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God speaks in whispers, so hush before Christmas

Pope Francis Dec22

VATICAN CITY: If silence is not one of the sounds associated with Christmas preparations, chances are people will miss an experience of the love and tenderness that is at the heart of the holiday, Pope Francis said. Celebrating Mass on December 12 in the chapel of his residence, Pope Francis offered a reflection on the tone of voice and the ... Read More »

Jesus is the Prince of Peace

Fr John Grace

A Christmas Message from Rockhampton Diocese THE death of Nelson Mandela opened the eyes of the world to appreciate and recognise his triumphant life. His achievements are not a collection of earthly goods but a vast panorama of commitments to justice and truth.  These treasures are born of a brave and courageous heart. Peace which lasts far exceeds the balance ... Read More »

When was Christ born?

Stained glass window nativity scene

QUESTION TIME By Fr John Flader My daughter recently came home from school saying that her teacher said Christ was probably born several years BC, which would mean he was born several years “before Christ”. I thought we reckoned the calendar from the year of his birth. Who is right? Actually, your daughter’s teacher is more right than you and ... Read More »

Pondering the birth of Christ

QUESTION TIME by Fr John Flader I have three questions on the birth of Jesus Christ. Why do we say he was born in a stable when the Bible doesn’t make any mention of this? What are swaddling clothes? And what exactly was the sign announced by the angel of a child wrapped in swaddling clothes lying in a manger? ... Read More »

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