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A recent short look at the Church in China

America Magazine, the American Jesuit review where James Martin is an editor- at- large no less, very recently offered this little effort on Catholics in China. Very clearly Jesuit in tone and substance, but worth a look anyway. Please do … Continue reading

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Chinese pilgrims overwhelmed

Just yesterday in Rome. Listening to what is audible, I didn’t hear any of these Chinese mainland pilgrims thanking the Bishop of Rome for AL. I heard things like the grandfather telling the little boy to kneel down and the … Continue reading

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St Valentine’s Day

Now for something different. It may seem wrong to allude to St Valentine’s Day after the post before this, but a little word on it wouldn’t seem to be going too far astray. There are a few explanations why St … Continue reading

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Christ, You are the King of Glory

We don’t get to hear many Te Deums these days, even after the reform of the reform. This is the last Sunday, the Solemnity of Christ the King,  that we can hear a Te Deum before Advent commences, when a … Continue reading

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Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary of La Naval de Manila

The Battle of Lepanto on Sunday 7 October in 1571 was not the only military engagement in which widespread praying of the Holy Rosary is believed to have granted victory to Catholic forces. That particular decisive victory for subsequent European … Continue reading

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Ave Maria

Time is running out on us for the Month of the Holy Rosary. Offered by some of the gents of the young Catholic Australian liturgical singers, Prima Luce. From memory it’s Jacques Arcadelt’s quite ‘umble and merciful Ave Maria, if … Continue reading

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Christ, you walked on the sea

The recently posted article on CP&S  Six Cultural Trends That Challenge The Modern Evangelizer, written by Monsignor Pope, for me was pretty scary. I wonder too how many of us thought that Mons. Pope had stolen all our best original ideas? … Continue reading

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Appeal to our brothers and sisters in the Philippines

In this month of the Holy Rosary we would like to run an article on the image of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary of Manila, whose national Shrine is to be found in the great Dominican church in … Continue reading

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Sts. Andrew Kim, Paul Chong and Companions

In 1984 St John Paul II canonised Sts. Andrew and Paul and 101 other martyrs of Korea in Seoul and set their memorial on this day, 20th September. Included also among them were some priests of the Paris Society of … Continue reading

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The Brisbane Oratory in Formation

  And now for something slightly different. Some may be surprised that the Congregation of the Oratory of St Philip Neri never made it to the Botany Bay penal settlement ever since that day when Captain (later Governor, later Admiral) … Continue reading

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To the Most High Trinity

The Holy Trinity by Ann Chapin The mystery of the Most Holy Trinity is the central mystery of Christian faith and life. It is the mystery of God in Himself. It is therefore the source of all the other mysteries … Continue reading

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Emptied and Exalted – Palm Sunday, 2016

  CP&S has previously presented sermons by Father Michael Chua, now of the parish of Jesus Caritas in the Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. Father has prepared an exceptionally good sermon for today, Palm Sunday. He speaks of the two “processions” described … Continue reading

Posted in Bible Exegesis, Biblical Reflection, Devotion, Humour, Hymns, Lent, Living Catholic lives, Sacred Scripture, Uncategorized | 54 Comments

The speech of angels is song

Christianity has always understood that the speech of angels is actually song, in which all the glory of the great joy that they proclaim becomes tangibly present. And so, from that moment, the angels’ song of praise has never gone … Continue reading

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The Lord is close to the broken-hearted

Charles Kegan Paul (1828-1902) should be known to our British friends as a publisher of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. His publishing business is known in our day as Routledge, which many of us would know of. There … Continue reading

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Philip Jenkins on dissident Catholics

  Professor Philip Jenkins, Welsh-born Distinguished Professor of History at Baylor University in the United States, may be quite well known to many for his contributions to research in Christian history and criminology (no pun intended!). Long, long ago in … Continue reading

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