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NET of faith covers 25 years

NET of faith covers 25 years

YOUNG Catholics who served on NET Ministries Australia this year celebrate 25 years of sharing God’s work in their lives with young people around the southern hemisphere. National Evangelisation Teams (NET)  Ministries began with one team in 1988 working in five dioceses during a three-month pilot program. Since then, the peer-to-peer Catholic youth ministry has established teams in more than ... Read More »

How John Paul II changed our outlook on the saints

mary mackillop chapel art

I HAVE spent the past few days in Rome attending meetings at the Vatican. The city of Rome is a city of saints and martyrs of the Church. One cannot walk far before encountering the statues, shrines, relics, churches, stories of the saints and blesseds who are such important bearers and role models of our Catholic tradition. The Church commemorates ... Read More »

Prayer for the dead

Paulina Montiel prays after placing flowers and statues of saints on her son’s grave at Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery in Hillside, Illinois, on November 1.

At the end of the feast of All Saints, just before the sunset, Pope Francis celebrated an outdoor Mass at Rome’s Verano cemetery and urged Christians to hang on to hope as they reflect on the promise that earthly life ends with eternal life in heaven. In his homily at the Mass on November 1, Pope Francis set aside his ... Read More »

Bringing hope to the ‘new poor’

Jim Devereaux

THE secret glue holding shattered lives together in the hope they’ll hang together long enough to heal – travelling with one of the men from St Vincent de Paul Society’s Kenmore conference as he attempts to bring hope to the desperate and broken in the community, the description comes readily to mind. The people we meet are well educated and ... Read More »

The Eucharistic miracle of Lanciano


By Fr John Flader I have been fascinated by your account of the Eucharistic miracles of Buenos Aires and Poland. What is the connection, if any, between these miracles and the one of Lanciano in Italy? The common thread in these Eucharistic miracles, as well as in the many others that have taken place throughout the centuries, is the fact ... Read More »

The natural law

Paul romans

By Fr John Flader I am studying law and, although we haven’t studied the natural law, I have always believed in it. Recently in discussing it with some friends, one of them said the idea of the natural law was an invention of medieval Catholic theologians. Is this true? It is most certainly not true. The concept of the natural ... Read More »

Sri Lanka still unsafe for many

Peter Arndt in Vavuniya in Sri Lanka’s north with local clergy and Justice and Peace Workers.

BRISBANE archdiocese’s social justice advocate Peter Arndt has heard many claims about the infringement of Tamils’ rights in Sri Lanka since the bloody ending to that country’s civil war in 2008. Recently the Catholic Justice and Peace Commission executive officer was able to observe the situation at first hand when he attended a networking meeting of the Asia Pacific Forum ... Read More »

Another Eucharistic miracle

Miracle of Sokolka

By Fr John Flader I read with great interest your column on the Eucharistic miracle that Pope Francis approved when he was a bishop in Buenos Aires in 1996. Now a friend tells me there has been another miracle in Poland with similar scientific findings. Do you know anything about it? The miracle took place in 2008 in the town ... Read More »

Who wrote the Gospel of Matthew?

Caravaggio - St-Matthew

By Fr John Flader I am a confused Scripture teacher. Having taught that Matthew the Apostle wrote the first Gospel, I find in a new Bible that “It is generally accepted by scholars today that the author of the first Gospel was not the Apostle Matthew … but a second generation Christian…” Who is right? And was the Gospel written ... Read More »

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