Year of Youth 2018

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#2151     "BARKA" - Pope John Paul II's Favourite Song

Guy Sudano
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Guy Sudano wrote at 5:01am on May 5th 2014
I think the spelling 'bout' is supposed to be 'boat.

#2150     Ellen Murphy World Youth Day Testimony

Moussa Taouk
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Moussa Taouk wrote at 10:39am on May 3rd 2014
Christian disunity is (I think) the greatest scandal in world history. It's the cause of so much misinformation, misconception and division. This has the disastrous effects of confusion and perhaps disinterest amongst those that don't have the faith. There are such great gifts that Protestants, Catholics, and Orthodox can give to each other. One hopes for re-unification soon, in a world where one united voice for Christ is badly needed.

#2149     A Mirror on Lent - Lenten Promise and Prayer for Self-Worth

GentleDove K.
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GentleDove K. wrote at 7:47pm on April 14th 2014
Beautiful!! This will be my prayer for the rest of Lent & beyond!

#2148     Ask a Priest - How many times can someone receive Holy Communion in a day?

Father John Flynn
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Father John Flynn wrote at 1:52am on April 14th 2014
Dear Sarah:

The prohibition against killing refers to the taking of innocent human life and does not include animals. In the account in Genesis God gives mankind dominion over the created world. This means that it is legitimate to use animals to satisfy our needs. This should be done in a responsible way and without causing undue suffering to animals, but God did not say we have to be vegetarians.

#2147     Ask a Priest - Is There Any Historical Evidence that Jesus Rose from the Dead?

Father John Flynn
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Father John Flynn wrote at 5:13am on April 13th 2014
There is some evidence, but you do need to realize we are talking about something two thousand years ago.

#2146     Ask a Priest - Is There Any Historical Evidence that Jesus Rose from the Dead?

Anthony M
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Anthony M wrote at 6:57am on April 12th 2014
Father, are there any secular sources of information about Christ's Resurrection, for example, from a historian of the time?

#2145     Ask a Priest - How many times can someone receive Holy Communion in a day?

Sarah Leo
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Sarah Leo wrote at 3:42pm on April 11th 2014
If the bible says "Thou shalt not kill", why is it that Christians eat meat?

#2144     Syria: Dutch Priest Fr Van Der Lugt Shot Dead in Homs

Guy Sudano
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Guy Sudano wrote at 11:48pm on April 7th 2014
"The Blood of Martyrs is the seed of Christianity"-
Jesus is sowing the land for the harvest, which will come, let us pray, very soon.
Pray that we dont do anything to cause the Church to suffer because of our sins.

#2143     Sister Jane Dominic Laurel Causes a Stir at a Catholic High School for Preaching the Catholic Faith

Marie M
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Marie M wrote at 6:54am on April 7th 2014
For too long there has been silence in the Catholic classroom on what the Church teaches and hearts have hardened. Fear strikes at the heart. Are we scared of the teachings? Will we lose popularity? Will enrolments be affected? Will staff leave? Will budgets balance? We need to be tolerant and inclusive of the non-Catholics in the school...better ditch the hard core teachings. It is fear that led the Church to sweep the abuse scandal under the carpet. Will we look bad, will we lose parishioners? Will we be sued for millions? Now we sweep the treasures of the Church under the carpet through fear of rejection and in so doing we lose our faith in God. The beauty of the possibilities for love as portrayed by JPII fall on deaf ears. The truth cannot hurt but heal. Do not be afraid! And now the opportunity for a civilised and reasoned moral debate has almost gone. And Rachel will weep for her children.

#2142     Stations of the Cross Video Series

Chuck Grinnell
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Chuck Grinnell wrote at 4:44pm on April 4th 2014
Thank you for a wonderful way to relive this

#2141     Stations of the Cross Video Series

GentleDove K.
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GentleDove K. wrote at 3:10pm on April 4th 2014

#2140     Young Nun Wows Judges on Italy's 'The Voice'

GentleDove K.
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GentleDove K. wrote at 1:11pm on April 3rd 2014
Awesome!!! I don't understand very much Italian, but her performance made me cry for JOY that she performed a love song for Jesus Christ!!! THAT is a wonderful example of how each of us can use our talents to live out our *Holy* Catholic Faith!!! Blessed. Be. God!!!!!!!!

#2139     John Paul II Died Nine Years Ago, on April 2, 2005

GentleDove K.
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GentleDove K. wrote at 12:51pm on April 3rd 2014
Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord... ♡♡♡

#2138     Pondering the Church’s Response to Mental Illness

Tara McInnes
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Tara McInnes wrote at 7:36am on April 2nd 2014
This article sums it up best.. Quoted by the Catholic Guide to Depression. One get's more care for physical illnesses by the community.

" If someone is afflicted with cancer, this person is flooded with sympathy from family and friends, and support from the local parish, perhaps with special mention in the general intercessions at Mass, and so on. If someone suffers from depression, this person probably receives, at best, a few well-meaning but ineffective attempts at sympathy from family or close friends, but often without true understanding. There is rarely public mention of the problem due to the stigma of mental illness. I recall one patient, a married Catholic woman with several children and grandchildren, who had suffered from both life-threatening breast cancer and severe depression. She once told me she would choose the cancer over the depression, as the latter caused far more intense suffering. She tragically committed suicide a few years after she stopped seeing me for treatment."

#2137     9th Anniversary of the Death of Pope John Paul II - 2 April 2014

Elaine Maher
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Elaine Maher wrote at 6:37am on April 2nd 2014
This is the man who helped an atheist become a catholic.
I am forever greatful xx

#2136     Ask a Priest - How many times can someone receive Holy Communion in a day?

Michael Chan
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Michael Chan wrote at 4:15am on April 2nd 2014

That should not be OK. To my understanding, "one day" in canon law means midnight to midnight:

Can. 202 §1. In law, a day is understood as a period consisting of 24 continuous hours and begins at midnight unless other provision is expressly made; a week is a period of 7 days; a month is a period of 30 days, and a year is a period of 365 days unless a month and a year are said to be taken as they are in the calendar.

Therefore, I think you have to skip one communion. One does not have to receive communion to fulfill the Sunday obligation.

#2135     Ask a Priest - How many times can someone receive Holy Communion in a day?

Ronald Fisher
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Ronald Fisher wrote at 12:30am on April 2nd 2014
Saturday, Morning Mass 7.00 am
Funeral for family member 11.00 am
Can't get to Sunday Mass so go to Saturday vigil at 6.00 pm
Receive Communion at each Mass.
Comments please!!

#2134     Why I’ll Be Seeing Noah

Guy Sudano
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Guy Sudano wrote at 9:19pm on March 31st 2014
Hello All-I saw NOAH and it is disappointing to say the least-
While the film does talk about why the flood happened, it throws Noah and his family into a very weird light-they come off as extememly disfunctional, even though the original story shows they knew what they all had to do-by the will of God
For Example:
Noahs daughter in law get's pregnant before the flood, and Noah decides she has 'sinned'. THEN, he tells her , that if the baby is a girl, he will KILL the baby!
Its no wonder the Holy Father balked when the main actor asked him to see the movie.
Its very ecology themed in placed also, as well as very violent.
The Special effects are worth the whole movie , but-if youre a purist, you should NOT see the movie-God is constanly called the 'Creator'-which is ok, but that's all they call him through out the movie.
It also shows one of the sons who wants to save a young girl who is being left behind, and Noah refuses to save her even though she is innocent of wrong doing.
Not a film that promotes Gods mercy, that's for sure.

#2133     Pope Francis meets U.S. President Obama

Siuyin Ho
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Siuyin Ho wrote at 9:28am on March 29th 2014
I must clarify what I meant about "hoo-haa" in my previous comment. Forgive me for seemingly taking up a lot of talk-time but there is no editing button here where us readers and contributors to the comments section can edit our posts.

So by "hoo-haa" I am speaking of the general talk permeating the vast array of media circles and particularly what evangelical social sectors are saying about Obama. I can appreciate that they do not necessarily share the same views as Obama and neither do many Catholics when it comes to questions of abortion and same-sex marriage, which is for the most part completely understandable.

The video was a very informative reflection on how the meeting between Pope Francis and Obama actually panned out. Rome Reports is a succinct and insightful reporting agency and I would very much recommend subscribing to the channel on YouTube.

#2132     Pope Francis meets U.S. President Obama

Siuyin Ho
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Siuyin Ho wrote at 9:13am on March 29th 2014
Strange about all this hoo-haa over Obama because when he first came on the scene, he personally identified himself as a Christian but I think that his views on spirituality are more in alignment with some of what are considered 'liberal' denominations like the Uniting Church and some branches of the Anglican and Episcopalian Churches. They are like this cos I've been into their campaigns myself before when I was in undergrad university. Even the Catholic Church has a student group affiliated with this kind of leaning called TYCS - Tertiary Young Catholic Students. This is the kind of thing that can be misleading to people such as myself who were naive and adventurous when they "got out of high school". Some of their stuff is okay but other parts of it are dodgey. The okay stuff is about general social justice issues - things that are truly worth campaigning for like human rights for asylum seekers and putting an end to exploitation of women caught up in sexual trafficking and prostitution by campaigning against such travesties etc.

But where things became questionable in terms of developing a sound spiritual accountability and personal moral conscience were in the areas of alcohol consumption at these group meetings and relational promiscuity, both of which should have been conformed to the Church's teachings but for some reason or another were not. There was not a well-informed spiritual formation program within this group either which retrospectively I can say contributed heavily to the lack of personal moral accountability for the students involved in this group.

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