Southern Cross Past Issues – Aug, Sept, Oct, Nov 2014

Due to postal strikes copies of The Southern Cross print edition have been unable to reach many parishes around the country. We have made past issues from the beginning of August available for download. Please click on the covers to download the issue in pdf format.

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The story behind ‘Joy to the World’ carol

At Christmas we sing “Joy To The World”, an accidental Christmas carol written over two centuries in two continents by two pioneers of Christian hymns. GÜNTHER SIMMERMACHER looks at the background to the popular Christmas song.

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What nuns and priests do for Christmas

Christmas time is traditionally spent with family and friends, but what of those in religious life who may be far from home? STUART GRAHAM found out what our beloved nuns and priests do over Christmas. Nuns and priests working in South Africa’s villages and towns are used to being away from their families at Christmas […]

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Absurd Inequality

BY SAM LUCERO Recently Oxfam America launched a global campaign to address extreme inequality. As part of this campaign, Oxfam issued a report that highlights just how extreme global inequality has become.

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A Priest’s Half-Century

BY WINNIE GRAHAM On December 20 Fr Ignatius Fidgeon OMI celebrates the 50th anniversary of his ordination as a priest, a period that marks both extraordinary service to his flock and total devotion to his calling.

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Movie Review – The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies / John Wick

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies By John Mulderig, Catholic News Service NEW YORK (CNS) – With “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” (Warner Bros.), director Peter Jackson’s trilogy of films based on Catholic writer J.R.R. Tolkien’s 1937 fantasy novel “The Hobbit, or There and Back Again” reaches a rousing finale. […]

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Mass Readings: December 21-28, 2014

Liturgical Calendar Year B Weekdays Cycle Year 1 Sunday December 21, Fourth Sunday of Advent 2 Sm 7, 1-5.8-12.14.16, Ps 89, 2-5.27.29, Rom 16, 25-27, Luke 1, 26-38 Monday December 22 1 Sam 1, 24-28, Resp: 1 Sam 2, 1.4-8, Lk 1, 46-56 Tuesday December 23, St John of Kanty Mal 3, 1-4; 4, 5-6 […]

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