Priests should be willing to approach uncomfortable aspects of the Gospel, Pope Benedict said in a meeting with priests in Rome, reports the Catholic News Agency. He based the lectio divina meditation on a chapter from the Acts of the Apostles in which

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Screenshot of a news report on the tsunami that hit Japan, on Flickr --- Damage from the massive earthquake and ensuing tsunamis were preventing church officials in Japan from assessing needs, said a report on the Catholic News Service. Yasufumi

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The Archdiocese of Hobart has launched a site for the reception of the new translation of the Roman Missal. The book will be the culmination of many years of work by bishops, translators and liturgists from across the world. This site will provide

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Revellers from last year's St Patrick's Day parade in Sydney --- Oral historian Siobhan McHugh has in her sights what she sees as an increasing tendency to lump the Irish in with the English and gloss over Australia's recent sectarian past,  "It

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Ever since The Exorcist was first released in 1973, demonic possession and exorcisms have been in the forefront of films which combine horror with the life of the Catholic Church.  The Exorcist led to three sequels and, in recent years, two

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One of the most attractive and productive approaches in biblical studies in recent years goes by the German term Wirkungsgeschichte: the history of the Bible’s influence or effects. The books covered in this survey illustrate in various ways the

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Pope Benedict offers support for the people of Japan, screenshot from video on gloria.tv --- Pope Benedict says he is horrified by the images of the death and destruction caused by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, and has invited people to join

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Giving up a bad habit for Lent may cleanse your soul if you're religious, or at least make you feel a lot less guilty if you're not, according to new scientific research, reports the ABC. Research from the University of Queensland has found that a

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Image of a church in Japan, on Flickr --- Japanese bishops will hold an emergency meeting in Sendai to respond to the earthquake and tsunami disasters that have inflicted "a strong emotional impact on society" and left people "exhausted and

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Bishop Christopher Saunders --- The Bishop of Broome, Christopher Saunders, says more asylum seekers are having their visa applications rejected at the Curtin Detention Centre, reports the ABC. Bishop Saunders says on a recent visit to Curtin he was told

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(L-R) Mateusz Tuniewicz, FI-AP Regional Director, Sr Denise Boyle fmdm, FI Executive Director, Br Stephen Bliss OFM, Br John Doctor OFM, President of the FI International Board of Directors, presenting the 'Award for Outstanding Service to Franciscans

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'Yesus dipaku di kajusalib' - Jesus is nailed to the cross - an image from Indonesia on Flickr --- A church that was cleared for use after a lengthy court battle in West Java in Indonesia has remained locked up by local authorities, forcing worshippers to

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Dr Christopher Kaczor's latest book argues against abortion through reason alone, without reference to the author's Catholic faith. But his inspiration in writing the book came from a canonized saint, reports the Catholic News agency. “Whenever St.

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Film review - Howl

14-Mar-2011

Written and directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman (The Celluloid Closet), Howl is a dramatised documentary of the life and times of Alan Ginsberg, a central figure of the San Francisco-based Beat generation of the late 1950s and early 1960s. The Beats

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Our family didn’t do the traditional First Friday Devotion when I was a kid. Instead we had First Wednesdays, writes Heidi Schlumpf in NCR Online. On the first Wednesday of every month, we loaded our car with donated hot dishes, salads and cakes, and

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Caritas Japan said the response it has received over the earthquake and tsunami disaster was "filled with words of compassion and prayer", reports the Catholic News Service. Religious and humanitarian aid organisations have stepped up efforts to provide

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Sister Julianne Murphy of the Sisters of St Joseph will be channelling the spirit of Saint Mary MacKillop when she embarks on a national road trip this week, said an AAP report on 9News. Sister Julianne says she will be following the example set by her

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Image from The Courier report of ACU Ballarat students Ryan Fede and Georgia Cain --- Australian Catholic University students in Ballarat got a taste of Spain yesterday to celebrate upcoming World Youth Day, reports The Courier. Viva Day was held at the

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Archbishop Mark Coleridge --- The Catholic Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn is poor but not insolvent, said its Archbishop, Mark Coleridge, according to the Canberra Times. Appealing for financial support in his Lenten letter, he said normally the

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Screenshot from the video, Fr. Frank Pavone with Baby Joseph in St Louis Hospital, on YouTube. The video shows the baby responding to touch. --- The parents of a terminally-ill Canadian boy have transferred him to a US Catholic hospital after a court

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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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