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We asked city shoppers what they thought about Christmas. Their answers might surprise you

THEIR tiny eyes lit up as the string of reindeer tipped upside down in the navy blue sky above the crowd of carollers. Hands glued to the glass, the children laughed playfully as they walked through the scenes of an Australian Christmas, complete with a ride on the Hills Hoist. ... Read More »

The family fully alive

Cathy and Matt Bourke

 Darwin couple to represent Australia at world meeting WE believe it takes a village to raise a child and so much of our village is the Church, Cathy and Matt Bourke told the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference recently. “Raising families is an extremely vulnerable time of life and possibly the ... Read More »

A seed of confidence

‘Daughter of Australia, saint for every land’ This is Archbishop Mark Coleridge’s homily from the of St Mary Of The Cross MacKillop mass in St Stephen’s Cathedral on August 8. WE may not walk on our heads, but the Antipodes are famously topsy-turvy.   Nothing here is as it should be, ... Read More »

Striking balance brings benefits

By David McGovern So, how are those New Year resolutions going? Nearly one month down and are you beating yourself up with self-recrimination or are you giving yourself a pat on the back with a job well done? At the time of writing, many of our peers in the education ... Read More »

Do Catholics worship statues?

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APOLOGETICS By JOSEPH W. MOLONEY PEOPLE still make the ridiculous claim that “Catholics worship statues.” In Exodus, God said: “You shall not make for yourself a graven image or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the ... Read More »

God’s call goes into the deep

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By FR MORGAN BATT “GO out to the whole world”. Reflecting on the Gospel for October 17, Pope Francis encouraged us to not be afraid of going out and engaging in the world. Surely this is also the message behind our universal Church’s Year of Faith that has come to ... Read More »

Jesus’ story changes ours

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By MONSIGNOR ANTHONY RANDAZZO EVANGELISATION is all the rave at the moment. It seems that every time you hear a churchperson speak, the word appears somewhere in the talk. But evangelisation does not happen simply by repeating the word “evangelisation” over and over again. The Good News of Jesus Christ, ... Read More »

What is scandal?

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By Fr John Flader I have been confused for quite some time as to exactly what scandal is and whether it is a sin. For example, we say that a person was scandalised, or that someone’s behaviour was scandalous, or that someone gave scandal. Is there sin in any of ... Read More »

A sacred action surpassing all others

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The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference Bishops’ Commission for Liturgy has released this document  – “A sacred action surpassing all others” – on the Second Vatican Council’s Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy Sacrosanctum Concilium.    “Zeal for the promotion and restoration of the liturgy is rightly held to be a sign ... Read More »

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