Unstoppable determination

Xavier Plassat is a Dominican friar, a Frenchman who has worked for decades in the Brazilian Amazon and is renowned for his fight against slavery as it exists in our time. Vanity Fair reports.

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Bishop Sheen

I thought it would be an easy task to compile my books of the year. But so many interesting books have passed through my hands that I have limited the list to those which have moved me most, writes Francis Phillips.

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Criticism likely

As the clock clicks down to Mother Teresa's canonisation begins, here are three observations about how things could play out between now and the big day next September, writes John Allen.

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Miss Philippines offers inspiration

Aussie Sisters guide South African beatification, Pilhippine bishops praise Miss Universe victory, Msgr Paul Tighe elevated in Vatican.

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The first Christmas

Luke 2:1-20 In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. All went to their own.

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Happy Christmas everyone

The team at Church Resources Publishing wishes all our Subscribers and readers many blessings for a happy, Holy, and safe Christmas and festive season.

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Trying to enjoy Christmas

After a year of persecution, poverty and fear, displaced Christians in Irbil, Iraq, describe how the Church still gives them hope for normalcy during the holidays.

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Extreme reaction

The Sultan of Brunei has banned public celebrations of Christmas, warning that putting up festive decorations or singing carols could threaten the country’s Muslim faith, reports The Telegraph in Britain.

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Bravery hailed

Christian leaders in Kenya have hailed as an act of bravery and selflessness the shielding of some Christians by Muslims after suspected al-Shabab gunmen ambushed a passenger bus in the country’s north, reports the Religion News Service.

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Back in January

The team at Church Resources Publishing wishes all our Subscribers and readers many blessings for a happy, Holy, and safe Christmas and festive season.

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Fr John in church

Worshippers at the Parish of Bundaberg in northern Queensland swell from about 1,200 on a normal weekend to more than 3,000 at Christmas services, with standing room only at Masses on December 25, reports the ABC.

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Paris remembered

The recent horrors in Paris, Syria and throughout the Middle East, the crisis of refugees on our shores, and mercy – these are the main themes of this year’s Christmas messages from Australian prelates.

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Humbled by scandals

Francis has met lay employees of the Vatican and their families, and asked them to “pray for those involved” in recent scandals, “that those who have done wrong might repent and find the right path once again.”

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Against new coal plants

Church leaders in the Philippines have made clear their stand against the use of dirty fuel in a statement issued in the wake of the Paris Conference on Climate Change, reports ucanews.com.

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Luke Spehar

Luke Spehar was an aspiring musician with a girlfriend when he couldn’t shake the feeling that God was calling him to enter the seminary and consider the priesthood.

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Notre Dame University

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Inspiring struggle

This historical, British period drama tells a story, based on fact, of a group of women who banded together as a protest movement to fight for equality and the right for women to vote.

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Letter signed by 60

The killing of Christians and other minority groups in the Middle East should be recognised as genocide, more than 60 British parliamentarians have demanded in a letter to their Prime Minister David Cameron, reports The Catholic Herald.

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Clear thinking needed

US Bishop Dennis Madden, who has had broad experience dealing with Muslims from all over the world, believes American Catholics are uniquely equipped to push back against Islamophobia, writes Kevin Clarke in America.

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Still captivates

This American epic, the seventh film in the series, unfolds 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi, and announces the return of the Force – the intangible energy field that “surrounds every living thing” – back in the action.

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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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