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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Via Dolorosa Pilgrims Walk by Faith

For centuries Christian pilgrims have walked the Via Dolorosa — the Way of the Cross in Jerusalem. The route might not be historically accurate, but to pilgrims that is not imoportant. JUDITH SUDILOVSKY reports from the Via Dolorosa.

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The Passion with Holy Land photos

Following the main portion of the Palm Sunday Gospel reading of Christ’s Passion from Mark 14-15, illustrated with photos from the Holy Land by Günther Simmermacher, author of The Holy Land Trek: A Pilgrim’s Guide (www.holylandtrek.com)

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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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