Vivid 2014

The Australian Catholic University is among a group of North Sydney businesses campaigning to extend the hugely popular Vivid light festival into the North Sydney CBD, reports The Mosman Daily/The Daily Telegraph.

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Bp Putney honoured

Catholic Health Australia’s Maria Cunningham Lifetime Achievement Award has been awarded, posthumously, to Bishop Michael Putney of Townsville.

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Softer stance

The Federal Opposition says the Church appears to have moved away from its support for Federal Government plans to scrap the national charity regulator, according to Pro Bono Australia News.

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Father Oliver

Pope Francis has appointed two American priests to top positions at the Vatican for dealing with the sexual abuse of minors, reports the Catholic News Service.

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Man has confessed

Police in the African nation of Burundi have arrested a man for killing and raping three elderly Italian missionary sisters murdered in twin attacks in their convent, a police spokesman says, reports SkyNews.

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Claustrophobic drama

Locke is an evocative name for this film because the audience, in a sense, is locked into one place for the whole 90 minutes. For those of a philosophical bent, they might wonder whether the title comes from David Locke.

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Speaking out against donations

This time it’s the Catholic sisters versus the Koch brothers. That’s one way to look at the upcoming Nuns on the Bus tour, which hits the road next week for the third time in three years, reports the Religion News Service on Global Sisters Report.

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Call for genuine debate

Antwerp Bishop Johan Bonny has published a long letter on the upcoming Synod of Bishops, urging the assembly to have the courage to bring the Church’s moral teachings more in line with the lived experience of the laity, reports The Tablet.

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No signs of stress

The husband and father of the family killed on an isolated farm house in the NSW Riverina showed no signs of being unhappy, the local parish priest says, reports AAP in The Advertiser.

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An irreducable bond

When marriage is reduced to a contract for mutual economic advantage among any configuration of consenting adults, something essential in what Christians understand to be “marriage” is lost, writes George Weigel.

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Homepage

St Pauls, a member of the St Pauls international group, publishes religious books, CDs and DVDs for adults, teenagers and children.

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Fr Baawobr

Have you ever seen a Catholic priest with traditional Islamic clothing? Look no further than these missionaries in Africa, referred to as the "White Fathers" because of the colour of their habits.

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Anh Do stands with his portrait

The Archibald Prize never fails to draw out fascinating stories. This year, Catholic comedian Anh Do has shown his contemplative side with a portrait of his father, the troubled man who brought him to Australia as a boy refugee, writes The SMH.

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Banished from Eden

The notion of original sin has engaged the best minds for centuries. But it is no mere theological abstraction. Pondering whether it's possible to be "born bad" is central to the Western experience of being human, writes James Boyce.

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Sylvia Hassenfeld

Sylvia Hassenfeld was the matriarch of the founding family of the Hasbro toy company, who became a path-making philanthropist and one of the first women to head a major international Jewish aid organisation.

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He gave His only Son

John 3:13-17 In this Gospel passage from St John, Jesus explains why he was sent by the Father - not to condemn the world, but to save it.

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Cardinal de Lubac

"The first language God uses to communicate to me is Creation. Being created by The Word, everything which comes from Him is a word and speaks of Him. It is for me to listen and to answer..." said Cardinal Henri de Lubac.

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Unleash peace

Last week, Israel's Shimon Peres was received by the Pope and voiced a radical idea: It's time for a United Religions body headed by Francis to take on the task of securing world peace. Could this bold idea work, asks The Jerusalem Post.

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Queen Elizabeth II

Next week, Scotland goes to a referendum on whether to break away from the United Kingdom. An independent Scotland could have wide - and little realised - implications for the European Union, writes The Economist.

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The Hunt family

Three children and their mother have been murdered at their farm house in the Riverina, south of Wagga Wagga in NSW. The children went to a local Catholic primary school, reports The SMH.

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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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