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Australia Showed the World How to Respond to Terrorism
Last edited 16th December 2014

In the aftermath of the hostage crisis in downtown Sydney, Australians are showing the world they're not caving to racism or Islamophobia. On Monday, an armed gunman stormed a cafe in Martin Place, entering a tense standoff with police. After the hostage-taker displayed an Islamic flag in the cafe's window, many of Australia's Muslims are understandably anxious about facing retribution.


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.

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.


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.


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.


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.


Bishop Fears ‘Catastrophic’ Result of WA Town Closures
Last edited 18th November 2014

The research by the Catholic charity, titled Return to Country, backs the claim by the Bishop of Broome, Christopher Saunders, that the town of 16,000 already faces a significant homeless problem. Bishop Saunders said closing remote communities en masse would be “catastrophic” for centres such as Broome and the aboriginal people themselves.

Losses Disguised as Wins - Here's the Science Behind Casino Profits.
Last edited 17th November 2014

Gambling is such good business that despite reported negative impacts – such as increased poverty and unemployment, higher crime rates, and decreased property value in nearby neighborhoods – the state of Illinois early this year passed a law to allow slot machines in all establishments that sell alcohol.

How Can You Support Christians in the Holy Land? Go There.
Last edited 16th November 2014

If you’re looking for a way to support Christians in the Holy Land, consider making a pilgrimage, advises an Italian cardinal who himself recently visited Palestine and Israel.


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