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23 May 2013
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‘St Valentine’s Day!’ grumped someone I know. ‘It’s just a cynical commercial exercise.’ It was a calendar date, he went on, that he never, ever observes. ‘Every day should be Valentine’s Day,’ added

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23 May 2013

The link between religion and violence is obvious. The nature of the link is far from obvious; and is, in fact, usually misunderstood. Religion isn’t the cause of violence. Human beings are the cause of violence. Our covetous envy is the cause of

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23 May 2013
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BY STEFAN GIGACZ Five hundred years after his death, Shakespeare's tragic anti-hero Richard III ("my kingdom for a horse") is back in the news with the discovery of his skeleton. But as Mark Shea notes, "it's tough to be the victim of the greatest

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23 May 2013
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BY STEFAN GIGACZ This week's posts highlight Pope Benedict the radical economist and perhaps second last pontiff, explore a Mondragon inspired co-op in Australia, canvas the possibility of 'Cathophobia', explain how the medieval Catholic Church changed

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23 May 2013

"There are two ways, one of life and one of death, and the difference between the two ways is great." - The Didache 1.1 (c. mid C2nd , CE). This so-called Teaching of the Twelve Apostles echoes the key important biblical theme of God’s People at a

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23 May 2013

Recently I attended the stage production of South Pacific, which seemed an appropriate time to reflect on the recent celebration Valentine’s Day. Both occasions raise the profile of human love in all its complex expressions and circumstances, and should

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23 May 2013
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In the Church's calendar we are now in Lent and have just moved through the first annual installment of what is known as Ordinary Time. There are thirty-four of these weeks throughout the year, a sort of sacred breathing space between the liturgical seasons,

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23 May 2013

(Image from http://www.holidays.net/purim/) Purim is almost here. The one-day Jewish festival will be celebrated on Sunday this year. And while it is not high on the agenda of most Catholics, there are good reasons to sit up and take

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23 May 2013
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BY STEFAN GIGACZ Drowned out in a continuing deluge of pope stories this last week was the death of Evelyn Billings, co-developer of the Billings Ovulation Method of natural family planning. As far as I can tell, among Australian papers, only her hometown

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23 May 2013
\n This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) and I will send you a copy of the letter, with the link to the brochure which was sent to our Subscriber base last week.

Tour historian Dr Brian Brennan and I would be delighted to have you join us on a trip which changed the lives of many of our original group… as pilgrim Julie Borger wrote, Julie Borger: ‘We came home feeling really blessed having had such a wonderful time in that special place. Thank you for all your hard work in putting the tour together.’

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Christine HoganChristine Hogan is the Publisher for the faith-based publications for Church Resources, and moderates the discussion boards of CathNews.



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See Galilee and live! Shot of the Sea from Capernaum (Christine Hogan) BY CHRISTINE HOGAN CathNews Subscribers will already know the news that the keen-eyed CathNews website visitor has also now gleaned... we are off on Pilgrimage to the Promised Land and the

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23 May 2013

(Image from www.philomena.org) BY BRIAN DOYLE Probably my single favorite memory from teaching Sunday school, at the harried request of my pastor, who lost his usual Sunday School teacher suddenly when she married a Hindu doctor and converted on her

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