"True wisdom, as the fruit of self-examination, dialogue and generous encounter between persons, is not acquired by a mere accumulation of data which eventually leads to overload and confusion, a sort of mental pollution. Real relationships with others, with all the challenges they entail, now tend to be replaced by a type of internet communication which enables us to choose or eliminate relationships at whim, thus giving rise to a new type of contrived emotion which has more to do with devices and displays than with other people and with nature. Today’s media do enable us to communicate and to share our knowledge and affections. Yet at times they also shield us from direct contact with the pain, the fears and the joys of others and the complexity of their personal experiences. For this reason, we should be concerned that, alongside the exciting possibilities offered by these media, a
deep and melancholic dissatisfaction with interpersonal relations, or a harmful sense of isolation, can also arise." (Pope Francis, Laudato Si’, #47.)

 

 

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Information on Australian Bishops' Social Justice Statement on Refugees

JBishopsSocialJusticStatementSeptember 27 is Social Justic Sunday. The Australian Catholic Bishops have published a very challenging document. To see an introductory video and find out more about that document, click here. To see Andy Hamilton's comments in Eureka Street, click here.

 

Realising the Contemplative in You: Online Course with Joan Chittister

JJoanChittisterContemporary spirituality includes multiple forms of devotion and meditation. In this e-course, Joan Chittister looks at the most fundamental of them all -- reading and writing -- and their relationship to the development of the spiritual life. Read more

 

Hammer and Sickle Crucifix

JHammerandsicklecrucifixWe do not know what President Barack Obama will give Pope Francis when he visits the White House next September. But we can be sure that it will not be a hammer and sickle crucifix like the one that Bolivian President Evo Morales gave the pope during his recent trip to Latin America. Read more.

 

Call From African Bishops to Synod: Be Less Euro-centric

JCardinalsOctober's synod of bishops on the family should take on a global perspective, rather than sticking to isolated issues found primarily in western society, African Church leaders have said. Read more.

 

Muslims Give $100K to Rebuild Black Churches in US

JBlackChurchesThree Muslim organizations have raised over $100,000 to rebuild black churches in the South. Read more.

 

Global Pulse - A Fine New EJournal

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Catholics in the US and Climate Change

JClimateWhen Pope Francis releases his much-anticipated encyclical on the environment this week, he will find a largely receptive audience among American Catholics. Very few will have ever heard their own religious leaders speak about climate change before. Read more.

 

Synod: Rome Has Spoken but the Case is not Closed

Jvatican1The interview by the Jesuit Antonio Spadaro with the Dominican theologian Jean-Miguel Garrigues, in the latest issue of "La Civiltà Cattolica," continues to raise discussion. Read more.

 

Both Ends of the Gun

Aboriginal Australians at War

Jhenry-reynoldsA conference by Marist Family Peace and Justice Group. Keynote speakers: Professor Henry Reynoldsand Uncle Dave Williams. Chair: Jeff McMullen At Santa Sabina College, 90 The Boulevarde, Strathfield NSW 2135. Saturday 29 August 2015, 9.30am-3pm. Register by 7 August at http://maristfamily.com.au/  Information: Fr Jim Carty SM on 0447 691 223 and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Adults $30, Concession card holders $20 and Students $10.

French Priests Lives Among the Brahmins in India

JFrenchPriestinInida"I'm an ordinary priest," Fr. Yann Vagneux tells all those who invariably asks him why he is living in Varanasi, India, "the Rome of Hinduism." Read more

 

Catholic Academy Helping Iraqis Arise from the Ashes

JIraqUniversityChaldean Archbishop Yousif Thomas Mirkis of Kirkuk launched a project in 2007 for an open university in Bagdad. The idea was to create a space of freedom, dialogue and research to pass on knowledge and facilitate individual reflection. Read more

 

'In Iraq Christianity is a Dark Tunnel'

JIraqChristians"Since the invasion of the Islamic State last June, our life has changed radically. Even today, the Christian refugees in Ankawa, the Christian suburb of Erbil, have no money: they cannot withdraw money from Kurdistan banks, as their assets are frozen in Mosul or Qaraqosh. Many families have not received their salaries for several months, and when they did, it was only a partial payment. Read more

US Denies Visa to Expert on Persecution of Christians in Iraq

JIraqChristiansUnless the US State Department changes its mind, Dominican Sister Diana Momeka, who has worked among the internally displaced persons in the northern Iraqi city of Erbil since tens of thousands of Christians were forced to take refuge there last summer, will be sitting out the mid-May trip. Read more.

Scorsese Film on Shusaku Endo's 'Silence'

JSilenceThe film is based on a novel by Shusaku Endo and tells the story of Portuguese Jesuits in the 17th Century who suffered persecution while working in isolated parts of Japan. It stars Andrew Garfield, Liam Neeson, and Adam Driver and will be released in cinemas in 2016. Read more.

 

The Atheist Blogger Who Bumped into God

120px pinnacles western australiaCatholic media around the world reported that die-hard atheists were in shock, back in 2012, when celebrated atheist blogger Leah Libresco announced she was leaving the fold to convert to Catholicism. Read more

 

LCWR Leaders Call Vatican Meetings Rich, Conversational

JLCWR02Leaders of the main representative group of U.S. Catholic sisters said their recent annual trip to Rome to visit Vatican offices was productive and resulted in "very rich" conversations about problems facing the church and society globally. Read more

 

The Street Child Who Became a Priest

JJeanOlloKansieAt first, the visitor is struck by the clusters of 10- to 12-year-old children gravitating around Fr. Jean Ollo Kansie. The priest, 34, cannot walk around Bouake without people calling out his name as soon as they see his slender silhouette and unfailing smile. He knows the streets and trails by heart in Ivory Coast's second largest city, where he has been living for the last four years. Read more

 

India Debates Anti-Conversion Law

JIndiaConversionLawsThe Indian government's push for a national law banning religious conversions hit a roadblock this week when the Ministry of Law and Justice said the federal government had no powers to enact such a law. However, the debate continues with the government pressing on. Read more.

 

Catch Up Day at Aquinas Academy

JBedeGriffiths01The next Catch Up Day will be on Wednesday April 22, 10am-12noon, $20/person, Level 5 at Aquinas Academy. We will focus on a text from Bede Griffith. For pre-reading contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..