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Christmas 2009: Saints

05 October 2009


The gift of a Christmas

04 October 2009 | Liz Lillis

The gift of a ChristmasChristmas is about making connections with people we care for. But who cares for people who are living isolated and alone?

Too cool for schoolies

04 October 2009 | Sarah Baker

Too cool for schooliesWhile most 17 and 18 year old high school graduate students will be looking forward to a week of partying and relaxing after completing their final exams, 16 students from Melbourne's De La Salle College will instead brave the heat, the language barrier and the lack of McDonald's venues to embark on a schoolies experience of a different kind.

Processions of faith

04 October 2009 | Penny Edman

Processions of faithMost Australian Catholics know the stories of historical figures like St Joseph, St Peter and St Francis of Assisi. But other saints, like St Andrew Dung-Lac, St Maroun or St Filadelfo, also have their day in the sun in communities around Australia.

The crib that came to stay

04 October 2009 | Dan McAloon

The crib that came to stayFr Rafaele Tresca's cribs have enthralled the community at Saint Brigid's for more than 40 years.

The making of a saint

04 October 2009 |

The making of a saintAfter the death of someone who has lived a life of heroic virtue, questions often turn to whether that person should be made a saint. The canonisation process has evolved over the past 1,000 years. The steps are outlined in the Apostolic Constitution, Divinus Perfectionis Magister, which was brought into effect by Pope John Paul II in 1983. Liz Lillis provides a step-by-step guide to sainthood.

A saint in all but name

04 October 2009 | Michael McVeigh

A saint in all but nameThis year marked a hundred years since the death of Blessed Mary MacKillop. For many, her life and deeds already mark her as a saint. But the journey to her canonisation has been a long one.


04 October 2009 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

SainthoodIn Australia today when we think of saints we are likely to think of Mary MacKillop. She is already called Blessed Mary MacKillop. People look forward to the day when she will be canonised a saint and will join St Clare, St Catherine of Sienna and all the other saints.

Editorial: A home-grown saint

05 October 2009 | Michael McVeigh

It's possible that sometime before the end of this year, or early next year, Mary MacKillop will become Australia's first canonised saint.

Unguarded moments: Saints alive

05 October 2009 | Ann Rennie

The stories of the saints, even the gruesome ones, still resonate today.

In the footsteps of others

04 October 2009 | Benita De Vincentiis

In the footsteps of othersWhen Benita De Vincentiis joined the St Vincent de Paul Society as a young adult, she was inspired by the presence of a 'cute' boy. But in the decade she spent with the society as a youth coordinator, she found true inspiration in the lives and stories of the saints.

Christmas in heaven

04 October 2009 | Mary Manning

Christmas in heavenThe red carpet has been rolled out. Thousands, millions, of lights twinkle overhead and angels, large and small, fly around directing a few reindeer that seem to have lost their way.

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