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Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Tuesday 30 Nov, 2021

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Tuesday 30 Nov, 2021

November 29th, 2021 | 6:00 AM | E629

This invitation to the two sets of brothers comes very early in Matthew’s Gospel and even before he starts to preach his message. And the four Apostles in these stories have a basic role in grounding and founding the first Christian communities. Today’s feast of St. Andrew celebrates the Apostle seen as the fountainhead of the Church of “the East” which we would now see as he Greek Church. But whatever Church we want to celebrate, they all go back to the founding message of Jesus as given to the earliest communities and still venerated today.
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Homilies: First Sunday of Advent (C) Nov. 28, 2021

Homilies: First Sunday of Advent (C) Nov. 28, 2021

November 27th, 2021 | 8:30 AM | E625

Can I believe that when troubles come the Lord comes as well? How can I deepen my faith in that coming? The Lord's answer is "Pray constantly."
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UCA News Weekly Summary, November 26, 2021

UCA News Weekly Summary, November 26, 2021

November 26th, 2021 | 10:30 AM | E627

Catholics in strife-torn Myanmar continue to be targeted by the military junta. In other Asian nations, Catholics and others leap to support communities in distress and join forces to battle for rights and justice. These and more in today's podcast.
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Observations: Honest evangelization needs honest journalism

Observations: Honest evangelization needs honest journalism

November 22nd, 2021 | 7:30 AM | E624

The number of people outside and even inside the Catholic Church who trust the institution is shrinking. When the Church’s management engages in coverups, avoids admitting to bad news, and attacks those who present embarrassing facts its proclamation of the Gospel suffers. People will not believe the truth of the Gospel if its messengers are afraid of the truth of its mundane life. The Church needs honest journalism for the sake of honest evangelization.
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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 - Monday 29 Nov, 2021

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Monday 29 Nov, 2021

November 28th, 2021 | 5:50 AM | E628

This Gospel today recounts the evangelist’s way of accommodating in Matthew’s Gospel the reach of Jesus’ message: completely beyond the boundaries of Israel but still taking up its foundation in the way God has been revealed to Israel. It is an event recalled everyday in every Mass we celebrate by stating just how graciously blessed we to be welcoming Jesus as Communion and then to look forward to to the healing union with Jesus that lasts forever.
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Homilies: Thirty-Fourth Sunday of the Year, Christ the King (B) Nov. 21, 2021

Homilies: Thirty-Fourth Sunday of the Year, Christ the King (B) Nov. 21, 2021

November 20th, 2021 | 8:30 AM | E616

When we say Christ is King, we say we belong to him and to no others. We cannot, then, be used or abused, since that is an attack upon his subjects and his sovereignty.
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UCA News Weekly Summary, November 19, 2021

UCA News Weekly Summary, November 19, 2021

November 19th, 2021 | 10:30 AM | E618

Timor-Leste paid tribute to independence heroes on the 30th anniversary of the Santa Cruz massacre. In other parts of Asia, there were stories of triumphs and struggles against oppression and injustice.
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Observations: If it happens on your watch

Observations: If it happens on your watch

November 8th, 2021 | 8:37 AM | E605

Poland’s bishops were recently in Rome for their ad limina visit that bishops make every five years. While there they complained about the rigor with which the Vatican now deals with bishops who have been derelict in their duty by failing to respond properly and promptly to sexual abuse by clergy. They are learning how the real world responds to dereliction.
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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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