To be an established and acclaimed artist by the age of 30 is more than most musicians can hope for. But for Audrey Assad, music is more than a career; it’s a means of evangelisation. And it’s the search for truth, not record sales, that drives her.
In a masterful book on grace, Piet Fransen suggests that we can test how well we understand grace by gauging our reaction to this story, writes Ron Rolheiser.
Luke 12:49-53 ‘I have come to bring fire to the earth,and I wish it were blazing already! There is a baptism I must still receive, and how great is my distress till it is over!
One of 10 children born to poor, Greek Orthodox Lebanese parents who migrated to the United States, Helen Thomas scaled the heights in her professional life as a White House reporter – until controversy ended it.
Machiavelli’s The Prince is synonymous with ruthless politics entirely detached from ethics, but Phillip Bobbit shows that rather than a license for rulers to do as they pleased, The Prince is actually a guide for governance.
Australia is home to the whole world and I am very proud to be one of those to call Australia home, says Fr Liem Duong, Assistant Parish Priest at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Cabramatta.
Too often the Catholic Church learns the value of accountability and transparency the hard way. In Philadelphia, for example, a senior member of the archdiocesan staff walked off with more than $900,000 in church proceeds before the theft was uncovered in the summer of 2011. The newly arrived archbishop, Charles Chaput, was outraged at the theft.
“Are you allowed to look at yourself in the mirror?” I stood stunned for a second or two by the question before I could open my mouth and answer. I was 22 years old and in my first year with the Missionaries of God’s Love Sisters. This particular day, I was facing a room full of year ten girls with whom, along with a couple of other sisters, I had been discussing what it meant to be a sister. The short answer to the question was and is, of course, “Yes!”
How can St Anthony’s story continue to inspire generations of believers? That was one of many questions talked about in this latest edition of Catholic Focus.
A Jewish-Catholic friendship dinner in Melbourne, a new option for the study of Christian bioethics in Brisbane and the Bishop of Bathurst, Michael McKenna, visits schools in his diocese to ensure there is a 'true Catholic spirit'.
Francis calls Italian man to console him after his brother was murdered, four priests are suspended from a seminary in Bangalore, India, in a murder probe, and the Vatican's PR agent (pictured) is under fire for questionable Twitter posts.
Fr Amin Abboud, priest of the Prelature of Opus Dei, passed away last month at the age of 48, reports Catholic Communications at the Sydney Archdiocese.
The Pope denounces consumerism as poison, and urges respect for Muslims in a letter at the end of Ramadan. A Georgian sculptor prepares to create Europe's tallest statue of Jesus and police probe an attack outside a Vietnamese cathedral.
Sadly, today, there are many deaths by suicide. Very few people have not been deeply affected by the suicide of a loved one. And yet suicide remains widely misunderstood, writes Ron Rolheiser.
Bishop Bill Wright says the Church is more transparent than ever, Catholic Health says changes to aged care must not affect the poorest of the poor, and the restoration of a Townsville cathedral is half-finished.
Luke 12:32-48 "There is no need to be afraid, little flock, for it has pleased your Father to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions and give alms. Get yourselves purses that do not wear.
At a weekly public audience earlier this year, the Pope underscored one of his characteristic themes: the countercultural implications of membership in the church. 'Belief in God makes us bearers of values that often do not coincide with the fashion and opinion of the moment,' he said. CNS reports.
Sr Rose Pacatte interviews author Dr Reza Aslan about his latest book, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth.
When Barbara Reynolds-Hutchinson was 18 she made a fateful decision to step into St Francis' Chapel at the top of Elizabeth Street, Brisbane. She was not in full communion with the Catholic Church at that stage.
Since the advent of cinema, faith has been treated on film in a wide variety of ways, from the respectful to the satiric. As any number of pictures from Hollywood's golden age might be used to demonstrate, however, a reverential approach to the subject of religious belief does not by itself a thoughtful movie make. With the church's observance of the Year of Faith continuing, here in alphabetical order are capsule reviews of 10 films which engage with this often elusive topic in an accomplished and illuminating manner. Sometimes directly, in other cases only by subtle implication, these screen parables provide viewers with insights into the nature of faith - as well as its effects.