Of all the currents swirling around the canonisation of Mary MacKillop at this time, one of the most concerning is that of nationalism and its attendant entourage. From proud declarations of her as being an ‘Australian battler’, through to the

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Sister Monica Barlow being interviewed in St Peter’s Square by Sky News Australia’s national affairs correspondent Celina Edmonds. Sister Monica has a background in education, retreats, and spiritual direction. She is a former coordinator and

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Cardinal George Pell has backed calls to consider a second Australian nun for sainthood after tomorrow's canonisation of Mary MacKillop. The nation's most senior Catholic cleric said during an interview in St Peter's Square that he believed Sister

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She was an ordinary girl born into a Catholic family in Sydney, with no history of serious illness. There were the usual unremarkable medical hiccups - her tonsils were removed when she was six, her appendix at 19. As a healthy young woman she married in a

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Farmer Phillip Mules with prayer beads given to his great-grandmother by Mary MacKillop --- Penola is scrubbed up and ready to go. It may lack the gravitas of Gallipoli, the splendour of the Sydney Opera House or even the spiritualism of Uluru, but this

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Bashed Irish backpacker David Keohane's family attribute part of his recovery to Mary MacKillop. It is hard to believe the young man in a rugby jersey who yesterday walked through the crowds of Rome's Fiumicino airport awoke last year from a

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Corrections

16-Oct-2010

SISTER NOELINE QUINANE Yesterday's reflection by Sr Noeline Quinane carried an incorrect photo. Here is a correct image of Sr Quinane. CathNews apologises for the error. VIGIL LITURGY BOOKLET The Vigil booklet, developed by the Sisters of St Joseph,

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A special Mass booklet, which will be used by pilgrims at the Vigil celebration and at the thanksgiving Mass in Rome, is now available to all parishes and can be accessed via an online link (see below). The booklet, developed by Church Resources in

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Mark Sheehan, from Cranebrook in Sydney's outer west, discovered about 20 years ago that his great-great grandfather Donald McDonald was MacKillop's cousin - making Mr Sheehan a fifth cousin to the nun destined to be the nation's first saint. His

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The pilgrimage to Rome is a time of privilege and blessing.  I go carrying the love, prayer and ‘needs’ of our Congregation in my heart. Along with three other Sister Companions, I go to Rome representing a Congregation of wonderful

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Two hundred photographs and magazine covers on show at an exhibit depict the golden age of Italian cinema in the 1950s and 1960s, as the country revelled in its Dolce Vita age. Trajan's Market, a large complex of ruins overlooking the Roman forum in the

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Appreciated by Bathurst’s local clergy and people, the Sisters felt their distance from the Adelaide Mother House. Bishop Quinn welcomed them and their education successes, but expected direct authority over them. In the light of this and the Brisbane

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The Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore is one of the seven pilgrim churches, and one of the four major basilicas. Along with St Lawrence outside the Walls, these churches were formerly referred to as the five "patriarchal basilicas" of Rome. Santa Maria

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VICTORIA St Joseph's Beechworth Primary School, in north-eastern Victoria, will hold a historical re-enactment of the life of Mary MacKillop today. SOUTH AUSTRALIA After sending some of its best wine to Rome for the canonisation, the Coonawarra

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Memorial stone, Penola, and the Old Convent (from the CathNews Gallery). --- If it weren’t for Mary MacKillop, what would most Australians know about Penola, the place where she and Father Julian Tenison Woods set up their first school and began

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Australian Catholic Bishops Conference media officer Beth Doherty yesterday regretted that she was a mere journalist, and not what she termed a 'real pilgrim'. She is pictured in Piazza Navona, second from left, with some real pilgrims. She wrote in her blog,

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For the rest of Australia, Monday means we have our first saint. For staff at the Mary MacKillop Foundation, Monday is just another day of continuing the vision. From football for young refugees, to scholarships for trainee doctors who want to work in

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Thirty-eight Mary MacKillop fans plunged into the streets of Rome last night to launch a pilgrimage set to become a permanent feature. Led by Sister Mary Cresp, a former head of MacKillop's Josephine order of nuns, the first group set off on a

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I used to entertain the antic notion that I could walk from one end of Rome to the other by ducking in and out of the city's hundreds of churches, writes Michael Mewshaw. I imagined myself strolling beneath an almost continuous canopy of frescoed ceilings

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The life of Mary MacKillop was one of self-sacrifice and service to the community and to God.   She was a humble person with an innate respect for human dignity, which she regarded as more important than strict observance of rules, writes Sir

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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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