Pilgrimage to Poland in honour of St John Paul II, May 2016

Few popes in history have been as closely tied to the country of their birth as St John Paul II was to Poland. To honour the pope born Karol Wojtyła and explore his country before the world’s Catholic youth comes to Kraków next year, The Southern Cross will host a pilgrimage to Poland in May […]

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We too Must Bear the Cross

Writing a column on social justice and peace offers me plenty of timely issues to choose from. And I always truly sense from God the exact issue he desires that I write on.

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Why does God Allow Suffering?

A few weeks ago someone asked me: Why does God allow such suffering? Especially the suffering of the innocent? I tried to articulate all the responses I’ve collected from years of teaching catechism to teenagers. Things like: God suffers every time one of his children suffers. Suffering is unfair but it’s also an opportunity to […]

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Mass readings: 29 March – 5 April, 2015

Liturgical Calendar Year B Weekdays Cycle Year 1 Sunday, March 29, Palm Sunday Isaiah 50:4-7, Psalms 22:8-9, 17-20, 23-24, Philippians 2:6-11, Mark 14:1-15:47 Monday, March 30 Isaiah 42:1-7, Psalms 27:1-3, 13-14, John 12:1-11 Tuesday, March 31 Isaiah 49:1-6, Psalms 71:1-6, 15, 17, John 13:21-33, 36-38 Wednesday, April 1 Isaiah 50:4-9, Psalms 69:8-10, 21-22, 31, 33-34, […]

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Joy comes from Faith, not Doctrine

By Carol Glatz, Catholic News Service God’s law is about love for God and for others, not cold, abstract doctrine, Pope Francis said at a morning Mass. “It’s sad to be a believer without joy and there is no joy when there is no faith, when there is no hope, when there is no law, […]

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Movie Review – Inherent Vice

Inherent Vice By Kurt Jensen, Catholic News Service NEW YORK (CNS) – The meandering plot of “Inherent Vice” (Warner Bros.) is perhaps better appreciated in the 2009 Thomas Pynchon novel on which the film is based. On screen, however, its “nothing is as it seems” ambiance has all the charm of a bad sunburn. Writer-director […]

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Unholy political positions in the Holy Land

As the minds and hearts of Christians throughout the world focus on the suffering, death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus, we naturally think of the Holy Land.

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