Great leaders are able to harness the energies of a group of people, tap into their motivation to achieve something worthwhile, and focus that motivation upon a task that is worth their commitment. These abilities are the hallmark of all good leaders. Think

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Formed in response to John Paul II's call to evangelise the world of sports, Catholic Athletes for Christ aims to share the Gospel in and through athletics. Join Fr Thomas Rosica as he perfects his baseball vocabulary and speaks with Ray McKenna, founder of

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A Zen master once wrote “No seed ever sees the flower.” We are all meant to begin things that will only come to fullness of fruit after us, writes Joan Chittister on NCR Online. With those insights in mind, we have to ask how it is that two

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Holy Father, this is the 26th World Youth Day, and the 12th celebrated with a big international meeting.  What is the significance of these events in the pastoral "strategy" of the Universal Church in the third millennium? Dear friends, greetings! I'm

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Matthew 16:21-27 From that time on, Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and undergo great suffering at the hands of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. 22And Peter took him aside

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Marc Purcell, Executive Director Australian Council for International Development, speaks at a Social Policy connections forum earlier this month, on  whether Australia is doing enough in terms of international aid.

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A few weeks after the September 11 terrorist attacks, Pope John Paul II invited Muslim leaders to an interfaith prayer summit in Assisi, Italy, the site of a dramatic interreligious peace gathering he had hosted 15 years earlier, reports the Catholic News

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The Pope declares he love Australia (pictured), Victorians talk of their fundraising and pilgrimage experiences, a Sydney bishop celebrates 40 years of priesthood and a risque art exhibition opens in Melbourne.   Ballarat youth set up cardboard

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The bishop of Cloyne was criticised over his silence, Franciscans have translated the Bible into Japanese, a Nicaraguan priest was killed and Real Madrid football club gave the Pope his own jersey (pictured). Former Bishop of Cloyne slammed by Irish minister

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In 1946, when computers were few enormous machines, oddly slow by today's standards, and the Internet wasn't even an idea, a young Italian Jesuit priest planned to use machines and language elaboration for a titanic enterprise: organising the immense work of

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 Michael J. Lacey and Francis Oakley, The Crisis of Authority in Catholic Modernity, Oxford University Press $41.95 Click here for a 20% discount on these and other books from Church Resources and John Garrett Publishing According to some commentators,

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The religious mediawatch blog GetReligion.org remarks on the "complete disinterest in the content of the event". "What might Pope Benedict be planning to say to the youth? What themes will he be developing? What is his goal? Why do so many young people want

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It would be difficult to find a Jewish person who does not feel Karol Wojtyla to have been a very special, in fact, an extraordinary, human being, reports Vatican Insider. Asked to comment on Pope Wojtyla’s beatification, Rabbi David Rosen, Director of

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Matthew 16:13-20 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, ‘Who do people say that the Son of Man is?’ 14 And they said, ‘Some say John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or

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Each of us views the world around us from our individual perspective. And, as part of that vision of things, the points of view that we have developed over the years remain affirmed within us, and they consistently colour our personal assessment of people and

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There aren’t too many nuns who are also water engineers. In a video report from Sean Dorney, the ABC’s Pacific Correspondent, find out how Good Samaritan Sister, Marella Rebgetz is helping to solve Kiribati’s critical water needs as a water

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World Youth Day 2011 is an important moment in Pope Benedict XVI's campaign to remind Europe of its Christian roots and to call Europe to a nobler understanding of democracy, writes George Weigel on ABC Online. As the Holy Father demonstrated in

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Gay marriage was debated in Canberra, in NSW the former premier returned to the stage, a Catholic educator received recognition, and St Mary's choir (pictured) has been selected to sing in Rome. Sister Maria McCosker dies in Young

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An Irish priest suggests jointly-run schools, in Rome a cardinal said Vatican II was not a break in tradition, in America four bishops are suing Alabama over immigration laws and in China underground priests remain in custody.On a lighter note, Mozart

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Fr John Chokolich was born in a Dalmatian village in 1917 and arrived in Western Australia in 1924 with his uncle Josip.  John loved the Mass and its ceremonies. He learned to be an altar boy at St Brigid's, West Perth. Archbishop Clune asked him if he

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From St Mary’s, North Sydney. The first Mass of the day on YouTube

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Live streamed from Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral, Waitara

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