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A sacred action surpassing all others

Vatican II 2013-11-29

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 of the providential dispositions of God in our time, a ... Read More »

US author talks about new book on Theology of the Body

Emily Stimpson

AMERICAN Catholic writer Emily Stimpson released her new book, These Beautiful Bones: An Everyday Theology of the Body, in September. Well-known speaker and biblical theologian Dr Scott Hahn said it was a “unique combination of deep wisdom, practical insight and personal experience”.  Christopher West praised Stimpson for taking Theology of the Body “beyond the bedroom and applying the sacramental worldview ... Read More »

Keeping secrets

Keeping Secrets

By Fr John Flader A girl friend recently told me something in secret and I feel that if I don’t tell someone else, harm could come to her or possibly others. Can I tell someone what she told me? I will first give the general teaching on secrets and then answer your question. By a secret we understand the knowledge ... Read More »

Is it easy to avoid Purgatory?

Purgatory - PiA DiStefano

By Fr John Flader I have always thought that it is not easy to go straight to heaven when we die, but recently a friend argued, based on the Summa Theologica of St Thomas Aquinas, that the Anointing of the Sick removes all our temporal punishment and, in any case, there is a plenary indulgence at the moment of death ... Read More »

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 »

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