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Cardinal Pell dies at 81; he kept the faith even amid tribulation, Pope says

By OSV News | January 12, 2023 | 0 Comments

VATICAN CITY (CNS) – Pope Francis praised the late Australian Cardinal George Pell as a faithful servant of God and of the Catholic Church, who steadfastly followed the Lord even “in the hour of trial” when he was jailed for sexual abuse before his conviction was overturned by Australia’s highest … Read More about Cardinal Pell dies at 81; he kept the faith even amid tribulation, Pope says

Benedict XVI ‘did theology on his knees’, Pope Francis says

By OSV News | January 5, 2023 | 1 Comment

VATICAN CITY (CNS) – The theological writings and papal teaching of the late Pope Benedict XVI were and will continue to be a blessing to the Catholic Church, Pope Francis wrote. “Benedict XVI’s thought and magisterium are and always will remain fruitful because he knew how to focus on the … Read More about Benedict XVI ‘did theology on his knees’, Pope Francis says

Br Mark’s Christmas in Bethlehem

By Rowena Orejana | December 25, 2022 | 0 Comments

Lasallian Br Mark McKeon’s experience of his first Christmas in Bethlehem in 2014 was deeply profound and will stay with him always.  “I always remember sort of sitting in the university chapel, listening to the rings, talking about the Saviour being born in Bethlehem and I’m thinking, ‘here I am. … Read More about Br Mark’s Christmas in Bethlehem

From the publisher: Caught up in wonder

By Bishop Stephen Lowe | December 24, 2022 | 0 Comments

Greccio is a small hillside town/village in Italy. It was there, at the Christmas Mass of 1223AD, 799 years ago, that St Francis of Assisi staged the first Nativity play, with actors and animals reliving the birth of the Christ-child at Bethlehem. St Francis later said, “I want to do … Read More about From the publisher: Caught up in wonder

Swallows choose holy nesting spot

By NZ Catholic Staff | December 23, 2022 | 0 Comments

In the compact town of Amberley, in North Canterbury, many people drive past without noticing one of the oldest churches in New Zealand.    The church is possibly the second oldest functioning church in the country.    Unfortunately, recent application to put up a “Historical Church” road-sign was turned down by the … Read More about Swallows choose holy nesting spot

SVDP Dunedin gift an experience

By Rowena Orejana | December 21, 2022 | 0 Comments

There will be something new in the Society of St Vincent de Paul (Dunedin) gift baskets this year: the gift of an experience.  SVdP Dunedin youth coordinator Jo Bell said that the decision to seek donations of gifts of experiences has two objectives: giving the families the opportunity to do … Read More about SVDP Dunedin gift an experience