Pope Francis is headed back to the Vatican after a week-long trip to Chile and Peru
Conversing with Brendon Mannyx about his life journey so far, it is hard to push away images of Abram setting off from home to a foreign land or of Ruth leaving all behind to accompany Naomi to an unknown destiny. Harder still, when Brendon tells of his pilgrimages and faith adventures overseas, to dismiss the soundtrack of leaving boats behind on familiar shores to “follow you again, my Lord”.
Pope Francis has issued an impassioned plea to corporations to stop their relentless extraction of timber, gas and gold from God’s “holy ground”, saying “consumerist greed” should not be allowed to destroy a natural habitat vital for the entire planet.
Pope Francis, who is on the second leg of his trip to Latin America, has spoken out about violence against women in Peru.
There are many reasons people are drawn to Catholicism. Some people are born into the faith, while others embark on a meandering journey which leads to the Church. Some, as in the case of Timo Aytac Guzelmansure, a Turkish national and former Muslim whose conversion story is shared here, are inspired by Catholics they have encountered in their life.
Luke 10:25-37 tells us of a Jewish traveller who, after being stripped of his clothing and badly beaten, is left for dead near a dirt road.