23 May 2013

Noli me Tangere, Chapel of Mary Magdalen, Lower Basilica of St Francis, Assisi, Italy. Fresco, approximately 1320. Photograph by Ron Dullard. --- BY ANGELA MCCARTHY Over the past few years, part of my academic research has centred on the work of Giotto and

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23 May 2013

BY DAMIEN F. BRENNAN As I sat on the city bound bus I did what so many of us seem to do these days, I checked emails on my phone. One was interesting. Our parish worker had a pleading general email request for emergency housing for a refugee family of

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23 May 2013

BY STEFAN GIGACZ It's going to be impossible to escape the conclave over the next couple of weeks. So here are a couple of sites to bookmark to follow what is happening (or not): Pope 2013 blog from Italy's Corriere Della Sera. Vatican Insider from La

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23 May 2013
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BY STEFAN GIGACZ Drawing on files published by Wikileaks, Daniek Kovalik at Counterpunch warns that US government agencies are still suspicious (or worse) of liberation theology, with embassy operatives citing as evidence the case of a San Salvador bishop

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23 May 2013

(Google Images) --- BY GARRY EVERETT The process for electing a Pope occurs within what is known as a conclave. This is a gathering of eligible Cardinals, who meet in a locked room without the means of communicating with the outside world, and vote

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23 May 2013

(Google Images) --- BY DANIEL ANG While the past weeks have been dominated by the news of Pope Benedict XVI’s sudden resignation, more immediate to our experience was the onset of Lent, a season of purification and renewal. On their part, the

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23 May 2013

BY ELIZABETH MCKENZIE It’s hard to take Lent seriously in the southern hemisphere. It impinges on the most hedonistic time of the year: beautiful beach weather; salads and barbies; cool drinks; golden mornings and balmy evenings; summer uniforms - and

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23 May 2013

BY CARMEL PILCHER RSJ Perhaps the most joyous and lively liturgical celebration that I participated in last year occurred at St Mary’s Cathedral Sydney on the feast of the Immaculate Conception.  Marist Brothers from across the land gathered to

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23 May 2013

(pic: St Theresa of Avila; middle-St Thérèse of Lisieux;bottom right- St Catherine of Sienna) --- WOMEN: SET THE CHURCH ON FIRE! BY BETH DOHERTY "We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realising that. This

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23 May 2013

(Google Images) --- BY BRIAN DOYLE Here, I’ll prove to you that there are no tiny moments, no dull moments, no little things, only a general failure on our parts to see the wild and amazing slather of miracles that come unbidden and will, for each

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23 May 2013

Someone like this? The late Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini of Milan (Google Images)--- Worth a punt in the Papal stakes? BY JOHN RYAN At last, after many wasted years of trying to find and eradicate the problems that have made their way into the system

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