NATIONAL: Christmas Massgoers invited to share story, shape future

Those who attended a Christmas Mass service in Australia last month have been encouraged to make a submission to the Plenary Council 2020. Photo: Ron Tan.

From Australian Catholic Bishops Conference
The Christmas season was targeted as an opportune time to increase participation in Plenary Council 2020 in parishes nationwide.
Within the first six months of the Council’s Listening and Dialogue phase, more than 30,000 people have made individual submissions or were part of a Plenary Council gathering.
It is estimated that hundreds of thousands of people attended a Christmas service last month.
Archbishop Costelloe kneels before the nativity set during the 2018 Christmas Midnight

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INTERNATIONAL: Pope’s first 2019 address: Prayer involves recognising self as God’s beloved child

Pope Francis twirls a football presented by a member of CirCuba, the Cuban national circus, during his general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican on 2 January. Photo: Paul Haring/CNS.

By Cindy Wooden
Christians are not better than other people, Pope Francis said, but they do know that God is their Father and they are called “to reflect a ray of his goodness in this world thirsting for goodness, waiting for good news”.
Leading his first general audience of 2019, the Holy Father continued a series of talks he has been giving about the Lord’s Prayer – but he also welcomed

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MOVIE REVIEW: Instant Family

Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne star in a scene from the movie “Instant Family”. Photo: Paramount Pictures/CNS.

By John Mulderig
It’s rare that a movie can reasonably be expected to accomplish some good in the real world. But director and co-writer Sean Anders’ blend of comedy and drama, Instant Family (Paramount) may be the exception.
This warm evocation of both the challenges and the ultimate rewards of adoptive parenting, based on Anders’ own experience, may inspire at least a few viewers to investigate the possibility of taking kids in need under their wings.
In that sense, the film is not only obviously pro-family but,

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How cutting FEMA aid could impact California families

Washington D.C., Jan 9, 2019 / 05:23 pm (CNA).- President Donald Trump has threatened to stop sending federal money to the state of California for wildfire recovery, a move that Catholic aid workers say could dramatically impact thousands of California families trying to rebuild their lives.

“Billions of dollars are sent to the State of California for Forest fires that, with proper Forest Management, would never happen,” Trump wrote in a tweet Wednesday.

“Unless they get their act together, which is unlikely, I have ordered [the Federal Emergency Management Agency] to send no more money.”

The fire season in California in 2018 was

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