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San Giovanni Rotondo in south-eastern Italy, and Lourdes in southern France (Photos: Günther Simmermacher)

8 Great Places of Pilgrimage

Pilgrimage destinations like the Holy Land and Rome are well-known, but there are many others. PAT McCARTHY looks at eight hugely popular sites. For a Catholic, a pilgrimage is a journey to a sacred location —...


So much hot air in SA’s political debate

When the Catholic Parliamentary Liaison Office (CPLO) hosted a roundtable debate on the election for the three major political parties recently, I was glad the United Democratic Movement, the party I represent, was not...


Mass Readings: 31 July – 7 August, 2016

Liturgical Calendar Year C, Weekdays Cycle Year 2 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time Sunday July 31 Ecclesiastes 1:2; 2:21-23, Psalms 90:3-6, 12-14, 17, Colossians 3:1-5, 9-11, Luke 12:13-21 Monday August 1, St Alphonsus Liguori...


What’s the Point of a Homily?

Bishop Edward Risi OMI – Lately there have been comments in The Southern Cross and other publications about homilies. Some are fair comment; others unfair and unhelpful, especially when sweeping generalisations are made. Most...