Have you heard the one about the Jesuit doing stand-up comedy at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe? With just one performance remaining of his show, Learning to Pray in Front of the Television, Jake Martin SJ tells Thinking Faith what it has been like to take the
John 6:60-69 When many of Jesus’ disciples heard his words, they said, ‘This teaching is difficult; who can accept it?’ 61But Jesus, being aware that his disciples were complaining about it, said to them, ‘Does this offend you?
Within the Catholic Church, the topic of vocation often focuses on the priesthood and religious life. Marriage, family and single life, or one’s chosen work, tend to be discussed as an afterthought. When I Googled “vocation in the Catholic
Home of Pro Life was established few years ago by three Catholics who are concerned with street children and those who have no relatives. They have lived in different locations, and now they are settled in Matraman, East Jakarta.
Villa St Joseph by the Sea in Ventnor, New Jersey, is being sold by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia --- Of all the organisations that serve America’s poor, few do more good work than the Catholic church: its schools and hospitals provide a
A new principal for Trinity College in northern NSW, across the border police investigate a blaze in a Gold Coast school, and in Sandringham, Victoria, Sr Patrice Timoney (pictured) wages a battle on behalf of nursing home residents. New
Paul Ryan, US Republican Vice-Presidential candidate --- English breakaway group seeks unity with Rome, Nigerian bishops appeal for international help, US Catholics pray for the Vice-Presidential candidates to have a change of heart, and Argentine bishops
Oswaldo Payá February 29, 1952 – July 22, 2012 Cuban activist Oswaldo Payá , who spent decades speaking out against the communist government of Fidel and Raul Castro and became one of the most powerful voices of dissent against their
Anthony Shadid at the Ras Lanouf frontline, Libya, March 2011 --- House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East by Anthony Shadid (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) - Reviewed by Patrick Cockburn In 2006, Anthony Shadid visited the
Gerard D’Souza is national coordinator of the Young Christian Workers movement and he is based in the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne. Originally from Adelaide and now living in Northcote, the 23-year-old has been in this role for the past 15 months.
Eight years ago, the world of Adelaide parishioner Peter Rozitis’ came crashing down following the sudden death of his wife of 31 years. “We’d been to Mass that day and she’d sung in the choir,” Peter recalls of their last
John 6:51-58 Jesus said to the crowd: ‘I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.’ 52The Jews then disputed among
Last year a French movie was released, Of Gods and Men, that was described by The New York Times as "perhaps the best movie on Christian commitment ever made," writes Ron Rolheiser. Based on a true story it tells how, in 1996, an Islamic terrorist
To believe Richard Dawkins, and many other atheists, you'd think there is a deep gulf between science and religion, that the two are intractably at loggerheads and have nothing useful to say to each other. But this is at odds with what many other
To highlight the work of young women in the church, NCR Online asked contributors and readers to nominate Catholic women in the US under the age of 40 whose work has greatly impressed them. Here are 12 women that the judges selected who are making a
Fears that changes to the ACT vilification laws may see churches end up in court more often, NSW priests celebrate their 60th anniversary wearing the collar, and a group of Year 12 students from Gilroy Catholic College in Sydney (pictured) this
A gold nugget is found in the pope's butler's house, the church in Colombia helps negotiate the release of two hostages, Kosovo Catholics practise their faith openly, and the first Jesuit stand-up comedy show, featuring priest-in-training Jake Martin
Hitler, photographed in 1925 by Heinrich Hoffmann, practising his oratorical gestures. Photograph: Heinrich Hoffmann/Getty Images --- The Pursuit of the Nazi Mind: Hitler, Hess and the Analysts by Daniel Pick - Reviewed by Frances Stonor
From Ireland, where he was bitten so badly by his father’s bees that he couldn’t wear a collar for Mass, to Australia, where he had the unusual opportunity to see his own coffin, Fr Micheál O’Sullivan’s path has been an
Dr Glen John (‘Herb’) Coorey Born September 1932, died May 2012 Dr Glen John Coorey, (known in Sydney University and medical circles as ‘Herb’) was a highly talented surgeon who, because of his education and career, became a role