The Final Word

Beauty visible in truth and love

Beauty visible in truth and love

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In October 2005 in Rome, the Synod on the Eucharist completed the ‘Year of the Eucharist.’ At its close, the 256 participating bishops presented Pope Benedict with 50 ‘propositions’ that arose out of their discussions. This year, on March 13, Pope Benedict XVI released his Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation, Sacramentum Caritatis (‘The Sacrament of Love’).

The deacon in the mission of the Church

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TODAY, I announce that, in line with the discipline of the Universal Church, the ministry of the Permanent Diaconate will be introduced in the Archdiocese of Melbourne.

Our Easter Eucharist

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For Catholics, Holy Week and Easter is dominated by the celebration of the Holy Mass. From the first celebration on the Sunday of the Passion (Palm Sunday), to the Chrism Mass in the Cathedral on Tuesday, to the Mass of Holy Thursday (Maundy Thursday) on the night before Good Friday, to the joyous Easter Vigil and the Eucharists of Easter morning and Easter night, the Mass is our constant companion and chief form of worship.

The Way of the Cross

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You will find them in your parish church, in our Cathedral, and in fact in every Catholic church, but perhaps you have seen them so often that you have forgotten they are there: the set of 14 pictures we call ‘the Stations of the Cross.’ They are, of course, not for decoration, but for the devotion, which is known in Latin as the “Via Crucis,” the Way of the Cross.

Silence is sacred

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I have heard that in radio studios, if there is more than seven seconds of silence, an automatic response is set to fill the void with music. Imagine, then, the bewilderment of the media commentators covering the Saturday night vigil at World Youth Day in Cologne in 2005, when Pope Benedict knelt before the Blessed Sacrament, and “a million young people” kept absolute silence with him for not seven seconds, but nearly 20 minutes.