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God's Champion

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 Contents - May 2005AD2000 May 2005 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: Challenges facing John Paul II's successor Benedict XVI - Michael Gilchrist
'Santo Subito': the impact of John Paul II - Peter Westmore
News: The Church Around the World
Year of Eucharist: Religious education: Catholic youth have their say - Shannon Donahoo
Catholic beliefs and practices: the challenge ahead for Australia - Michael Gilchrist
The Da Vinci Code and the itching ears syndrome - John Young
UK survey: why church pews are emptying
St Patrick's Church, Soho Square, a spiritual oasis in London - Tess Livingstone
Bioethics: IVF and embryonic stem cell research: the social and ethical issues - Kerrie Allen
Letters: Appeal to the young - Justin Lynch
Letters: God's Champion - Robert Garrett
Letters: Theology at ACU - Henk Verhoeven
Letters: Overseas priests - Jenny Bruty
Letters: Priest shortage - Jeff Harvie
Letters: Heroic virtue - Bob Denahy
Letters: Catholic education - Geoff Storey
Letters: Private revelations - Anne Boyce
Letters: Sex before marriage - Dr Arnold Jago
Letters: Society of St Pius X - Stephen McInerney
Letters: Ecclesial unity - Meg Fennell
Letters: Correcting pastoral blunders - Kevin McManus
Letters: Catholic hymns - Dolores Lightbody
Letters: Latin Mass Times in Hobart - Kevin Tighe
Letters: Corpus Christi Procession in Brisbane - Josie Mangano
Books: Sacred and Secular Scriptures / The Catholic Revival in English Literature - David Birch (reviewer)
Books: A GENTLE JESUIT: Philip Caraman SJ, by June Rockett - George Russo (reviewer)
Books: Remembering Pope John Paul II
Reflection: Pope John Paul II and the redemptive power of suffering - Fr Paul Stuart
It is with sadness, but also with joy that we say farewell to God's champion, Pope John Paul II, the visible head of the Catholic Church, the church founded by Jesus Christ.

The first Pope, St Peter, was chosen by Christ after his wonderful manifestation of faith, when he said to Our Lord: "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the Living God."

Though Peter is the foundation of the Church, Christ is the rock, primarily, and from Christ, Peter and his successors have derived their strength.

Now that the Holy Father's life has drawn to a close, we can be confident that blessings will be bestowed on him beyond the power of human reckoning. For his whole life has been one of long preparation for that inevitable ending of his mortal life. And now his work on earth has been completed.

What joy for our champion, Pope John Paul II, to hear God's words: "Well done good and faithful servant."

ROBERT GARRETT
Wodonga, Vic

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 18 No 4 (May 2005), p. 13

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