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Pope’s hope: A peace-route to Korea

Pope’s hope: A peace-route to Korea

If there is no spirit of forgiveness, it is impossible to chart a peace route and that is why Jesus has told us that he gives peace not in the way the world gives

Relativise and relax

Relativise and relax

Albert Einstein’s theory of Relativity need to be applied to our absolutist thinking and it will do a lot of good for us psychologically.

UP AND ONWARDS: The Iconography of the Ascension in Art through the ages

UP AND ONWARDS: The Iconography of the Ascension in Art through the ages

The theme of the Ascension naturally inspired art. Paintings dating back to the 5th century often depicted the episode in two zones: the earthy and the divine.

No jokes please, just break The Word

No jokes please, just break The Word

The ‘breaking of The Word’ is exactly what it means, explain the scriptures. It is not a time for lengthy catechesis, not a time for imparting life skills and

How do I get to see the Pope?

How do I get to see the Pope?

Besides certain public celebrations of the Eucharist for which you need a pass, the Holy Father also makes two public appearances each week if he is in the Vatican

St. Peter’s, built in living stone

St. Peter’s, built in living stone

The first Christian Emperor, Constantine, built the first St. Peter’s in the early 300 ADs over the place where it was rumoured by tradition, to be the tomb of S

What is the best time to visit St. Peter’s Basilica?

What is the best time to visit St. Peter’s Basilica?

St. Peter’s Basilica takes your breath away one way or the other. Built atop a 4th-century church, it was consecrated in 1626 and took 120 years to complete.

Rome sweet home – A pilgrim’s guide

Rome sweet home – A pilgrim’s guide

For many a Catholic pilgrim, a visit to the Eternal City is nothing short of a dream. Fr. Warner D'Souza takes us on a trip around the papal city of Vatican, in a

“The Labourer deserves to be paid”

“The Labourer deserves to be paid”

A labourer is typically a ‘middle class’ person, the biggest section of society and yet the most vulnerable to exploitation. If they unite as trade unions they

Fish can fish you out of troubled waters

Fish can fish you out of troubled waters

We must note that fish was an essential ingredient of the menu for people who lived on the Mediterranean and the lakes of the Jordan, and by all means they were th

A lie told a thousand times

A lie told a thousand times

Little thought is being given to the truth behind the messages sent to us and even less to the consequences of spreading it to others. Taking recourse behind the

The Sacrament of Sacrifice: ‘The Door of the Fold’ by Sybil Parker (1895)

The Sacrament of Sacrifice: ‘The Door of the Fold’ by Sybil Parker (1895)

We are at once drawn to the perfectly proportionate immaculate figure of Jesus. Dressed in an elegantly flowing white robe, His beautiful face mirrors the purity o

Easter at Emmaus: ‘The Supper at Emmaus’ by Vittore Carpaccio (1513)

Easter at Emmaus: ‘The Supper at Emmaus’ by Vittore Carpaccio (1513)

As dusk falls, the kind and hospitable disciples urge the unknown, unnamed stranger to stay with them. Tired and hungry, they gather around the table to dine. It i

This Month in History

This Month in History

These are some landmark events in the history of the Catholic Church, to help the readers to understand the depth and breadth of the mammoth monolith called the Ca

Ahmedabad gets a new bishop, and a new hope

Ahmedabad gets a new bishop, and a new hope

In the presence of a large gathering of more than 4000 people and bishops from different parts of India, the bishop-elect was led to the specially decorated altar

“I cast my net to the right as Jesus did at the Sea of Galilee”

“I cast my net to the right as Jesus did at the Sea of Galilee”

Fishermen in Mumbai Koliwadas reveal their spiritual life in the middle of nowhere.

The Profession of Faith: ‘The Incredulity of St. Thomas’ by Caravaggio (1601 -1602)

The Profession of Faith: ‘The Incredulity of St. Thomas’ by Caravaggio (1601 -1602)

Caravaggio, the father of the Baroque school of art, with the masterful stroke of his brush brings this episode to life. His colours brilliantly agree with the dar

Picturing The Passion: ‘The Elevation of the Cross’ by Peter Paul Rubens (1610 – 1611)

Picturing The Passion: ‘The Elevation of the Cross’ by Peter Paul Rubens (1610 – 1611)

The rocky cliff of Golgotha is framed by dense details of foliage that are reminiscent of the Garden of Eden. The branches recall the Tree of the knowledge of good

Easter

Easter

The hearts and minds of the sheep and lambs
Burned within when he spoke to them on the road
Nothing could stop the march of Easter
To the depths of

Priyanka’s Good Friday message

Priyanka’s Good Friday message

It is a typical forgiveness from Calvary which the towering American writer Mark Twain put it in those memorable words: “Forgiveness is the fragrance that the vi

Last Supper

Last Supper

When he rose from the table
Many in thrones of power
Tumbled down.

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