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Waiting - A Reflection for the First Sunday of Advent
Last edited 27th November 2011

On 27 November 2011, the Church celebrated the First Sunday of the season of advent. Advent is a time of waiting - of preparation for the birth of Jesus. Watch this video for a reflection on this special season in the Catholic Church.

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Happy Thanksgiving! A Prayer for Today's Feast Day
Last edited 24th November 2011

24 November 2011 marks Thanksgiving Day in the United States. It is also the feast of Saints Andrew Dung-Lac & his Companions, who were 19th century Vietnamese martyrs. Watch this video to reflect on a prayer of thanksgiving for this feast day.

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Archbishop Wilson Announces a 'Year of Grace' for Australia
Last edited 17th October 2012

The Catholic bishops of Australia have proclaimed a 'Year of Grace' for the Australian Church, to begin on Pentecost 2012. Archbishop Philip Wilson of Adelaide, the president of the Australian bishops’ conference, revealed the plan for the Year of Grace during a private audience with Pope Benedict XVI. The Archbishop has written a letter to all Australians, announcing plans for the 'Year of Grace'. Watch this video for more - or read the full text of the letter below.


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English Catholics to Pray for Queen Elizabeth II
Last edited 23rd November 2011

Next year Queen Elizabeth II will celebrate 60 years on the throne and Catholics are being asked to pray for her. Among the decisions made by the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales during its plenary session last week was the publication of a prayer for the occasion of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. The prayer asks for blessings for the monarch and her family and for her to be preserved from all that is harmful and evil.


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Thanksgiving as a Remedy for the Soul - A Reflection by Msgr. Charles Pope
Last edited 23rd November 2011

On Thursday 24 November, families throughout the United States and other around the world, are celebrating Thanksgiving! At the heart of Thanksgiving is not just food, but also family and fellowship. And, in these busy and distracted times we don’t have enough of these. But communion with God and each other is a foretaste of heaven. On the road to Emmaus Jesus gave a poignant picture of heaven: walking, talking and dining.


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'In His Kingdom' - About the Feast of Christ the King
Last edited 23rd November 2011

The Feast of Christ the King was celebrated on 20 November 2011. Watch this video to learn more about this great feast - a day in which we contemplate Christ's Heavenly Kingdom.


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A Meditation on the Feast of Christ the King
Last edited 22nd November 2011

Sunday 20 November 2011 was the Feast of Christ the King! The reading for this feast day evokes three images of Christ as King. All of them are to some extent paradoxical for they emphasize things about a King we don’t usually think of in relation to a king. They also tell us that we have already met King Jesus, even if we didn’t know it. Visit this article from the Archdiocese of Washington blog, for a meditation on these three images of our Lord Jesus Christ, King of all Creation...

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The "Magnificat" Phenomenon
Last edited 17th November 2011

Go to any Catholic venue in the United States — parish church, retreat center, convent, rectory, high school, college chaplaincy, retirement community — and you'll find it. On at least one occasion I saw it in the front seat of a cab. What is "it?" It's "Magnificat", the monthly missal/prayer book that's an astonishing success story — and, just perhaps, a sign of real progress in the reform of the reform of the liturgy.

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Death and Sin
Last edited 17th November 2011

There are three kinds of evil that I want to talk about: suffering, death and sin. What we fear most, most of the time, is suffering, then death, then sin – exactly the opposite of what it should be.

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Forgotten Christmas
Last edited 18th November 2011

Soon we’ll be reminded of the greatest story of all time. If you look hard, you may find the main character, Jesus Christ. He's resting quietly, hidden among the inflatable snow globes, the singing Christmas trees and Santas. Have we forgotten what Christmas is all about? Watch this inspiring video to find out how you can turn your Christmas gifts, into life giving gifts...


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