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    Reflection: A Palm Sunday call to action for refugees

    Bishop Vincent Long OFMConv |  Melbourne Auxiliary Bishop Vincent Long, himself aformer refugee, spoke with passion about Australia's responsibility to welcome and provide shelter to those seeking our aid at a prayer service before the Palm Sunday Refugee Marchin Melbourne on 13 April. 'We have been given much and much is expected of us, individually and as a society in terms of our compassion, generosity and commitment to share with others.'
  • Feature Article

    Father Bob’s punch line

    Emily Ressia |  A sense of humour can help us deal with difficult situations, says Australia's larrikin priest.
  • Feature Article

    Carry on regardless

    Clare Deignan |  For comedian Damian Callinan, humour isn't just about making audiences laugh. He sees humour as a valve that can release grief and anger and makes the most uncomfortable topics digestable.
  • Feature Article

    Quiz: How do you embody joy?

    Are you the life of the party or do you find joy silently pondering your own thoughts? Does others' happiness lift your spirits or do you see joy in the little things? Answer our quiz and learn how what makes you joyful can be used to share the joy with others.

Magazine Features

A stand-up girl

Ray Cassin | 04 Mar 2014

In her mid-30s, Georgina McEncroe abandoned a secure career as a teacher and embarked on a new one as a comedian. Ten years later she has no doubt it was the right decision, and the applause she receives at stand-up venues around Australia suggests that audiences agree.


Carry on regardless

Clare Deignan | 04 Mar 2014

For comedian Damian Callinan, humour isn't just about making audiences laugh. He sees humour as a valve that can release grief and anger and makes the most uncomfortable topics digestable.


A vocation to make you laugh

Fatima Measham | 04 Mar 2014

Have you heard the one about the Jesuit who was a comedian?


Laughing in church

Fr James Martin SJ | 04 Mar 2014

Fr James Martin SJ explores when it's okay to have a chuckle at Mass.


How I met your Father

Jim McDermott SJ | 04 Mar 2014

What would the Annunciation have looked like if Mary was a modern Aussie girl?


More Stories

Quiz: How do you embody joy?

 | 04 Mar 2014

Are you the life of the party or do you find joy silently pondering your own thoughts? Does others' happiness lift your spirits or do you see joy in the little things? Answer our quiz and learn how what makes you joyful can be used to share the joy with others.


Good (not so) clean fun

Isabella McCafferty | 04 Mar 2014

What seemed like divine intervention was something more earthly (and funny).


Think globally, joke locally

Lauren Muscat | 04 Mar 2014

Lauren Muscat says the way to any heart is through the funny bone.


What would Jesus Instagram?

Nicholas Peric | 04 Mar 2014

The online world provides plenty of opportunities for us to share God's joy with people around the world - if we follow some simple guidelines.


Father Bob’s punch line

Emily Ressia | 04 Mar 2014

A sense of humour can help us deal with difficult situations, says Australia's larrikin priest.


Regular features

AC Classroom: The Stations of the Resurrection

 | 04 Mar 2014

The Stations of the Cross is a long-held Easter devotion in Catholic communities, a way of journeying with Christ through his suffering and crucifixion.


Laughter in heaven

Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ | 04 Mar 2014

Does God laugh? Does God have a sense of humour? Can God take a joke? Strange questions, we might think, if we feel ourselves to be swimming in a sea of blue jokes and cynical comedians.


Unguarded moments: The life of the party

Ann Rennie | 04 Mar 2014

Jesus liked to enjoy himself. So why shouldn't we?


A letter to: Homer Simpson

Michael McGirr | 04 Mar 2014

Dear Homer, I hope you don't mind if I write to you as one father to another.


News feature: The end of homelessness?

Ray Cassin | 04 Mar 2014

With just a small amount of investment, we could provide better support to people on the streets and help bring an end to homelessness, says Victorian VincentCare CEO John Blewonski.


Editorial: Lessons in truthiness

Michael McVeigh | 04 Mar 2014

US Catholic comedian Stephen Colbert has a theory about Pope Francis. 'He's a vigilante vicar', Colbert said, after hearing reports that the Pope had been going out on the streets dressed as a simple priest to minister to people.