A bishop in Luxor, about 400 miles south of Cairo, said Muslims and Christians are afraid to leave their homes; because the shops are closed and no one is venturing outside, many are running out of food. He also claims he was terrorised last week by Islamists who tried to break into his house and kill him.

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Benedict XVI has said God told him to resign as pope and that his successor's 'charisma' reflected this divine inspiration, Catholic news agency Zenit has reported, reports AFP  on Yahoo7.

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The first Westerner to set eyes on the giant panda was Armand David (1826-1900). He is widely known as Père David, for he belonged to the Congregation of the Mission, founded by St Vincent de Paul.

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We're The Millers

21-Aug-2013
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This American comedy, We're The Millers, is about the creation of a bogus family to legitimise the transport of drugs.

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106 years old

The Catholic Archdiocese Dioecese of Melbourne has sought to allay fears that Elaine’s St Patrick’s Church in Melton in suburban Melbourne could be used as an alternative worship centre, reports the Melton and Moorabool Weekly.

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The Bishop of Rockhampton, Brian Heenan, yesterday expressed his concerns regarding the approach of the major political parties towards asylum seekers, saying he was 'appalled' at the policies of both Labor and the Opposition on this issue, reports The Morning Bulletin.

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Pope Francis will host a meeting of cardinals on September 30 to formally approve the canonisation of Blesseds John Paul II and John XXIII, and announce the date for the canonisation at that time, reports the Catholic News Service.

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Conciliatory tone

The Leadership Conference of Women Religious have responded to a Vatican overseer with a brief, conciliatory statement, reports the Religion News Service in Ucanews.

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CIDSE

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CIDSE is an international Catholic organisation which helps development, solidarity and justice in areas as varied as financial systems and global warming.

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Since the start of the military crackdown in Egypt up to 58 Christian churches have been damaged or destroyed by Islamists. Egypt’s Catholic Church has published a list of the affected churches, reports The Catholic Herald.

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One aspect of Mass which is crucial in making it connect more with the youth of the Church is the music used in services. Music is a huge part of a person's identity, especially for young people. As a teenager I was a massive heavy metal fan and the music strongly influenced what I wore and who I socialised with, writes Edd Bartlett.

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Barry Lyons

Devonport's Barry Lyons is  a man used to defying the odds. Mr Lyons, a Catholic who is 85 and a dwarf, is angry about Tasmanias proposed abortion decriminalisation laws, reports The Advocate.

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St Mary

This Saturday, August 24, Mass will be celebrated at 10.30am at St Mary's Cathedral, Sydney, to recognise and thank those members of religious Institutes who live and work in the Archdiocese.

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Birth of Christ

This week's 6th episode, titled The Revolution, covers the Roman era, the birth of Christ, John the Baptist, Jesus and Peter.

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The Vatican of Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI operated on a version of the conservative maxim, 'No enemies to the right.' While left-wing theologians were silenced and liberal-to-moderate bishops appeared to be shunted aside, liturgical traditionalists and cultural conservatives were diligently courted.

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Coptic Catholic Patriarch Ibrahim Isaac Sedrak, speaking on behalf of Catholics in Egypt, has claimed the violence and unrest in his country are 'not a political struggle between different factions, but a war against terrorism.' During the violence, Islamists paraded three nuns on the streets like "prisoners of war" after torching a Franciscan school.

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Priest too ill

A retired Catholic priest facing more than 50 child sex abuse charges says he is still too ill to appear in court, report The Courier Mail and Perth Now.

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Reza Aslan

Since I wrote about the latest 'real Jesus' bestseller two weeks ago, its author, Reza Aslan, has taken a fairly comprehensive beating in a variety of outlets, writes Ross Douthat.

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Sydney gets honour

This Sunday, Sydney will for the first time play host to the official international commemoration of the Great Irish Famine.

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Last Friday afternoon, the wheels were in motion for one of the Dubbo region's oldest churches in central-western NSW, with more than 100 years of history being transported to a new home at Dundullimal Homestead, reports The Daily Liberal.

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Mass on Demand

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From Parish of Our Lady of The Way, North Sydney & Lavender Bay. 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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