Simcha Fisher: Screen-free Advent evenings can make all the difference
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by Simcha Fisher
40m ago
Reading Time: 4 minutesPhoto by Ann Danilina on Unsplash Over the years, we have tried many family activities for Advent — some of them elaborate, some of them bare bones. Some of them have been ambitious and better designed for some other family; some probably could have been a little more ambitious. But the one thing we keep returning to, year after year, is screen free evenings. Not the whole evening. Just from 7-9pm. It’s exactly as described: The whole family simply turns off screens, and that means TV, video games, computers, tablets, phones, and anything else that glows and boops and hy ..read more
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Melto D’Moronoyo: Mary in the Maronite Church
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by Guest Contributor
1d ago
Reading Time: 4 minutesMaronite Bishop Antoine-Charbel Tarabay led a memorial Mass last Saturday for the victims of the explosion in the Port of Beirut on 4 August. Photo: Patrick J Lee By Salwa Elias  In the eyes of Catholics outside the Maronite Church, we display a characteristic worthy of admiration – a devout people driven by our passion for the faith and for the Blessed Mother. This passion may have its source in the maternal aspect of our community and family life, where “the mother is the heart” of the family, just as Mary is the heart of the Church. The Maronite Divine Liturgy is ..read more
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Philippa Martyr: It’s Advent: Happy New Year!
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by Philippa Martyr
2d ago
Reading Time: 4 minutesDetail from ‘The Call of St Matthew’, a mural in the Cathedral of St Matthew in Washington DC, USA. Photo: Fr Lawrence Lew OP It’s the first Sunday of Advent, the year of Matthew, Year A, whose symbol is an angel or a winged man. Matthew is a splendid saint. He’s not just an evangelist – he’s a man who got up and walked away from his well-paid job simply because Jesus invited him to. St Matthew’s feast day is 21 September, which is also the feast day of St Jonah, one of our Old Testament saints. Jonah is famous for getting up and running away from God, so he’s like the f ..read more
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Cardinal delivers Cardijn Lecture to Aussies
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by Marilyn Rodrigues
2d ago
Reading Time: 3 minutesCardinal Michael Czerny, undersecretary for the Vatican’s Migrants and Refugees Section, stands on the terrace of the Jesuit residence in Rome April 22, 2020, where he lives and, during the coronavirus lockdown, works. (CNS photo/courtesy Cardinal Czerny) See VATICAN-LETTER-RESOLUTIONS April 22, 2020. The church’s current social teaching is profoundly rooted in the Second Vatican Council and oriented to the urgent needs of today said Cardinal Michael Czerny in an annual lecture for the Australian Cardijn Institute on 15 November. Cardinal Czerny is the prefect of the Dic ..read more
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Patrick O’Shea: Make Advent count!
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by Guest Contributor
3d ago
Reading Time: 4 minutesA lit candle is seen on an Advent wreath. Photo: CNS/Lisa Johnston, St Louis Review By Patrick O’Shea Although we know that the festive season must arrive at the end of the year, somehow everyone manages to be caught off guard by Mariah Carey and say in unison, “gee the year has flown by” and “it’s already Christmas?” It is precisely because the end of the year creeps up on us that I enjoy focusing on the weeks set aside by the Church as time of preparation for Christ’s birth: Advent. In one of His eschatological parables, which is the chosen Gospel in the Extraordinary ..read more
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Faith shines at Campion College
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by Guest Contributor
3d ago
Reading Time: 4 minutesSr Josephine, a Mary Morning Star Sister, designed the stunning skylight which will be the centrepiece of Campion’s new library and which Campion has turned Sr Josephine’s designs into a colouring book. Photo: Supplied When Campion College approached Sr Josephine Marie to design a stained-glass window skylight for its new library, no-one really knew what they were taking on. What was initially thought to be several weeks’ work transformed into a year-long project, producing a magnificent achievement in Christian-inspired artistry, combining the traditional artform with m ..read more
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Persecution to levels near genocide, new ACN report declares
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by Adam Wesselinoff
3d ago
Reading Time: 3 minutesSoldiers from Chad drive into a retaken town in Nigeria in 2015. In that year armies from Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger launched an offensive to end the radical Islamist Boko Haram’s six-year campaign, which killed thousands in northern Nigeria and spilled over into Cameroon and Niger. Extremist violence in Africa is of particular concern in the global picture regarding persecution of Christians. Photo: CNS/Emmanuel Braun, Reuters Jihadists and nationalists have driven rates of Christian persecution to extreme levels approaching genocide in some countries around the ..read more
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10 receive papal awards
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by Debbie Cramsie
4d ago
Reading Time: 11 minutesArchbishop Anthony Fisher OP joins the newly created knights, dames and one holder of the Papal Cross. They are, left to right, Toto and Rita Piccolo, doctors John and Julie James, Imelda and John O’Neill, John Carroll, Christine McNamee Liddy AO, Sr Elizabeth Delaney SGS and Paul Zammit OAM. Photo: Giovanni Portelli They all come from very different backgrounds and have engaged in vastly different works, yet all have helped build up a civilisation of love and faith Sister Elizabeth Delaney SGS has been a teacher, principal, canon lawyer, vicar and chancellor. Yet it is ..read more
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NT Law Threat: Bishop may close schools
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by Adam Wesselinoff
4d ago
Reading Time: 2 minutesBishop Charles Gauci of Darwin. Photo: SuppliedNew ‘anti-discrimination’ law may force Darwin bishop to close down his diocese’s entire Catholic school system Bishop Charles Gauci of Darwin has said he will “seriously consider” closing the NT’s Catholic schools if the Territory’s Labor government presses ahead with proposed changes to anti-discrimination laws that would strip schools of the right to hire employees based on faith. “Now, it doesn’t mean that every teacher is a Catholic or even a believer, but we certainly have a firm policy that the principal, the deputy ..read more
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Lisbon comes to Sydney
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by Mathew De Sousa
5d ago
Reading Time: 3 minutesA foretaste of Portugal: traditional music, food and dancing got pilgrims excited for World Youth Day 2023 in Lisbon. Photo: Giovanni Portelli Lit up in red, green and yellow, St Mary’s Cathedral Hall was transformed into a “Little Lisbon” as the Sydney Archdiocese celebrated this year’s local World Youth Day on 20 November. Traditional Portuguese music, food and a crash-course in the Portuguese language encouraged the hundreds of gathered youth to prepare for World Youth Day 2023 in Lisbon, Portugal. Festivities began with a Mass celebrated at St Mary’s Cathedral by Arc ..read more
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