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Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Friday 24 Sept, 2021

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Friday 24 Sept, 2021

September 23rd, 2021 | 6:00 AM | E549

Today’s Gospel text goes to the heart of just what Jesus is afraid of seeing develop among his disciples: marveling at signs and wonders and through paying attention only to them, missing the centerpiece of Jesus’ real message. That message is simple: you will only appreciate what God is offering in Jesus if you appreciate that he is inviting his followers to surrender to God in the heart of suffering. Jesus’ message is good news for those enmeshed in tragedy.
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Homilies: Twenty-fifth Sunday of the Year (B) Sept 19, 2021

Homilies: Twenty-fifth Sunday of the Year (B) Sept 19, 2021

September 18th, 2021 | 8:30 AM | E531

We can all understand the argument the disciples had. We spend much of our lives seeking status, protecting our status, or mourning the loss of status.
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UCA News Weekly Summary, September 17, 2021

UCA News Weekly Summary, September 17, 2021

September 17th, 2021 | 10:30 AM | E539

Religious and ethnic minorities continue to face discrimination and abuses across Asia, even as Catholics in Pakistan and Vietnam sought divine intercession from Mother Mary to overcome the Covid-19 pandemic. These and much more in this week's podcast
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Observations: Parish Attendance - Let’s go forward to the first century

Observations: Parish Attendance - Let’s go forward to the first century

August 15th, 2021 | 11:30 AM | E496

We are caught in a whirlwind of change. New realities call for new responses, but where are hints of how to go about them? Perhaps looking at the past will help us move toward the future. But, when we look to the past, what should we hope to learn? Past answers may have been good for past situations, but they can only help us deal with present situations if we view them as process rather than program. 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 - Thursday 23 Sept, 2021

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Thursday 23 Sept, 2021

September 22nd, 2021 | 6:00 AM | E542

In today’s gospel episode, Herod shows all the insecurity someone in power can display when one more apparently threatening event occurs and the insecure person seeks to eradicate the threat. The insecure power holder really wants to eradicate the threat but dares not allow his real fears to become known. That is what Herod is trying to do unsuccessfully because his ploy is so obvious. What should he or we, when we rein such a position, do to overcome our fears? The truth will set us free.
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Homilies: Twenty-fourth Sunday of the Year (B) Sept 12, 2021

Homilies: Twenty-fourth Sunday of the Year (B) Sept 12, 2021

September 11th, 2021 | 8:30 AM | E518

Christ's call for us to take up the cross is an invitation to learn that though suffering is always with us and may make us think God is far from us, it is actually a share in the life of God who also takes up the cross.
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UCA News Weekly Summary, September 10, 2021

UCA News Weekly Summary, September 10, 2021

September 10th, 2021 | 10:30 AM | E537

Minorities and vulnerable communities are facing threats and rights abuses from repressive regimes and extremist forces, while economic hardships from Covid-19 are increasing the woes of millions. These stories and more in this week’s podcast.
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Observations: Parish Attendance - Obligation or opportunity?

Observations: Parish Attendance - Obligation or opportunity?

August 3rd, 2021 | 8:22 AM | E479

In preparation for the reopening of churches, bishops have an opportunity to raise the quality of liturgical service. Workshops for clergy on preaching and liturgy can be done remotely while waiting for the resumption of normal activities. 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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