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Giant Christmas Tree Returns to Border between North and South Korea
Last edited 2nd December 2014

After months of controversy and judicial appeals, the government has granted the Christian Council of Korea permission to rebuild the huge Christmas tree on Aegibong peak. The hill, which is directly across the border with the North, is 165 meters high.


How To Celebrate a Catholic Thanksgiving!
Last edited 26th November 2014

Happy Thanksgiving to all our American friends for Thursday 29 November 2014! In this video, Father Roderick offers 7 tips to celebrate a Catholic Thanksgiving.


Christmas is for Sharing - Powerful Video
Last edited 27th November 2014

Sainsbury’s official Christmas advert for 2014, inspired by real events from 100 years ago, is a beautiful reminder of the spirit of Christmas and the power of sharing.


8 Tips to A Never-Ending Thanksgiving
Last edited 25th November 2014

Thanksgiving is certainly about being thankful for all the blessings the Lord has given us, to thank Him for His goodness and mercy and most of all our salvation. But what else is Thanksgiving about? As Catholics, we are called to live out our Thanksgiving every single day. How does that work? Turkey would get boring real fast.

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The Spirituality of Surfing
Last edited 1st December 2014

"Who consistently wakes up at 4.30am every morning and does the same thing year after year, decade after decade? The answer: monks and surfers. Surfing isn’t a religion, but for many surfers I know it comes pretty close. I’ve been surfing most of my life, and as a Catholic priest I see major similarities between surfing and Christianity."

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An Interreligious Thanksgiving Feast in Israel
Last edited 23rd November 2014

As interreligious and political tensions escalated in Israel, especially in Jerusalem, more than 80 Jews, Christians and Muslims gathered at the home of a U.S. diplomat to celebrate an American tradition: Thanksgiving.

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Catholic Movie Reviews: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1
Last edited 1st December 2014

The third installment of The Hunger Games: “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay–Part I” does not disappoint. Director, Francis Lawrence, who also directed “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” keeps the momentum going in a sleek, seamless film.

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Three Day Conference on Complimentary Role of Men and Women Concludes in the Vatican
Last edited 20th November 2014

It was a conference that brought together hundreds of people, from 23 countries and 14 religions. All together in the Vatican to highlight why marriage is based on the complimentary roles between a man and a woman. A total of 40 speakers came forward, to shed light on how despite their theological differences and even cultures, they all agree on the need to speak out and directly promote family life and marriage.


100 Parish Actions
Last edited 20th November 2014

It is important that parishes review and renew their activities as well as plan for the future so they can move forward with confidence and purpose. The list of parish actions provided on this website represents the wisdom of our communities gathered through consultation, and that of our pastors, as well as research into the best practice of parishes both here in Australia and overseas.

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Fr. Barron on "Calvary" and the Underrated Virtue of Forgiveness (SPOILERS)
Last edited 19th November 2014

St John Paul II once said that the Priest should have the heart of the Good Shepherd. There are far too many images of a sweet, gentle Jesus surrounded by cute sheep that give to wrong impression. Shepherds are tough, and to use Pope Francis' words they bear the "smell of their sheep". According to Fr Robert Barron, one of the best portrayals of a priest as a shepherd in the real sense is in the film "Calvary". Watch this video for more.

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