“If God is a dialogical unity [referring to the Trinity], a being in relation, the human creature made in his image and likeness reflects this constitution: thus he is called to fulfil himself in dialogue, in conversation, in encounter.” (Pope Benedict XVI, Homily for Trinity Sunday (2008).)

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'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..

 

World Bank and Faith Communities Combine to Address Extreme Poverty

JpovertyThe World Bank and global faith leaders are joining together to end extreme poverty around the world by 2030. Read more

 

Launch of Geoff Robinson's Book

JGeoffreyRobinsonThe October 2014 session of the Synod of Bishops looked at the modern family through a pastoral lens, focusing in particular on situations where there seemed to be a conflict between church doctrine and pastoral need. Two subjects rose to prominence: the situation of lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender persons and the situations of Catholics whose marriage has failed and who have later remarried.

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Recruitment Video for Priests

JBasketballI watched the video a second time: there are no women — the candidates are interacting only with men. The emphasis is on the celebration of the Eucharist — no baptism, no anointing of the sick, no penance, no sacraments of marriage. There is virtually no Church. Read more

 

Pilgrimage to Greece and Turkey

JStPaulJourneyAfter three successful pilgrimages to India led by Fr Michael Whelan, Marie Fonseca is now organising a spiritual tour to Greece and Turkey, "St Paul and Our Christian beginnings" with Fr Jack Boog as the Chaplain from September 26, 2015 to October 20, 2015. We will relive St. Paul's life and be influenced by his missionary zeal. At the same time it is also an opportunity for us to visit Gallipoli in the Centenary Year of the Anzacs' landing. For further information, please contact: Marie Fonseca on 02 9529 2817 or 0418 265117 or Andre Rasquinha on 03 9642 4244 or 0403 569079

 

 

Jean Vanier Receives Templeton Prize

JJeanVanierIn 1964, Jean Vanier invited two men with developmental disabilities to share a house with him in Trosly-Breuil, near Paris. It was a life-changing move for the Canadian philosopher that would, over time, radically improve the lives of many others. Read more and watch video

 

A Bishop Smelling of the Sheep

JBishopMcElroyPope Francis has made a highly significant appointment in naming 61 year old San Francisco auxiliary bishop Robert McElroy to head the see of San Diego. Read more.

 

Fr Hesburgh Dies at 97

JHesburghThe University of Notre Dame mourned the death of its former president Father Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C., prompting outpourings of appreciation and remembrance for his deeply influential and sometimes controversial legacy. Read more

 

Catholic Diocese Sees Surge of Priests in Training

JPriestThe Madison Catholic Diocese is turning to its parishioners to help fund the training of priests. Read more.

Pope Urges Prayers for Scientists

JCopernicusMany people think that science and religion are in conflict. Yet some of the greatest scientists have been priests. Franciscan Fr. Francis Bacon is known as "the father of the modern scientific method." Read more.

 

Between One Synod and Another the Battle Continues

JPopeFranciswithCardinatlThe most active are the cardinals, the bishops, the theologians who want to innovate in Church doctrine and practice on marriage and homosexuality. But in the first round of elections for the next synod, the defenders of tradition are much more numerous. Read more

 

Is Pope Francis Suggesting a Change on Birth Control?

JPopeFrancisPhillipines(Pope Francis) affirmed the Catholic Church's ban on artificial contraception but derided the idea that "in order to be good Catholics we have to be like rabbits" and produce litters of kids. Read more

See the Pope's subsequent more considered reflection. Read more