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Chinese Catholic in Wuhan says epicentre of novel coronavirus marked by a ‘weird quiet’

THE streets are empty, people stay indoors and a “horrifying silence” has gripped Wuhan, at the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak. The central Chinese city of 11 million people has been under quarantine lockdown since January 23, with no transport links in or out, and residents facing food queues and shortages of essential supplies including face masks.  Across China, nearly ... Read More »

Dominican Brother Sebastian Condon says the preacher’s task is to teach the timeless truth anew

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PREACHING Practice – the weekly highlight of our semesters here in St Dominic’s Priory in Melbourne – affords the student body the opportunity to hone much more than simply our skills in the art of rhetoric.  Our collective sense of humility and charity is also fostered by this salutary practice.  Being able to receive criticism and offer some healthy fraternal ... Read More »

Love of baking and prayer make Capuchin a winner

THE oven timer dings, alerting Capuchin Franciscan Brother Andrew Corriente the chocolate layer cake he is baking needs to be checked. A quick test with a toothpick tells him the cake needs about five more minutes in the oven, more than enough time for him to soften the butter that will eventually become the buttercream icing that will top the ... Read More »

Connecting with our saintly dead – the holy purpose of relics

WHEN Angela Grounds received a precious container from her mum years ago, the parting gift came with a warning. “Mum said to me, ‘Don’t ever lose it, this is St Thérèse’,” Mrs Grounds recalled. That gift, a tiny circular box, housed a set of Rosary beads, and inside the crucifix at the tail of the beaded chain was a tiny ... Read More »

Carmelite Sister to venerate St Thérèse relics again, this time in the habit

CARMELITE Sister Catherine Ann will pray for her beloved country Australia when she sits in the presence of her spiritual sister St Thérèse of Lisieux this month. Sr Catherine Ann, a member of the Carmelites in Ormiston, on Brisbane’s southern bayside, is one of hundreds anticipating the arrival of the relics of St Thérèse and her parents Sts Zelie and ... Read More »

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