A modest bedroom in an aged care home in Warradale might seem an unlikely place for a discussion on the future of the Catholic Church in Australia but for 98-year-old Milton Howard it is simply a case of the Holy Spirit at work.
The spread of the COVID-19 virus has created a situation of crisis in Australia and around the globe. Many countries are suffering from an exponential rate of infection with extraordinarily high numbers of deaths, affecting especially the sick and the frail elderly. This is a public health emergency of a scale we have not previously known. It is also an event of great personal tragedy for the gravely ill and their families, and for the bereaved.
It is striking how often Pope Francis refers to the family in his writings and homilies. In the week after Christmas we celebrated the feast of the Holy Family, and now at the beginning of February, the Presentation of Jesus in the temple. Both feasts call us to reflect on the vital link between a strong Christian family and a fruitful celebration of parish liturgy.
As World Mission Sunday approaches (October 20), a social media campaign is captivating hearts and minds around the world by asking 'What’s your mission?'.
Christians over the age of 60 who have re-engaged with their faith community after a long period of absence are being asked to share their experiences as part of new research project being undertaken by the University of South Australia.