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Parish Life blog: World's Indigenous Peoples

31 Jul 2019 | Fr Andrew Hamilton

The way in which a nation treats its Indigenous peoples is often said to be a test of its humanity. If that is true, the test has often been failed. 


Parish Life blog: Humanity v barbarism

28 Jul 2019 | Fr Andrew Hamilton

The conjunction of the commemorations of The Feast of the Transfiguration and the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima on 6 August is challenging.

New wineskins - book review

10 Jul 2019 | Fr Andrew Hamilton

In its presentation of the Eucharist, New Wineskins communicates the energy and comprehensive celebration of life that are central to it. For a short book it stirs a flock of ideas and explorations.

Parish Life blog: Skills to succeed

03 Jul 2019 | Fr Andrew Hamilton

World Youth Skills Day on 15 July is important because it insists that each young person is important in themselves and is a gift to society.

Parish Life blog: Coops 4 Decent Work

27 Jun 2019 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

The International Day of Cooperatives is an annual celebration of the cooperative movement that takes place on the first Saturday of July since 1923  – this year on 6 July. The 2019 theme is Coops 4 Decent Work.

Praying for the Integrity of Justice

27 Jun 2019 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

The Pope’s Intention for July is the Integrity of Justice: That those who administer justice may work with integrity, and that the injustice which prevails in the world may not have the last word.

Parish Life blog: Pentecost Sunday

28 May 2019 | Fr Andrew Hamilton

Welcoming, discerning and courageous are the words that could also be used to sum up the work of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.

Parish Life blog: World Environment Day reflections

22 May 2019

World Environment Day will be held on 5 June. It is the day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action to protect our environment. It is also a day for reflection and prayer.

Parish Life blog: Day of Light

07 May 2019 | Fr Andrew Hamilton

At first sight, an international Day of Light (16 May) seems pretty soft. A nice thought, but it doesn’t seem to address any of our pressing concerns: the environment, world poverty, equality, gender equality, violence, and so on.

Parish Life blog: May Day meanings

25 Apr 2019 | Andrew Hamilton SJ

The tension symbolised in May Day remains and indeed is sharpened by the major issue of our day: climate change.

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