"'If you want to become my followers, you must deny yourselves and take up your cross daily and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will save it. What does it profit you if you gain the whole world, but lose or forfeit your very self?'" (Luke 9:23-25)

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Sisters open LCWR 2016 assembly

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On Tuesday night — from a stage lined with LED candles and backlit with the Leadership Conference of Women Religious’ signature green and blue — LCWR president Sister of St. Joseph Marcia Allen officially kicked off the conference’s 2016 annual assembly in Atlanta.

LCWR leadership planned for contemplative dialogue to be the focus of this year’s assembly, and the opening night was no exception. Read more ...

Forgiveness is 'direct route' to Heaven

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Pope Francis has visited Assisi, central Italy, to mark the 800th anniversary of the Franciscan feast of the Pardon of Assisi.  Francis marked the feast with a pilgrimage to the Porziuncula chapel in Assisi’s Basilica of Mary of the Angels, where the feast originated. After praying silently in the chapel, Francis moved into the main basilica to offer a reflection on Matthew 18.21-35. In this Gospel passage, Christ tells Peter to forgive his brother “not seven times, but seventy times seven”, Read more ...

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The changing face of the law across generations. Frank Brennan. In July 1863, 153 years ago, the David McIver, a migrant ship, arrived in Hervey Bay carrying 404 immigrants, there having been only one death at sea Read more.
Francis mandates changes for contemplative women religious. Joshua McElwee. Pope Francis has issued a new wide-ranging set of guidelines for how the tens of thousands of Catholic women religious living in contemplative communities around the world should regulate their lifestyles, Read more.
Pope's new step in dialogue with Al-Azhar. Less than two months after one of Sunni Islam’s highest authorities came to the Vatican following several years of icy relations, Pope Francis has sent a representative to Egypt’s Al-Azhar University Read more. 

 

 

 

Vatican ratchets up defense of pope’s family document

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The Vatican is striking back at conservative critics of Pope Francis’ landmark document on family life, ratcheting up its defense of the pope with new vigor as bishops begin implementing the document around the world. Read more ...

Pope's new step in dialogue with Al-Azhar

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Vatican City, Jul 13, 2016 - Less than two months after one of Sunni Islam’s highest authorities came to the Vatican following several years of icy relations, Pope Francis has sent a representative to Egypt’s Al-Azhar University in a bid to relaunch dialogue between the two. In accordance with “the explicit wish of Pope Francis,” Bishop Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, is currently in Egypt for an official visit to the Al-Azhar University,  Read more ...

Homeless Services Guidebook

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Sydney Homeless Connect is a group of passionate and dedicated volunteers who donate their time, energy, love and resources to making a positive impact on homelessness in Australia. Learn more about them by visiting their online Guidebook which shows 60 pages of helpful information for both those who are homeless and those who want to help.

Information Evening: Pilgrimage to India, February 2017

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Photo: Bede Griffiths
Aquinas Academy, Tuesday 5 July 2016 at 6pm

After three successful pilgrimages to India led by Fr Michael Whelan SM, Marie Fonseca is now organising a fourth spiritual tour, "Abide in My Love" with Sr Valda Dickinson RSM as Chaplain. Tour dates are 7 - 28 February 2017.

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Words, words and holy words in Shakespeare

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‘The size of Shakespeare’s vocabulary was a direct reflection of what he wrote about – which was virtually everything.’ For the 400th anniversary of the playwright’s death, David Crystal explains why counting the number of words in the Shakespearean canon can never be an exact science. Nevertheless, we can still identify the semantic field of which Shakespeare made more use than any other: religious language. Read more ...

Book Launch - Aquinas Academy 1945-2015: A very personal Australian Story

Author Julie Thorpe
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To be launched by Geraldine Dooge.
Where: The Crypt of St Patrick's Church, The Rocks
When: 1:30pm, Sunday, 1 May 2016
All Welcome!

Father Jens Petzold, monk, builder, refugee worker

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Fr Jens Petzold. (Photo: Christian Aid UK)
When Zurich-born Father Jens Petzold arrived at Souleymaniye, a relatively quiet town in Iraqi Kurdistan, in spring 2012, little did he imagine that he would soon be sharing his daily life with dozens of refugee families.

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Top Ten takeaways from “Amoris Laetitia”

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Pope Francis’s groundbreaking new document “Amoris Laetitia” (“The Joy of Love”) asks the church to meet people where they are, to consider the complexities of people’s lives and to respect people’s consciences when it comes to moral decisions.  ...  Here are ten things to know about the pope’s groundbreaking new document. Read more ...

Inside Pope Francis’ Statement on the Family

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In Pope Francis’ long-awaited apostolic exhortation — “Amoris Laetitia,” or “The Joy of Love” — he urges church leaders to serve as nurturing pastors, not as rigid enforcers of doctrine. 
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Click here for the full text of Amoris Laetitia.

For those who appreciate (love?) Flannery O’Connor

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In October 1970, six years after Flannery O'Connor died, The Atlantic surfaced one of her unpublished stories and ran it beneath an almost apologetic preface from her literary executor: "I have consented to this publication with a note making clear ... the earliness of the story and its apparent standing in the estimation of the author." Its standing was, apparently, not very high: Read more ...

No, Not Trump, Not Ever

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The voters have spoken.

In convincing fashion, Republican voters seem to be selecting Donald Trump as their nominee. And in a democracy, victory has legitimacy to it. Voters are rarely wise but are usually sensible. They understand their own problems. And so deference is generally paid to the candidate who wins.

And deference is being paid. Read more ...

How an atheist became a leading Christian scholar

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As a young teenager, Michael Bird was so anti-religion he would write poetry mocking belief in God. He saw Christianity “as a way of oppressing people, a purely human construct.” He has travelled so far from this view that he is now a heavy hitter in the world of New Testament scholarship, an expert in the origins of Jesus’ divinity. Read more ...

Embracing Our Limits

The Lessons of Laudato Si' 
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Perhaps the first thing that needs to be said about Pope Francis’s encyclical on the environment is that it is an entirely natural development not only of the theology of Evangelii gaudium but also—as the extensive citations show—of the theology of Pope Benedict, especially as found in Caritas in veritate. Both the pope’s critics and his supporters have often missed the point: Read more ...

Between the Knower & the Known

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... Laudato si’  highlights three manifestations of how we moderns relate to the natural world: first, our economic exploitation of raw materials and labor-power; second, the technological imperative to transform the “raw resources” of nature according to our own wills and fantasies; and third, the very assumptions about human knowing and desiring that shape the methodology of modern science. It is this final dimension of the critique that is most difficult to hear, especially Read more ...

Cultures of accountability for clergy and celebrities

Andrew Hamilton, Editor Eureka Street

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At the recent royal commission hearings Cardinal Pell was pressed on how much he knew of cases of abuse in the Melbourne Catholic Church. His response was that he knew very little,  Read more ...

A year after riots, Baltimore leaders unite for Rome pilgrimage

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Rome, Italy, Mar 10, 2016.- Nearly a year after violent riots erupted in West Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody, religious leaders from across the city have banded together for a pilgrimage to Rome which they hope will help them to build bridges in their community. Read more ...

Putuparri and the Rainmakers

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Our neighbour up at Nazareth – Paul Eliot – has made a remarkable documentary on an Aboriginal man and his life journey in two cultures. The film is premiering on NITV Sunday 13th March at 9:30PM. For more information on the film see ...