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Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Wednesday 23 Jun, 2021

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Wednesday 23 Jun, 2021

June 22nd, 2021 | 6:00 AM | E418

Jesus and his follower were just as concerned as we and our contemporaries are about authenticity - who can be trusted. Is it just someone saying they are real and reliable or is there a way we can test for authenticity? That’s what Jesus asks and answers in today’s Gospel.
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Homilies: Twelfth Sunday of the Year (B) Jun 20, 2021

Homilies: Twelfth Sunday of the Year (B) Jun 20, 2021

June 19th, 2021 | 8:30 AM | E409

The night prayer of the Church recognizes the connection between sleep and death. Our night prayers are meant to be a preparation both for dropping off to sleep and for death, when we will have to let go of everything.
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UCA News Weekly Summary, June 18, 2021

UCA News Weekly Summary, June 18, 2021

June 18th, 2021 | 10:30 AM | E422

This week, strong calls for human rights and justice resonated in Asian nations, while stories of hope and resilience emerged amid calamities and conflicts. These stories and more....
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Observations: That passed, this can too

Observations: That passed, this can too

March 17th, 2021 | 8:41 AM | E301

Humankind is resilient. We have survived worse, much worse, than this pandemic. History tells us that we will somehow get through this crisis. We may be changed. We may be scarred. We may have hurts to our hearts and spirits that we will carry to our graves. But we will carry on. We will, like that Japanese woman, laugh in and even at our loss. 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 - Tuesday 22 Jun, 2021

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Tuesday 22 Jun, 2021

June 21st, 2021 | 6:00 AM | E417

Following the call of our Lord isn’t for people trying to avoid challenges. Following our Lord is following the call of Jesus on the journey to Jerusalem which also means to crucifixion - his certainly and ours too. Confronting as that journey is, we don’t take that path alone. We are following Jesus and accompanied by the spirit. Without their support we can’t make the journey. But God promises to faithfully accompany us all the time and all the way.
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Homilies: Eleventh Sunday of the Year (B) Jun 13, 2021

Homilies: Eleventh Sunday of the Year (B) Jun 13, 2021

June 12th, 2021 | 8:30 AM | E401

'Your mustard seed is what the Reign of God is about. Your little faith, your little effort is enough. Give your little bit and stand by amazed as you see what God will do with it. Your mustard seed will flourish.'
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UCA News Weekly Summary, June 11, 2021

UCA News Weekly Summary, June 11, 2021

June 11th, 2021 | 10:30 AM | E410

The uphill battle for survival continues for religious and ethnic minorities in Asian nations, while appeals for freedom and rights persist as the coronavirus pandemic rages in the region. These stories and more in this week’s 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 - 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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