The Clash of Objectivism and the Common Good in America

The Clash of Objectivism and the Common Good in America

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Recently the editorial staff of Missione Oggi, our mission magazine for Italy, asked me to write an article on the Catholic Church in America after more than a year in the term of President Donald Trump. The clash between the present vision of the government and Catholic social teaching in many areas is cause for concern. I also see the importance of the Church that is attempting to be a seed of reconciliation. Fr. Carl Chudy, SX Ayn Rand, Russian born…

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Orientation for New Religious Missionaries in Sierra Leone, West Africa

Orientation for New Religious Missionaries in Sierra Leone, West Africa

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Selfie of new missionaries in their introduction to Sierra Leon culture and language. Fr. Noah Francois in the blue t-shirt is a Xaverian Missionary who studied in our theology of Chicago. Orientation Program for New Missionaries in Sierra Leone The University of Makeni (Unimak) in partnership with the Religious Conference of Superiors of Sierra Leone offered an orientation program for new religious men and women in Sierra Leone, that is, those who have arrived in the country less than two…

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Re-imagining Interfaith Dialogue

Re-imagining Interfaith Dialogue

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Fr. Carl Chudy, SX On a steamy afternoon in our nation’s capital an unlikely group of people gathered at the Marvin Center of George Washington University from far flung places like Japan, a number of countries of Europe, Africa, Latin America. Lay Buddhists, Christians of various denominations, secular humanists, Muslims, Sikhs, Hindus, Jews from Israel and others came together to “re-imagine” the healing power of interfaith dialogue in a world wreathing from moral, cultural, and religious divides. We were 22…

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African Traditional Beliefs & Christian Faith

African Traditional Beliefs & Christian Faith

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Sharing Christ across cultural and national boundaries, as missionaries do, impels us to engage with the traditional religiosity of those to whom we are sent. Out of great respect for a faith already present, we seek to find the signs of Christ already present in our non-Christian brothers and sisters, openness to dialogue and learning. Xaverian Missionary, Fr. Minani, writes about this in his work in Sierra Leone, West Africa. It is uncertain to describe or explain a phenomenon such…

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Connecting with Our Muslim Neighbors During Ramadan

Connecting with Our Muslim Neighbors During Ramadan

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Fr. Carl Chudy, SX On the evening of June 15, 2018, Ramadan has come to a completion for this year, the feast of Eid al-Fitr. As part of our new Mulitifaith Collaborative in the metrowest area of Massachusetts, we organized an iftar celebration, bring Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Daoists, and others with our Muslim friends in the traditional breaking of the fast of the day. Ramadan is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting (Sawm) to commemorate the first…

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Inauguration and Blessing of New Church in Thailand

Inauguration and Blessing of New Church in Thailand

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Fr. Giovanni Matteazi Our first missionaries to Thailand in 2011, Frs. Thierry Kamga, Giovanni Matteazzi, Thiago Rodrgues, and Alessandro Brai began with language and cultural studies for more than a year. We were given the care of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Parish  in Tak where tribes are strewn throughout the mountainside. We also have a house in Bangkok where we assist with ministry in the diocese. Last Saturday, 28 April, the new parish church of Saint Joseph the Worker…

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The Nexus of Mission and Violence Today

The Nexus of Mission and Violence Today

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Fr. Carl Chudy, SX Last November 2017, the U.S. moved forward with extraditing a former high-ranking El Salvador military official to Spain to face murder charges for allegedly plotting the killings of six Jesuit  priests, their housekeeper and her teenage daughter in 1989. Inocente Orlando Montano Morales failed in his final bid to avoid extradition when the U.S. Supreme Court announced, without explanation, that it had denied his request to halt his extradition. The decision allowed the State Department – which has had a warrant…

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I’ve Lost You in How I Had You

I’ve Lost You in How I Had You

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Easter Sunday 2018, Homily of Fr. Carl Chudy Throughout these days of Holy Week we have accompanied Jesus, his disciples, and the crowds  from Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem, to the arduous and painful walk up the Via Dolorosa. We all converged at the top of the hill of Golgotha. All of us, witnessing the murder of Jesus on the cross, are faced with the lifeless body of the Lord demanding some kind of a response from us, and from God….

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Stations of the Cross

Stations of the Cross

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Many of our users will be familiar with the traditional Catholic devotion known as the Stations of the Cross, a series of meditations on scenes from the Passion of Jesus, from his sentencing at the hands of Pilate to the laying of his body in the tomb. There are fourteen standard stations, which can be found on the walls of just about any Catholic church in the world. But some variations from this form exist, including one more closely following…

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Keeping the Lenten Fast – thoughts from a dialogue with Islam

Keeping the Lenten Fast – thoughts from a dialogue with Islam

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As the season of Lent begins, Michael Barnes SJ compares Christian and Muslim approaches to fasting, prayer and almsgiving, and considers what the two traditions might have to learn from each other. Michael Barnes SJ lectures in the Theology of Religions at Heythrop College, University of London, and is Director of the De Nobili Dialogue Centre in Southall, west London. He also teaches a course on Catholicism at the Muslim College in Ealing, and is author of Theology and the Dialogue…

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