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Edition 123 / April 2013
has been warmly
welcomed by the
Church and the world.
See pages 4 and 5.
of Global Catholic
"Our people, our stories"
While preparing this edition I was struck by the prevalence of
conversation across various stories. Trish Bogan introduces
"Conversations about Catholics", an initiative to welcome and
inform parents of children in Catholic schools who may wish
to participate more confidently in their children's experiences
Our profile subject, Ryan Gato of Charlestown, in the midst of
a dizzying array of activities and commitments, participates in
"Divine Conversations" with other teachers, providing spiritual
nourishment and different ways into prayer.
Liam Beckett reports on "Pius Unplugged", an initiative to
encourage students to consider carefully their use of social
media and rediscover face to face conversation.
The day after Pope Francis I was elected, Bishop Bill said at a
gathering I attended, "We have a new pope -- so far, so good!"
There has been a sense of anticipation about the promise
surrounding Pope Francis I and I like the following from a
Franciscan priest, Richard Rohr:
"As a Franciscan, I was, of course, elated that one of the first
decisions of the new pope was to take a name that has not
been taken by a pope before: "Francisco"- which in itself
says an awful lot. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226) is surely the
most wonderful example of a joyful 'para-church' approach
to church reform. He was never a company man. 'Don't fight
it directly,' Francis modelled for us, 'just do it very differently
"For Cardinal Bergoglio to identify himself so clearly with a
reformer of Christian lifestyle, instead of a doctrinal apologist,
is extremely telling and very hopeful...." To read more, please
Anzac Day is approaching and Michael Elphick offers a
nuanced and cautionary view. It was a treat to chat with
Mr Raymond Collins, universally known as "Mick", and his
grandson Miles, about the significance of ANZAC Day in their
When you read this we will be celebrating the highlight of the
year. Easter is so pivotal that it takes the Church community
seven weeks to celebrate! For an intriguing approach to
Easter, read the novel Chocolat by Joanne Harris. There is a
film but the book is always better, I believe. A small community
is challenged and changed by the arrival of a stranger who
uses the language of chocolate to bring new life and offer new
possibilities to the villagers: "Try me. Test me. Taste me."
I wish you and yours a happy celebration of Easter, and
there's no need to confine it to one day!
TRACEY EDSTEIN -- Editor
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