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Radicalization and religious extremism in Ethiopia: A threat to development

Radicalization and religious extremism in Ethiopia: A threat to development

Fr. Devine said that religious ideological extremism is concerned with eradicating alternative modes of existence and perception in society through terrorism addin

QUATREFOIL: The Inspiration of St. Matthew by Caravaggio (1602)

QUATREFOIL: The Inspiration of St. Matthew by Caravaggio (1602)

True to Caravaggio’s style, the painting is devoid of detail. No landscape, no architecture, no bystanders. Caravaggio strips out the non-essentials to draw us t

Clergy in crucible: Turn searchlight inward

Clergy in crucible: Turn searchlight inward

Somewhere some priests and religious have forgotten about their personal integrity and they have forgotten that they are at the service of their brothers and siste

From the heart it has come, to the heart it shall go…

From the heart it has come, to the heart it shall go…

“You often say, ‘I would give, but only to the deserving.’ The trees in your orchard say not so, nor the flocks in your pasture. They give that they may live

Asifa

Asifa

Carrying a thousand scriptures
That hid their thousand depredations.
When you cried little Asifa, nobody heard
Your predators had turned deafened br

Development: A Christian perspective

Development: A Christian perspective

Any development without human development would remain mere skeletal system of dinosaur, sans flesh and life, as a museum piece to show what a sizeable development

Not in MY name – A critique of Catholic socio-religious customs

Not in MY name – A critique of Catholic socio-religious customs

In the Catholic social circuit, sacraments call for a celebration; be it Baptism, Eucharist (Fist Holy Communion), Confirmation, Marriage or Holy Orders. Ironicall

Discussing Nano Nagle in the Context of Today’s World

Discussing Nano Nagle in the Context of Today’s World

A pioneer in education in Ireland, Nano was declared venerable in the Catholic Church on 31 October 2013 by Pope Francis. Her life and her inspirational work have

Why do we bring money into devotion?

Why do we bring money into devotion?

Pope Gregory the Great must revisit the Catholic Church from seventh century, to cleanse the Augean stables. He removed corrupt priests from office, strictly forba

Thomas More: A saint for politicians

Thomas More: A saint for politicians

More has another wise dictum for politicians: “He travels best that knows when to return.” When we vote for a particular politician, he or she must know that o

Aloysius Gonzaga: A saint for students and youth

Aloysius Gonzaga: A saint for students and youth

Aloysius Gonzaga was indeed a martyr of charity and true love always entails great sacrifices and therefore, this young saint must become a beacon and searchlight

At the fringe of faith

At the fringe of faith

As my eyes swell—like the sea—dark and stormy,
I wish you would be kind to keep me company,
In your arms that were wounded,
May my botched soul

Mark's Jesus calls us to be 'fishers of men'

Mark's Jesus calls us to be 'fishers of men'

Like the tiny mustard seed that grows into a tree that can give shelter to so many birds, the vision of Jesus has gripped the whole world.

Lord, be my guide

Lord, be my guide

Open my heart to the shower of Your Favour,
The soulful melody, the voice of my Saviour,
Let me be filled with the flame that had lit,
The hearts of

Beatitudes for 21st century

Beatitudes for 21st century

Too many unreasonable things will crop up related to your religion and you will be in soup if you don’t know how to bring reason into faith.

'The Disputation of the Holy Sacrament’ by Raphael (1509 – 1510) PART 2

'The Disputation of the Holy Sacrament’ by Raphael (1509 – 1510) PART 2

It is through the outpouring of the Holy Spirit that the Word (Infinite) descends from heaven and through the sacrament of the Eucharist (celebrated every single d

“May the heart of Jesus live in the hearts of all”

“May the heart of Jesus live in the hearts of all”

If we can implant the heart of Jesus in us then we can easily recognize “the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human

Bishop Chacko Thottumarickal’s Catholic vision

Bishop Chacko Thottumarickal’s Catholic vision

When I read in Sathyadeepam some of the views of Bishop Chacko Thottumarickal, I thought here is a truly catholic bishop who will truly match an excellent catholic

Reflections of an Irish missionary on peace building in East Africa

Reflections of an Irish missionary on peace building in East Africa

The peace-development nexus is a constituent component of Shalom’s approach with the two pillars of social cohesiveness being intrinsic to its methodology.

Seat of Wisdom we have come

Seat of Wisdom we have come

As we tread towards our summit
Help us to spread everywhere light;
Do not make us lamp under bushel
But one that can darkness dispel.

O MYSTIC MARVEL: The ‘Holy Trinity’ by Masaccio (1425)

O MYSTIC MARVEL: The ‘Holy Trinity’ by Masaccio (1425)

The principal subject, as the title suggest, is the ‘Throne of Grace’ depicted in the form of the Triune Godhead. The Father holds His crucified Son while the

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