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VATICAN CITY (CNS) — From modern-day martyrs to those who quietly care for the sick or elderly, Pope Francis remembered all those who "sacrifice themselves daily," following Jesus in serving others and giving witness to the Gospel. (30/03/2015)
Notes on the International Diaconate Centre board meeting,
Houston, Texas, 9 to 12 March, 2015 (25/03/2015)
The International Diaconate Centre (IDC) jubilee celebration will be held in Rome from 21 to 25 October. It will include a pilgrimage to Assisi. As soon as the IDC website announced that there would be a private audience with Pope Francis there was a flood of registrations. It is hoped Pope Francis will make a significant statement about the permanent diaconate. (18/03/2015)
A recent biography of Francis by Austen Ivereigh offers an affectionate examination of the making of a Gospel radical, whose electrifying Pontificate has stunned the world, writes Kathryn Jean Lopez for the National Review Online. (14/03/2015)
It was with great sadness that I learnt today of the death, approximately 2 weeks ago, of Deacon John Baptist, on Bathurst Island. He was ordained on 19th June 2008,for the Diocese of Darwin, at Our Lady of Peace Bathurst Island by Bishop Eugene Hurley. John Baptist collapsed at home and was taken to the clinic on Bathurst Island but unfortunately was unable to be revived. His funeral will take place, this Friday on Bathurst Island,. Would you please keep him and his family in your prayers at this time. (11/03/2015)
Is my teaching really about furthering God's kingdom or about stoking my ego' I am not alone with these questions. These are valid questions for anyone who draws energy from his or her work, writes Ron Rolheiser. (27/02/2015)
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Lent is a time of renewal for the whole Church, for each communities and every believer. Above all it is a "time of grace" (2Cor 6:2). God does not ask of us anything that he himself has not first given us. "We love because he first has loved us" (1Jn 4:19). He is not aloof from us. Each one of us has a place in his heart. He knows us by name, he cares for us and he seeks us out whenever we turn away from him. He is interested in each of us; his love does not allow him to be indifferent to what happens to us. Usually, when we are healthy and comfortable, we forget about others (something God the Father never does): we are unconcerned with their problems, their sufferings and the injustices they endure… Our heart grows cold. As long as I am relatively healthy and comfortable, I don't think about those less well off. Today, this selfish attitude of indifference has taken on global proportions, to the extent that we can speak of a globalization of indifference. It is a problem which we, as Christians, need to confront. (18/02/2015)