pope appeals for ceasefire in Libya

St Alphonsus Liguori: a model for new evangelization

Philadelphia Archdiocese to launch 'Phaith' - a monthly magazine

MC Sisters go to university

Salesian appointed as coordinator at university

Liberation theologian Jose Comblin dies

John Paul II beatified for holiness, not his papacy

68th miracle at Lourdes: Cure of TV repairman

"Filipinos! Unite under God for Life"

Two new bishops for Japan appointed

Indonesian Church welcomes new nuncio

Children in Myanmar taught to pray rosary

Priest to cross country on foot for peace

Cardinal Varkey Vithayathil dies

Varanasi IMS Provincial appointed

Church angry at smashing of statues

Indian Church observes Romero day

SC quashes all cases against Divine Retreat Centre

Christians in Andhra Pradesh seek SC status for Dalit Christians

India has 1.21 billion people: 2011 Census reveals slower growth rate

Another Christian killed in Kandhamal

KSSS celebrates International Women's Day

New Archbishop takes over Cuttack-Bhubaneswar comprising Kandhamal

"To stay youthful, keep useful!" - auc

"Youth is the reason of hope, enterprise and energy, to a nation as well as individual." -W. R. Willliams

"We don't see things as they are; we see them as we are." - Anais Nin

"Good habits formed at youth make all the difference." -Aristotle

"God does not call the qualified, he qualifies the called!" -auc

"Age does not protect you from love. But love, to some extent, protects you from age." - Jeanne Moreau

"We make a living by what we get; we make life by what we give!" -auc

"There is more hunger for love and appreciation in the world than for bread." -Mother Teresa

"Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." -Martin Luther King Jrr

"There is enough in the world for peoples' need, but not for peoples' greed!" -Mahatma Gandhi

"Freedom is not the right to do as you please, but the liberty to do as you should." - auc



Jesus Yesterday and Today
14. A life without blinkers

By Joe Mannath, SDB

Thomas Merton once wrote that only the mystics—persons in close contact with God—see rightly. The rest of us, when we see someone, are blinded by our greed and anger and jealousy and fear and unhealed hurts and what not; we do not really see the person. We see him or her through coloured glasses. If my spectacles were dirty, I would not see you clearly. I would not see the beauty of a sunset or of flowers, however lovely they may be. The “beam in my eyes,” as Jesus would say, would prevent me from seeing….

Gospel values
02. Hope

By Bishop Lawrence Pius

Traditionally, in the Catholic Church, hope is considered to be one of the virtues. As most of us know there are four cardinal virtues viz. prudence, justice, fortitude and temperance and three theological virtues viz. faith, hope and charity. The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) defines hope as the “theological virtue by which we desire the Kingdom of Heaven and Eternal Life as our happiness, placing our trust in Christ’s promises and relying not on our strength, but on the help of the grace of the Holy Spirit.”…..

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Something Beautiful for God

By C.M. Paul, SDB
Blessed Mother Teresa:
26 Aug 1910 – 5 Sept 1997

The Birth of Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Agnesë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu (Gonxhe means “rosebud” in Albanian) was born youngest of three children on 26 August 1910, in Üsküb, Ottoman Empire (now Skopje, capital of the Republic of Macedonia). Agnes considered 27 August, the day of her baptism, to be her “true birthday.” She was brought up in a very devout Catholic home by Drana Bojaxhiu, her mother, from age 9 when he father Nikollë Bojaxhiu, an Albanian patriot, died in 1919…. `

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Holiness through suffering
By Jude Pragasam

St Alphonsa Muttathupadathu
19 Aug 1910 – 28 July 1946

“This exceptional woman was convinced that her cross was the very means of reaching the heavenly banquet prepared for her by the Father,” Pope Benedict XVI states. He refers to our recently canonized citizen of India – St Alphonsa Muttathupadathu. Her life portrayed an unconditional acceptance of suffering. She even avoided praying to Our Lord to alleviate her suffering. She truly understood the salvific value of suffering….

By Dr Jean Prabu

My elderly mother who lives with me, has recently been diagnosed as a diabetic. I would like to know what diet she should have. She says that she has been advised to eat frequently – Instead of doing so, she mostly eats very little, saying she has ‘high sugars’ – so by fasting she hopes to bring the sugars down! My neighbour on the other hand keeps on eating every hour or so, has put on weight and is also diabetic!.. What should I do? Please do advise. - Mrs Daisy

Diabetic diets have become the latest fad in the burgeoning billion dollar diabetes industry. Every diabetic specialist and most diabetic patients believe the diets they follow will help to sort out their sugar problem.

Lead, Kindly Light
4. Caring for the soul

By M.A. Joe Antony, SJ

She doesn’t understand why he worries so much. “Tell him, Father,” she says. “Tell him he doesn’t have to worry as long as I am here.” When I ask him if he isn’t really lucky, what does he say? “I am too dependent on my wife. Emotionally, I mean. And I don’t like it.” His worry about depending on another person makes him ignore the rare privilege of a loving, caring wife who is still around…

13 - Mending a human being, not just a muscle

By Joe Mannath, SDB

The scene is dramatic.
Crowds pack a home to listen to this moving preacher, whose words could set people on fire, and soothe their restless souls. He had a reputation for extraordinary healings. Many looked in impatiently from the edge of the crowd, wishing they were closer, or in a position to bring a sick relative nearer to his healing hand
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The presbyter as reconciler

By Michael Amaladoss, SJ

When we think of the special powers of the presbyter two things particularly pop into our minds: his ability to turn bread and wine into the body and blood of Jesus by his words and his capacity to forgive sins in the sacrament of confession. I am sure that most Catholics believe that the only way that they can get their sins forgiven is to go to a presbyter in confession
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‘Our Year... Our Voice’ International Year of Youth

By Alwyn M. J. D’ Souza

The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on 18th December 2009 passed the resolution by consensus, to proclaim 2010 as the International Year of Youth, from 12 Aug 2010 to 11 Aug 2011. The theme ‘Dialogue and Mutual Understanding’ would enhance the value of dialogue among youth from different cultures and among different generations.  The ‘Year of Youth’ celebration should encourage young people to devote their ‘energy, enthusiasm and creativity to economic, social, spiritual and cultural development and the promotion of mutual understanding.’
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Let the Youth arise and shine

By Deva Joe, SDB

The Tamil Nadu Bishop’s Council (TNBC) also has announced from 20 June ‘10 to 19 June ‘11 as the ‘Year of Youth’ with the theme: “Let the Youth Arise and Shine.” The ‘Year of Youth’ coincides with the 25th anniversary of the first International Youth Year held in 1985 on the theme, “Participation, Development and Peace.” It is also the Silver Jubilee Year of the First Catholic International Year of Youth held during the papacy of John Paul II.
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St. Alphonsus de’Liguori (1696-1787)
Feast day: 1 August

Validated after death

Courtesy: Butler’s Lives of the Saints

The founder of the Redemptorists was the eldest child of the captain of the royal galleys of the Kingdom of Naples. By the age of sixteen he held a doctorate in civil and canon law; he practised as a barrister for eight years, during which it is claimed that he never lost a case, but then he did lose in a major land dispute. Interpreting this as a sign that God did not wish him to practise law, he also abandoned any intention of marrying...
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By Fr S.J. Anthonysamy

We all know that the mother of Jesus is known by the name Mary. But as we read the Gospels we come across several women whose name is Mary. Can you help me with a list of women with the name Mary in the New Testament? - Selvi, Chennai

In the first place there is Mary, the mother of Jesus. From the birth of Jesus until his death, she played a unique role in the mission of Jesus. She was symbolically entrusted to the disciple John as Jesus was about to die, and hence she became the mother of the whole humanity. There is Mary Magdalene from whom Jesus had cast out seven demons. She was the first to see the risen Jesus (Mk 16:9). She is from Magdala in Galilee and hence her name Magdalene...
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Why doesn’t my husband drive?
By M.K. George, SJ

Nirmala greeted me at the railway station as I boarded the same train for a two hour journey. She had been a participant in one of my recent classes. When she asked to sit near me in a crowded train, I know she wanted to talk. Hers was generally a happy story. Her husband is a professor in a medical college and extremely caring to the family. Two children in school. All of them, devout church goers and active in pastoral involvement. She herself is a college lecturer, busy with her doctoral research work, and enjoying her work.

‘I only have one complaint, not really a complaint but uneasiness with my husband’, Nirmala said.
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Thinking, feeling and healing
By M.A. Joe Antony, SJ

Everyone knows Dev Anand, the ever green Hindi film actor. He is 87 now and he is not merely still active, but he still acts in movies! Once when an interviewer asked him for the secret of his youthfulness, he replied, “I think it has to do with your mind.”

Bill Moyers is a well-known American journalist, who worked for two American Presidents, John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. In the late 1980s he interviewed several doctors and medical researchers in the U.S. for a television series called Healing and the Mind. Later in 1993 most of the interviews were compiled and published as a book with the same title (Doubleday, 1993).
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