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Heart to Heart - Kevin O'Rourke ssc

Columban Kevin O'Rourke was the first foreigner to receive a PhD. in Korean literature from a Korean university.
He has been translating Korean literature into English for nearly 40 years. His work has concentrated mainly short stories and poetry, and is widely regarded.
He taught at Kyunghee University from 1977 until he retired from the post several years ago. He won the Korean National Literature Prize in 1989 for his translations of Korean poetry.
In this extensive  television  interview he talks about his work and his life in Korea
 
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Enjoy Christmas...

Enjoy Christmas...At Christmas, Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus who is the saviour of our world. During Advent, which is a time of preparation for Christmas, we listen to the voice of the prophet Isaiah promising true liberation, hope, peace and joy. Five hundred years before the birth of Christ Isaiah tells us: "The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light; on those who live in a land of deep shadow a light has shone. You have made their gladness greater, you have made their joy increase; they rejoice in your presence as men rejoice at harvest time, as men are happy when they are dividing the spoils. For the yoke that was weighing on him, the bar across his shoulders, the rod of his oppressor, these you break on the day of Midian.... for there is a child born for us, a son is giving to us and dominion is laid on his shoulders; and this is the name they give him: Wonder-Counsellor, Mighty-God Eternal-Father, Prince-of-Peace. (Is. 9: 1-5).
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A Christmas Dinner Goes Wrong

Jim Dwyer discovered a turkey somewhere. In the 1960s turkeys were a scarce species in the Philippines. We never discovered the origins of this particular bird other than it came from a freezer and would be the central dish for our Christmas dinner a few weeks hence. Jim took great pride in the presence of the bird. As Christmas day approached the rectory cook, a plump chap named Jaime, declared that the cooker was too small to accommodate such a large bird. Long intense discussions followed this declaration as to how and where this valued bird could be cooked and celebrated.
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Losing market Share?

"Cities are multicultural; in the larger cities, a connective network is found in which groups of people share a common imagination and dreams about life, and new interactions arise, new cultures, invisible cities. Various subcultures exist side by side, and often practice segregation and violence. The Church is called to be at the service of a difficult dialogue...The proclamation of the gospel will be a basis for restoring the dignity of human life in these contexts, for Jesus desires to pour out an abundance of life upon our cities." (The joy of the Gospel)
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The Francis Factor - Book Review

The election of Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio to the papacy is indeed a most significant new chapter in the history of the Roman Catholic Church. Pope Francis has been called from the ends of the earth to minister to God's Catholic people and to God's people not of the Roman tradition or faith. He is the first non-European in more than a thousand years. He is a Vatican outsider. He is the first Pope to have been ordained priest after Vatican Council II. He is the first Pope in a very long time to have had pastoral on-the-ground experience. In an early interview he said, "I see clearly that the thing the Church needs is the ability to heal wounds and to warm the hearts of the faithful; it needs nearness, proximity."
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