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Being God’s slave sets you free

The great lesson of Christmas is that by being slaves to God, we are set free, as CATHERINE DE VALENCE explains. Think about this: It took a servant to bring a Servant into our world. Mary never saw herself as a leader for the people, but as a servant of God, for the people. It was her trust […]

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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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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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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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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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God’s Endless Universe

Christmas, the author Norman Vincent Peale once said, “waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful”.

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