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Pope: Homily for Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross
Last edited 14th September 2014

Pope Francis marked the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross Sunday with Mass celebrated in St. Peter’s basilica during which he presided over the Sacrament of Marriage of twenty couples.

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The Call to Fraternal Correction - A Homily for the 23rd Sunday of the Year
Last edited 8th September 2014

We live in times in which there is a widespread notion that to correct sinners is to “judge” them. Never mind that it is sin that we judge, not the sinner. Never mind that in accusing us of judging, the worldly-minded are themselves doing the very judging they condemn. Never mind any of that; the point of the charge is to seek to shame us into silence. And despite the fact that Scripture consistently directs us to correct the sinner, many Catholics have bought into the notion that correcting the sinner is “judging” him. In this, the devil, who orchestrates the “correcting is judging” campaign, rejoices; for if he can keep us from correcting one another, sin can and does flourish.

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Pitch Imperfect
Last edited 8th September 2014

Last week, as soon as Mass ended, the sweet little old lady sitting in front of me loudly announced to anyone within earshot that I (apparently) sing off-key. Totally shocked, I responded, “Well, I guess that’s why I’m out here, and not back there in the choir loft.” Listen, lady, I never promised you perfection from the pew behind you. But I’d be lying if I said her comment didn’t sting, just a little. After all, I was always taught to do my best, in everything I attempted: in school, clubs, sports, relationships, even faith – and I’ll include singing at Mass on the list.


Church Serves 'Women the Rest of the World has Left Behind'
Last edited 7th September 2014

Recent claims that the Catholic Church disregards women fail to acknowledge the Church’s critical work to support women and families around the world, say leaders in medicine, academia and global relief work. “Anyone who thinks that the Catholic Church doesn’t support women doesn’t know much about the Church, its mission and its presence around the world,” said Joan Rosenhauer, Executive Vice President of US Operations for Catholic Relief Services.

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Get 'Illuminated' with Ignite Conference 2014
Last edited 12th September 2014

In September 2013, the Xt3 team travelled to Brisbane Australia to experience our first ever Ignite Conference. The energy, enthusiasm and devotion of the Ignite participants was not only impressive, but it also pointed to an exciting future for the Catholic Church in Australia. Xt3 will be back once again for Ignite 2014 - the 10th Ignite Conference since it first launched onto the Australian Catholic youth scene in 2001.

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Beyond Labor Day: How To Be Catholic at Work
Last edited 1st September 2014

I say this with great trepidation, because of the aforesaid condition of my desk, but I think you’re supposed to keep your desk clean. I even once confessed my messy desk to a priest. For my penance he told me to organize my desk. I said, No, that was impossible, and he gave me a different penance.

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Proclaim 2014 A Life-Giving Experience Of Enthusiasm, Energy & Renewal
Last edited 28th August 2014

The 500 participants at Proclaim 2014 were not only inspired by key note speakers, Father Michael White and Tom Corcoran and how the two men rebuilt their parish in Maryland, USA but left the three day conference armed with energy, enthusiasm and a series of action plans and strategies to reach out to their parish communities and bring people back to the Church.

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Why I Love My Invisible Friend - By Father Robert Barron
Last edited 25th August 2014

One of the favourite taunts of the New Atheists is that religious people believe in an “invisible friend.” They are implying, of course, that religion is little more than a pathetic exercise in wishful thinking, a reversion to childish patterns of projection and self-protection. It is well past time, they say, for believers to grow up, leave their cherished fantasies behind, and face the real world. In offering this characterisation, the New Atheists are showing themselves to be disciples of the old atheists such as Feuerbach, Marx, Comte, and Freud, all of whom made more or less similar observations.

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Pope Francis Challenges with Question: How is Your Faith?
Last edited 25th August 2014

During his Angelus address Sunday Pope Francis reflected on the Gospel account of Saint Peter's recognition of Jesus as the Lord, urging those present to honestly evaluate their own faith. “Brothers and sisters, what happened in a unique way in Saint Peter, also takes place in every Christian who develops a sincere faith in Jesus the Christ,” he told crowds gathered in St. Peter's Square on Aug. 24.

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Next World Day of Peace to Address Slavery, Vatican Announces
Last edited 22nd August 2014

“Slaves no more, but brothers and sisters” is the title of the message Pope Francis will deliver for the 2015 World Day of Peace, the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace stated Thursday. “Slavery is a terrible open wound on the contemporary social body, a fatal running sore on the flesh of Christ,” the pontifical council said in an Aug. 21 statement.

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