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The day of St Francis Xavier’s canonisation, October 25 1619, was a bumper day for the Catholic Church because Xavier was canonised alongside St Ignatius of Loyola, St Teresa of Avila and St Philip Neri. The images of those four saints would have been

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Christ's nativity has inspired artists - of all ages and cultures - for thousands of years. Salt + Light speaks with internationally recognised Canadian sculptor, Timothy Schmalz, who discusses what inspires him.

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Two well-known bishops have passed away - Fr Kevin McKelson, known to the Kimberley communities in WA, and Fr Con Keogh, a mental health pioneer. On a brighter note, four deacons were ordained in Sydney (pictured). Ballarat Catholic Diocese plans to

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Enrolment in US seminaries has risen, a French court cleared Opus Dei over an abusive work practices charge, the Pope smiled at a seat-belt charge brought against him during his visit to Berlin (pictured) and he may still visit Ireland next year. Vatican

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Artist Rita Corbin, whose tender line drawings graced the pages of Catholic Worker journals for decades, died last month from injuries suffered in a car crash. She was 81. For her, the artistic endeavour could not be separated from one's political and

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Matthew A. Shadle, The Origins of War: A Catholic Perspective, Georgetown Univ. Press. Click here for a 20% discount on this and other books from Church Resources and John Garrett Publishing This new book offers a thought-provoking argument for

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Growing up a third-generation Catholic in India, Carlton Meyn's passion for social justice and the marginalised was developed at a very early age, reports the Catholic Leader. As the chairman of the pastoral council of St Michael's Parish, Dorrington, on

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One cold morning in 1950, a dying man was released from Belgium’s tough Charleroi jail. Waiting to greet him was a married couple, rather younger. The former prisoner was the Abbé Norbert Wallez, former editor of the Belgian Catholic newspaper

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Even in a career full of threats and harassment, the day someone deposited four cats at her office door, all with their throats slit, stands out for Consuelo Morales, reports the Los Angeles Times. "They were telling us to be quiet or we'd be next," she

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Mark 13:33-37 Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Beware, keep alert; for you do not know when the time will come. 34It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his slaves in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to be

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The season of Advent is not so easy for us to understand and celebrate. This is especially so in Australia, where it comes at the beginning of summer, as the working year concludes and the beaches and barbeques beckon, writes Michael McKenna, the Bishop of

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A Nun's New Habit

26-Nov-2011

This program, A Nun’s New Habit, follows the story of Sister Carmel Wauchope, a sister of the Good Samaritans who resides in the outback town of Whyalla, not far from the recently closed Baxter detention centre. Sister Carmel kicked off her habit some

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Two Queensland choirs have been chosen to sing at Anzac Cove, Capuchin monks will take over Father Bob's Melbourne parish, Catholic hospitals receive a vote of trust, the first step is taken for a new cathedral in Canberra, and an innovative program will keep

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Franciscans have doubts over UNESCO rulings, military chaplains are surprised at a laspe in treating war dead, Austrian bishops reject lay-led Mass, an American priest is appointed nuncio to Ireland and a Columban missionary insists the Egyptian

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A priest known for his unusual method for charitable giving has died in Los Angeles. Father Maurice Chase, also known as Father Dollar Bill, passed away Sunday evening at home. Chase visited LA's Skid Row every Sunday to hand out single dollar bills to

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Ann Rennie The Secret Garden of Spirituality Michelle Anderson Publishing Click here for a 20% discount on this and other books from Church Resources and John Garrett Publishing This volume presents a wide-ranging series of reflections on

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Craig Battams started his career off as a painter and musician. But his dreams of becoming the next Picasso took a back seat later in life when he had a young family to feed, reports Southern Cross. At 29-years of age he began teaching Art at St Paul’s

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Words are two-edged swords: they can connect us through shared meanings or they can divide us through misunderstandings. "Charity begins at home" can be understood both as an invitation that unites and as a slogan that divides, writes Fr Christopher Jamison

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He was planning to spread the Word of God from the altar. Instead he eventually chose to do it from behind the desk of Adelaide’s most successful advertising agency, reports Southern Cross. Founding partner of kwp! Advertising Andrew Killey, 63,

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Matthew 25:31-46 Jesus said to his disciples: ‘When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. 32All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another

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