For a self-confessed extrovert who has lived in the city for 40 years, it can be challenging to come to terms with the isolation of a ministry based in western Queensland, but Carmel Pattinson SGS says she wouldn’t have it any other way.
Since its founding in 1926, the need for the Catholic Near East Welfare Association has only grown. This papal agency, created by Pius XI to support the Eastern Catholic Churches, is helping sustain vulnerable Christian populations amidst poverty and violence.
Luke 16:1-13 Jesus said to his disciples: "There was a rich man and he had a steward who was denounced to him for being wasteful with his property.
Meeting Claudio Pastro, the renowned Brazilian artist and architect, during my recent visit to Brazil for the Communion of International Benedictine Women’s Conference, was a once-in-a-life time experience, writes Clare Condon SGS.
This year we celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Catholic Worker movement. In truth, there is no such thing as a successful Catholic Worker: The life of the Catholic Worker is a life of struggle and disappointment that strips away your illusions but never achieves your expectations, much less your hopes. It is a never-ending learning process fraught with pitfalls and foibles. Anyone can serve soup, and many people put their bodies in places of social distress, but to live in community or to try to hold a community together over the years is seemingly impossible. It is a journey that begs for a providential combination of grace, guts and luck, writes Jeff Dietrich.
The Rev F Joseph Gossman once began a homily about the sanctity of human life by quoting the words of Jesus: 'I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. I am the good shepherd.'
An oppressive Iranian regime destroys families. Decades later, the deep wounds are yet to be healed. Kamila Shamsie reviews this new novel for The Guardian.
St Vincents nurses inspire a scholarship in honour of a departed colleague, Korean Buddhist monks tour St Mary's Cathedral, and Australian mining executives listen to the Pope.
The Thai Prme Minister has an audience with Pope Francis, the UK governmnt is urged to investigate abortion laws and Francis praises a newly beatified Argentine 'cowboy' priest.
I have often considered how remarkable it is that something as ordinary as marriage could become a sign of God’s own salvific plan of love. I thought about the salvific nature of the married vocation when my wife and I adopted a newborn.
Luke 15:1-32 The tax collectors and the sinners, meanwhile, were all seeking the company of Jesus to hear what he had to say, and the Pharisees and the scribes complained.
A few years ago, Marist Brother Peter Corr fms took a six-week crash course to learn Spanish, resulting in mixed success. 'I learnt a lot of words, but no complete sentences,' said the 63-year-old headmaster of Marist College North Shore.
DG Hart’s history of Reformed Protestantism takes us through its entire 500-year history – from 16th-century Zurich and Geneva to modern locations as far flung as Seoul and Sao Paulo. Reviewed for The Tablet by Diarmaid MacCulloch.
Long before sustainability became a buzzword, architect Shigeru Ban had begun his experiments with ecologically-sound building materials such as cardboard tubes and paper.
Archbishop Coleridge calls for evangelisation with creativity, a Queensland school mourns their principal, the Catholic Mission 2013 Appeal focuses on Mongolia, and the Vianney dinner honours jubilarian priests (pictured).
Reform is afoot in the Vatican. Pope Francis has tightened the reins on the Vatican bank, worked through a gruelling visit to Brazil, named a new Secretary of State, and is now busy preparing for the October meeting of cardinals who will advise him on how to breathe new life into the Catholic Church. The new Pope’s agenda is simple: spread the good news of Jesus Christ in a freer and more convincing way. Christ stated the church’s mission very plainly: 'Go out and make disciples of all the nations.' Here, a leading American Jesuit has some suggestions for Catholic parishes to better carry out this mission:
Pope Francis is leading the Catholic Church on an extraordinary campaign to prevent President Barack Obama's proposed military strike on Syria. Exceptional as they are, however, Pope Francis' actions have followed in close continuity with the spirit and record of his predecessors.
He was a snowy-haired, craggy mountain of a man; a poet, among the greatest of our era. This obituary of the genius whose death leaves ‘a breach in the language itself’ appeared in The New York Times.
The Pope donates mooncakes to Hong Kong prisoners, Jewish-Catholic ties reach a new high, and Syrian refugees find support from Catholic relief services.
God writes straight with crooked lines. That axiom sounds clever, but is there real truth or depth to it? asks Ron Rolheiser.