By Deacon Michael Bidkerstaff, Integrated Catholic - We live in an age that is filled with signs and wonders, many of which are ominous and terrifying—our politics continues in turmoil, fears of wars and terrorism persist, our environment is being polluted in ways unseen before, our families, youth and societal institutions continue their collapse...
By Fr. Alexander Lucie-Smith, Catholic Herald - As readers of this magazine will know, the West’s longstanding attachment to Saudi Arabia is deeply hypocritical. Saudi Arabia denies religious freedom – the only Catholic Church in the country is in the Italian Embassy. Saudi Arabia is currently engaged in war in Yemen, using British made weapons, with scant regard for civilian casualties. And the list goes on.
By JD Flynn/CNA, EWTN News - A prominent South African cardinal said Saturday that the 2018 Synod of Bishops on “Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment” can be a model for the way that Church leaders engage with youth in parishes and dioceses around the world... Cardinal Wilfrid Napier of Durbin also called for revisions to a synod working document he called “Eurocentric,” saying that the synod’s work must take into account the situation of young people and the Church in other parts of the world, noting especially the needs of the Church in Africa.
By Sister Judith Clare Phillips, VHM, Catholic Exchange - During this month of October, the Church presents us with a wonderful array of saints. We can get to know these friends of Christ more intimately and learn valuable lessons from them by reading their writings... One good source of inspiration for all vocations and lifestyles is the Letters of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque. Saint Margaret Mary was a French Visitation nun who received revelations from the Sacred Heart of Jesus.