Questions on the Faith: Why do evil spirits exist?

Q: Why are there evil spirits? One would have thought that God, with His infinite goodness, wisdom and foresight, would not create anything that would become evil. Now that they exist, why doesn’t God wipe them out? – Anthony Oei A: This is a good but rather complex question. Firstly, I am assuming that by [...]

Archdiocese warns against ‘Charlie Charlie’

A game that purports to invoke a Mexican demon – known as “Charlie, Charlie” and considered to be a simplified version of the Ouija board – has gone viral on social media among young people.Scores of short video clips, posted mostly by teens, show players shrieking when a pencil apparently moves on its own after [...]

Finding & Being Treasure

SFX Bulletin, 27 July 2014: Many of us are familiar with Jesus’ parables on the treasure hidden in a field and the fine pearl of great value.  Both the treasure and the pearl symbolize the “Kingdom of Heaven” as Jesus tells us (v.44&45).   In both parables, the “someone” and the “merchant” “sells everything he owns” [...]

Via Crucis: A Glorious Cross Like Dawn Following A Long Night

Vatican City, 18 April 2014 (VIS) – At 9.15 p.m. this evening, Good Friday, the Bishop of Rome presided at the Via Crucis, or Way of the Cross, service at the Colosseum, where thousands of faithful accompanied Christ’s path to the Cross by the light of candles and torches. From the Palatine Hill the Holy [...]

Jesus’ Pain On The Cross Reflects The Pain Of Humanity

Vatican City, 16 April 2014 (VIS) – The suffering of Jesus on the Cross, that reflects the pain of humanity and represents the divine response to the mystery of the evil that is so difficult to understand, was the theme of Pope Francis’ catechesis during the general audience held today, Holy Wednesday, in which the [...]

Appeal For Harmony In Ukraine

Vatican City, 3 March 2014 (VIS) – Following the Angelus prayer, Pope Francis launched an appeal for harmony in Ukraine, asking the faithful to pray for the delicate situation in the country is currently experiencing. “While I hope that all the parties within the country will make efforts to overcome misunderstandings and to build the [...]

The Power Of Grace Is Stronger Than Evil

Vatican City, 8 December 2012 (VIS) – At 3.45 p.m., on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, Benedict XVI made his way to Piazza di Spagna in Rome for the traditional act of veneration of the image of the Virgin Mary on the column situated in front of the Embassy of Spain to the Holy [...]

The Peace Of Christ Is The Result Of His Victory Over Evil

Vatican City, 14 April 2012 (VIS) – Thousands of pilgrims are currently converging on the cathedral of Trier, Germany, for the fifth centenary of the first public display of the “Heiliger Rock”, said to be the Holy Robe which Jesus wore before His crucifixion and for which, according to the Gospel of St. John, the [...]

‘We must not remain silent before evil’

Lent begins on Feb 22 this year, with the celebration of Ash Wednesday. CNS photoPope stresses ‘fraternal correction’ in Lenten messageVATICAN CITY – In his Lenten message, Pope Benedict XVI called on the faithful to be concerned for one another and “not to remain isolated and indifferent” to the fate of others.Materialism and a sense [...]