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Daily Capsule - Fr. Francis Afu

22 Jun 2017

All because we have cut off from Him who can humble our pride, purify our desire and order our path. But we can reconnect with Him. And with Him, we can claim our faith.

Daily Capsule - Fr. Francis Afu

21 Jun 2017

In vain is our earlier rising... in vain is our labour... for without God work is unfulfilling, undignifying; it only becomes a form of slavery. Work has meaning when it is done with God and for Him.

Daily Capsule - Fr. Francis Afu

20 Jun 2017

This law of Mercy hangs on the Cross; Christ absorbed man's hatred, but forgave him that he may in turn forgive others.

Daily Capsule - Fr. Francis Afu

19 Jun 2017

This love includes that which is good and wholesome, and excludes that which is evil and destructive like anger that births hatred. It stops the vicious circle hatred.

Daily Capsule - Fr. Francis Afu

18 Jun 2017

Christ gave up His Body for us, so that we may in turn give up our body for Him. Thus, the Eucharist is a marriage feast, prefiguring our eternal union with God. Participating in the Eucharist is living heaven on earth.

'Eucharistic moments'  – Mirroring the broken Christ

17 Jun 2017

To put it at its simplest: the eucharist tells a story, our story. The Last Supper is the heart of a narrative which, on the one hand, links past and present by looking back to the passover and the covenant, and, on the other, orientates the present towards the future by looking forward to the coming of the kingdom.

Daily Capsule - Fr. Francis Afu

17 Jun 2017

We forget what the Lord has done for us and so we disconnect from worshipping Him. This is true for our relationship with God as it is also true for human relationships

Daily Capsule - Fr. Francis Afu

16 Jun 2017

For the Israelites, memories helped them to be faithful to God. Each time they remembered what the Lord had done, they become humble, would go to Him and worship.

Daily Capsule - Fr. Francis Afu

14 Jun 2017

We are only a people on life's journey, with its ups and downs. When we fall, we shouldn't give up. We should rise, and keep our word.

Perpetual Adoration, the closest thing to walking with Jesus

13 Jun 2017

What is Perpetual Adoration? Eucharistic Adoration is a deeply personal method of prayer that many saints have recommended over the past few centuries. It consists of visiting a church or small chapel to adore Jesus Christ, truly present in the Blessed Sacrament

Exposing Porn’s Lies

13 Jun 2017

Those who, coming from a religious perspective, assume that secularists have no misgivings about pornography may be surprised to hear that, as Fradd writes, “… all over the globe, people are reporting the ill effects of pornography — even those who have no moral qualms with it.

Daily Capsule - Fr. Francis Afu

12 Jun 2017

In His mercy, He doesn't give us the punishment we deserve. In His Grace, He gives us the favours, the blessings and the gifts we don't deserve. St. Paul puts this beautifully well "where sin increased, grace increased all the more".

Daily Capsule - Fr. Francis Afu

11 Jun 2017

It is a mystery that is unique to Christianity. We can only narrate what we have been given that explains the mystery: That there is one God, three distinct Persons, equal in divinity, majesty and eternity.

Daily Capsule - Fr. Francis Afu

10 Jun 2017

For when the Israelites worshipped God and obeyed His commandments, they were free, they were at peace in their land. This is also true for us. True worship sets us free from our slavery to sin and evil.

Daily Capsule - Fr. Francis Afu

09 Jun 2017

We need to heed the word of our Creator "be still and know that I am God". We need to retreat and listen to the inner voice of Love. We need to be silent.

Daily Capsule - Fr. Francis Afu

08 Jun 2017

However, since this is a matter of the heart, our hearts are restless until we love the Lord... for our heart's goal is to love God.

Daily Capsule - Fr. Francis Afu

06 Jun 2017

For us, we bond with God when we spend time listening to Him speak to us in the Scriptures; meditating on the Word and allowing the Word to break us, form us and use us for the Glory of God and peace to people on earth.

Daily Capsule - Fr. Francis Afu

06 Jun 2017

In His mercy, He doesn't give us the punishment we deserve. In His Grace, He gives us the favours, the blessings and the gifts we don't deserve

Daily Capsule - Fr. Francis Afu

05 Jun 2017

A covenant that makes us equal partners in dialogue with the self-communicating God. He is our God and we are His people. The demand of this covenant relationship is the call to be faithful, to obey.

Daily Capsule - Fr. Francis Afu

04 Jun 2017

The One who sent is greater than the one He sent. So let's not be afraid. Let's go to the One who sends, share our struggle with Him. For although we might have failed on the mission, He doesn't fail us.

Le Vent de L’Esprit

03 Jun 2017

The spirit participates in our weakness for we do not know how to pray as we should. But that very Spirit supplicates on our behalf with unutterable groanings. And the Father who searches the heart knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to God.

Daily Capsule - Fr. Francis Afu

03 Jun 2017

The Holy Spirit isn't just a fairy tale character. He is real. He is the third Person of the Godhead. He is the Spirit of Truth; the Truth that is self-communicating and also self-giving.

Daily Capsule - Fr. Francis Afu

02 Jun 2017

Our emotions aren't 100% proof of who we are. They are only indicators that may be true or false. To rely solely on our feelings is to live a false and unrealistic life. And often, this is the cause of depression. Rick Warren puts it this way "feelings aren't fact; they can be highly unreliable..."

Insights on Courage

01 Jun 2017

God does not deny himself to anyone who perseveres. Little by little, he will measure out the courage sufficient to attain this victory. I say “courage” because there are so many things the devil puts in the minds of beginners to prevent them from actually starting out on this path.

Daily Capsule - Fr. Francis Afu

01 Jun 2017

"Lord, I don't know where You are leading me in this choice I have made, but I know You, lead me on. For it is all about You". 

Daily Capsule - Fr. Francis Afu

31 May 2017

And the child in Elizabeth's womb leapt for joy. Notice, the confession of God’s greatness reveals our mission and bears the fruit of joy, joy that humbles us.

Daily Capsule - Fr. Francis Afu

30 May 2017

We want to be free from God... and yet we want God to be God... We want Him to save us from tragedy. Do we really know what we want?

Daily Capsule - Fr. Francis Afu

27 May 2017

When life is all about what we get we can't escape loneliness, because we can never be satisfied with what we are given.

When Did the Decline of the West Really Begin?

27 May 2017

In this way it was only a natural transition from believing in a God who imposed meaning on things to thinking it was man who did this. We can see this mindset well-illustrated in our society’s acceptance that marriage and gender mean whatever people say they mean.

Daily Capsule - Fr. Francis Afu

26 May 2017

Good marketing gets even a staunch loyalist. When doubts set in, trust is broken and relationships fall apart. The beginning of sin, and the ruin of man.

A Year After ‘Amoris Laetitia’: Marriage-Ministry Reform Sees First Fruits

26 May 2017

When Amoris Laetitia was published, Father Adams proposed to the shrine’s pastor they change their marriage-preparation methods along the lines envisioned by Pope Francis in Amoris Laetitia to form couples for Christ-centered marriage: giving the engaged “time and space” to be formed for marriage, accompanied by mentor couples and a priest working together, and integrating them into the life of the Church.

Daily Capsule - Fr. Francis Afu

24 May 2017

But what proves parents' love true is their ability to journey with their children through the muddy waters of failure to success. Success has a price tag!

Mary Help of Christians

24 May 2017

The tradition of this advocation goes back to 1571, when  the whole of Christendom was saved by Mary Help of Christians when Catholics throughout Europe prayed the Rosary.

NEW FEDERAL FUNDING PLAN

23 May 2017

The promised annual indexation of funding increases from 2018 to 2020 will enable us to say to parents that our current processes for the setting of school fees will remain unchanged and that any annual adjustment to school fees will be modest.

Daily Capsule - Fr. Francis Afu

22 May 2017

We are all endowed with different gifts and talents. While some of us are good at talking, others are good at listening. We are all gifted.

Daily Capsule - Fr. Francis Afu

20 May 2017

Christ Jesus gave suffering a new meaning by going through suffering Himself. No pain, no gain! But it isn't just any pain that brings gain. It's pain borne with Christ and for Christ that's gain.

Daily Capsule - Fr. Francis Afu

19 May 2017

We pray for open-doors... we pray for breakthroughs, and we wait and wait, and typical of God's way, there is silence... we interpret the silence to mean NO.

Pro-Life generation takes next step

16 May 2017

“This vote today is not only a win for women and unborn children in NSW but gives hope to the thousands of vulnerable women around Australia who have been let down by a system that ignores their cries for help when they are at their most vulnerable.”

CHILD ABUSE & NEGLECT STATISTICS FOR AUSTRALIA

15 May 2017

The most recent national figures from the AIHW indicate that during 2014- 15, there were 208,111 Australian children suspected of being harmed or at risk of harm from abuse and/or neglect

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

09 May 2017

Courage is a virtue that enables us to do what we can. It is also a virtue that  allows us to admit what we can't and to say "no".

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

08 May 2017

There is a story of a stone cutter. He was asked to split a big rock into two. He struck the rock the first time and nothing happened.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

07 May 2017

It is easy when we are going through stuff to give in to the temptation that nobody cares; that everybody is indifferent to our plight.

Archbishop Fisher Homily 3rd Sunday of Easter 2017

07 May 2017

C. S. Lewis once wrote that "you will not find the warrior, the poet, the philosopher or the Christian by staring into his eyes... better fight beside him, read with him, argue with him, pray with him"

The Shepherd of Mercy

07 May 2017

Nowadays, especially in industrialized and urban societies, the figure of a shepherd is little known and appreciated

Archbishop Fisher ANZAC DAY Homily 2017

07 May 2017

'Total war.' Even today it has an ominous ring. The phrase was coined by the German General Erich Ludendorff to describe what happened in the First World War on all sides.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

06 May 2017

Family! We love it when it is good and rich with great memories. We pray for the perfect family, the type we hear and watch in the movies.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

03 May 2017

There is something in us that tells us there is more to life than meets the eye. Something that questions, and searches for answers.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

02 May 2017

There are too many people hurting and complaining about how bad life is. "The whole world is against me", they think, imagine and spread the negatives.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

29 Apr 2017

The story of the two disciples on their way to Emmaus is symbolic. First, the disciples left the Holy City, the City of Peace, Jerusalem for the City of Battle, Emmaus

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

28 Apr 2017

We often talk about our own wounds; how the hurt and how painful it is to be wounded. But we don't seem to talk about the other side of the coin, the wounds we inflict on others.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

27 Apr 2017

Gratitude is a powerful healing balm for wounds. But the hurt and the pain of the wounds often don't allow us to see the good in life.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

26 Apr 2017

In Medicine, there are different kinds of wounds. There are wounds that heal quickly, some that heal slowly and others that take a life time to heal.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

25 Apr 2017

There are stories in every age and everywhere of heroes/ heroines, and ordinary people. We love to tell these stories, and we also love to tell our own personal stories.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

20 Apr 2017

"Every saint", according to Oscar Wilde, "has a past; and every sinner has a future". The past of the saint makes him or her humble.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

20 Apr 2017

"Come as you are, that is how I want you... each time you fail to live by my promise, why do you think I love you the less?"

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

18 Apr 2017

Fear is a powerful emotion. It often distorts our vision of life. It could make us to see life as a problem with no solution.

HAPPY EASTER !!

17 Apr 2017

Lots of EASTER reflections - Easter spirituality and Prayer, a Paschal Feast of sorts !!

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

17 Apr 2017

From the Genesis to Revelation, the Scriptures are on about justice. But we often think of justice as an art of  giving each his or her due

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

15 Apr 2017

This is the Night, the Mother of all nights that Christians everywhere gather to listen to the good news - He has risen.

HOLY THURSDAY HOMILY Archbishop Anthony Fisher

15 Apr 2017

Feet, we know, were an important symbol in ancient times. Occasionally people were permitted to glimpse the feet of the Unseen God; more commonly, they responded to the divine presence by taking off their own shoes.

Media Release

12 Apr 2017

Catholic Conference of Religious Educators in State Schools

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

12 Apr 2017

They rolled the stone and closed the tomb. They weren't sure what next. Some believed He will rise from the death... others just didn't care.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

10 Apr 2017

To accept one's situation makes a big difference. It empowers us to go through the situation and make the best out of it.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

07 Apr 2017

What hangs on the Cross isn't a perfect body by human standards. But it is the perfect Body in the eyes of the Father who sent Him. T

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

06 Apr 2017

Before Jesus died, He looked down from the cross and saw His Mother. He could hear her groaning... Simeon's word has come to pass... a sword has pierced her soul.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

05 Apr 2017

For Christ, death wasn't an end. Although it was all dark and hopeless; with wailing and sobbing, frustration and disappointment, the silence was communicating the mystery... letting God act in time.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

04 Apr 2017

Everywhere was dark and quiet; and it appeared the end had dawned. Even His executioners were threatened and they wallowed in fear of the unknown.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

03 Apr 2017

It is finished", He said and breathed His last. Some theologians would suggest "it is accomplished" is a better expression.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

01 Apr 2017

He groaned inwardly and outwardly. They raise the Cross, and He cried from it "my God, my God, why have You forsaken me"?

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

27 Mar 2017

I would like to be personal today; to tell my story about falling and rising. It all happened in 2002 when I went to confession...

Pope to Priests and Religious Milan Duomo

26 Mar 2017

One of the first things that comes to mind is the word challenge, which you used: “many challenges”, you said. Every historical age, since the first times of Christianity, has been continually exposed to many challenges.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

26 Mar 2017

Babies crawl... but there comes a time when they have to stand on their own two feet and walk. It isn't easy to grow from crawling to walking let alone running.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

24 Mar 2017

What a gruesome sight to behold! He was bleeding... staggering... falling... crowned with thorns... the women saw it all.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

23 Mar 2017

In summary, both Jung and Nouwen offer us great wisdom in the expression wounded healer. For our deepest hurts are many a time sources of our strength.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

22 Mar 2017

Imagine Christ on His way to Calvary. He was alone. The crowd that shouted Hosanna, Hosanna; changed and started to shout Crucify Him, Crucify Him. Unbelievable!

Your marriage: you have no idea of the good you are doing

20 Mar 2017

The most riveting, wise, and helpful statement I have heard in recent years was shared by Ifeyinwa Awagu of Lagos, Nigeria, in a short video prepared for the 2014 Vatican Humanum Colloquium on the Complementarity of Man and Woman:

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

20 Mar 2017

eronica wiped His face, she revealed Him. He is a person like you, she exclaimed. "Respect Him". You can only imagine the silence!

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

19 Mar 2017

It is not just about the sound, the silence, the Word that spoke no words on the road to Calvary, but it is also about visibility; the One who reveals the Godhead is in the passion invisible.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

18 Mar 2017

Did Christ need Simon of Cyrene's help? Definitely, He did. But let's attempt the question this way, Christ is the exegesis of the Father in the Spirit, and also of humanity in human form

St Patrick: The Saint who couldn't be silent ?

17 Mar 2017

St Patrick is patron of famous destinations of Irish migrants like New York, Newark and Boston, and also of places as unlikely as Nigeria, Melbourne and Rolla, Missouri. But what is behind all of these parties?

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

15 Mar 2017

From the crowds, she could see her Son. She could see His wounds. She could feel the pain, the agony and the torture He bore. It was excruciating.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

13 Mar 2017

He fell! He fell the first time! What a fall it must have been? The pain was excruciating... the weight of the cross was pressing hard on Him. He fell!

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

12 Mar 2017

"My pain, my suffering is nothing compared with what Christ passed through... He bore it all, I should bear mine too". Testimony of a dying Cancer patient.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

11 Mar 2017

It was all Pilate's fault. He placed the burden on Christ. No! It was the people's fault, they made the cross. Oh no! It was Christ fault,

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

10 Mar 2017

Cross! Two chunks of wood placed on each other to map out the four poles - North, South, East and West. Imagine the waves, the pull from the different poles.

A Lenten Reflection

10 Mar 2017

The world of today reveals itself as at once powerful and weak, capable of achieving the best or the worst.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

09 Mar 2017

Talking more about injustice and false accusations, we definitely think we are always the poor victims. "I was accused falsely... I am suffering injustice... I am innocent and wrongly condemned.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

08 Mar 2017

It is terrible to be accused falsely. It is worst to be condemned for a crime one never committed. Imagine the injustice! Imagine the pain.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

07 Mar 2017

Have we ever wondered why God chose to be one like us, bearing pain! Wouldn't it had been better for Him to simply declare from heaven "I forgive you and that is it"?

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

05 Mar 2017

A majority of us hate anything that is bitter. We all go for something sweet. Pharmaceutical companies know this, and they often take advantage of us by producing bitter tablets with sweet coating.

The Living Desert of Lent

03 Mar 2017

Thinking Faith’s Lenten reflections this year will take us into the desert, as we look at how and why it is so often a place of encounter with God and of transformation.

An itinerary for Lent/ Sunday gospels

03 Mar 2017

We do not have one evangelist to escort us through Lent this year; instead, half of our Sunday gospels are narrated by Matthew, the other half by John.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

03 Mar 2017

Giving alms to the poor is something many of us do naturally. We are good at giving out things to those who do not have and those who are disadvantaged.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

02 Mar 2017

Fasting, we are all getting into it. We fast from food, from alcohol, from many different things. Some of us even fast from our bad habits.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

01 Mar 2017

Ash Wednesday, the beginning of a season of discipline. A time to face ourselves, and make the big decisions of life.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

28 Feb 2017

Lent is a great season in the Church's life. It is time we spend as individuals and together as a community to ask ourselves the big questions of life.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

27 Feb 2017

There comes a time in our lives when we sit, and look back and laugh at ourselves. We then realise all our struggles, worries and sleepless nights didn't really matter after all.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

26 Feb 2017

There was a man who wanted to please everyone. He woke up in the morning and he was told he was too short, and that wasn't a good sight.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

25 Feb 2017

When we hear the word God, whom do we imagine Him to be? Do we imagine Him to be the Master, who all He does is to keep records of our wrongs, failings and awaites our death so that He can punish us?

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

23 Feb 2017

Generally, every manufacturer knows its products. It understands how it works and it knows how to fix it when it is faulty.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

22 Feb 2017

We are at our best, when all we care about is to do our best or become our best without worrying about who takes the credit, who is praised or acknowledged.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

20 Feb 2017

The elder brother of the prodigal son is often not talked about. We tend to focus more on the prodigal son and his father.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

17 Feb 2017

Generally, we all want to be better, to improve ourselves and to achieve greater heights. We are often not satisfied with the now.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

16 Feb 2017

Compassion is a common word in our contemporary society. Almost every Tom, Dick and Harry claims to know what compassion is and talks about it.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

14 Feb 2017

Valentine’s Day! We all hold our own opinions about the day. While many celebrate the love they share, some mourn the love they lost. What a day, defined and coloured by paradoxes!

Daily Capsule -= Fr Francis Afu

12 Feb 2017

In one way or another, we all want to be wise. We love to act wisely and to be recognised as someone who is wise and full of wisdom.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

10 Feb 2017

In the movie "Beyond the lights", Gugu Mbatha-Raw, said "truth is the foundation of every good/healthy relationship".

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

09 Feb 2017

There is a big push for a Godless society and also a civilisation that is without any religious tenets. Religion is poison, many will argue.

Pope Francs Message for LENT 2017

08 Feb 2017

Taking as a starting point the parable of the rich man and Lazarus from the Gospel of St. Luke (Lk 16: 19-31), the Holy Father divides his message into three sections: “The Other Person Is a Gift” “Sin Blinds Us” “The Word Is a Gift”

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

08 Feb 2017

In one of her tracts entitled  Questions, Asa asked, "...why there is so much religion and so little love, will we ever get to know the truth someday.”?  

Fertility Aware

07 Feb 2017

Fertility Aware is a brand new service offering personalised fertility health awareness packages for women and couples.

Pontiff sidelines Cardinal Burke

06 Feb 2017

Pope Francis has appointed Vatican Substitute Archbishop Angelo Becciu as his special delegate to the Knights of Malta, effectively sidelining Cardinal Raymond Burke, The Independent of Malta reports.

Rome posters attack Pope Francis

06 Feb 2017

Conservatives attack Pope Francis in Rome: On Saturday, dozens of posters appeared around Rome featuring a stern-looking Francis and referencing the "decapitation" of the Knights and other actions he has taken against tradition-minded groups.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

04 Feb 2017

One of our responsibilities as human beings and Christians in particular is to be charitable; to give a helping hand to those in need.

What is SUNDAY ?

03 Feb 2017

1. The Lord's Day — as Sunday was called from Apostolic times(1) — has always been accorded special attention in the history of the Church because of its close connection with the very core of the Christian mystery.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

31 Jan 2017

In the era of eating healthy and keeping fit, more and more people are in the habit of taking a glass of natural juice.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

30 Jan 2017

When we pray, we typically expect "a yes" from God to our prayers. We want our request to be granted as of yesterday.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

28 Jan 2017

We all have our own struggles: doubts, fears, worries and many others. We try very hard not to be weighed down by them.

Euthanasia has been a disaster overseas

18 Jan 2017

The practice of euthanasia and assisted suicide overseas has been a disaster, with so-called safeguards failing and doctor-assisted killing on the rise, and not just for the terminally ill, says world-renowned ethicist Professor Margaret Somerville.

Pope writes to young people

14 Jan 2017

Pope Francis has written a letter to young people as the Church prepares for a Synod of Bishops on the theme: “Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment”.

Epiphany Armidale 2017 Bishop Michael Robert Kennedy

08 Jan 2017

The child Jesus, born in Bethlehem of the Virgin Mary, came not only for the people of Israel, represented by the shepherds of Bethlehem, but for all humanity, represented today by the wise men from the East.

Holy Innocents, Martyrs

28 Dec 2016

The Holy Innocents are the children who were slaughtered at the orders of King Herod, in the hope that by killing every boy born in Bethlehem at the same time as Jesus, he would succeed in killing the new-born King of the Jews.

St Stephen's Day Proto Martyr

26 Dec 2016

Yesterday we celebrated the birth in time of our eternal King. Today we celebrate the triumphant suffering of his soldier.

Pope Francis/ Christmas message "Urbi et Orbi"

26 Dec 2016

Today the Church once again experiences the wonder of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Saint Joseph and the shepherds of Bethlehem, as they contemplate the newborn Child laid in a manger: Jesus, the Saviour.

Christmas and the Divine Proximity

25 Dec 2016

In October 2001 I had a long conversation with Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger. It was but weeks after 9/11; a new century and millennium were opening before us;

Pope Francis/ rigidity, worldliness a disaster for priests

12 Dec 2016

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis celebrated Mass in the chapel of the Casa Santa Marta on Friday morning, focusing his remarks following the readings of the day on the need for priests to serve as authentic mediators of God’s love

TJHC welcomes new Vatican child sex abuse website

09 Dec 2016

A new website launched by the Vatican this week detailing its efforts to protect children from sexual abuse by clergy has been welcomed by the Catholic Church’s Truth Justice and Healing Council.

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

08 Dec 2016

The most Blessed Virgin Mary was, from the first moment of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege of almighty God and by virtue of the merits of Jesus Christ, Saviour of the human race, preserved immune from all stain of original sin.135

HAPPY St NICHOLAS DAY

06 Dec 2016

He was bishop of Myra, in Lycia (now part of Turkey) and died about the middle of the fourth century.

Pope Francis: Advent calls us to enlarge our horizons

28 Nov 2016

Pope Francis pointed out three visits of the Lord: the first, in the past, with the Incarnation, and Birth of Jesus at Christmas; the second, in the present, as Jesus visits us continually, every day; and the final visit, in the future...

Meet Our Cathedral Parish Catechists

25 Nov 2016

specially appointed by the Church, in accordance with local needs, to make Christ known, loved and followed by those who do not yet know Him and by the faithful themselves.

St Vincent de Paul

27 Sep 2016

He was born in Aquitaine and became a Catholic priest. He devoted his whole life to the service of the poor.

GOD IS NO THING

08 Sep 2016

Opening paragraph Rupert Shortt's.. God is No Thing -Hurst & Co London 2016
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