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Pope: At Christmas Jesus Knocks at Door of Your Heart
Last edited 21st December 2014

Pope Francis on Sunday invited the faithful to listen carefully when God knocks at their door. “Too often – he said – Jesus passes by in our lives, he sends an angel and we are so caught up in our thoughts and concerns we do not even notice”.

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Humility and Simplicity - Advent Thoughts from St John XXIII
Last edited 17th December 2014

Watch this video for a beautiful reflection on the humility and simplicity that we are called to live during the Advent season, based on the words of Saint Pope John XXIII.


Catholic Midwives’ Abortion Ruling Overturned by Supreme Court
Last edited 17th December 2014

The UK’s supreme court has ruled that two Catholic midwives do not have the right to refuse to help other nurses with abortion procedures or planning.

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Only a Repentant Heart will Receive Salvation, Pope Francis Says
Last edited 16th December 2014

Pope Francis touched on the importance of being humble and open to the Lord's correction, encouraging the faithful to offer him their sins to God in order to be saved.

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Sweet, Beautiful, Soul-Saving Joy – A Homily for the 3rd Sunday of Advent
Last edited 14th December 2014

This Sunday is traditionally called Gaudete Sunday based on the Introit for the day: Gaudete in Domino semper, iterum dico, Gaudete (from Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say, Rejoice). This theme is developed most fully in today’s readings in 1 Thessalonians 5:16ff. It, too, begins with the salutation and imperative, “rejoice always!”

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Pope Francis: Evangelise Europe’s Youth
Last edited 14th December 2014

Pope Francis called upon participants in the 4th European Congress on Youth Pastoral Ministry “not to ever tire of proclaiming the Gospel, with your life and word.”

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Installation of Bishop Peter Comensoli - Homily
Last edited 14th December 2014

On 12 December 2014, the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Bishop Peter Comensoli was officially installed as the third Bishop of the Diocese of Broken Bay. In his homily, Bishop Peter reflected on the story of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and expressed his hopes for the future of the Diocese of Broken Bay.

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Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mother of the Americas
Last edited 11th December 2014

Today is the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patron of Mexico and the Americas! On the morning of December 9, 1531, Juan Diego saw an apparition of a young woman at the Hill of Tepeyac, near Mexico City. Speaking to him in his native language of Nahuatl, the woman asked that a church be built at that site in her honour; from her words, Juan Diego recognised the woman as the Virgin Mary. What followed was an incredible miracle that resulted in the largest number of conversions to the Catholic faith in history!

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2015 World Day of Peace Message: “No Longer Slaves, but Brothers and Sisters”
Last edited 11th December 2014

Pope Francis has released his Message for the 2015 World Day of Peace, which will take place on 1 January 2015, the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. The theme for the 48th Message for Peace is “No Longer Slaves, but Brothers and Sisters.” The full text is below.

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Pope to Honour Our Lady of Guadalupe by Celebrating a 'Creole Mass'
Last edited 11th December 2014

Friday, December 12th is the day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the Americas and commonly referred to as the Queen of Mexico. To mark the occasion, Pope Francis will celebrate a Mass in her honor, in St. Peter's Basilica. But this won't be your typical celebration, rather it will be a so called 'Creole Mass.' The style combines indigenous instruments and rhythms with prayers in Spanish.


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