Time to contemplate the era

British director Terence Davies has made some classic films, especially Distant Voices, Still Lives, a harsh portrait of the English family. In Sunset Song he has adapted a novel set in Scotland around World War I.

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Cardinal Turkson is close to Pope

For those who will be looking to support continuity with Pope Francis in the next papal election, African Cardinal Peter Turkson is certainly at the top of many lists, but there are other plausible candidates, writes John Allen in Crux.

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Refused to bow to fashion

St Teresa of Kolkata's love for those who society considers "useless" led to her courageous defence of the unborn, the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, said at a Mass for her feast day, reports the Catholic News Service.

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Great sense of hope

A call for the laity to share responsibility in the missionary consciousness that brings the witness of Christ to the world, and a real sense of hope, were key points to emerge from the National Conference for the New Evangelisation - PROCLAIM 2016.

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Joyous ceremonies across India

Joy erupted across India, Mother Teresa’s adopted country, as Pope Francis pronounced her a Saint in a canonisation ceremony in the Vatican on Sunday, reports Crux.

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Saint and mother

Pope Francis has declared Mother Teresa a saint, honouring the nun who cared for the world’s most destitute, and put his words into action after the ceremony by giving lunch to 1500 of Italy's poor in the Vatican, according to AP and The Tablet.

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Resort precinct to replace convent

The grand old lady of Southport will be no more this week as bulldozers bring down historic Star of the Sea Convent. The Gold Coast Bulletin has the story.

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ARPA awards

The week in review edition of CathNews - CathNews Perspectives - has won gold for Best Design Website at the Australasian Religious Press Association awards held in Sydney on Saturday night.

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Francis leads by example

The upcoming BBI eConference Mercy: A Way of Being in the World, calls on people from within the Catholic community to share via video a time when they have experienced Mercy. A number of these videos will be played during the eConference.

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Special events

All this year, the Church has been observing the Jubilee Year of Mercy across the globe. Here in Australia, two special events in Sydney and Melbourne celebrate the year as it comes to a close – FaithX: The quality of mercy.

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Flag hoisted before the ceremony

Few have come closer in the modern age to Mother Teresa’s ability to touch minds and hearts through the media. Like Pope Francis she disliked publicity, but accepted media superstardom as the means to help her mission, writes Austen Ivereigh.

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Hunter hearings continue

A Maitland-Newcastle Diocesan official sent a priest who admitted to being attracted to young boys to a psychiatrist with the hope that he could be "cured," the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse heard on Friday. ABC Newcastle has the story.

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Excessive indulgence

A spokesman for the new Bishop of Limburg, Germany, said he would not live in the luxurious residence built for his predecessor, reports the Catholic News Service.

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Stunning celebration

More than 250 parishioners gathered recently to witness the blessing of the new entrance mosaic commissioned for the Year of Mercy, at St Aloysius Gonzaga church, Cronulla, in Sydney's south, reports The Catholic Weekly.

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Francis in New York in 2015

George Soros’ Open Society Foundations sought to use Pope Francis’ visit to the US to influence the 2016 elections and cultivate influence within the Church, according to leaked documents, reports the Catholic News Agency.

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Vatican leads by example

About 2000 churches in Catholic dioceses across Britain have moved their electricity supply to renewables, according to data released on Thursday, reports The Guardian.

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Bp Hanna delivers his homily

Hundreds of people celebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving for the retiring Bishop of Wagga Wagga, Gerard Hanna, reports The Eastern Riverina Chronicle.

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Cardinal Wuerl speaks at Proclaim

Courage, confidence, a sense of urgency, and joy: These are the qualities a new evangeliser needs for successful parish renewal,  keynote speaker Cardinal Donald Wuerl told Proclaim 2016 delegates during his opening address in Sydney yesterday.

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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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