Christian death rituals have a quality of celebration. They are shot through with hope-filled anticipation that, despite the extinguishing of a life, the best is indeed yet to come.
Explore hope through the lens of a film that epitomises the sustaining and life-changing power of that virtue: Roberto Benigni’s 'Life is Beautiful'.
Our Lenten anticipation now gives way to our celebration of the resurrection of Christ, which 'is not something that we can master; it is only something we can receive'.
We tend to think of Holy Saturday as a day ‘in between’ Good Friday and Easter Sunday, without any particular significance of its own. But this could not be further from the truth, says James Hanvey SJ. It is a day that resists all of our attempts to understand it, but nonetheless we must ‘live in the realities of Holy Saturday’.
There was widespread condemnation in 2013 of the jury who were unable to reach a verdict in a prominent British court case involving the ex-wife of a former Member of Parliament. But the criticisms of the jurors, who have since been dismissed, are misplaced, argues Joe Egerton.
Do our penal practices contribute to the common good, or do we need to think more carefully about our response to crime?
Is Catholic Social Teaching starting to capture the political imagination? Dr Anna Rowlands explores the increasing interest of UK politicians in the Church’s ‘best-kept secret’.
Michael Barnes SJ uses Ilario of Viterbo’s depiction of the Annunciation as a starting point from which to discuss whether faith is linked integrally to a particular narrative.
Paediatric palliative care doctor, Richard Hain, presents a sensitive account of the ethical issues surrounding the provision of intensive care to premature newborns. ‘Are there children for whom intensive care and resuscitation are not appropriate?
What does the new evangelisation mean, and how is it an authentic fruit of Vatican II? Dominic Robinson SJ explores Pope Benedict’s call in the light of the Second Vatican Council’s understanding of evangelisation and later developments of this teaching.
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