Southern Cross Past Issues – August – September, October 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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Iraqi priest is guardian angel of ancient manuscripts

By Carol Glatz, Catholic News Service Just as the so-called Monuments Men salvaged European masterpieces stolen by Nazi forces during World War II, a Dominican priest is protecting priceless manuscripts from falling into the hands of rampaging militants in northern Iraq.

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Pope: All wars begin with a jealous heart

By Carol Glatz, Catholic News Service All wars begin in the human heart — a heart that is jealous and bitter and tears apart communities through misunderstandings and marginalisation, Pope Francis said.

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Marvel of Christ in the Eucharist

From Elisabeth Prins, Pennington, KZN Deacon Godfrey Solomon’s letter “I take the Eucharist with gratitude” (September 17) was a wonderful way of explaining: “What does it mean to receive Holy Communion in the hand?” Up to now, to me it meant a matter of hygiene, or “not to point my tongue at the priest”. Today [...]

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Mercy and the Law

God’s laws are meant to lead all people to Christ and his glory — and if they do not, then they are obsolete. In fact, the scholars of the law in Jesus’ day were so wrapped up in doctrine as an end in itself that they were unable to see that Jesus was leading people [...]

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No power over heaven and hell

In his homily a priest said, inter alia, that as an ordained minister he has the power to pray for people to enter heaven or to be sent to hell. This shook the foundations of my cradle Catholicism. Would he be praying to the most merciful God or Satan for our condemnation? BAA Bailey

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Everybody is a missionary now

Pope Francis in his message for World Mission Sunday last year pointed out that “faith is a gift that one cannot keep to oneself, but it is to be shared”.

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