"Spiritual formation cannot be forced, only prepared for. Hence its means cannot be those of conquest, but only of facilitation and preparation." [Adrian van Kaam, Studies in Formative Spirituality, I, 2 (1980), 303]

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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..

 

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