The prayer of Pope Francis for the Jubilee of Mercy is material enough for a week’s retreat and some. It is laden with images that are surely bound to provoke conversation on the Christian life in today’s world and to give rise to many prayerful reflections in quiet moments, writes Bishop Christopher Saunders.
At the annual Australasian Catholic Press Association conference, held last week in the Kimberleys, Broome's Bishop Christopher Saunders reflected on the gift of Pope Francis to the Church, and the great scourge Australia still faces.
"Consecrated life, lived well, draws attention to God's goodness and God's just design for all of creation. In contrast to greed, raw power and selfishness it is prophetic." This is how Sr Joan Healy RSJ began her Reflection on Consecrated Life recently at ACU in Melbourne.
Jacqui Remond, Director of Catholic Earthcare Australia, reflects on the exictement and joy of meeting Pope Francis recently in Rome to present a petition with other members of the Global Catholic Climate Movement.
Pope Francis dedicated 2015 to the promotion of consecrated life, asking the Church's religious sisters, brothers, and priests to "wake up the world" with their testimony of faith, holiness, and hope. Sr Berneice Loch, the president of Catholic Religious Australia, reflects on what that might mean.
Sport is a national obsession: No news report, however brief, is complete without the results from the footy, the tennis, the golf. It brings us together. That national obsession is a mirror that shows us both the best and the worst in us.