Pioneer Sisters 1903

This year, Loreto celebrates 140 years in Australia thanks to pioneering Loreto Sisters from Ireland. Elouise Hahn reflects on the legacy of Mother Gonzaga Barry and the order she created here.

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Eugene Kennedy

Eugene Cullen Kennedy, a writer, psychologist, and former Maryknoll priest transformed into a lay Catholic activist, was both comfortable inside powerful church circleds and outside them. He died earlier this month, aged 86.

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Transformational tale

It’s strange how things start. For Scottish Catholic Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, the adventure that led to his international charity, Mary’s Meals, began one morning in 1983, when he was 15.

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Sister Nirmala

Salt + Light's Perspectives program features an interview with Sister Nirmala Joshi, the former Superior of the Missionaries of Charity, who died during the week.

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Helen OBrien

From a young age, Helen O’Brien knew she wanted to be a teacher but it wasn’t until she was married with two young sons that she began following her dream.

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Messages defended

A senior Vatican official has defended Pope Francis in response to criticism that he failed to condemn Russian intervention in Ukraine when he met President Vladimir Putin at the Vatican on June 10, reports The Tablet.

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Fr Richard Ho Lung

He’s been described as a male Mother Teresa and is a dab hand at writing musical theatre, and he’s heading to Australia, reports The Catholic Weekly.

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Bishop Saunders of Broome

Governments at both Federal and State level must become serious about the immense shortage of housing stocks in Australian townships, according to the Bishop of Broome, Christopher Saunders.

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Dalil Boubakeur

The Rector of the Paris Grand Mosque has sparked uproar by suggesting that disused churches could be turned into mosques, reports The Tablet.

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The Lastrapes sisters

Aged 93, the identical New Orleans twin Lastrapes sisters are celebrating 75 years as nuns - together, of course, reports The New Orleans Advocate.

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Huge moral authority

Laudato Si' reveals the depth of the dilemma facing pro-market economic reformers across the world and in Australia. It will have a profound impact on global debates and impinge on debates in Australia, writes Paul Kelly in The Australian.

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Ruling imminent

With the US Supreme Court due to rule on same-sex marriage before the end of June, over 50,000 Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant, and Jewish leaders have united to stand up for marriage as between one man and one woman.

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Notre Dame University

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Call for deeper understanding

The Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations in Geneva has called on European leaders to consider a more farsighted approach to the growing challenge migrants pose to the continent, reports The Catholic Herald.

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Passionate messages

In nearly two dozen passionate tweets over the past six days, Pope Francis has called on his followers for immediate action on climate change, warning that the earth was beginning to "look more and more like an immense pile of filth."

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Francis at the general assembly

Pope Francis said yesterday that it may be "morally necessary" for some families to split up, marking a change of tone in the Catholic Church's attitude to troubled marriages.

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The National Institute for Newman Studies is based in Pittsburgh, USA and its aim is to increase awareness of the life, work and influence of Catholic convert, Cardinal John Henry Newman.

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Bishop Peter and Mark Gronow

The second Br John Taylor Fellowship was launched in Sydney yesterday by the Bishop of Broken Bay, Peter A. Comensoli.

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Unknown stars

St Catherine’s Catholic College in the NSW Hunter region is on a quest to uncover the origins of an old school film and the identity of the students captured in the 16mm movie scenes, reports The Singleton Argus.

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Nuanced politics

Catholic political leaders do not feel bound to agree with Pope Francis and probably gain voters' respect when they act as free agents, writes John Warhurst in WA Today.

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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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