11 Jun 2024
Faith and education the “Keyes” to success

Faith and education the “Keyes” to success

Images by Giovanni Portelli Photography © 2024 A sellout audience has attended the fourteenth Bishop’s Blend to hear from one of the world’s most successful Catholic business leaders on his experience running two US Fortune 500 multinationals. James W Keyes, former CEO of 7-Eleven Inc and Blockbuster Video, visited Sydney for the launch of his […]

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07 Jun 2024
Give him your all in return

Give him your all in return

Images by Giovanni Portelli Photography © 2024 This is the edited text of the Feverino given by Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP for benediction after “Walk with Christ” at St Mary’s Cathedral forecourt, Sydney, Corpus Christi, 2 June 2024.  The term “communion” translates the Greek word κοινωνίᾳ koinonia and the Hebrew word חַבּוּרָה chavurah. Both indicated an association or cooperative, […]

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06 Jun 2024
If it ain’t raining, it ain’t praying — Men’s rosary crusade video gets 3.6 million views in four days

If it ain’t raining, it ain’t praying — Men’s rosary crusade video gets 3.6 million views in four days

 Three weeks after Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP called them “shining lights of the faith,” a video taken by Maximus Men’s Ministry from the Sydney Centre for Evangelisation, deep in prayer and shot on an iPhone, has amassed over 3.6 million views in just four days. Amidst a relentless downpour, the 23-second video shows men […]

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04 Jun 2024
Fertility Awareness — more than just charting

Fertility Awareness — more than just charting

I have discovered during my years of ministry that raising the topic of Natural Family Planning or Natural Fertility Awareness (NFA) in a Catholic audience is not guaranteed to garner a uniform response. Fear, mockery, apathy, defensiveness and condemnation are all equally likely to rise, evidencing in some cases, large gaps in people’s understanding of […]

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04 Jun 2024
Catholics march to one joyous beat

Catholics march to one joyous beat

Photos: Alphonsus Fok and Giovanni Portelli. A chorus of common joy arose from the more than 15,000-strong army of Catholics who marched through the city last Sunday for the annual Walk with Christ procession.  Many young Catholics like 16-year-old Chris Pereira from Frenchs Forest, were experiencing Australia’s biggest Catholic procession for the first time.   “I’ve […]

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03 Jun 2024
New choir category sees competition shine light on glorious gifts

New choir category sees competition shine light on glorious gifts

Photo credit: Sydney Catholic Schools Young voices were in full bloom as McAuley Catholic Primary School Rose Bay won the inaugural “Gospel Music” prize category in Sydney Catholic Schools’ 2024 Eisteddfod program. A chorus line of beaming primary school students showcased their musical talent with choirs from St Joseph the Worker Primary School in Auburn, […]

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02 Jun 2024

FERVERINO FOR BENEDICTION AFTER “WALK WITH CHRIST”

The term “communion” translates the Greek word κοινωνίᾳ koinonia and the Hebrew word חַבּוּרָה chavurah. Both indicated an association or cooperative, such as Jonah and Sons, and Zebedee and Sons, who were in partnership in the fishing business at Lake Galilee, until the boys ran away from home to join Jesus and fish instead for people. Already at the time of Jesus, as today, a chavurah or minyan of at least ten men was required to represent the community of Israel at a synagogue service, wedding or funeral…

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02 Jun 2024
Record crowds return to Walk With Christ

Record crowds return to Walk With Christ

GIOVANNI PORTELLI 2024 Record crowds have celebrated the largest Walk With Christ since the COVID pandemic, with more than 15,000 Catholics joining the procession through the streets of Sydney for the Feast of Corpus Christi. Speaking with joy at the public witness, Archbishop of Sydney Most Rev. Anthony Fisher OP stated that the solemn event […]

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