Irish dancing

Many legends have grown around St Patrick, one of the world's most popular saints, but did you know that he was born in Britain, and was kidnapped into slavery in Ireland as a teenager? 

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Mystery light

Hundreds of people have been flocking to a house in southern Belgium to catch a glimpse of a small statue of the Virgin Mary that reportedly glows in the dark, reports AFP in The Sydney Morning Herald.

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Cruiz Barton

A football-loving six-year-old who was told he could not join his friend’s Catholic school's league team in western Sydney, because he was not baptised, has won a spot in the team after an outcry, reports The Daily Telegraph.

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Action wanted

Developing the role of women, reforming the Vatican bureaucracy, and improving the Church’s record on abuse are the three areas Pope Francis must most urgently address, according to a survey conducted by The Tablet.

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Accuser forgiven

A priest exonerated of sexual assault charges against a teen girl will return to his parish with 'great joy,' almost four years after he left public ministry, and two years after his acquittal, reports the Catholic News Agency.

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Rusty as Noah

Oscar-winning actor Russell Crowe has been lobbying to get Pope Francis to agree to watch his new biblical adventure story, Noah. But there is little sign that the spiritual leader of the world's Catholics will comply, reports the Hollywood Reporter.

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Roots of Peace

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With the support of the entire California wine industry, Roots of Peace aims to turn 'Mines into Vines', which helps innocent farmers and families avoid a lethal harvest of bloodshed for future generations.

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Globetrotter on mission

Francis's trip to South Korea in August provides an opportunity to tick three boxes at once, writes John Allen in The Boston Globe.

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Strong statement

The Church should have a lifelong responsibility, financial and emotional, for victims who were sexually abused by priests, a senior Church official said yesterday, reports The Daily Telegraph.

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Power of gesture

From the moment Pope Francis, dressed simply in a white cassock, stepped out on the balcony of St Peter's Basilica for the first time and bowed, he signalled his Pontificate would bring some style differences to the Papacy, reports CNS.

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Artemisia dominates

This fantasy-action movie appears seven years after the film, 300 (2006), and depicts events occurring before, during, and after what happened in that film.

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Historic audience

Later this month, Pope Francis will become the first pontiff to hold an exclusive audience with people who are blind and deaf, an encounter participants are highly anticipating, reports the Catholic News Agency.

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Resistance to reform

The Pope is facing opposition from within the Church to efforts to change the rules and allow remarried people to receive Holy Communion, a leading clergyman said yesterday, reports The Times/The Australian.

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All is Lost

13-Mar-2014
Wordless drama

This American drama is about a man 'lost' at sea. It practically has no dialogue, and Robert Redford, as an unnamed character, is the only person in it, and Redford narrates the movie. In the entire film there are only a few spoken lines.

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Journeys With Jesus

Journeys With Jesus is a weekly webzine for the global Church.

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Celebrity versus substance

Pope Francis' first year has been crowned by the appearance of a new magazine, Il Mio Papa, testimony that the Pope is now mythical, a celebrity, and that the myth can be manipulated, marketed and monetised, writes Andrew Hamilton SJ.

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Surprising facts

It is exactly one year since the Pope's election and there are still many things most people do not know about Francis. Here is a list of 10 things people should know about the Pope, reports CNS/The Catholic Weekly.

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Reports sporadic

US lay Catholics who were given the chance to respond to a Vatican questionnaire on family-related issues did so with relish, but research indicates that only just over a third of the nearly 200 dioceses were given the opportunity, reports NCR.

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One word against another

The Church would only believe a man was sexually assaulted by a priest if the priest admitted it, the Royal Commission into child sex abuse was told yesterday, reports The Daily Telegraph.

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Rally at NSW Parliament

Ministers of religion and union leaders are asking NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell to guarantee that retail trading hours won't be extended to include Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Boxing Day and Anzac Day, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.

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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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