It's often true that when the worst of humanity manifests, so does the very best. Large parts of Syria have been completely destroyed by the lengthy civil war. More than 210,000 people have died. Millions more became refugees as one of the most unique cultural centers in the world has been ruined. Civilians have paid the biggest price in the four year conflict. But amid the darkness, a group of volunteers provides some hope. That group is the White Helmets, 2,200 citizens who help their community in extraordinary ways.
It's one of the most visited place on earth, but hidden from the eyes of tourists, these people wait in line behind the Vatican's Bernini Columns. They're homeless. They're hoping to take a shower and get a hair cut in the newly opened shower stalls.
Shirley Purdie is a contemporary Indigenous Australian artist, notable for winning the 2007 Blake Prize for religious art. Shirley was born at Gilburn, or Mabel Downs Station, in Western Australia's Kimberley region in 1948, and is a painter at Warmun community. In this interview with Sydney's Catholic Communications, Shirley explains the meaning of her religious paintings, and talks about how she was taught about Jesus, God the Father and the Holy Spirit in her childhood.
The nightmare is over... After being kidnapped for eight months in Afghanistan, Fr. Alexis Prem Kumar, is now free and back home with his family in India. His friends and colleagues with the Jesuit Refugee Service, got a phone call with the good news. The details of his release are not being shared. But at least on one occasion, the captors did ask for a ransom. The Jesuit Refugee Service says the Indian and Afghan government played key roles in his release.
Many kids shy away from singing in front of crowds, but 12-year-old Madison Tevlin is letting her voice be heard. Born with Down syndrome, Madison faces difficulty when it comes to singing. According to a study on Down Syndrome Education International, many people with the condition have voices described as “gruff and low-pitched.” It also takes twice as much energy for people with Down syndrome to activate vocal muscles and initiate voice.
The Aboriginal Our Father is a beautiful prayer that is usually sung. It was created for the meeting of Aboriginal People and Pope John Paul II in 1986. This version of the prayer was sang in the Church of Reconciliation at La Perouse in Sydney, Australia 2012.
Meet Manny, a young man who’s taking a few hits to his dignity from people who aren’t weighing the impact of their words.
Jane Maisey is using her talents as a designer to create Saints cards but not just any saints cards these are colourful, bright, happy saints cards that exude the joy of the Gospel.
On 12 November 2014, Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP was installed as the Ninth Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Sydney. Here is the Homily from his Installation Mass. You can watch the full coverage at www.xt3.com/installation.
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