28 May 2024
Children, the future of the church

Children, the future of the church

Pope Francis waves from the popemobile during the first World Day of Children 25 May, 2024, in Rome’s Olympic Stadium. (CNS photo/Vatican Media) While in Rome 70,000 children and parents gathered with Pope Francis at the Vatican for the first World Day of Children on 25 May, hearts young and old were warmed closer to […]

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27 May 2024
Becoming a living icon of the Lord

Becoming a living icon of the Lord

Religious life involves a deep friendship with Christ which requires “prayer, sacrament, [and] contemplation”. Photo: Alphonsus Fok. This is the edited text of the homily given by Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP for the Mass for Consecrated Life at St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney, 21 May 2024. Twenty-eight years ago, following the Synod on consecrated life, Pope […]

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27 May 2024
Reconciliation is an ongoing journey, says Bishop Charles Gauchi

Reconciliation is an ongoing journey, says Bishop Charles Gauchi

The playing of a didgeridoo featured at the Opening Mass of the Plenary’s Second Assembly in North Sydney last weekend. Photo: Giovanni Portelli The journey to reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples is not easy, but the Catholic Church remains hopeful of healing.  That is the message from Chair of the Bishops Commission […]

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26 May 2024

HOMILY FOR MASS FOR THE SOLEMNITY OF THE MOST HOLY TRINITY, YEAR B

There’s a million dollar purse just waiting for you. All you have to do is be the first person to solve one of seven extremely complex maths problems.[1] Some of the conundrums are centuries old and have been attempted by some of the most brilliant minds in history. But in the 24 years since the Millennium Prize Problems were set and the reward offered by the Clay Mathematics Institute…

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25 May 2024
Casimir College Caritas donation

Casimir College Caritas donation

Students at Casimir Catholic College Marrickville baked and sacrificed their way through Lent this year, raising more than $7000 for Caritas Australia’s Project Compassion appeal. Senior students invited Bishop Richard Umbers and Caritas Australia’s Dominic Smith to a recent college assembly and presented their donation of $7389. Bishop Umbers congratulated students also offered the students […]

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24 May 2024

HOMILY FOR MASS FOR THE SOLEMNITY OF OUR LADY, HELP OF CHRISTIANS, YEAR B

You’ve probably all heard of Siri, Alexa, Bixby and Google Assistant: in fact, at your young age, you probably know more about these things than I do. Some of you have already used them and most of you will in the future. They are virtual assistants for your smart phone, watch, tablet or computer, that perform tasks like reading out messages…

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23 May 2024
Filled with the Holy Spirit at Pentecost

Filled with the Holy Spirit at Pentecost

El Greco, Pentecost (c.1600), Prado This is the edited text of the homily given by Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP for the solemn Mass of Pentecost (Year B) and adult confirmations at St Mary’s Cathedral on 19 May, 2024. Around 1600 Doménikos Theotokópoulos—known as El Greco—painted his Pentecost, now in the Prado in Madrid. Born in […]

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23 May 2024
CW readers touched by Fr Toan Nguyen’s story of mission

CW readers touched by Fr Toan Nguyen’s story of mission

Fr Toan Nguyen’s tale of offering aid across continents has touched hearts across Australia. Following a story reported by The Catholic Weekly in Sydney on his regular missionary trips to Vietnam to help disabled orphans, the parish priest at St Brendan’s Church in Bankstown informed the paper that he has since received extra donations ahead […]

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22 May 2024

HOMILY FOR MAXIMUS MEN’S MINISTRY NETWORK MASS

The Irish poet, dramatist and senator, William Butler Yeats, was one of the foremost literary figures of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In 1923 he won the Nobel Prize in Literature for “his always inspired poetry, which in highly artistic form gives expression to the spirit of a whole nation.”[1] A central figure in the resurgence of Irish literature,[2] his influence stretched…

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22 May 2024
Pope Francis’ CBS interview addresses women deacons, war, climate change and hope

Pope Francis’ CBS interview addresses women deacons, war, climate change and hope

Pope Francis sits down with ‘CBS Evening News’ anchor Norah O’Donnell at the Vatican April 24, 2024, for an in-depth interview aired on 20 May. Photo: OSV/Adam Verdugo, courtesy, 60 minutes, CBS NEWS By Gina Christian, OSV News Pope Francis said he is not open to the possibility of ordaining women as deacons, weeks after […]

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