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What Leo XIII can tell us

By Fr John Flynn LC CATHOLIC social teaching can often be misinterpreted and therefore we need to return to its first principles, Anthony Esolen, author of a recent book on the subject, says. Reclaiming Catholic Social Teaching: A Defence of the Church’s True Teachings on Marriage, Family and the State, addresses fundamental issues such as God, human nature and society. ... Read More »

Does religion have a ‘smart-people’ issue?

This is a reflection by Father Robert Barron, founder of the global ministry Word on Fire, and the rector-president of Mundelein Seminary, USA. He is the creator of the award-winning documentary series, Catholicism: The New Evangelisation. DANIEL Dennett, one of the “four horsemen” of contemporary atheism, proposed in 2003 that those who espouse a naturalist, atheist worldview should call themselves “the brights”, thereby distinguishing ... Read More »

Radicals kill 2000

ARCHBISHOP Ignatius Kaigama of Jos has called on the international community to act swiftly against the radical Islamist group Boko Haram in Nigeria. His call for action comes on the heels of another attack by the terrorist group in Baga, killing an estimated 2000 people. A statement released by Nigeria researcher for Amnesty International Daniel Eyre said the attack on ... Read More »

Pope Francis sends Christmas message to Italian prisoners

POPE Francis has written a letter to prisoners at a correctional facility in the Italian district of Latina, assuring them of his spiritual closeness and his prayers during the Christmas season. In his letter, addressed to the chaplain Don Nicola Cupaiolo, Pope Francis said that he hoped the time spent in the facility would not be seen as “time lost,” ... Read More »

Pope sends letter to Tony Abbott ahead of G20 summit

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POPE Francis in a letter addressed to Prime Minister Tony Abbott warned that a “mindset in which individuals are ultimately discarded will never achieve peace or justice”. The letter was sent on the occasion of the upcoming G20 summit, which will be held this weekend in Brisbane. The Holy Father said the meeting would provide an opportunity for the world ... Read More »

Dying is terrifying, that’s why we need courage

By Karna Swanson  BEFORE 29-year-old US citizen Brittany Maynard took her own life on November 1, choosing to avoid the pain and suffering caused by an aggressive and large brain tumor, she left the world with a clear message — don’t be afraid of assisted suicide. In the weeks leading up to her own suicide, Brittany advocated for giving others ... Read More »

Pope prays for students burned alive by drug cartels

POPE Francis is praying for and close to the people of Mexico after 43 Mexican students were burned alive in Iguala, in the southern state of Guerrero. “I would like to raise a prayer and draw close in our hearts to the people of Mexico, who are suffering from the loss of these students and many similar problems,” the Pope ... Read More »

Life is Nigeria’s cheapest commodity

A CATHOLIC bishop responsible for the area worst affected by Boko Haram has described the desperate needs of those who have fled the terrorist group – hitting out at the government for its failure to protect citizens. Responding to an urgent request from Bishop Oliver Doeme of Maiduguri in north-east Nigeria, Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need has ... Read More »

Pope reminds elderly that old age is time of grace

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POPE Francis has reminded the elderly that old age was a particular time of grace and cautioned that a society that did not properly care for its seniors was one with “no future”. The Pope made the comments at a special celebration of the elderly in St Peter’s Square on September 28, with Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI attending as a ... Read More »

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