Compromised assistance

We should be grateful that Catholic Education is going to provide education for children on Christmas Island. But we should also ponder the role Church agencies should play when cooperating with government in an unjust policy, writes Mike Bowden.

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Notre Dame University

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St Frances Cabrini

This website is the digital home for the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (MSCs), an international missionary congregation of women religious present on six continents.

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Sr Helen Prejean

How does the anti-death penalty campaign fit within the Catholic pro-life tradition? Today, the woman who inspired the Hollywood film Dead Man Walking talks about her dialogue with popes and parishes on this emotive issue.

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Mr Spock of Star Trek

No heaven for aliens? Iraqi Patriarch appeals to UN, US bishops worried by Obama order, pornography the new drug, Chinese church demolitions, four presidents aim to solve child migrant crisis, WW1 centenary. 

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Sarah Harris weds Tom Ward

Nation mourns MH17, Adelaide Archbishop honours journalists, Catholic experts at AIDS conference, remembering murdered Jesuit, Loreto in Melbourne, Mercy International Centre, Sr Philomene's sad coincidence, Coleridge in Nigeria.

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Actro David Suchet gazes at an early depiction of Paul

Dr Helen Bond, Director of the Centre for Christian Origins at the University of Edinburgh, busts some myths about St Paul, while in a BBC documentary, the actor behind Hercule Poirot applies his 'little grey cells' to the Paul enigma.

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Buzz Aldrin on the Moon in 1969

Forty-five years ago this week, humans first walked on the Moon. Amid the historic mission, one of the crew decided he wanted to mark the occasion in the most profound and personal way he knew how: by taking communion, reports the Huffington Post.

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Sr Kathleen Conlan

As a young woman she joined a small nursing order founded in Sydney by a 'saint-in-waiting.' Since then she's been recognised with a Premier's Award for Community Service, and the admiration of the Sydney Swans, reports The Daily Telegraph.

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The Last Judgement

Matthew 13: 44-52 The end of the age and the sorting of good and evil is explained through a series of parables, in which a treasure is found and acted upon.

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Dom Philip Jebb

Dom Philip Jebb, a grandson of author Hilaire Belloc, was a leading figure in the Benedictine order of monks in the UK, who once quelled a minor-school boy revolution at a major British public school, writes The Telegraph.

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Bones of St Peter?

This account of finding the bones of St Peter reads like an archaelogical adventure fit for the silver screen. But the subject matter, in fact, pertains to something far more important, writes the National Catholic Register.

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Protest against discrimination

The US government global AIDS coordinator has praised faith-based groups for their action to combat AIDS but warned against an increase in stigma and discrimination against gays, especially in Africa, reports the Catholic News Service.

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Crime against humanity

Backed up by death threats and property seizures, the expulsion of the entire Christian community from Mosul is 'a crime against humanity' and amounts to 'religious cleansing,' said an archbishop from the city, reports the Catholic News Service.

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Alice Priest

It’s much easier telling people that I’m an English teacher than a Studies of Religion teacher. Yet it’s easier telling people I’m a Religion teacher than the College Chaplain, writes Alice Priest in The Good Oil.

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Leaving versus havens

Apart from praying and lamenting, what can concerned outsiders, such as the Western churches, do to help Christians in northern Iraq? That is a real question, not least because Iraqi Christian leaders are in a quandary themselves.

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Fr Mario Borzaga

The small communist south-east Asian nation of Laos will have its very own martyrs, possibly within just a few months, reports Vatican Insider/Ucanews.

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Notre Dame University

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Uninspired

Sex Tape, much like the central relationship at the beginning of the story, is disappointingly uninspired.

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August strike planned

Catholic school teachers and staff in Tasmania are planning to have a full-day strike next month. The Independent Education Union is planning the strike on August 7 after 18 months of failed negotiations, reports the ABC on Yahoo7.

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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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