Edition: Christmas 2016 Mercy In The Church

News: From Rome, ‘Care for creation’, our saint for this edition & Australian Catholics Awards

1 November 2016 TH

News: From Rome, ‘Care for creation’, our saint for this edition & Australian Catholics Awards 

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From the editor: A Church of the Holy Spirit

1 November 2016 TH

How can we as Catholics better embody the mercy of God in the way we live out our faith in the world?

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Mercy notes: Mercy in the Church

1 November 2016 TH

Doctors are devoted to mercy and St Luke was a member of that profession. No surprise then, that his gospel contains a wonderful sequence of parables of mercy. In Chapter 15 he gives us the stories of the Lost Sheep, the Lost Coin and – most famous of all – the parable of the Prodigal Son.

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Mercy prayer: An exercise for Sunday Mass

1 November 2016 TH

Becoming a Church of mercy means becoming people of mercy in our parishes. Next Sunday, try the following prayer exercise at your local parish. 

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Recipe: Easy Summer Berry Christmas Pudding

1 November 2016 TH

Gorgeous summer berries add a splash of colour to this refreshing Summer Christmas dessert. It only requires three ingredients and there’s very little cooking involved so it’s a great way to introduce your little helpers to cooking this Christmas. 

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Playlist: A merciful Church

1 November 2016 TH

Five movies that can provide an insight into what a merciful Church might look like. 

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AC Classroom: Acknowledging our country’s traditional owners

1 November 2016 TH

Aboriginal people have existed in Australia for over sixty thousand years, making them the oldest surviving people in the world. While this is something we should celebrate, we also must remember the hurt and struggle that many First Nations People continue to face due to the loss of sacred sites and traditional culture. The ‘Acknowledgement of Country’ is one of the ways in which Catholic communities can recognise our relationship with Aboriginal people.

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Questions arising from the marriage equality debate

1 November 2016 TH

Whether it’s via a plebiscite or a parliamentary vote, Australia’s politicians have been discussing this year whether and how the country might legalise same-sex marriage. 

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Downton Abbey’s unmistakeable heart

1 November 2016 TH

There are many things that go into making a hit TV show or movie – but could one of the most secret ingredients be mercy?

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A letter to Mother Cabrini

1 November 2016 TH

Dear Mother Cabrini, I am writing to you with an idea for a TV mini series. It is called Saint and the City and will be based around your life. 

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A family that does justice

1 November 2016 TH

Earlier this year we interviewed Tess Corkish, an impassioned young social justice activist working for Catholic Earthcare. When we heard her mother, a parish secretary in Sydney, was arrested protesting at a coal port in Newcastle we decided to get in touch with the family again to see where their spirit of activism comes from. 

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A pro-life voice in the public square

1 November 2016 TH

In Australia, the space for pro-life views has been shrinking. Little space is given to abortion in the media, while in states like Victoria and Tasmania, anti-protest laws mean that even prayer vigils outside abortion clinics are now illegal.

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