Outspoken views

American Cardinal Raymond Burke has renewed his attack on Cardinal Walter Kasper in an extended interview with a German newspaper, reports The Tablet.

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Robert Blair Kaiser

Journalist Robert Blair Kaiser was a critic of those he felt were trying to impede or stop Vatican II's reform agenda, most notably Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI and the bishops they were appointing, writes the National Catholic Reporter.  

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Conversion shocked opponents

Until 2012, Leah Libresco was a well-known atheist blogger in the US who brought a sophisticated presence to the atheist "team." But when she announced her decision to become a Catholic, even her longtime Catholic opponents were astonished. Robert Hiini caught up with her in Sydney last month.

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Welcomes for new priests in Sydney and Brisbane, Raul Castro meets Papal envoy, Francis to visit Fatima, crowds flock to see Shroud.

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The true vine

01-May-2015
The true vine

John 15:1-8 I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.

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Gallipoli moment

Some treasure here - Gallipoli from the point of view of the Vatican Archives,  a dash of Matisse, the early Renaissance rooms at the Uffizi reopen, and faith on the road with a circus.

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Dignity in death

Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz was at the deathbed of Pope John Paul II  and recalls the Pope's last words to him before he died. “I kissed his hands and he told me 'Thank you' and gave me his blessing,” he recounted.

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Collective loss

If you look at life in a purely calculating way, executions might have a point. Do the crime, cop the punishment. But there is more to human beings and society than can be caught in calculation, writes Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ.

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A family in song

01-May-2015
The singing Leahys

For years, members of the Leahy family in Canada have been entertaining audiences with their unique sound, style of music, way of life, and intense emotion.

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Relief in Vanuatu

Steph Lalor’s faith was not shredded by her exposure to the devastation and trauma caused by Tropical Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu last month. Quite the opposite, the Caritas Pacific program manager said.

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Gripping read

The scandal that Hubert Wolf discovered in a secret Vatican archive, in 1999, would have left a true-crime writer fascinated, writes Damaris Colhoun. It actually adds up to a revealing glimpse of the Vatican in the mid-1800s.

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Family makes do

Bad weather and logistical issues have delayed aid to hundreds of thousands of Nepalese earthquake victims. “The logistical problems are enormous and sadly, relief is being delayed,” according to Caritas Nepal, reports the Catholic News Service.

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Calls for equal pay

The "disparity" between men and women in the workplace is "a pure scandal" and women sould receive equal pay for equal work, Pope Francis said yesterday during his weekly general audience, reports the Catholic News Service.

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Scholarship announced

The ACU's Prof Greg Craven  has announced that in recognition of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, the university will introduce two scholarships open to international students from Indonesia to study undergraduate degrees at its campuses.

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Portrait of war

Despite being sold to audiences as a romance, Testament of Youth is better viewed an intimate portrayal of conflict, as real life heroine and suffragette Vera Brittain’s life is deeply impacted by the Great War.

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Prisoners care for each other

After serving two months at the Jamesville Correction Facility in Syracuse, New York, I can testify that there is little or no correction accomplished there, writes Jack Gilroy in NCR Online.

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Sympathy and condemnation

The President of the ACBC, Archbishop Denis Hart, has expressed his deepest sympathies to the families of Andrew Chan and Myurun Sukumaran, and Archbishop of Sydney, Anthony Fisher OP, has condemned their executions.

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Ban addresses symposium

The Vatican has called the fight against climate change “a moral and religious imperative”. In a Final declaration issued after a symposium on the environment, delegates aid human-induced climate change was a “scientific reality”, reports The Tablet.

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Dignity of women

CWLA is the national peak body representing the League's seven-member organisations and approximately 6200 women Australia-wide. 

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Radical or moderate

Everyone, it seems, has an opinion about Pope Francis. So is the current pontiff a radical, a conservative, or just a Christian of the sort we haven’t seen publicly in a while? Amruta Slee reports for Radio National.

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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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