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Simon of Cyrene

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 Contents - Jun 2012AD2000 June 2012 - Buy a copy now
Society: Cardinal George Pell: Science and religion can coexist - Cardinal George Pell
Secularism: Same-sex 'marriage' is an attack on parents' rights and religious freedom - Patrick Byrne
News: The Church Around the World
NET Ministries: Another Catholic youth ministry success story - Br Barry Coldrey
Women Religious: Vatican takes action against dissenting US nuns - Babette Francis
Christendom: Hungary's new constitution a rebuke to secular Europe - Edward Pentin
Faith and Reason: Cardinal Pell debates Richard Dawkins on Q&A: a commentary - Frank Mobbs
Australian student campaigns for US college's Catholic identity - David Walsh
American priest's work for the protection of life in Russia - Eva-Maria Kolman
Latin: Pope John XXIII's document on Latin: 50th anniversary - Salvatore Cernuzio
Remembering the Catholic priests on board the 'Titanic' - AD2000 Report
Books: ABOUT BIOETHICS: Philosophical and Theological Approaches - Angela Schumann (reviewer)
Books: DEFEND THE FAITH, by Robert M. Haddad - Jennifer Nowell (reviewer)
Books: OUR GLORIOUS POPES, by Catherine Goddard Clarke - Michael Daniel (reviewer)
Books: YOU CAN UNDERSTAND THE BIBLE, by Peter Kreeft - Arthur Ballingall (reviewer)
Poetry: Simon of Cyrene - Bruce Dawe
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Reflection: Benedict XVI: Pentecost and the Church's universality - Pope Benedict XVI

"I was present there at that scourging
(Well, only for a quick look...),
But a tap of a Roman soldier's spear,
On my shoulder, was all that it took
To force me to join the procession
And carry that upright of wood
(I'd come over for the Passover,
But pleading wouldn't do any good...),
So thanks to these big shoulder-muscles
And a back that has served me well,
(But no thanks to those bossy Romans,
And I wished them all to Hell!),
I lugged that splintery timber
All the way to that God-awful place
Called the Hill of Skulls, without having a rest
Or anyone to wipe my face,
So I dumped my wooden burden there,
On the bloody ground, and said:
'Is that the lot?' and that soldier
Nodded his helmeted head...

They had three lined up on the hill that day,
But I didn't wait around to see
-I'd already paid a high enough price
For my curiosity."

-Bruce Dawe-

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 25 No 5 (June 2012), p. 17

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