Birth of Jesus

CathNews will take a break over the holiday period, and will return on Monday, January 16.

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Painstaking restoration

Layers and layers of paint have been virtually and physically removed from the 15th-century Ghent Altarpiece, revealing for the first time in hundreds of years the individual brush strokes of the original paintings. The New York Times reports.

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Found his vocation

Phil Mulryne will be ordained as Dominican priest next year after more than seven years of study for the priesthood. Eurasia Review has the story.

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Uplifting cinema experience

This romantic musical comedy-drama tells the story of an aspiring actress and ambitious musician who fall in love in Los Angeles. The name of the movie symbolises being out of touch with reality, but it is also a nickname for the city of LA.

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Intriguing conflict

What if proof for God's existence – and our very souls – could be found within our DNA? That's the premise of a new American novel that grapples with faith and reason. Catholic News Agency has the story.

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Archbishop Hart

"Like Mary, the mother of Jesus when she heard the shepherds, we, too, need to stop, ponder, and pray this Christmas. What is really important to us, what do we hold dear?" asks the Archbishop of Melbourne, Denis Hart, in his Christmas message.

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Huge  variety of materials

Pasta, computer materials, and egg boxes. These are just some of the materials used to make Nativity scenes in the annual exhibition held in the Piazza del Popolo in Rome. This year there are 150 manger scenes from 40 countries.

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Donations to remedy cracks

The Archdiocese of Rio de Janeiro has launched an international appeal for donations to help restore Christ the Redeemer, which has developed several cracks due to lightning strikes, reports the Religion News Service.

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Act of clemency

A priest convicted for leaking sensitive financial documents of the Holy See has been released from jail early by Pope Francis. The Tablet has the story.

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Barbara Jatta

Pope Francis has chosen, for the first time, a woman to head the Vatican Museums. The Catholic News Service reports.

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Rich legacy rediscovered

Art restorers working in the sumptuous 500-year old apartments of Pope Alexander VI have rediscovered a Renaissance artist who left his mark on the pontificate of a controversial pope. The Religion News Service has the story.

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Fr Homeming

Fr Gregory Homeming OCD has been appointed the sixth Bishop of Lismore, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference announced yesterday.

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Another bold prediction

Having foreshadowed that Pope Benedict XVI would become the first Pope in 600 years to resign, Tim Fischer predicts Pope Francis will follow the same course and leave his post within the decade. The Southern Cross reports.

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John Maloney indulges his passion

In the weeks leading up to Christmas, the tower at St Carthage's Cathedral in Lismore, northern NSW, becomes a rehearsal space for what campanologist John Maloney calls his heavenly metal music. The ABC has the story.

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Bishop Long

"Most Australians are fortunate to live in peace. But that good fortune calls us to remember and pray for those who don’t share in it," says Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv, Chairman of the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council, in his Christmas message.

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El Salvador Archbishop Escobar Alas

The Church in El Salvador has removed three men from the priesthood, including the former private secretary to Archbishop Oscar Romero, after Church officials found they had sexually abused children, reports AP.

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Pope sickened by violence

Pope Francis has urged people to fight the “folly of terrorism” following Monday’s lorry attack on a Christmas market in Berlin that left 12 people dead and 48 injured. AP has the story in The Catholic Herald.

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Notre Dame University

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Plan denounced by Bishops

Catholic leaders and rights groups in The Philippines have condemned as “barbaric” a plan by President Rodrigo Duterte to restore the death penalty and execute “five or six” criminals a day, reports AFP in The Australian.

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Lasting legacy

In 1991 a petition calling for a ban on landmines was started by an Adelaide Sister of Mercy, contributing to a world-wide movement which continues to have an impact today. The Southern Cross has the story.

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Mass on Demand

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From St Mary’s, North Sydney. The first Mass of the day on YouTube

Mass Online

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Live streamed from Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral, Waitara

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Daily Prayer

Daily Prayer

All your daily readings, reflections and prayers can be found here... 

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