BY DAVID TIMBS In the few weeks since Jorge Bergoglio became Pope Francis he has become for many a symbol of renewed hope and confidence while for others he remains someone to be regarded with a degree of caution, even suspicion. While some are looking

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Kangaroo: Image courtesy of Shutterstock --- BY RICHARD WHITE For the past week or so I have seen them. A mob of kangaroos pass through our property between six and seven in the morning. I am out there doing the watering. It is very dry and the kangaroos

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BY ANGELA McCARTHY A student recently came to me in distress in the lecture break to ask the question ‘Who goes to heaven?’ Her husband is Catholic and he wanted their two children to be baptised but she has been resistant because she has been

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Blogwatcher - Pope Socrates?

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BY STEFAN GIGACZ Is Pope Francis an intellectual pope? asks Michael Sean Winters. Not according to Jeff Lawler who writes: So now, after two Pontiffs with extraordinary scholarly credentials, we have a Pope who has no pretensions to intellectual

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Image: Google Images --- BY JUDITH LYNCH I don’t want to be poor. Recently I wrote a blog piece for CathNews about poverty. It wasn’t published and for that I give thanks. As I pushed the send button I was struck by the sudden realization

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BY DAMIEN F BRENNAN I have been challenged by some recent world events. This has made me ponder on the way that I live and the values that I aspire to uphold. It has provoked me to admire again the people who are closest to me. It shows in striking relief

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Image: by Mev Puleo --- BY BETH DOHERTY In 1994, photojournalist Kevin Carter was awarded the Pulitzer prize for photography. The photo was of a starving Sudanese refugee girl bending down just a kilometre from a feeding station.  Nearby stood a

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  Mother Mary, the inspiration for Paul McCarntey’s life and song. Google images. --- BY ANN RENNIE Wikipedia, that new fount of all knowledge in this digital age, is a great way to check small facts and urban legends and eclectic bits of

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Gold Coast by night. Image: Google --- BY GARRY J. EVERETT Queensland’s Gold Coast, that magnificent stretch of sun-bathed, surf and sand, is often referred to as ‘God’s waiting room’. This is a sad description, based on the fact

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