Monday, December 30, 2013

‘Beliefs and Practices of Australian Catholics’ Conference in Melbourne, February 2014
Much of what we know about the Catholic Church in Australia today is a result of the work the Pastoral Research Office (PRO) has done over the years.
Since its establishment in 1996, the PRO has carried out numerous research projects that have helped us grow in understanding of the Catholic Church in Australia, its people and structures, its context and challenges.
The Conference and the Parish Workshop Day will explore the issues that matter to all Australian Catholics. We will look at the research results and beyond the data to consider what it all means and how we need to respond.
Both events will be strongly informed by research. All the talks and the workshops will be based on research carried out in the last five years.


Sunday, December 15, 2013

Quirky Religious Trivia: Happy St Adelaide Day to the Crows!!

Today, December 16  is the feast of St Adelaide, so here's holy shout out to the burghers of the City of Adelaide. Catholicism has a pretty colourful collection of characters and this one is a child bride, feminist of her day, a political dynamo as the ever reliable Wikipedia reminds us : the most prominent European woman of the 10th century; 

So, let's have a Coopers for Adelaide!! And her's a link for those wondering about the reference in the heading to the Crows

Sunday, December 08, 2013

A Wave of Prayer to End Hunger

Caritas is launching a global #Food4All campaign to end world hunger in 2 days! They're inviting you to be part of the launch by praying  at midday on 10 Dec - this will be part of a global#waveofprayer involving every continent in the world. 
Find out how you can be part of the wave of prayer –

Friday, December 06, 2013

In Memory of Nelson Mandela

A stained-glass depiction of former South African president Nelson Mandela at Regina Mundi Church in Soweto, South Africa (CNS/Reuters/Siphiwe Sibek)
Mandela was ever-mindful of church role in South Africans' struggle [Winnie Graham in Johannesburg is a retired Catholic assistant editor of The Kansas City Star. Graham was a young reporter when Nelson Mandela was charged with sabotage October 1963. Her husband was one of a team to cover the famous trial. She was at The Star when Mandela was released in 1990 and this year, her journalist son, Stuart, will cover his funeral.]

It was with sadness that I learned of the death of former President Nelson Mandela, and I send prayerful condolences to all the Mandela family, to the members of the Government and to all the people of South Africa. In commending the soul of the deceased to the infinite mercy of Almighty God, I ask the Lord to console and strengthen all who mourn his loss. Paying tribute to the steadfast commitment shown by Nelson Mandela in promoting the human dignity of all the nation’s citizens and in forging a new South Africa built on the firm foundations of non-violence, reconciliation and truth, I pray that the late President’s example will inspire generations of South Africans to put justice and the common good at the forefront of their political aspirations. With these sentiments, I invoke upon all the people of South Africa divine gifts of peace and prosperity.
Pope Francis December 6 2013

pope mandela
Nelson Mandela welcomed Pope John Paul II to South Africa in 1995, and was appreciative of their mutual concern for the poor, commitment to equality, and undying fight for liberation from oppression. On the occasion of Pope John Paul II's funeral, Mandela said, "Pope John Paul II was a consistent voice articulating the need for moral regeneration and caring for the poor and marginalized."

Mandela; National Catholic Reporter

Images That Open You Eyes

Picture of Christmas lights taken in the Via del Corso, one of the main shopping street of Rome, on December 6, 2013 (AFP, Gabriel Bouys)
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'Gay' Christmas  lights  spark Rome  row