December 2016

No 506 - Vol 46

Cover photo:  Wikimedia



By Paul Gateshill

Fifty years of friendship

In 1966 the historic meeting in Rome between Archbishop Michael Ramsay and Pope Paul VI ushered in a new era of ecumenism which gave members of both Churches the prospect of unity after 400 years of separation. The 50th anniversary of that historic occasion was marked by a meeting between Pope Francis and the Anglican Primate Justin Welby.

The full text of the declaration can be found here


Angel of mercy

Recently much publicity was given to the canonization of Mother Teresa of Calcutta. Long before her death, Mother Teresa had become world-famous for her work amongst the poorest of the poor in India. On 8 July 2016, Abdul Sattar Edhi, often referred to as ‘Pakistan’s Mother Teresa’, died at the age of eighty-eight. Frank Johnson reports on this remarkable man who was little known in Britain.


Christmas with those who suffer

This Christmas meditation challenges us to go beyond the tinsel and glitter of Christmas and enter the true meaning of the birth of Jesus.

taken from ‘Christmas Joy’


Word of Life - December 2016

He will come and save you. (Isa. 35: 4)

Love does not delay and offers an outstretched hand as if to someone drowning. God comes to us like this. We can do the same with others.


Education is creative reliving

Robbie Young chooses a writing from Brendan Purcell as his ‘treasure from the past’: “…the educated younger generation's reliving the past will never be mere repetition, but precisely because it loves the genuine values of the past, it will enrich them with its own youthful vigour, apply and develop them creatively in the new circumstances of the present.”


The shepherd

Cathy Beer shares a story to help us enter into the beauty of Christmas.


In memory of a friend

Padraic Gilligan, from Dublin, reflects on the life and death of a childhood friend whom he hadn’t seen for over forty years.


Widening the cracks

Pat Kane asked Jan Morovic to share something about his work as an artist.


Secondhand voices

A short poem by Ann Finch


Christmas in the thirties

Dorothy Robinson takes us down memory lane and shares a long and tested Christmas cake recipe.



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