06 Apr 2010

It’s 7:30am in Dubai. Aready the temperature outside is 30 degrees, but inside the international airport (pictured), it’s a moderately humid 20, which seasoned travellers don’t seem to notice.   Dubai airport is a melting pot of the

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06 Apr 2010

Sydney is looking a picture. I have a window seat and we have just taken off on the Qantas flight to Hong Kong. The customs man asks with a smile if I am travelling on to Rome. Obviously there will be a number of pilgrims on board. I am on my way to an annual

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06 Apr 2010

The other day, a Vatican official asked when the Australian invasion of Rome was beginning. Maybe he was planning on clearing out before the blessed event. I could only answer that I knew when some of the sisters, the bishops and the media were arriving,

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06 Apr 2010

Mary MacKillop will be canonised on the first day of Anti-Poverty Week (October 17-23). She was a saint who worked with the poor and promoted education as means to fight poverty.   Christians vary in their response to poverty. Many are involved at the

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06 Apr 2010

John Paul II stated in 1982 that “the Church’s dialogue with cultures of our time…[is a] vital…one in which the destiny of the world…is at stake.”  This startling challenge to dialogue is even more imperative

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06 Apr 2010

Like you, I am near saturation point with all pageants, concerts, musicals and opinion pieces endeavouring to capture the personality of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop: near saturation point because they so frequently miss the point!  Pope John Paul II

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06 Apr 2010

A few weeks ago, I travelled to Wellington for the launch of my 82 year old uncle Jack Duggan’s autobiographical poetry collection. It took place on a Sunday afternoon in the hall of his local inner city parish, St Joseph’s Mt Victoria. What was

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06 Apr 2010

In case you missed it, there were five non-Australians canonised saints today here at St Peters in Rome. But all Australian eyes were on Pope Benedict XVI as he added the first Australian to the Roman canon of saints: Maria della Croce MacKillop, better known

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06 Apr 2010

Some people are minor prophets – and that is is no way to diminish them or what they do. They are the ones who raise their voices above the tinny clamour of commerce and the seductions of the superficial. Their words are real and resonant, truth

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06 Apr 2010

Sisters of St Joseph at the canonisation (from the CathNews Gallery) --- You would have thought that the glories of Sunday’s canonisation – the brilliant weather in Rome for Pope Benedict’s recognition of St Mary of the Cross

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06 Apr 2010

"Protestantism and Popery are real religions ..... but the Via Media scarcely has existence except on paper  ....  it still remains to be tried whether .. [it] can be professed and maintained in a large sphere of action." (Newman, The Prophetical

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