The central objective of our faith is the hope of salvation at the hour of our death; and our chief reason for living with Christ, more than any of our earthly needs, is to prepare us well for the eternal life in the presence of our loving Father.
For all the financial reforms which Pope Francis is instituting, all his calls for greater simplicity, and all his engagement for the poor of the world, the critics of the Church will continue to perceive the institution as being beset by corruption and hypocrisy, not always fairly.
The ruling by Judge Hans Fabricius in the Pretoria High Court that a doctor who sought to assist a patient to die would face no criminal sanction and not lose his medical licence will have elicited much sympathy from those who regard “the right to die” as an issue of mercy and of personal liberty.
South Africa has emerged from a traumatic month which has shaken the nation and damaged the country’s reputation.The xenophobic violence in Durban and elsewhere revived a bigotry that never went away after the pogroms of 2008.
BY FR DAVID HOLDCROFT SJ It is now three months since a wave of looting of migrant-run shops began in Snake Park and other parts of the country, spreading to Durban where attacks left several people dead, many more injured and an estimated 2500 people displaced, reliant on churches, mosques and the city for their survival.
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.
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