This year’s World Day of Prayer for Vocations, observed by the Church throughout the world on April 26, has a special resonance since it coincides with the current Year of the Consecrated Life.
Many Catholics expressed concern over a cartoon by Zapiro which used the crucifixion to make its political point. In the cartoon, embattled Cosatu secretary-general Zwelinzima Vavi is seen hanging on a cross on a hill as his trade union adversaries S’dumo Dlamini and Bheki Ntshalintshali walk away, carrying hammers.
During the Israeli election campaign last month, Israel’s prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, ruled out the possibility of a sovereign Palestinian state.
BY DEACON GREG GARNIE The pinnacle of all four gospels is the Resurrection of Jesus. As events go, this is the most dramatic turning point in human history, thanks to the faith conviction of the disciples of Jesus down the ages.
On Good Friday we behold the Lord on the Cross, sharing in the despair of his followers at the cruel death Jesus suffers. Unlike the disciples on that Friday, we live with the joyful anticipation of the Risen Christ.
At a time when the Church places new accents in its mission to evangelise those of no belief and those who have left the Church, a special responsibility resides with all the faithful to take care in how we present Catholic beliefs.
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