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Faith and reason: two wings to knowing truth

By Dr Ryan Messmore WHAT’S a four-letter word for a freshwater fish whose second letter is “a”?  Take five seconds and fill in the answer on the top row of the crossword puzzle (going across). Now for the far right column (going down): What’s a four letter word meaning “meat from a pig”? Chances are, you feel pretty confident that ... Read More »

Healing families for a fully human world

Synod family

By Bishop Michael Kennedy  FROM September 22-27, thousands of families from around the world will gather in Philadelphia with Pope Francis for the eighth World Meeting of Families. Events such as this would have been frowned upon by the likes of Karl Marx and Fredreich Engels who advocated for the “abolition of the family” in their 1848 Communist Manifesto. Thank ... Read More »

From boat person to bishop

By Aoife Connors “I was one of the boat people who escaped from South Vietnam.” During migration awareness month in August, the new Australian Catholic Bishops Conference delegate for migrants and refugees Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen shared his journey from survival as a refugee to nurturing a longing to become a priest, before being appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Melbourne. ... Read More »

The ‘great debate’: Fisher v Singer

By Paul Russell I HAD heard it described as the “clash of the titans” and other similarly grand claims evocative of gladiatorial contests of one kind or another.

 But for those who have known or observed Sydney Archbishop Anthony Fisher and Professor Peter Singer in any previous forum, a titanic battle was never really on the cards.

 Marketed simply as ... Read More »

Crisis in Ukraine

Ukraine

People receiving humanitarian assistance find cause for hope THE Soviet Union is long gone, but its dark legacy persists in Ukraine, a leading Church official has said. Cardinal Lubomyr Husar, the 82-year-old former head of Ukraine’s Greek Catholic Church, is concerned that many people are still influenced by the Soviet period. “The older people began their lives in the Soviet era, ... Read More »

In the footsteps of St John Paul II

WYD founder

WE are now just under a year away from the start of World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow, Poland. Every time I speak to a parish or Youth Group about World Youth Day, there is one particular aspect about the pilgrimage that I just can’t help but be excited about – the opportunity to explore the home of Saint John ... Read More »

The beauty of consecration

By Sr Maria Goretti Tran “‘This is the beauty of consecration: it is joy, joy…’ The joy of bringing God’s consolation to all. These are the words spoken by Pope Francis during his meeting with seminarians and novices in July, 2013,” the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life said in a Letter to consecrated men ... Read More »

Exploiting the vulnerable

By Fr John Flynn LC HOW to deal with the problem of human trafficking is receiving ample attention both from the Church and civil leaders. Recently the Pontifical Academies of Science and Social Sciences held a two-day workshop at Vatican City on “Modern Slavery and Climate Change.” Attended by mayors of major cities around the world the closing statement called ... Read More »

The Quo Vadis tradition

By Adam Burns THE Quo Vadis tradition is the story of St Peter’s flight from the Emperor Nero’s persecution of Roman Christians in the first century. As legend has it, Peter decided to flee Rome at the outbreak of the persecution, perhaps in fear, perhaps because he thought “the rock” should be somewhere safe so others could eventually find and ... Read More »

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