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Holy Land a sight to behold

By Fr Paul Chackanikunnel LAST year, a group of 15 intrepid souls, predominantly from the Hendra-Northgate parish in Brisbane, embarked on a life-enhancing pilgrimage to the Holy Land and Jordan. In October this year, another group will have the opportunity to share the same experience. If you are thinking about taking part, what might you expect?  Here are some thoughts ... Read More »

Mystery of resurrection

By Fr Nicholas Okafor PART of the mystery of Jesus’ Resurrection is that he appeared to his disciples not as a spirit but in bodily form. In John 20:14-18 we read that when Mary Magdalene first encountered the risen Jesus, she did not recognise the figure standing before her until Jesus spoke to her. In Luke 24:13-35, the disciples walking ... Read More »

Truly Christ’s hands and smile for me

“Christ has no body but yoursNo hands, no feet on earth but yoursYours are the eyes with which he looksCompassion on this worldYours are the feet with which he walks to do goodYours are the hands, with which he blesses all the world.Yours are the hands, yours are the feetyours are the eyes, you are his body.Christ has no body ... Read More »

Paul sheds light on today’s challenges

SAINT PAUL AND THE NEW EVANGELISATION Ronald D. Witherup; Liturgical Press, Collegeville, Minnesota 2013 Reviewed by Barbara Flynn SUPERIOR general of the Sulpician priests Fr Ronald Witherup, a highly respected Pauline scholar, invites readers to consider the work St Paul expresses through his letters, as offering “a biblically based conception of evangelisation as suited to present times”. During the pontificate of ... Read More »

Time to show mercy

I RESPOND to the letter “Critical issues”, from The Catholic Leader of March 22. I acknowledge that the question of asylum seekers and refugees is a complex issue for Australians. The UNHCR says that there are now 50 million refugees in the world, of which it has processed 12 million. Sadly when the UNHCR asked countries to accommodate these people ... Read More »

Our Holy Week journey

By Fr Nicholas Okafor WHEN I was a boy, I never looked forward to Holy Week. It’s the longest week of all weeks for me. Any time the Holy Week approached I would be asking my mum “when is this long Sunday (Tridiuum) coming to an end, I discovered we are always in the Church these days”. We would leave ... Read More »

Natural fertility – hey what?

By Francine and Byron Pirola COUPLES all over the world are adopting Fertility Awareness Methods (FAMs – what used to be called Natural Family Planning) with new vigour as they access them via smartphone apps. And it’s not only conservative Catholics and alternative-lifestyle naturalists doing so – ordinary couples who just want a reliable, chemical-free alternative are the keenest converts. ... Read More »

The hill of crosses – a mountain of faith

A pilgrimage to Lithuania – once the last pagan country in Europe – its renowned Hill of Crosses, and its fascinating capital, Vilnius, a scenic and historic European gem is a rewarding experience, as Paul Maughan reports CROSSES, crosses and more crosses – tens of thousands of them in endless variety and size smother the hill in front of me in ... Read More »

Confronting the death penalty

By David Brennan  AS I am writing this column, Australia is in agony waiting for a resolution to the question of whether two young men, Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukamaran, will be executed in Indonesia. At this moment it seems horribly likely that they will face a firing squad. Australian citizens and politicians have been bombarding the Indonesian President with ... Read More »

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