Taylor Swift excited

US pop star Taylor Swift has praised a Catholic college in America that created a music video of her latest hit song as part of a faith initiative, reports The Catholic Herald.

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Bishop McCarthy

Bishop Michael McCarthy, the new Bishop of Rockhampton in northern Queensland, has returned from a couple of weeks at the official Bishops' school at the Vatican in Rome.

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Notre Dame University

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Agnes Brazal

Theologian Agnes Brazal describes the founding of Ecclesia of Women, a group of female theologians in Asia, and discusses the importance of feminist voices.

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Stephen ODoherty angry

The head of Christian Schools Australia has berated NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli for insulting religious schools by suggesting some turn their back on needy students despite their wealth, reports The Sydney Morning Herald.

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Georgina Sarikoudis with cruciifx

A former Qantas employee has accused the airline of banning crucifixes while allowing Muslim women to wear head scarfs, reports The Herald Sun.

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Archbishop Cupich

Chicago’s incoming Archbishop Blase Cupich is foregoing the archdiocese’s lavish $16 million Cardinal’s Mansion for humbler digs, reports The Huffington Post.

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Clare Condon

Cardinal Walter Kasper, in his book Mercy, gives us a clue about what we Christians need to cultivate in our lives, in the Church and in civil society, writes Good Samaritan Sister Clare Condon in The Good Oil.

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Style

Fashion designer to a glittering galaxy of stars, Oscar de la Renta made the world a more glamourous place, but it was in his Catholic faith that he found solace through his battle with cancer, writes The Christian Post.

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Adam and Eve Tapestry

A new exhibition at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art features the mesmerising biblical tapestries of Renaissance master Pieter Coecke van Aelst and hopes to shine a spotlight on a forgotten artform, writes Met Director Thomas Campbell.

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Peter Capaldi as The Doctor

Historian of Hollywood politics Dr Tim Stanley has previously railed against the "anti-Christian" slant of Doctor Who. But a recent shift, not least an episode which gave the abortion argument an airing on the BBC, has caused him to think again.

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Rich literary heritage

Catholic classics by Augustine, Benedict, Aquinas, Julian of Norwich and Dante head a list of the top 100 Christian books compiled by Britain's Church Times, an Anglican newspaper. Paul Handley reveals the list.

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Pope St John Paul II

Justin Bieber runs amok at Vatican? German Church warns against euthanasia, Russia's spiritual renaissance, US Catholics more 'liberal' than Protestants, UK Catholics steady as Anglicans fall, who are the Mediterranean asylum seekers?

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X Factor

Sister Mary Michael breaks Tassie drought, Bathurst  Catholic jewell gets heritage protection, Fr Phil Crotty SJ finishes mission, Catholic social services award winners recognised, treasure of St Michael's Campbell Town.

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The Synod

Vatican watcher John Allen writes that, however dramatic the events surrounding the the 2014 Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family may seem, these events are "only the beginning."

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Burma Realities

Isolated, impoverished, and under fire for decades - still the Church in Burma survives. In fact, it is thriving. James Cronin of Missio and Liam Allmark takes us inside this mysterious Asian nation, in this mini-doco.

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Fr Grimm

"The law of Christ is simple. Love. Love God by loving your neighbour. And your neighbour is anyone close enough to be loved, anyone in the world," Fr William Grimm MM reminds us in this Gospel reflection for Sunday.

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Jesus on the law

Matthew 22:34-40 In this Gospel from Matthew, a Pharisee puts one of life's great questions to Jesus - and Jesus gives an immortal reply, summing up our mission as Christians.

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Ellen Page and Julieanne Moore

An American Catholic school withdrew permission for an Ellen Page and Julianne Moore movie to film on its grounds – allegedly because the story was about gay rights, reports The Sydney Morning Herald.

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Notre Dame University

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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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