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Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Saturday 6 Mar, 2021

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Saturday 6 Mar, 2021

March 5th, 2021 | 6:00 AM | E276

One of the most arresting answers to the question “Who are you?” that I have ever heard was then response to this question given by Pope Francis just after he was elected Pope and was interviewed. As quick as a flash, Papa Bergoglio said: “I am a sinner.” And by that he meant that the most powerful and distinguishing feature he thought needed to be exposed about himself was his relationship with God and his failures in that relationship. Would that we were all so focused.
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Homilies: Second Sunday of Lent (B) February 28, 2021

Homilies: Second Sunday of Lent (B) February 28, 2021

February 26th, 2021 | 8:30 PM | E265

Today's Gospel is a Lenten reminder that the gift of being a beloved child of God that I received in Baptism leads to my own transfiguration. I walk the way of the Cross in this world, but it is a way that leads to incomparable glory.
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UCA News Weekly Summary, March 5, 2021

UCA News Weekly Summary, March 5, 2021

March 5th, 2021 | 11:30 AM | E283

This week, people across the globe witnessed the horrors of a deadly crackdown on anti-coup protesters in military-ruled Myanmar. Asian nations have experienced the curtailing of civil liberties amid the long shadow of the Covid-19 pandemic. These and more in today's weekly summary podcast.
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Observations: Reemerging antisemitism — What will the church do about it?

Observations: Reemerging antisemitism — What will the church do about it?

February 8th, 2021 | 9:30 AM | E245

As  Christians we were hurt by the vehemence of their reaction to the mention of Christianity, even if that mention was a tasteless or even stupid one. But as a Christian, we also knew that the hatred the other kids were showing was not unearned. Father William Grimm, who lives in Japan,  shares some thoughts on this.
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Q&A - The UCA News Interviews - Australian Catholic teacher Garry Mulroy freed from a Cambodian jail

Q&A - The UCA News Interviews - Australian Catholic teacher Garry Mulroy freed from a Cambodian jail

October 20th, 2020 | 1:30 PM | E144

Australian Catholic teacher Garry Mulroy, who has been freed from a Cambodian jail on appeal, has vowed to fight his conviction for indecently assaulting six children. Mulroy claims he was the victim of a racket that extorted up to US$100,000 from him. The World Justice Project ranks Cambodia’s justice system “the worst” in the region, listing it as second from bottom on an index of 113 countries. The prosecution never said how Mulroy assaulted the boys. His release was shrouded in secrecy amid fears of reprisals. In an interview with UCA News’ Cambodia columnist  Luke Hunt, Mulroy tells that the six boys under his care were going to school and learning to play guitar among other activities designed to provide them with life skills. “Those boys were like family to me. They were the sons I never had. They were the biggest losers of this whole affair,” he says. Listen to the full story.
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Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Friday 5 Mar, 2021

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Friday 5 Mar, 2021

March 4th, 2021 | 6:00 AM | E275

God only writes straight with crooked lines. No gesture, action or intervention of God is ever simple and straightforward. God is the one who appreciates and works by paradox. If we want to live through love in the presence of the God and Father of our Lord Jesus, we need to be ready to be always surprised by the unexpected ways in which God works for our good.
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Homilies: First Sunday of Lent (B) February 21, 2021

Homilies: First Sunday of Lent (B) February 21, 2021

February 19th, 2021 | 8:30 PM | E264

The Lord calls us to a change of life, a change we exercise in some small way in Lent as a means of recommitting ourselves at Easter to the big reform we accepted in our baptismal commitment.
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UCA News Weekly Summary, February 26, 2021

UCA News Weekly Summary, February 26, 2021

February 26th, 2021 | 11:30 AM | E274

This week, Asian nations have experienced a trampling of basic human rights and religious freedom amid an outcry from rights campaigners, civil society and church groups. Much more in the report.
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Observations: A new way for rest of Church: Unusual Japanese weddings

Observations: A new way for rest of Church: Unusual Japanese weddings

January 28th, 2021 | 5:51 AM | E235

The Catholic Church in Japan has a unique practice, providing wedding ceremonies for non-Christians. As new civil and social forms of shared life appear in various places, that practice may be a hint of how the Church can respond to new realities, showing care while maintaining its traditional sacramental system. Father William Grimm, who lives in Japan,  shares some thoughts on this.
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Q&A - The UCA News Interviews - Shahid Rehmat, YDF, Pakistan

Q&A - The UCA News Interviews - Shahid Rehmat, YDF, Pakistan

September 1st, 2020 | 1:30 PM | E126

With 132 million people aged between 15-33, Pakistan is the fifth largest young country in the world. The Muslim-majority nation also has the second-largest youth population in South Asia after India. However, young people from religious minorities, such as Christians and Hindus, face social discrimination. They have fewer opportunities for education, jobs, and to develop their talents. Organizations like Youth Development Foundation or YDF attempt to bridge this gap through collaborative programs. Shahid Rehmat, YDF, Executive Director in conversation with Kamran Chaudhary.
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