Second Vatican Council

The Vatican's Secretariat for Communications and the Society of Jesus have signed a convention through which the Society makes itself available to the apostolic mission of the world of communications. The secretariat was formed in 2015 as part of a wider curial reform, putting nine different entities into one structure, including L'Osservatore Romano, Vatican Radio and the Vatican publishing house amongst others. The popular twitter account @pontifex, and the Vatican website were also put under...
Archbishop Denis Hurley OMI
This week, the Church in South Africa – and more widely – has been celebrating the centenary of the birth of Archbishop Denis Hurley. The event coincides with the opening of the Denis Hurley Centre in Durban – a facility which continues Hurley’s work with the marginalised: feeding the homeless, tending the sick and welcoming refugees, according to its Director, Raymond Perrier. “We do so in the ecumenical and interfaith spirit that drove him,” he says. “And we find ways to be a voice for the...
This 3-day international conference will focus on achievements and challenges in the Church’s relations with non-Christian religions in the fifty years since the Second Vatican Council.Heythrop College and the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and WalesA DRAFT programme may be downloaded here nostra_aetate_conference_5-7_nov_draft_programme.pdfSpeakers include:Cardinal Walter Kasper, President Emeritus of the Pontifical Commission for Religious Relations with the JewsArchbishop Michael...
Helping the Homeless
We have all experienced unexpected acts of kindness from time to time. Surely the whole of life will be more enjoyable if we learn to value and appreciate the natural goodness that is in others, rather than think of the world only as evil, and that as Christians, we have a monopoly of goodness. Goodness is the fruit of the love shown by God when he created humankind.God later came to us in the person of Jesus as a continuation of that initial love. This now enables those who receive him to bear...
Christ and the Disciples, a statue at Sto Domingo de Silos in Spain, Lawrence Lew OP at flickr.com
In a new book entitled, Jesus of Nazareth, German scripture-scholar, Gerhard Lohfink, describes how people in the gospels relate to Jesus in different ways. Not everyone was an apostle, not everyone was a disciple, and not everyone who contributed to Jesus’ cause even followed him. Different individuals had their own way of connecting to Jesus.  'We may say that the gospels, especially Mark, are aware of a great variety of forms of participation in Jesus’ cause. There were...
Bernard Basset was born in London in 1909.  He was educated at Hodder and Stonyhurst and entered the noviciate in 1927.  He spent some years as a teacher and in parishes at Bournemouth and the Scilly Isles (where he became friends with Harold and Mary Wilson).  He was described as “one of the great priests in England and Wales in the 50s.  He certainly put the laity on the map.  Many of his actions were in advance of the Decree of the Apostolate of the Laity of the...
The Holy Spirit
After the Council of Trent in the Sixteenth Century, little changed theologically until the dawn of the 20th century. Catholics felt safe where they were. Then, just over a hundred years ago, Catholics throughout Europe began to move forward, spiritually, theologically and liturgically.They received severe opposition from Rome.  Around the start of the Twentieth Century an excessive conservatism stifled the spirit  of renewal,  but it would later be encouraged by John XXIII Meanwhile,...