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The baby was born in the stable. The baby was God. Magic means something mysterious or supernatural. Sometimes magic happens right in front of our eyes. When you watch a magic show we see it happening, but we cannot believe it. We watch the magician with concentration, awe and wonder while we are trying to figure out how it works.
We walk away not having comprehended the magic, but with an excited feeling after having enjoyed the experience. The story of the universe is a magic story. We cannot comprehend it.
Light is the fastest-moving stuff in the universe. The distance from the earth to the sun is enormously vast but, in terms of the universe as a whole, it is minuscule. The stars that are visible to us at night, the ones nearest to us, are so far away that light travelling from them to the earth at km per second takes more than four years to get here.
There are stars which we can observe, though not as clear as the closer ones, whose light travelling at km per second takes years to get here. That is incredible, incomprehensible, unimaginable. If you research how big the universe is,. Hubble Ultra-Deep Field image of a region of the observable universe, near the constellation Fornax.
Each spot is a galaxy, consisting of billions of stars. In the near 30 years he was pastor at the St Charles parish in Victory Park, Johannesburg—a time when I was a parishioner there—he not only got to know every parishioner personally, he visited most of them at home, conducted convert classes for many wanting to join the parish, was involved in catechism classes for children, and arranged for both the reconstruction of the church buildings and the redesign of the gardens.
He was, in short, an indefatigable worker who, in his quiet way, seized every opportunity to help others—and fulfil his calling. But his devotion was not limited to his parish alone.
Fr Ignatius Fidgeon OMI The Star had asked me to prepare a booklet on the upcoming beatification, an experience that was to become a highlight in my life. It was just one occasion where Fr Fidgeon was on hand to provide guidance and arrange accommodation for me with religious sisters in Maseru. And later, when Pope John Paul II flew to Lesotho for the beatification ceremony, he was there with a busload of parishioners keen to be part of this moving religious event, despite heavy rain.
I was with him one day when we drove to an informal settlement somewhere on East Rand that had been abandoned—and found a young man lying dead in the road.
Almost unconsciously Fr Fidgeon said the prayers for the dead—as I dropped on my knees beside the corpse. I visited a church he had built for a small community and spoke to countless people who thought of him as a saint.
Because of the connection between distance and the speed of light, this means they can look at a region of space that lies 13,8 billion light-years away. The human mind simply cannot comprehend the vastness of the universe and how it all works. Stars and planets and galaxies and the universe.
There might be more universes other than the universe we know. And in the middle of all of these billions and trillions of light years, in the middle of all the planets and galaxies and universes is God—the creator and centre of it all. The God who sustains the universe is the same God who came to us as a baby born to a peasant woman in Bethlehem and who lived among us on this very earth we are living on now, in a place and country not far from us.
In fact, we can go on a pilgrimage and visit the physical place where God was. The word became flesh and dwelt among us. And by coming to live among us and teaching us, he also gave us the same super powers he himself as God has. Can you believe that! That is like magic. The God within us who is able to bring that magic that makes everything softer and more beautiful to people all year round, but in a special way during Christmas time.
We visited townships where we spoke to people in need—and convents where sisters were doing what they could to help the poor and the desperate. My newspaper recognised the importance of the human interest articles I wrote and gave me a free hand. On one occasion the Irish Tourist Board invited me to visit Ireland, providing me with a self-drive car, leaving me free to go where I wished during the ten days it was at my disposal.
As luck would have it, Fr Fidgeon was visiting his sister in Ireland and he invited me to join the family. Kathleen prepared a room for me and Father offered to be my driver.
We started out each morning after breakfast exploring and photographing a different part of the Emerald Isle. No one knew the countryside and the churches as well as Fr Fidgeon. Fidge, who is now in Krugerdsorp, has dedicated his life to his Church and South Africa where he is a much-loved pastor— but he remains as essentially Irish as the country of his birth.
Our paths crossed for a few short years two decades ago, but his impact remains enormous. I treasure the impact he had on my thinking and the experiences we shared. Long may he continue to light up our lives. As part of this campaign, Oxfam issued a report that highlights just how extreme global inequality has become.
The Oxfam report notes that the richest 85 people in the world own as much as the poorest half of the world. Today there are 1 billionaires in the world, more than double the number in This boom far exceeds the growth rate of millionaires, which rose from 10 million in to 13,7 million in There are 16 billionaires living in sub-Saharan Africa, home to million living in extreme poverty.
In an effort to end extreme inequality, Oxfam is calling on governments, institutions and corporations to help build a fairer economic and political system.
The pope loves everyone, rich and poor alike, but he is obliged in the name of Christ to remind all that the rich must help, respect and promote the poor. It was the year in which Pope Francis called an extraordinary Synod on the Family, two popes were canonised and another beatified, the Middle East blew up in crisis, a woman was invalidly ordained in Hermanus, South Africa re-elected Jacob Zuma whose home improvements created controversy, and the cause of Benedict Daswa received a massive boost.
Faith leaders, including the Catholic Church, say that they must be in the forefront in encouraging peaceful rejection of e-tolling in Gauteng, which is implemented in early December. Brescia House school in Johannesburg is selected by technology giant Microsoft as one of 80 mentor schools around the world. After being assaulted by racist thugs, Pretoria vicar-general Fr Victor Phalana says he forgives his assailants. President Zuma offers to donate R through his foundation towards the translation of a Catholic Zulu Bible.
After being criticised as electioneering, the donation is turned down. Catholic schools again shine in. During the baptism of 32 babies in the Sistine Chapel, Pope Francis encourages mothers to breastfeed their hungry infants, even during the Mass.
He also continues to serve as administrator of the vicariate of Ing-. We wish all our listeners and supporters a Happy and Holy Christmas. The Sudanese Catholic was spared a death sentence for supposedly converting from Islam to Christianity and then was barred from leaving Sudan before being allowed to depart on an Italian government plane. The diocese of Tzaneen holds a hour vigil in prayer for the cause of Benedict Daswa. He is installed on June The Kolping Society opens its first new South African branch in 62 years with a foundation in Johannesburg.
A US court sentences year-old Sr Megan Rice to 35 months in jail for defacing the walls of a Tennessee nuclear facility in a protest action. The theologian consultors of the Congregation for Sainthood Causes approve a miracle attributed to Pope Paul VI, clearing the way for his beatification on October Archbishop Lawrence Henry, who headed the archdiocese of Cape Town from , dies suddenly at Pope Francis opens the gardens that surround the papal summer residence at Castel Gandolfo to the public.
Pope Francis accepts the resignation of German Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst of Limburg, who had been under fire for extravagant spending and committing perjury.
The Church and the world mark the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide. In an international conference on Human Trafficking, Pope Francis strongly condemns modern slavery. Pope Francis issues an apology for cases of sexual abuse in the Church.
The Church in Nigeria demands the return of more than schoolgirls abducted by the terrorist group Boko Haram.
The bishops of Southern Africa meet Pope Francis and members of the Roman curia during their ad limina visit. A total of 2 people take part in the annual Fatima procession in Johannesburg. Thanks to a R75 donation from the SACBC, the diocese of Rustenburg has been able to provide immediate relief to those affected by the long platinum strike.
Argentina reached the final, losing to champions Germany. In Jerusalem he and Greek Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew mark the 50th anniversary of the mutual excommunication of their Churches. Dioceses across Southern Africa hold a week of prayer for peace in the Middle East. Pope Francis makes a one-day visit to Albania. A Catholic, Bongmusa Mthembu, wins the Comrades Marathon, clutching a rosary in his mouth as he crosses the finishing line.
Two suspects are apprehended. They finish second, losing in the final to Germany. The Vatican laicises Polish Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski, former nuncio to the Dominican Republic, who is accused of sexual abuse of minors. In August he is placed under house arrest, pending a trial.
During the same period, six Israeli civilians are killed by Hamas rockets. A Holy Cross child-care project in Botshabelo, Bloemfontein, comes to a standstill after being robbed for the sixth time this year. All religious Catholic processions are suspended for two years in the archdiocese of Cosenza-Bisignano, in the Italian region of Calabria,. The General Synod of the Church of England votes to authorise the ordination of women bishops.
Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, a Sudanese Catholic woman who was sentenced to death in Sudan because of her faith, is released and allowed to leave the country after intense international pressure.
Pope Francis visits a Pentecostal church in Casserta, Italy—a historic first for a pope. The bishops of Southern Africa decide at their mid-year plenary in Mariannhill to establish a council of the laity.
The Vatican decides after a nineyear study that the Sign of Peace will stay where it is in the Mass. The national broadcaster refuses to explain its decision. He is the first in a succession of Western journalists and other hostages to be beheaded. Pope Francis visits South Korea to beatify martyrs. On the way to Seoul he is the first pope to fly over Chinese air space.
He was a priest for 76 years. The extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family is held in Rome. A mid-term report that features open language on matters such as welcoming homosexuals in the Church causes controversy. The nine theologian consultors of the Congregation for Sainthood Causes vote unanimously to recognise Benedict Daswa as a martyr. At the same time, however, the cause and the beatification plans are running on very low funds.
The verdict is appealed. Events are also held at South African shrines. Pakistani Christians Shazad Masih, 28, and his pregnant wife Shama Bibi, 24, are abducted by a mob, tortured and burnt to death over alleged blasphemy.
Prince Charles of England calls on Islamic leaders to speak out against persecution of Christians by Muslims. Locati in Fr Victor Phalana is named new bishop of Klerksdorp. Cardinal Napier is named one of four presidents of the Synod of Bishops on the Family.
Read The Southern Cross on your computer or tablet on the day it appears Anywhere in the world. Only R a year! Or subscribe by post for only R a year SA rate. Existing subscribers may take an extension to their current subscription to qualify for the offer. Corpus Christi parish in Wynberg, Cape Town, celebrated the feast of Christ the King with a candlelight procession through the streets of Wynberg.
Deacon Lionel Cooper is pictured holding the monstrance on top of the decorated car following the congregation. Photo by Keith Stober. Sacred Heart cathedral in Bloemfontein celebrated its year anniversary with a Mass celebrated by Archbishop Jabulani Nxumalo. The archbishop began Mass by telling parishioners about the history of cathedrals in the Church. Stuart Graham: You are a selftaught musician. When did you find out you had a passion for music? Daniel Baron: I started playing drums at the age of seven and ever since then I have always been spellbound by music.
I then started writing songs at the age of I believe that I was born with the passion of music inside of me and I think God placed my dreams and aspirations in my heart too. What music inspires you? I am inspired by all kinds of music. What drives you as an artist? I would like to share my music with the whole world.
I would like to perform in stadiums around the globe and maybe win a Grammy award one day. I get very motivated when I hear my songs on the radio, or when I get a message from a fan to say that my music has helped them in their lives. Those things make me feel like I have done something right. You are known to be a devout. Does your faith inspire you when you are composing music and performing it? Yes, I do have a very strong Catholic faith. I have always believed that God has given me the responsibility to use my talent not only to entertain but to inspire and help others.
Your colleagues say that you are very humble. What keeps you grounded? Thank you. My faith, my family, my friends and all my loved ones keep me grounded.
Arrogance is something that I have always disliked and stayed away from. I always tell myself that no matter how high I may climb on the ladder of success, there is always space for improvement and learning, and I have vowed to myself and to God, to always remain grounded and humble. I believe that we should all strive to be as humble as Jesus was.
Where did you grow up and go to school? Did religion play an important role already in your upbringing? Tell us a bit about your upbringing and the values you were taught by your parents. I have incredible memories from throughout my upbringing.
I think my folks really did a great job with raising myself and my two brothers and sister. In this interview, the musician reveals how his Catholic upbringing has made him what he is today. Some of the many values and lessons we were taught are good manners, generosity and to dream big, because if you put your mind to it, then anything is possible.
I also have memories of some really great priests, brothers and nuns from when I was at school. One in particular was Brother Gabriel, who was the headmaster at my primary school. He was a very strict person, but at the same time the coolest dude ever. I learnt a lot from him in religious studies. I also know a number of incredible priests who teach me something new, every time I am at church. What are the important lessons you learned while growing up?
I have learnt countless important lessons from my parents who are my role models. I have two brothers and a sister, and although they are all younger than me, I always learn new lessons from them too. One incident that I will never forget is when I lost my little cousin to cancer. He taught me that with faith, there is no need to fear. Could you talk about the song? My cousin Matthew died at the age of I played.
He was a saint on earth and now he is an angel in heaven. His smile will live on forever. I do enjoy sport. I have taken to a very unconventional sport myself. What will be next for you? My next adventure will begin when I travel to the US next year to further the reach of my music.
I am also releasing a brand new album in the new year. Wishing all our customers Peace and Joy this Christmas Thank you for your support in and for coming year Thank you for all your collaboration and generous support during the past year.
We wish you all a Blessed New Year ! Connor Court Publishing, Australia. Arguably, the Church in Africa is still not well understood, perhaps not even by itself. Africa is a diverse continent; the pastoral challenges in South Africa are not the same as those in, say, Ghana or Tanzania. While there is much that unites the Catholic Church in Africa, there is a lot that is specific to individual local or regional churches. We know this from our experience in South Africa, where the pastoral.
This book is a testament to that diversity. Ninham, who lives in Australia, entered her project of interviewing African cardinals as a Western atheist with preconceived notions about Africa and the Catholic Church there.
Her interviews with eight cardinals the other two are by the Vatican correspondent Gerard Connell are presented in chronological order, which serves well to chart her growing awareness and understanding of the Church on the continent.
However, it also means that the interview section of the book starts off weakly. The interview with Cardinal Wilfrid Napier, conducted in Melbourne in , is lacking in direction, even as the cardinal provides some interesting insights, especially about himself and his evolving understanding of issues of race.
It might have been advisable to re-interview him. Cardinals come in all shapes and. Where Arinze gravely threatens Ninham with an army of lawyers in case he is misquoted, the modestly-living Ugandan Cardinal Emmanuel Wamala sends the author a letter of thanks for her interview. Government Monster is the real space rock moment. Lose yourself in the music with that always rhythmic drumming.
Floaty effects abound and then towards the end of the crescendo that shouty bastard shocks you into reality. Perhaps aware of the dangers of tribalism, Buff end this one with a call for Unity. We need that Unity if we are going to challenge the slide towards totalitarianism which we are all seeing unfold. Divided we are conquered, if we get beyond our tribal divisions we have a hope. And the next song, New World Order lays out the industrial destruction that could await if we fail.
It gets worse. Samples illustrate the cultural value of free festivals as a pivotal part of the calendar. Getting out in the country as a break from the concrete. If you used to live in a truck or bus, and if the Battle of the Beanfield is a pivotal point in time for you. You are probably gonna love this album. Cress and Buff can both be found lurking on Facebook.
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