Shared Aussie values

The next time you see a Muslim Australian say "hello," smile and start a conversation. We are all part of the same community, and we have to learn to understand each other and get on, writes Archbishop Denis Hart in The Australian.

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Pilgrims attend service

A former leader of conservative Catholic group Opus Dei has taken a step closer to sainthood in a huge open-air Mass in Madrid led by a Papal envoy, reports AFP on 9news.com.au.

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Archbishop designate Fisher

The Apostolic Administrator of Sydney, Bishop Peter Comensoli, has advised that the Liturgical Reception and Mass of Installation for Bishop Anthony Fisher OP as the ninth Archbishop of Sydney will take place on November 12.

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Proof of God?

Charles Darwin was so troubled by the perfection of the eye that he once remarked that that the whole idea of something so flawless “could have been formed by natural selection, seems, I freely confess, absurd in the highest degree”.

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Notre Dame University

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The website

This is the website of the Sisters of St Joseph of Cluny in the region of Australia and Papua New Guinea. The Sisters believe in the dignity of the poorest and work to promote freedom from oppression.

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Collaterial risks

Expanded airstrikes on IS positions in Syria serve as little more than a recruiting tool for the extremist group and place more innocent people in danger, the leadership of Pax Christi International said, reports the Catholic News Service.

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Missionary dies in hospital

A Catholic missionary died in hospital from the Ebola virus in Spain yesterday, four days after being flown back from Sierra Leone, officials said, reports AFP on Yahoo7.

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Celebrations in Brisbane

Photos, news clippings and Project Compassion boxes from long-forgotten fundraising campaigns on display in Brisbane have told the story of Caritas Australia’s 50 years supporting vulnerable communities, reports The Catholic Leader.

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1104franciscforgiveness

After a Vatican investigation, Pope Francis has removed a Paraguayan bishop from his post as head of the Diocese of Ciudad del Este because of "serious pastoral reasons," reports the Catholic News Service.

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Refugee World Cup in Brazil

I hope we may learn to see the amazing potential of people who come by boat to our country, says Mercy Sister, Elizabeth Young, in The Good Oil.

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Barbie and Ken

Italy’s bishops are furious about controversial artistic depictions of the popular Barbie and Ken dolls as the Virgin Mary and a crucified Jesus Christ and other saints, reports the Religion News Service.

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Echo of past prejudice

Ruby Hamad’s passionate protest that Muslims should not constantly be called to account for the vicious behaviour of IS, and the responses to her article, reminded me of the attitudes taken to Catholics in an earlier generation, writes Andrew Hamilton SJ.

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Unforgettable story

This is an American drama film that was nominated for the Palme d'Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, and has been the recipient of awards at other International Film Festivals for Best Actress, and Best Director.

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Notre Dame University

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Cardinal Vincent Nichols

Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster has said that changing the Church’s stance on Holy Communion for the divorced and remarried would require a “radical rethink,” reports The Catholic Herald.

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YTU website

Yarra Theological Union is a Catholic centre for theological education and ministerial formation. Catholic in tradition and ecumenical in spirit, it seeks to be a key resource for the churches’ mission in Australia and neighbouring countries.

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Bishop Warfel

A Catholic bishop says a US parish is evenly divided over a new priest's decision to deny a gay couple Communion unless they divorce and publicly affirm that a marriage is between a man and woman, reports AP in The Huffington Post.

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Cardinal Parolin plea

The Vatican Secretary of State has told the United Nations that a sense of "shared responsibility to protect our planet and the human family" must influence how nations react to the reality of climate change, reports the Catholic News Service.

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Vision vindicated

In 2006 my wife and I were dining in Cracow with Polish friends when an agitated journalist called to ask what I thought of “Zees crazee speech of zee pope about zee Muslims.” He was referring to Benedict XVI’s Regensburg Lecture, writes George Weigel.

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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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