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How to get the most out of Spiritual Communion

Communion is to the soul like blowing a fire that is beginning to go out, but that has still plenty of hot embers; we blow, and the fire burns again.

Fr John Flader: life with the coronavirus

If we cannot attend Mass or receive Communion, that too is a sacrifice we can offer to God, in union with the many people around the world who over the centuries and at the present time, cannot attend Mass.

Fr John Flader: Are Bushfires God’s punishment?

Father John Flader answers an important question, "Are the bushfires God's punishment?" Regarding the recent bushfires in Australia, I wonder if God has removed his...

Fr John Flader: The faith of all, not a few

The document, “Sensus fidei in the life of the Church”, was issued in 2014 by the International Theological Commission, an advisory body to the...

Fr John Flader: Sensus fidei is no mere poll

Sensus fidei, literally “sense of faith”, also called sensus fidelium, “sense of the faithful”, is described by the Catechism of the Catholic Church as...

Q&A with Fr John Flader: A saint in his lifetime

“Dear Father, I was recently invited to attend a prayer group devoted to St Padre Pio and found this saint very inspiring. I’d be...

Q&A with Fr John Flader: Are frozen embryos cool?

“Dear Father, A friend recently asked what I thought about allowing people to “adopt” unwanted frozen embryos stored in IVF clinics. I don’t know...

Q&A with Fr John Flader: Feast of the Holy Name of...

“Dear Father, I am now in my 50s and I love the feast of the Holy Name of Mary, apart from other reasons because...

Q&A with Fr John Flader: Voting for a less bad law

“Dear Father, with the abortion issue to be voted on shortly in our parliament, wouldn’t it be better for a parliamentarian to vote for...

Q&A with Fr John Flader: A politician’s responsibility

“Dear Father, in recent years we have seen legislation passed which allows such practices as same-sex “marriage”, euthanasia and abortion. Can a Catholic politician...
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The Australian Catholic University has announced an exciting new partnership with the Archdiocese of Sydney’s welfare agency, CatholicCare aimed at embedding Catholic social teaching...
When I was in jail, you visited me: a US prison chaplain, main photo, delivers Communion to a prisoner. Photo: Karen Callaway, Northwest Indiana Catholic

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A prophetic voice for the needy

professor Margaret Somerville told The Catholic Weekly that she agrees many people will conscientiously object to a vaccination linked to an electively aborted human foetus.

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