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What better time to shop with a conscience than Christmas, the spiritual-gone-secular holiday that has sadly (and ironically) become synonymous with "shop till you drop"?, writers Heidi Schlumpf in NCR Online.
In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, 40where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. 41When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb.
One of my favourite memories of Christmas as a child is all the different generations of our family coming together for Christmas Day. Many travelled from a long way to be there and would stay for a couple of days so it was great to spend time with them. Of course, families are at the heart of all we do as a Church and Christmas is a time to remember the family of Mary, Joseph and Jesus and how God came to us as a tiny, helpless baby to save us and show us the way to eternal life, writes Archbishop Philip Wilson.
Newly elevated Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of the Philippines talks with ucanews.com about the New Evangelisation, the mission of the Church in Asia amid challenging and changing times, and the call for a "corporate examination of conscience".
The Pope has promoted his personal secretary to archbishop and put him in charge of the Papal Household. The Tablet profiles Mgr Georg Gänswein and traces his route from Germany to Benedict’s right hand.
A course in Holocuast studies to become part of the Catholic curriculum, a suprise retirement party for the driving force behind Sydney's Aboriginal Catholic Ministry, a new director for the ACBC Office for Clergy Life and Ministry, and Caritas Australia launches a Pacific emergency appeal in the wake of Cyclone Evan.
A sledgehammer attack on two American churches, a pardon looms closer for the Pope's butler over his theft of Vatican documents, the Pope meets Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas, and US Catholic educators say greater security is not the answer to preventing mass shootings.
Therese Vassarotti was a pillar of the Church in Canberra-Goulburn, because of her minisitries… among them was her role as inaugural Executive Officer for the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference’s Commission for Australian Catholic Women from 2001 to 2005. The current head of the ACBC’s Office for the Participation of Women, Donella Johnston, remembered her in the OPW newsletter.
The Catholic roots and the ecumenical spirit which imbued the Anglican Book of Common Prayer devised by Catholic/Protestant/Catholic/Protestant Thomas Cranmer 350 years ago are evident to this day, as James Wood writes in The New Yorker.
If Good Samaritan Sister, Meg Kahler, could invite any five guests to dinner, she’d choose Aung San Suu Kyi, Scholastica Gibbons, Roger Federer, Genghis Khan and Billy Connolly, reports The Good Oil.
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Gospel Verse for 21 May 2013