“Revolution does not easily come to mind when we think of the papacy.” Those words appeared in the opening lines of a book that Archbishop Emeritus John R. Quinn of San Francisco published in 1999. The Reform of the Papacy: the costly call to

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NZ bishops describe the parliament's same-sex vote as 'bizarre', the QCEC scrutinises the Gonski funding model, in Brisbane Archbishop Coleridge issues a call to rebuild, and a conference in Melbourne reflects on the legacy of Archbishop Daniel

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Grumbles in the Curia as traditional 'new Pope bonus' cancelled, Cardinal Turkson of Ghana says self-interest hinders the UN, Pope Francis Pope tell new priests to be 'merciful pastors not functionaries', he continues to use his Argentine

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Cardinal Lorenzo Antonetti July 31, 1922 – April 10, 2013 Italian Cardinal Lorenzo Antonetti, who died last week at the age of 90, dedicated many years as a ‘diligent colleague’ at the Holy See, Pope Francis said.  The cardinal had

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How to Read a Graveyard by Peter Stanford (Bloomsbury) - Reviewed by Thomas Marks ‘It might make one in love with death, to think that one should be buried in so sweet a place’: so wrote Percy Shelley of the Non-Catholic Cemetery in Rome, where

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Dr Joel Hodge has accomplished much for his 30 years of age. The Brisbane-born theologian graduated as a Doctor of Philosophy (Studies in Religion) from the University of Queensland in 2009, released his first book, Resisting Violence and Victimisation:

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Earlier this month, a young man came to the doors of the Seventy-Two, a shelter for migrants in Tenosique, Mexico, to deliver a message from a local offshoot of the Zetas, Mexico’s most vicious organised-crime group. “What we want is the head of

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The recent announcement by the Federal Government of the setting up a Royal Commission examining sexual abuse in institutions has received bi-partisan support, strong community support and a firm commitment to cooperation by the Catholic Bishops and

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When Guillermo Marcó visited Pope Francis last month at the Vatican, he noticed a remarkable change in his old friend. “In Buenos Aires, when I saw him before the conclave, he looked really tired. He was anticipating his retirement,

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John 10:27 - 30 The sheep that belong to me listen to my voice; I know them and they follow me. I give them eternal life; they will never be lost and no one will ever steal them from me. The Father who gave them to me is greater than anyone and no one can

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In this episode of Catholic Focus on Salt + Light TV, host Cheridan Sanders speaks with Fr Ron Schmidt of Hope Media Productions about the making of the documentary The Labyrinth: The Testimony of Marian Kolodziej. The documentary tells the story of Marian

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Herodium, the desert site of King Herod's fortress and palace, where his tomb was found in 2007 --- Herod has become a new Jewish super-hero in Jerusalem. This elevation, which has come about since the unearthing of his tomb in 2007, comes as a shock for

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The combined choir from All Hallows' School and St Joseph's College, Gregory Terrace, Brisbane, who will be singing on Anzac Day at Gallipoli --- A visit by Greek priests helps develop interfaith bonds, sainthood hopes for Eileen O’Connor, co-founder

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The Vatican unveils plan for international family centre near Nazareth, a movie on Catholic abuse scandal is feared to be exploitative, a graffiti artist, cardinal and pop star are to speak at a Vatican event, and an archbishop says Christians must either

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Roger Ebert receiving his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2005   Roger Ebert, film critic Born June 18, 1942; died April 4, 2013 Roger Ebert, who has died aged 70, became the first American film critic to win a Pulitzer prize, having turned his

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My Bright Abyss: Meditation of a Modern Believer by Christian Wiman (Farrar Straus Giroux) - Reviewed by Casey N. Cep A few summers ago, I served as a chaplain at a large, urban hospital. Some patients came for brief stays, others for long periods, and some

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Seeing my faith used by God to serve Christ in the poor means a lot to me, says Francis Voon, new pastoral care officer at the Matthew Talbot Hostel, Woolloomooloo, in inner Sydney, reports The Catholic Weekly. “My relationship with God is

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Pacem in Terris, Pope John XXIII's signature encyclical, was issued 50 years ago. His sense of optimism exhibited in the document was infectious. His idea of inclusiveness changed the Catholic mindset. His belief in the human spirit and the need to free it

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Gospel John 21:1-19 Later on, Jesus showed himself again to the disciples. It was by the Sea of Tiberias, and it happened like this: Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee and two more of his disciples were

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We live in a highly secularized culture. Generally this draws one of three reactions from Christians struggling to live out faith in this context: First, a growing number of Christians of all denominations see secularity more as an enemy of faith and the

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