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Today’s Gospel in Art – Take up your cross and follow me

Quo vadis? by Annibale Carracci 1601 © National Gallery, LondonGospel of 7th August 2020 – Matthew 16:24-28 Jesus said to his disciples: ‘If anyone wants to be a follower of mine, let him renounce himself and take up his cross and follow me. For anyone who wants to save his life will lose it; but anyone who loses his life for my sake will find it. What, then, will a man gain if he wins the whole world and ruins …

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Pope launches new catechesis on healing the world

‘The Holy Spirit not only heals us but also make us healers,” Pope Francis said in his first weekly General Audience after the July break. Pope Francis said that the Christian virtues of faith, hope and charity enable us to heal the physical, social and spiritual infirmities of our times, such as those revealed by the pandemic.

In his catechesis live-streamed from the Apostolic Library o…

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CAFOD emergency appeal for Beirut

Image: Caritas LebanonOn the evening of Tuesday 4 August, two explosions at the port of Lebanon’s capital city of Beirut sent an enormous shockwave across the city killing more 100 people and leaving more than 4,000 injured. Thousands of families were affected by the explosion. Many of them have slept in shattered homes or temporary accommodation, while also facing the deadly threat of the coronavirus pandemic. Resc…

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Fr Shay Cullen: How we can undo injustice, help indigenous communities

Guajajara woman and child  wiki image Antônio Cruz/AbrHe was in his mid-twenties, young, dedicated, a defender of the trees and the ecology of his native Amazon rain forest and guardian of his community.

Paulo Paulino Guajajara is the latest of many indigenous people shot and killed in a cruel and treacherous murder by illegal loggers. His companion, Laércio Souza Silva, was also seriously wounded but he survived. It happened in the Araribo…

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