World Mission Sunday

"Here am I, send me." (Is 6:8) "Mission is a free and conscious response to God’s call. Yet we discern this call only when we have a personal relationship of love with Jesus present in his Church. Let us ask ourselves: are we prepared to welcome the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives,… Read More »World Mission Sunday

United Nations Day

UN Day marks the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the UN Charter. With the ratification of this founding document by the majority of its signatories, including the five permanent members of the Security Council, the United Nations officially came into being. This year is the 75th anniversary of the UN. Learn… Read More »United Nations Day

World Development Information Day

"Information and communications technologies have the potential to provide new solutions to development challenges, particularly in the context of globalization, and can foster economic growth, competitiveness, access to information and knowledge, poverty eradication and social inclusion." — General Assembly Resolution (A/RES/65/141) The General Assembly in 1972 established World Development Information Day to draw the attention… Read More »World Development Information Day

Disarmament Week

"The adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was a defining moment for global efforts to prevent, combat and eradicate the illicit arms trade: the Agenda included a specific target to significantly reduce illicit arms flows by 2030."— UN Secretary-General's report Disarmament Week begins on the anniversary of the founding of the United Nations (24… Read More »Disarmament Week

Saints Simon and Jude

Jesus chose some unlikely people: a former Zealot, a former (crooked) tax collector, an impetuous fisherman, two “sons of thunder,” and a man named Judas Iscariot. It is a reminder that we cannot receive too often. Holiness does not depend on human merit, culture, personality, effort, or achievement. It is entirely God’s creation and gift.… Read More »Saints Simon and Jude

1834: Battle of Pinjara, WA

One hundred years after the Battle of Pinjarra, someone writing under the nome de plume 'Cygney' recounted the story in The West Australian newspaper. What do you make of this 1934 account of the battle?