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Convincing performance

One of the hottest tickets at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival was the premiere of Last Days in the Desert, directed by Rodrigo Garcia and starring Ewan McGregor as both Jesus and Satan. The wait list was full, tickets sold out, and cinema packed. And it was worth it.

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Moving story

This is a British biographical drama, that tells the story of a famous theoretical physicist, Stephen Hawking (played by Eddie Redmayne), who, as a Cambridge University student, fell in love with fellow student, Jane Wilde (Felicity Jones).

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Call for greater roles

A new Vatican report has warned that the Church’s image of women does not correspond to reality, and called for them to be given decision-making roles, reports The Tablet.

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Marist Brothers

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The website

The Marist Brothers have a new provincial. Here is the website of the Institute of the Marist Brothers of the Schools (FMS - Fratres Maristae a Scholis) in Australia.

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Notre Dame University

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Hebdo protest in Pakistan

Hundreds of Muslim students, armed with iron bars and sticks, have ransacked a Christian school in northern Pakistan in protest at blasphemous cartoons published by Charlie Hebdo, reports The Catholic Herald.

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Not so dissimilar

Pope Francis deciding last week that the Pallium Mass should no longer be held in Rome seems to be yet another instance in which the two Pontiffs are singing from the same songbook, writes John Allen.

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David Koch

The billionaire Koch brothers have given large donations to Catholic institutions but many Catholics say the kind of unregulated capitalism they promote runs counter to Church teaching, reports the Religion News Service.

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Surveying the damage

Vandals attacked a Catholic church in the Indian capital New Delhi yesterday, the fifth attack on a Christian place of worship in the city within two months, reports Ucanews.

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Old stamping ground

A young Sydney teacher really has gone back to school this term – the same school she attended as a student more than a dozen years ago, reports The Daily Telegraph.

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Victim Manny Waks

The Yeshivah Orthodox Jewish College in Melbourne tried to "cure" a serial sex offender and continued to employ him more than 20 years after victims reported he had sexually abused them, reports The Age.

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Cold calling

Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant priests have blessed a church in Romania made entirely from ice, outstanding both for its architectural style as well as being a place for religious tolerance, reports AP in The Age.

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Visit for one day

Pope Francis has announced that he will be making a previously unscheduled day-trip in June to Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina that suffered a brutal siege during the Bosnian War of the 1990s, reports NCR Online.

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Online resource

This website might help you with everything that you wanted to know about Catholicism but were afraid to ask. 

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Childhood home

A French bishop has officially opened the beatification Cause of Léonie Martin, the sister of St Thérèse of Lisieux.

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Huge compensation estimate

The total cost of a national compensation scheme for victims of child sexual abuse would exceed $4 billion, according to a consultation paper released by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, reports the ABC.

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Notre Dame University

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Letter to President

The Archbishop of Melbourne and President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, Denis Hart, has written to the Indonesian President and Ambassador seeking clemency for two Australians facing the death penalty. 

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High Court victory

It is high time Australia and Indonesia sat down at the table to negotiate the terms for safe and orderly return of unvisaed asylum seekers heading to Australia by boat, writes Fr Frank Brennan SJ in Eureka Street.

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Alex with team

Catholic aid agency Cafod has helped set up six burial teams in Sierra Leone to ensure that people who have died from Ebola can be laid to rest safely and with dignity. Alex Musa Koroma, a teacher by training, is on the front line.

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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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