In 1997 Pope John Paul II declared Isidore of Seville the patron saint of the internet. Isidore was a scholar with encyclopedic knowledge. In his writings he sought to collect, systematize and synthesize all existing knowledge. Speaking at a General Audience on 18 June 2008, Pope Benedict XVI, highlighted how Isidore combined contemplation and action.… Read More »St Isidore, patron saint of the internet
The United Nations established this day in 2005 through this resolution. The annual message for the day, together with other resources, are available here.
The report of the National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from their Families was published on this day in 1997. Read the Bringing Them Home Report here and access information and teaching resources on the Stolen Generations here.
World Youth Day is celebrated every year in local churches and every two or three years at the international level. The theme for 2020 is "Young man, I tell you, arise!" (Lk 7,14). Lisbon, Portugal will host the next international gathering for World Youth Day in 2022.
Find out more about why the United Nations declared this day here. A Crown for Australia: Striving for the Best in Our Sporting Nation Today is a great day to revisit the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Social Justice Statement 2014–2015. It challenges us to look at the place of sport in our lives. Where are its… Read More »International Day of Sport for Development and Peace
For Reflection The Rwandan Genocide in 1994 saw over 800,000 Rwandans, mainly from the Tutsi minority, massacred by the Hutu ethnic majority in three months. Over two million Hutu’s later fled the country, fearing revenge attacks. Fr Marcel Uwineza SJ, a survivor of the genocide, calls these horrific events in his home country an “intimate… Read More »International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda
For Reflection "I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly." (John 10:10) Christ came to bring life in body, mind, and spirit to all people in their daily lives. Since 1950, every April 7 the World Health Organisation highlights a specific health area of concern. In 2021, the focus of the WHO… Read More »World Health Day
For Reflection The Feast of Divine Mercy Sunday was named by Pope St. John Paul ll at the canonisation of St. Faustina on April 30, 2000. In a series of revelations in the 1930’s, God called Sr Faustina Maria Kowalska of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy in Poland to tell the world of… Read More »Divine Mercy Sunday
The encyclical Pacem in Terris is known in English as Peace on Earth. It was published in 1963 in the wake of the Cuban missile crisis. You can read an introduction to the encyclical and find a link to the full text here. Pacem in Terris focuses on issues of peace in a nuclear age. It… Read More »1963: Pacem in Terris published by Pope John XXIII
For Reflection “... and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”John 8: 32 The 1991 Aboriginal Deaths in Custody Royal Commission Final Report was a painful and key step in the process of radical truth telling in regard to the treatment of Aboriginal people in Australia, especially when in police… Read More »1991: Aboriginal Deaths in Custody Royal Commission Final Report signed