Major contemporary writer

Nathan Schneider is an American writer, editor, and professor of media studies who converted from Judaism to Catholicism, and was recently in Melbourne as a guest of the Archbishop’s Office for Evangelisation.

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Iconic musical figure

She was known as the Mother Teresa of Reggae. For generations Sister Ignatius Davies was the head of Alpha Boys, a school for boys at risk, established in central Kingston by the Church in the 19th century.

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A Roman classic

Now that the European summer is underway, many Catholics may be contemplating a Roman outing. One trick to a successful pilgrimage to the Eternal City is blending one’s spiritual and gastronomic experiences, so the food enhances the prayer and vice-versa. John Allen has eight suggestions.

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Farewell Mass this Sunday

When Sr Catherine Maddock flies to her home country of Ireland this month she will close the chapter on an illustrious 40-year history with Christ the King parish and primary school in North Rocks in Sydney's north-west.

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Moral conundrum

I urge voters of goodwill to consider the desirability of a parliament which is not readily controlled by the government of the day, and thus make the new government enact a more humane policy on asylum-seekers, writes Fr Frank Brennan SJ.

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Miep Gies risked all

Defying the most barbaric regime in history, Austrian Catholic Miep Gies played a vital role in keeping eight people alive - one of them Anne Frank - for two harrowing years during the Nazi terror, writes Vic Alhadeff.

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Author Ann Garrido

Those who are not leaders in Christian communities of any sort might be tempted to think this book has little to offer them. But they would miss a thoughtful, digestible approach to resolving conflict in interpersonal relationships.

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Loved working for the Duke

Sir Brian McGrath, born into an Irish Catholic family, was a vintner turned courtier, and an integral part of the Duke of Edinburgh’s working and social life for 34 years.

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Confronting questions

Daniel Berrigan, in one of his famous quips, once wrote: "Before you get serious about Jesus, first consider carefully how good you are going to look on wood!" He was referring to how authentic religion brings suffering into our lives.

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Who do they say I am

Luke 9:18-24 Once when Jesus was praying by himself, and the disciples were with him, he asked them, “Who do the crowds say that I am?”

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Honoured by new role

A Liturgical Reception and Solemn Mass of Installation celebrated the appointment of Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen OFM ConV as the fourth Bishop of Parramatta at St Patrick’s Cathedral last night.

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Not to be silenced

Already under fire for alleged homophobia, a Spanish cardinal came out swinging when a recent LGTB pride parade campaign depicted an interracial couple of kissing Madonnas.

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Thea Ormerod

Four Australian orders have announced they are completely divesting from coal, oil and gas in what they say is the first joint Catholic divestment in the world, reports The Guardian.

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High school students fill gap

The  number of scripture teachers in the Diocese of Parramatta in western Sydney has decreased, with high school students being called to step in to fill the breach, reports The Daily Telegraph.

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Dramatic need to act

Cairns Bishop James Foley says it’s time for the Church to revise and extend a powerful 2004 pastoral letter signed by Queensland’s bishops calling for action to save the Great Barrier Reef, reports The Catholic Leader.

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Support to families

The Catholic Charities group from Central Florida has been working in the background to help victims, survivors and family members of the Orlando nightclub massacre in whatever way possible, reports the Catholic News Service.

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Chance to express themselves

Washington DC has hosted a forum called GIVEN, which brought more than 300 young women together to learn about what Pope John Paul II called "feminine genius" and how to channel it into "authentic leadership."

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Notre Dame University

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Jude Law plays the Pope

Will "Pope Lenny" be a hit drama or a hilarious disappointment? Watch the first trailer for the highly-anticipated new series, The Young Pope, and judge for yourself.

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Sentencing in October

A former Christian Brother teacher has pleaded guilty to molesting a child at a school in Wollongong, south of Sydney, where he was allowed to teach despite two prior complaints of abuse, reports The Canberra Times.

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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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