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#2413     For All The Saints - A Pastoral Message from Archbishop Fisher

Mary B
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Mary B wrote at 6:24am on November 23rd 2015
Dear Carl,

The Church teaches that everyone is important - in fact the important work that you do is exactly what Pope Francis has called Catholics to take part in during the upcoming Year of Mercy, which starts 8 December 2015. This video is specifically for the Year of Consecrated Life which is coming to a close. The Church dedicates years to certain parts of ministry so that we can focus on and pray for those people in particular, but that does not mean that everyone else is less important.

Well done on the work that you do! You are a great example for all those hoping to live the message of the Year of Mercy.

#2412     Pope Francis to release 13-track pop-rock album entitled 'Wake Up!'

Robert Malunda
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Robert Malunda wrote at 1:25pm on November 11th 2015
I need to get that one by His Holiness by December at least. Sounds nice!

#2411     For All The Saints - A Pastoral Message from Archbishop Fisher

Carl Redmond
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Carl Redmond wrote at 5:15am on November 9th 2015
Dear Archbishop Fisher OP,

I listened (and watched!) with interest your Pastoral Message to each of us.
What about those who are not identified as consecrated or religious but still nevertheless have a vital part to play?
I have street ministry. It is neither recognised nor condoned by the Catholic Church. It has been running for six years now.
Where do I fit in as a Catholic?
I was baptised six years ago
I made the decision to become a Catholic on All Souls Day 2009
Yours Sincerely,
Carl Redmond
Temora NSW
Ps. I obtained the blessing of the local priest, Father Simon Falk

#2410     Pope to Write Apostolic Exhortation Following Synod

Krystyna Wielechowska
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Krystyna Wielechowska wrote at 1:07pm on November 3rd 2015
This is why the Synod Bishops keep silent. Regarding Pope Francis response to Synod on Family citation from LifeSiteNews ""Italian journalist: Pope Francis told me ‘all the divorced who ask will be admitted’ to Communion

Catholic , Communion For Remarried , Pope Francis , Synod On The Family

ROME, November 2, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) -- Italian atheist Eugenio Scalfari has released yet another bombshell interview with Pope Francis, and this time he is claiming the pope told him that “all the divorced who ask will be admitted [to Communion].”

When asked about the conclusions the recent Synod on the Family had reached, the pope allegedly told Scalfari that the family “changes continuously” and the way it is conceived in modern society “contains some positive aspects, and some negative ones.” He then went on to speak about the situation of the divorced and remarried receiving Communion.

“For that which regards the admission of the divorced to the Sacraments, [the diverse opinion of the bishops] confirms that this principle has been accepted by the Synod. This is bottom line result, the de facto appraisals are entrusted to the confessors, but at the end of faster or slower paths, all the divorced who ask will be admitted,” he said in the Sunday edition of La Repubblica, according to a translation by Rorate Caeli.

The Vatican’s chief spokesman, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, however, says Scalfari’s story is inaccurate.

"Obviously the report of Mr Scalfari is not correct," he told LifeSiteNews today. "As it already happened in the past, Scalfari attributes sometimes to the Pope precise words, with quotation marks, that the Pope has never pronounced, but are only his interpretation. He has publicly declared that he has never recorded the words of the persons that he has interviewed, and this is well known by the Italian press… Therefore the words of the article of Scalfari absolutely cannot be considered as the mind of the Pope."

Given the Vatican press office’s ongoing claims that Scalfari’s stories on the pope are inaccurate, many Catholics are asking why the pope continues to give him interviews. The National Catholic Register's Edward Pentin, for example, asks: “Why does the Pope continue to speak to someone such as Scalfari, and discuss such sensitive subjects with him, when he knows he is unreliable but likely to report his words without reference to a recording or transcript?”

The Rorate Caeli blog goes further, however. They argue that the pope’s continued relationship with Scalfari, and the fact that the Vatican has actually published previous papal interviews, lends credence to the accuracy of the Italian journalist's latest report.

“There is no reason to doubt its general accuracy. We are way past the time of doubting the general accuracy of the Scalfari quotes,” they write. “Not now, that the papal interviews to Scalfari have been published on the Vatican website, that they have been occasionally published by the Vatican publishing house (LEV) itself.”

In a September 2013 article, Scalfari reported that Pope Francis told him that youth unemployment and loneliness among the elderly are the "most urgent" problems facing the Church, and the “most serious of the evils that afflict the world these days.” The claim perplexed and alarmed many observers given the gravity of issues facing modern society, including the loss of faith, the widespread slaughter of the unborn, the destruction of the natural family, and the martyrdom of Christians by Islamic extremists.

The Vatican eventually pulled the interview from its website, but only after Scalfari received widespread criticism for admitting he did not use a recorder or take notes and that his writings were reconstructions from memory. The Vatican never offered clarification on the controversial remarks attributed to the Pope. Instead, Vatican spokesman Fr. Lombardi said at the time: "One may consider the interview to be reliable in a general sense but not word for word. This is not an official text of the Holy Father."

Despite this, the Vatican Publishing House published a book in 2013 called Interviews and Conversations with Journalists that included what it called the “recognized interviews” with Pope Francis. The pope is listed as the author of the book. Included in the book was the September 2013 interview with Scalfari.

In a March 2015 interview, the pope was quoted by Scalfari as denying the existence of hell. “There is no punishment, but the annihilation of that soul. All the others will participate in the beatitude of living in the presence of the Father. The souls that are annihilated will not take part in that banquet; with the death of the body their journey is finished,” the Pope allegedly said at that time.

As in the previous case, the Vatican downplayed the interview. Fr. Thomas Rosica, English-language assistant to the Holy See Press Office, said the remarks “should not be considered official texts” since Scalfari “reconstructed the interviews from memory.”

The Synod on the Family’s final report was supported by leading opponents of Kasper’s Communion proposal, such as Cardinal George Pell, but it also pleased progressives who believe it allows an opening.

Some critics argued that the final report contained a number of “time-bombs” that could be exploited in the future to undermine Catholic teaching on marriage, divorce, adultery, and reception of Holy Communion while living in an objectively sinful state.

Cardinal Raymond Burke was among them, saying it was misleading and lacked clarity on the indissolubility of marriage. Noting the report’s call for the “integration” of the divorced and remarried, Burke said that “integration” is a “mundane term which is theologically ambiguous.”

“I do not see how it can be ‘the key of pastoral accompaniment of those in irregular matrimonial unions.’ The interpretative key of their pastoral care must be the communion founded on the truth of marriage in Christ which must be honored and practiced, even if one of the parties of the marriage has been abandoned through the sin of the other party,” he said in an interview after the Synod’s final document had been released.

At a press conference on the day the final report was approved, leading progressive Cardinal Reinhard Marx, archbishop of Munich, stated: “I am very happy that we made a step ahead. … There have been doors opened, especially for people in difficult situations. … I am very, very happy.”

Also on the same day, Cardinal Kasper stated, “I’m satisfied; the door has been opened to the possibility of the divorced and remarried being granted Communion."

The Church’s teaching on marriage and divorce comes from the words of Jesus in the Gospel where he says, “Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery, and the man who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.”

The sixth commandment given to Moses in the Old Testament, and later affirmed by Christ in the New Testament, states: “You shall not commit adultery.”

The Catholic Church teaches that adultery is an objective mortal sin which has the effect of cutting off the individual who commits this sin from the sanctifying grace of God. The Church also teaches that those in a state of mortal sin must not present themselves for Holy Communion, since this would add the further sin of sacrilege by receiving Jesus unworthily.

#2409     Synod Calls for Divorced and Re-Married to Be 'More Integrated' in the Church

Krystyna Wielechowska
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Krystyna Wielechowska wrote at 6:18am on November 2nd 2015
Now we have two religions in one Catholic Church.Modernist religion which wants to rewrite and abolish the Mystical Body of Christ and make it relative to the ever changing progressive theology and opposing these modernists influence over the Holy Father are so called conservative prelates whose guard the TRUTH.These Synods show how much of evil reside in our Holy Catholic Church manifesting itself with typical signs of confusion, lack of clarity and firmness as well as lack of confession of True Faith.Holy Father should run faith test for all these prelates before summoning them for the Synod.The knowledge of 10 commandments is a basic test for those who are about to receive First Holy Communion therefore it would suffice for those modernist prelates to be enrolled again for catechists classless.

#2408     Catholic Answers to Your Halloween Questions!

Siuyin Ho
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Siuyin Ho wrote at 1:25pm on October 31st 2015
Well, not too different from the Catholic origins of the Carnivale in Rio de Jeniero, Brazil, which btw before it was introduced to the Americas with the arrival of the Spanish and Portuguese, was celebrated as a liturgical Feast to mark the beginning of Lent. EWTN "Feasts & Seasons" cooking show gave a great insight into such traditions during Lent this year. Basically, the pre-Lenten Carnivale was a huge BBQ co-mingled with lots of pagentry and pilgrimage. The last day to feast on meat before fasting from it for a whole month. In more recent times, with the secularization of social life in Latin America as elsewhere, the Carnivale had sadly been given over to secular interests more, no longer being convened exclusively by the Church for the edification of the faithful.

A similar situation now applies to Halloween/All Saints as to many other Feasts on the liturgical calendar. When the regularity of extensive celebration of Solemnities right througout the calendar had pretty much died off during the 19th and 20th centuries, many Catholics tended towards only celebrating Christmas and Easter more seriously which meant that other Feast days were pretty much no longer really focused on festively. And this trend has been more contemporarily been the stuff of parts of the world with more recent Catholic histories and influences such as Australia and New Zealand.

Also it is important to remember that the Feast of All Saints was originally observed as a commemoration of the life & times of the Early Christian martyrs which a little later on in the piece was extended as a special time to remember all the Saints and not just martyrs. But because the martyrs deaths on the whole were so gruesome, it helped the faithful in Medieval times particularly, to correlate this with the Easter symbolism it contained. This makes a whole lot of sense when we think about the agony and suffering Jesus went through before His own resurrection. The martyrs, who so selflessly followed in the footsteps of Jesus shared so deeply in His suffering that made them then co-heirs with Him in their winning of the Heavenly crown. We can therefore see the vigil of All Hallows somewhat akin to "Good Friday & Holy Saturday vigils" for the martyrs where their deaths are commemorated as giving way to the glory of their Easter triumph over death on All Saints Day. Extending this to all whom have been declared Saints makes evident the interplay of sacrifice and redemption so clearly & exemplarily evident in their lives, which is why it is just so awesome to get to know them as friends and follow their example.

All Souls on November 2nd shows an extraordinary exhortation to all - that we should all embrace the sacred promise conferred upon us at our baptism - to follow in the footsteps of Christ and all the Saints in the sanctification of our earthly lives so that we too can share in the joy and abundance of our Heavenly reward for all eternity. As mercy is such a great component of our call by God to serve others with charity and love, remembering in prayerful union with our loved ones who have gone before helps us to anchor our hearts in that place of charity which recognises the importance of cherishing the sanctity of life, and in it's earthly shortness when compared with eternity, be able to comprehend it's preciousness and love it precisely because of this for this is what God seems to be saying by as in the smaller things of life, how much more in the bigger.

#2407     Polygamists Sue to Have Their ‘Marriages’ Recognised

Petrina Freedman
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Petrina Freedman wrote at 12:44am on September 15th 2015
Pray for Australia, that same sex unions not be legalised! Please pray for West Australia on Saturday, for God's Will to reign in our Canning By Election, a real test of who supports same sex unions! Our Lady Help of Christians please pray for us!

#2406     Polygamists Sue to Have Their ‘Marriages’ Recognised

Petrina Freedman
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Petrina Freedman wrote at 11:19pm on September 9th 2015
Please pray for Australia that same sex unions not be legalised. God will not allow such outright rebellion against His Commandments to go unpunished. "Suffer the little children to come unto Me." Our Lady Help of Christians, pray for us! Saint Mary Mackillop of the Cross pray for us!
Go to to make your rosary pledge & join the Rosary Crusade in support of NATURAL MARRIAGE.

#2405     X Factor Australia will Feature Singing Priest Fr Rob Galea!

Godwin Delali Adadzie
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Godwin Delali Adadzie wrote at 1:35am on September 7th 2015
I pray he touches some people there with the grace of Christ.

#2404     Polygamists Sue to Have Their ‘Marriages’ Recognised

Assaf Reaidy
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Assaf Reaidy wrote at 9:02am on September 4th 2015
who is this US supreme court to legalise acts that GOD has rejected? wake up Man.. you're not GOD!!

#2403     Feast Day of St Bartholomew, Apostle - 24 August

Stephen Borja
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Stephen Borja wrote at 1:14am on September 3rd 2015
Thank you! Have a beautiful September! St. Gregory the Great, pray for us!

#2402     The Blessings Project - Video Reflection on the Beatitudes

Guy Sudano
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Guy Sudano wrote at 3:12am on August 27th 2015
Hi-This is a music video that my son and I made, showing images of refugees, using a song I wrote the music for , based on the Beatitudes.
If anyone wants to record/perform or use the video/song, please contact me.
Thank you-
Guy Sudano

#2401     Feast Day of St Bartholomew, Apostle - 24 August

Mary B
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Mary B wrote at 11:30pm on August 24th 2015
Thank you Stephen! This has been fixed :)

#2400     Feast Day of St Bartholomew, Apostle - 24 August

Stephen Borja
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Stephen Borja wrote at 3:34pm on August 24th 2015
Thanks for this!

A little comment: The link in this sentence--"We celebrate the feast day of St Bartholomew on 24 August. Visit this article to read more!" is not working.

#2399     Jason Evert: Is There a Difference Between Sex and Gender?

Victor Havel
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Victor Havel wrote at 7:50am on August 23rd 2015
Always right on the money Brother Jason.

#2398     The Euthanasia Debate – Singer v Fisher

Cantor Edward Palamar
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Cantor Edward Palamar wrote at 9:00pm on August 18th 2015
This show of intellectualism is a sign of the mass apostasy, not a debate.

"Thou shalt not kill."

End of discussion.

#2397     "Being a Father:" A Short Film on Why We Need Dads!

maria ammirati
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maria ammirati wrote at 12:21pm on July 28th 2015
I think you should think twice about posting something from this website. although the video has a good message, I am not sure the organization that posted it should be promoted on xt3

#2396     Priestly Vocations are up in the U.S...What Gives?

Lester Zapata
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Lester Zapata wrote at 3:22pm on July 19th 2015
I joined i religious comunity after WYD , the Missionary Oblate of Mary Immaculate. WYD helped me a lot to make that decision. I meet the Oblates in California in 2010. I am still in formation because it last then years. I ask for your prayers.

Have some one joined any religious community after WYD?

#2395     Theology on Tap - Sydney

Clare Westlund
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Clare Westlund wrote at 6:10pm on June 22nd 2015
What a fantastic job you did on this presentation!

#2394     Theology on Tap - Sydney

Clare Westlund
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Clare Westlund wrote at 5:53pm on June 22nd 2015
His testimony is absolutely amazing! I would love to thank him personally for what he did! I continue to pray for him!

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