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Around 140 people from various parts of Scotland will travel to Rome for the canonisation of Blessed Mary MacKillop, whose family background is closely connected to the Scottish Highlands. Sr Therese McConway from New Zealand and Sr Audrey Thomson

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Saint Joseph of Cupertino levitated regularly while praying, occasionally requiring the use of ropes to anchor him - from The Business of Making Saints. --- “Another day, another saint is welcomed into the Eternal City. The business of making saints

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'I have my ears peeled, waiting for the familiar sounds of 'Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, Oi! Oi! Oi!' to ring through St Peter’s square in celebration of our pride in our Aussie girl, Mary Mack,' writes Australian Catholic Bishops Conference media officer

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Dozens of cases of wine from the Coonawarra region of South Australia have arrived in Rome in preparation for the canonisation of Mary MacKillop. The Australian Ambassador to the Holy See, Tim Fischer, had asked the Coonawarra Vignerons' Association to send

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Sisters of St Joseph have taken to the heavens, flying to the Vatican for the ceremony which will confirm Mary MacKillop, the founder of their order, as Australia's first saint. A group of 39 Josephite sisters, aged from their mid-twenties to their

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When Vicki Clark  (pictured) reflects on Mary MacKillop, she does so without the reverential tone expected in Rome next Sunday. The Mary she knows is found in her letters and diary notes from over a century ago - a "salt-of-the-earth" person,

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Mary MacKillop stands not as an admirable do-gooder or a proto-feminist in some ideological sense, but as a holy and deeply human witness to the Resurrection, a seed of infinite hope in this dry continent, writes Archbishop Mark Coleridge.  --- At the

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The Vatican museums contain perhaps the greatest collection of art in the world. From the Sistine Chapel to the Raphael rooms and the Gregorian Egyptian Museum, this is a trove of staggering cultural wealth. This website also contains a virtual tour of the

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First came a hefty dose of the modern world: two days driving on the motorway through France and Italy ... but once I reached Rome the ancients took over. I was setting out to follow the 600-km-long Appian Way - the world's first highway, writes Simon

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Mary, Annie and Lexie MacKillop used both the Penola church and part of their rented cottage for classes. Their brother John was able to convert a rented stable into a school house, so on March 19, 1866 St Joseph’s School was opened. Locals began

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Starting today, InJoy International will hold an art exhibition in the foyer of SA Water House, Victoria Square, in Adelaide, running until October 20. The exhibition is the result of a friendship and collaboration between two women, Veronika Dimac

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Mary MacKillop as a young woman --- Posters, advertisements, media pictures, articles published in journals and newspapers, all carry a portrait of a religious sister which by now must be recognised by all Australians – Mother Mary of the Cross

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St Peter's Square was buzzing on Monday, mostly with Europeans – Germans and Spaniards; Poles and Italians. It was raining most of the day, but that didn’t deter pilgrims from lining up from a kilometre away to see the Vatican museum. The

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Sister Diane Moore is familiar with dedication to her faith, having been a nun since she was 16. But she is less familiar with dedication to her physical shape. Sister Diane, 67, is one of the 13 Sisters of St Joseph nuns from Victoria going to Rome

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A book reflecting on the life and legacy of Mary MacKillop, In the land of larks and heroes: Australian Reflections on St Mary MacKillop, was launched on Friday at Australian Catholic University’s (ACU) Canberra campus. Featuring a foreword by the

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A uniquely Australian cake created by a South Australian pastry chef in honour of Mary MacKillop is set to provide soul food during this month’s canonisation ceremony. Jason Van Leuven’s Gateau St Mary MacKillop will be presented to the

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Cathnews wants you! Whether you are in the Mary MacKillop hot spots of Penola or Kensington, Rome, North Sydney, or Richmond, or even at your local church – you can join the CathNews online community of photographers through our special Flickr

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The US Conference of Catholic Bishops has launched a competition called "Pope Culture Week" on its Facebook page, with the prize of a signed book for the winner.   Every week day this week, the USCCB will ask its Facebook fans a question

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As he approaches retirement, Aurora magazine invited Bishop Michael Malone to reflect on his years as Bishop of the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle. He admits that his efforts to be a pastoral, forward thinking leader have constantly been hindered by

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This movie is a film version of the writings of American author, Elizabeth Gilbert, and is based on her best-selling memoir, Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia, which was published in 2006. Bringing

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