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After decades of studying iconic paintings and hundreds of works of fine art, British art historian and author Sr Wendy Beckett said her two recently published books are her most explicitly Catholic works to date, reports the Catholic News Service in an

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Protesters confront Archbishop Diarmuid Martin --- I cannot simply ignore George Weigel's recent article on the Irish Church. It starts with an opening sentence which, though certainly striking, is quite simply wildly untrue, writes William

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Catholic Mission has uploaded an interview with Sr Maureen Elliott on the famine in East Africa, to help raise funds for its appeal to help the starving people of this region. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ZokYFqUfFs

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A pictorial souvenir of the canonisation of St Mary MacKillop will be launched today in North Sydney by the Sisters of St Joseph and St Paul's Publications. 11am at the Schoolhouse, 7 Mount Street, North Sydney (entry through 80 William Street).  

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Catholic Health Australia, Anglicare and the Salvation Army see financial danger in the Productivity Commission's draft proposal that would allow accommodation bonds for aged care averaging $230,000 to be replaced by smaller weekly accommodation charges,

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Screenshot from The Courier --- The parish priest of East Ballarat believes the community can outlive the shadow cast by the crimes of religious brother Robert Best, reports the Courier. Father Adrian McInerney, parish priest at St Alipius in

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Bishop Christopher Saunders --- Bishop Christopher Saunders of Broome in the Kimberley has appealed for calm of tensions over a plan to build a $30 billion land-based facility to process gas from the giant Browse field in WA, reports the West

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Brisbane artist Luke Roberts' entry in this year's Blake Prize for religious art includes a depiction of the crucifixion that has a lesbian academic kneeling at the feet of a Christ figure played by a drag queen, reports the Sun-Herald. The artist

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Cristo Redentor statue in Rio de Janeiro --- The Archdiocese of Rio de Janeiro has clarified a recent claim by the city's mayor that the 2013 World Youth Day will be held in Rio, saying he was simply expressing the wishes of the people in the city,

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Pope Benedict --- Pope Benedict has called for peace in Syria and urged the government there to respect "the legitimate aspirations" of its citizens, reports the Catholic News Agency. "I renew an urgent appeal to the Syrian Authority and population, for

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This year is the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Legion of Mary, a lay apostolate whose members – “legionaries” – actively commit themselves to the spiritual welfare of their neighbours. It was begun in Dublin in 1921

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Australia’s so-called Malaysia solution for stemming the tide of boats carrying asylum seekers from Indonesia has hit a snag called the High Court of Australia, writes Fr Frank Brennan in Ucanews. The Gillard government is now in very stormy waters,

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This American science fiction film returns us to some time before the The Planet of the Apes (1968), which was the title of the ground-breaking fiction film that ended with victorious apes leaving humans with the remnants of their civilization. That film was

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Catholic Health Australia has endorsed the  Productivity Commissions's report on funding aged care and urged the Federal government to quickly adopt the plan, according to the Australian. No older Australian would need to sell their home or pay a bond

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Screenshot from The Age --- Christian Brother Robert Charles Best has been sentenced to prison for 14 years and nine months, reports the Age. County Court Judge Roy Punshon told Best, 70: "You have caused a great deal of human damage and misery." Many

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Screenshot from the ABC reports --- Hundreds of people descended on Penola in South Australia yesterday to celebrate the first feast day since the canonisation of Saint Mary MacKillop, reports the ABC. Volunteers at the Mary MacKillop

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A painting that portrays Jesus, Mary and Joseph as orangutans is one of the finalists in this year's Blake Prize for religious art, reports the Australian. The work, G9, by Victorian wildlife artist and environmentalist Dawn Stubbs, features a trio of

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Screenshot from The Age --- The High Court has stopped the federal government flying asylum seekers out of the country for at least another fortnight, putting the brakes on a deal with Malaysia, reports the Age. The court yesterday extended an

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Archbishop Barry Hickey --- Perth's Archbishop Barry Hickey believes children should be allowed to recite the Lord's Prayer in State schools because it is a part of Australian culture, reports The West Australian. The city's Edgewater Primary School last

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Ben Frize’s students sensed when it was time for him to return home. So you’re going? Yes. Why are you going? I don’t have any land. (chorus of disapproval) I don’t have any cows. I don’t have any wives. I must go home and at

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

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Live streamed from Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral, Waitara

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

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