Benedict's Passion

02-Apr-2011

Jesus of Nazareth Holy Week: From the Entrance into Jerusalem to the Resurrection Joseph Ratzinger/Pope Benedict XVI Ignatius Press. 384pp $37.95  This volume is a sequel to Jesus of Nazareth: From the Baptism in the Jordan to the Transfiguration, in

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With Christopher Hitchens, it is not a question of Christianity having been tried and found wanting: it has simply never been tried – or understood, writes Francis Phillips in the Catholic Herald. In an interview with Mick Brown in the Sunday Telegraph

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Depicting the history of salvation throughout the rebuilt St Patrick’s Cathedral in Bunbury is the highlight of internationally-renowned West Australian artist Robert Juniper’s career, reports The Record. Juniper has depicted stories from the

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John 4:5-42 So Jesus came to a Samaritan city called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 6Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired out by his journey, was sitting by the well. It was about noon. 7 A Samaritan

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As we move into Lent, it becomes obvious how carefully the Readings of the Liturgy have been selected to draw us deeper into the truth of our faith.  They are not drum rolls to Easter but lessons about what it all means for us, what it means to be a

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This discussion from Canada's Salt + Light TV examines Africa's gift to the Church. Host Pedro is joined by Sister Hazel Campayne from Our Lady of Lourdes Black Catholic Community Ministry and Father Stan Chu Ilo pastor at St. Therese Catholic

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While the public face of the Apostolic Visitation of the Church in Ireland has shown the determination of the visitators to listen to those who have been abused by priests or Religious and to demonstrate the Church’s remorse, there has been another

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Frank Quinlan -- Frank Quinlan has resigned from his position as Executive Director of Catholic Social Services Australia to take up a new appointment as the new CEO of the Mental Health Council of Australia. Also in the social services sector, Monsignor

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Archbishop Oscar Romero -- History was made this week when President Barack Obama visited the tomb of Archbishop Oscar Romero in El Salvador. Meanwhile the international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) has launched a new report which

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Retired Bishop Samuel Ruiz Garcia, known as the champion of the poor and indigenous in southern Mexico, has died at the age of 86.Bishop Ruiz headed the Diocese of San Cristobal de Las Casas from 1960 to 2000, and from 1994 to 1998 mediated a commission

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Karen Armstrong, Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life, Random House Australia, 240P $29.95This volume is a departure for Karen Armstrong. Known for an impressive series of studies of world religions and the history of religious ideas and practices, Armstrong

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The Gospel concept of stewardship permeates Catholic teaching. it is therefore entirely fitting that the Vatican is seeking to become the world's first carbon neutral state and that the Holy Father has laid such emphasis on our moral responsibility to battle

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Pilgrims have been walking the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage for over 1000 years. Its history and significance make it a spiritual epicentre for the Christian faith after Jerusalem and Rome. This episode of Catholic Focus on Salt + Light speaks to an

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Frank Clarke strolls around the inner sanctums of Clongowes Wood College, effortlessly explaining the history of oil portraits and hidden doors concealed as fake bookcases, like a star graduate of the school; someone who has been ingrained in its culture for

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Matthew 17:1-9  Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, by themselves. 2And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazzling white.

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In 1994, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photo showed a frail little Sudanese girl crouched, head bowed, struggling to make her way to a feeding centre with a large vulture behind her, ready to claim her body when she died, writes Rev Peter Ingham, the Bishop

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At every service in every Catholic church in Australia, the Mass begins the same way it has done for 40 years. The priest says ''The Lord be with you'', and the people reply ''and also with you'', writes Barney Swartz in the Age. It has been this way since

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Education has figured prominently in the news, with one new school opening, a second renovated and a third closing. On a lighter note, Bishop Anthony Fisher (pictured) gave his tips on Parramatta's best restaurants in Sydney's west, and his favourite

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It's been a week of colour and movement, with stories about Papal socks sold online by a Paris designer, WYD in Madrid to be eco-friendly, and the world's largest bronze stations of the cross in Rome. On a more serious note, the plight of Christians in

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Catholic Leader columnist and prison chaplain Fr Kevin Ryan died last weekend. The popular columnist said at that time "the best part" of priesthood was "being a bridge between God and people, between this world and the next".Brisbane Centacare Pastoral

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Mass on Demand

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

Mass Online

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Live streamed from Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral, Waitara

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Daily Prayer

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