Year of Youth 2018

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#2171     Ask a Priest - How many times can someone receive Holy Communion in a day?

Mark G
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Mark G wrote at 12:56pm on August 23rd 2014
I am curious why so many believe you can't receive communion twice in one day even if you are attending Mass a second time. Has the guideline changed in recent years, then? Marc.

#2170     Saints Who Suffered from Depression

Mary B
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Mary B wrote at 10:36pm on August 17th 2014
Well said Tara.

#2169     Saints Who Suffered from Depression

Tara McInnes
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Tara McInnes wrote at 9:04am on August 15th 2014
Before any self righteous religious person points the finger at Robin Williams or others who have died by their own hand, have they themselves met their neighbour in need? Especially in Churches and other community places. When was the last time the finger pointer has taken a casserole to an unmarried person? When was the last time they offered to check their plumbing? When did they last ask the young mother or father out for coffee or invite them to dinner? When did they offer to babysit a young couples kids so the couple could have a 'date night'? When did they invite a person on their own over for Christmas/Easter and make sure they weren't alone at Mass!!! THIS IS ALL RELATED, ok one size doesn't fit all, but we need to stop palming depressed people off to shrinks and medications without doing a bit of community outreach (in a non patronising way) first.

#2168     Memories of Cardinal Clancy, Former Archbishop of Sydney

Siuyin Ho
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Siuyin Ho wrote at 2:19pm on August 9th 2014
Brilliant short of snippets from his life. The music was JUST AMAZING!!!!!!!!!

#2167     Sydney's Christians Protest ‘Silent Genocide’ Taking Place in Iraq and Syria

Siuyin Ho
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Siuyin Ho wrote at 9:10am on August 4th 2014
Great banner here but I have one suggestion: perhaps they should replace the name "Assyrians" with "Christians" ? because Isis is also Assyrian as they are as much Iraqis as are the Christian and other populations in that location. That by no means excuses the atrocious behaviour of Isis cos they are in reality just fascists - well acting like fascists anyhow! Nonetheless, they are Iraqis all the same but they, unlike those who do not side with them, just happen to be full of control-freak mentality and are hell-bent on lording it over everyone else there.

The history if Christianity, Islam and indeed Catholicism in this geo-region is an overtly complex one. There are in fact many multilateral complementarities and juxtapositions between these histories that it is really hard to draw clear-cut conclusions as to the precise ins and outs of the intricate matrix of interrelationships between these histories but what we know for sure is that the current conflict is overtly about monopolization of political power in the hands of an elite few who have a very specific and uncompromisingly strict agenda, namely that anyone who does not agree wholeheartedly with that agenda is considered an unwelcome 'foe', irrespective of any prior historical and cultural coexistential dynamics and sovreignties. This kind of attitude is undoubtedly the hallmark of a totalitarian regime which again helps us to understand and appreciate something of the enormity and sheer intolerance and ill-will fated upon those who do not fit the ideological criteria for belonging to the country of Iraq under this regime. The question here is more that the extreme Islamist state wants to ensure every inhabitant ideologically supports it and it alone. If not, then the state wants to drive out those opposed to it's authoritarian power, and ideologically speaking because Christianity is opposed to dictatorships generally, people who hold to such views are automatically labelled "enemies of the state" by Isis.

This calls for us to come alongside all those who are oppressed and crushed by this terrible civil strife. Our solidarity of prayer and pledge in our hearts and wherever we are able can help to dispel the darkness and bring some measure of hope back into the hearts of those whom have it in daily life as a sheer struggle of spirit and will to survive. The more we lift our intentions on their behalf towards Heaven, the more God will be moving circumstances to the benefit of those whom He has created, whom have their hearts set on Him but whose lives at this time are full of hardship and tragic situations. God also reminds us that for those who mourn in the here and now, later your sorrows will be turned to joy.

#2166     Iraq: Jihadists Expel Monks from Historic Monastery

Siuyin Ho
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Siuyin Ho wrote at 6:28am on July 25th 2014
Sounds like the Crusades re-visited!

#2165     People Power Forces Wicked Campers to Withdraw Misogynistic Marketing

Siuyin Ho
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Siuyin Ho wrote at 1:11am on July 22nd 2014
Just goes to show though - the very name "Wicked Campers" says it all! What do u expect from someone valorizing wickedness anyhow. One sin just leads to another. The real thrust of the protest should have been against the company name for that in and of itself promotes evil.

#2164     What is the Catholic Church?

Moussa Taouk
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Moussa Taouk wrote at 9:54am on July 18th 2014
Hi, any idea what happened to that article? Thanks.

#2163     Official Logo for World Youth Day 2016, Krakow

Siuyin Ho
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Siuyin Ho wrote at 1:24pm on July 7th 2014

#2162     A Catholic Priest's Perspective on Interfaith Marriage

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Xt3 .com wrote at 1:05am on June 26th 2014
HI Yara, I think this needs clarification. A civil marriage can be recognised in the Catholic Church only if the couple later decide to return to the Sacraments (including confession), and the Church can determine whether the marriage is indeed valid. The priest was just saying that while this is an exception, it can happen.

However it is important to remember that if a Catholic deliberately chooses a civil ceremony instead of a Catholic ceremony, then this is not a valid marriage in the eyes of the Church.

Thank you for bringing up this important question :)

#2161     A Catholic Priest's Perspective on Interfaith Marriage

Yara Chehade
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Yara Chehade wrote at 5:11pm on June 25th 2014
'For the Catholic, the ceremony can take place in a non-religious setting, and a priest is not even required. It is even possible for the marriage to be done simply by a civil minister, and the church will still recognize it as a valid marriage.'

Is this true? I always thought that the church does not recognise civil marriages.

#2160     A young woman's confirmation gift: reading at Pope's Mass

Brilliant Thomas
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Brilliant Thomas wrote at 6:54am on June 14th 2014

#2159     ‘Prayer Summit’ for Israel-Palestinian Peace to Take Place June 8

Siuyin Ho
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Siuyin Ho wrote at 8:58am on June 2nd 2014
Actually, the British Crown did quite a good thing before the Second World War when as colonial administrators of Israel, they at least gave refugee status to people fleeing political turmoil in neighboring countries of Persia, Iraq, Egypt, Lebanon, Turkey etc, despite the fact they were colonialists. Now once the land had been given back to the traditional owners in 1949, that is, once Israel had been returned to the Jewish people as their traditional home, a new government arose. This new government in reality should have recognized the legitimacy of refugee status for those non-Jewish people from other neighboring countries who needed to find asylum in Israel because it was the safest place to be.

Apparently, when the political turmoil in those respective other countries had ceased, the Persian, Iraqi, Lebanese etc. refugees in Israel from the British colonial era had returned back to their own lands and had vacated their property and settlements in Israel which they acquired as refugees although many never formally sold or dispensed with the titles that they were entrusted with upon receiving them when they first sought asylum. Later on in the piece, turmoil erupted again in the countries of those who returned from their former asylum in Israel not all that long after they had returned, probably a few years stretching into a decade or two. When they decided to return back to their original places of asylum in Israel they ran into a problem. The newly appointed indigenous government had changed the rules which now meant these same asylum-seeker families, maybe one or two generations later were not permitted to return to their properties and residences acquired under the British administration, even though these refugees never gave up their titles to the lands and houses given during their first point of call as asylum-seekers. Shame on the government of Israel for doing such a callous thing! What this government should have done is allow these people the right to return as refugees who had already acquired refugee status under the previous administration. If that had been done, there would be no so-called Israel-Palestine issue. This whole thing was sparked off by a refusal on the part of the Israeli government to let these people back in once things got bad again in their home countries.

All those who identify contemporarily as so-called Palestinians are in the main second or third generation refugees from surrounding countries whose parents and grandparents made the break with their own countries dues to the ravages of war. Israel to them was a safe haven under the British. They could go there and find they were not threatened by civil strife unlike in their own countries. What really peeves me is that the indigenous government of Israel, the Jewish state, will not recognize these 2nd and 3rd generation refugees' right of return to the homes their parents and grandparents acquired when these families first sought asylum. This is in conflict with the very commandment God has given His people in relation to welcoming the strangers, the ones outside of the nation of Israel who are seeking refuge within the country belonging to Israel because of conflicts and strife elsewhere. It's downright selfish and cruel to deny these people the right to go back to the houses their parents and grandparents had been granted originally, particularly since they didn't part with the title deeds.

Now, the situation over the years has been blown right out of proportion in terms of the vast array of beliefs that have circulated 'out there' as to how this conflict came to happen in the first place. The burden is on my heart to clarify some of those ambiguities and misunderstandings. First of all, I will state clearly that Israel, in terms of its' own right to traditional ownership of the lands originally given by God to the twelve tribes, never actually ceded any of these territories. Culturally speaking, Israel has never actually ceded those territories despite political wheelings and dealings of the more recent past. Israel has never made a covenant with God which says that it as a nation relinquishes traditional ownership of those areas. In other words, Israel still has Native Customary Rights (NCR) to all the areas designated as being under the stewardship of Israel from Biblical times. This issue of Israel's NCR does not however exclude refugees from the right to asylum in Israel and should not exclude them. Why this ever happened I don't not really understand. The only way to really explain the logistics of this downright rotten refusal is corruption within the governmental administration. Can you see a parallel here? I can very strongly see a parallel between what is happening in Israel on this front and what is happening all across Africa in terms of Africa's many post-colonial states being unable to rid themselves of dirty politicking at its worst.

I really hope Pope Francis' visit can impinge upon the hearts of those within the Israeli government administration that compassion on those seeking asylum from the myriad conflicts in the Middle East, (Syria being one such location Israel ought to be mindful of in this respect) is absolutely necessary for the forging of truly lasting reconciliation and peace in our world today.

#2158     Dating as a Catholic - Patrick Langrell

Gillian Njue
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Gillian Njue wrote at 12:07am on May 31st 2014

#2157     Catholic Priest and Other Clerics Arrested during Asylum Seeker Prayer Vigil at PM’s Office

Paul Grova
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Paul Grova wrote at 6:04am on May 28th 2014
Hi ... I can't say I'm too impressed with this. It appears they broke the law and were prepared to do so despite a democratic election result which gave a mandate for the current policy. I've no doubt the policy is not as "Christian" as it should be but political stunts reflect very poorly on those involved and their credibility. If they'd stayed outside, their position would have been more moral, credible and attracted more attention to their cause. It didn't promote debate, only ego's and unfortunate headlines.

The test of their bona fides of course, is to see how many turn up outside an abortion clinic for a prayer vigil, or is that too hot a potato as it was in the Adelaide Archdiocese? Another test of credibility would be to see how the 1st commandment is manifest in their areas of responsibility, instead of just the humanist response to the 2nd commandment?

#2156     Saint John Paul II, the Life of a Holy Pope

Gillian Njue
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Gillian Njue wrote at 1:23am on May 25th 2014
Too awesome!

#2155     Repudiating the Calculated Decision to Deprive Children of Mothers

Paul Grova
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Paul Grova wrote at 1:49am on May 14th 2014
Dr David Van Gend is absolutely brilliant in articulating what we all know and feel, even if we don't like to recognise or acknowledge it; the truth is written in our hearts and St John Paul II tells us that it is also written in our biological design .. Nature works til it fails but even there, one can see it as failure.

#2154     A World Youth Day Testimony of Faith and Love

Mary B
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Mary B wrote at 10:33pm on May 13th 2014
Thanks for letting us know Greg. It appears this article has been taken down by the UK pilgrims website which we had hyperlinked to! We have added a link to the Facebook post about it, but I am afraid there is nothing more we can do. Sorry!

#2153     The Vatican Defrocked 848 Priests from 2004-2013

Guy Sudano
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Guy Sudano wrote at 11:41pm on May 12th 2014
A much better record of justice than the Public School System in the USA has done, with over 290,000 abuse cases in a recent ten year period, There have been about 300,000 cases of abuse in Australia-who accounts for those numbers?
And the majority of those clergy abuse cases were old cases.
Because of S JPII and Pope Benedict there have been , virtually, almost no new cases.
OUR leaders did their job!
Glory to the Lord and the Holy Family-

#2152     A World Youth Day Testimony of Faith and Love

Greg Borges
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Greg Borges wrote at 12:40pm on May 12th 2014
The link to Testimony is not working. Please repost here.

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