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Fr Charlie Burrows

An Indonesian-based priest is trying to get support from the German Bishops Conference for a challenge to the death penalty in the Indonesian Constitutional Court on the grounds that waiting to be executed is also torture, reports The Age.

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Cologne Cathedral

The Diocese of Cologne in Germany has greater assets than the Vatican, according to accounts released on Wednesday, reports The Catholic Herald.

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forty days

The perennial battle, the struggle between good and evil, is not just theoretical. For Jesus, in the wilderness, it was intensely personal. And, as Mark relates it,  the stakes were eternal.

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More action thtreatened

The union covering Catholic school teachers in Canberra has stepped up its fight with employers over a new enterprise agreement, reports The Canberra Times.

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Sagrada Familia

"I was originally put off by photos of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. It all seemed a bit loopy. My first visit completely changed my opinion. This place of worship speaks of God more eloquently then any church I know," writes Cardinal George Pell.

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Pope Benedict XV

Three Popes faced the challenges of two world wars and the Cold War, and threats posed by totalitarian dictatorships. The Tablet reviews a new book about how they managed unexpected challenges at home and abroad.

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Notre Dame University

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Love of adventure

Good Samaritan Oblate Pauline Roach is a woman with a thirst for life and for justice, and she says it all started with the photo of an African girl on the wall of her Year 4 classroom.

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Bishop Bird

A few months after he was ordained bishop, one of Paul Bird's Redemptorist confreres asked him how he was finding the transition from living in a Redemptorist community to living by himself as a bishop. Here he offers his reflections.

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Defining homily

It would have been fascinating to be a fly on the wall last Sunday in any number of Rome's restaurants or private dining rooms where clerics gathered for their midday pranzo. Without a doubt, first course for most of them was the extraordinary homily Pope Francis gave just a couple of hours earlier at Mass in St Peter's Basilica with his newly fortified College of Cardinals. Depending on the wall, the conversion would have been either stomach-churning or quite inviting, writes Robert Mickens in NCR Online.

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Threat taken seriously

Security at the Vatican and across Italy has been intensified because of a perceived heightened risk of attacks by Islamist militants, officials said Wednesday, reports AFP on Ucanews.

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Advance warning

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, former Vatican Secretary of State, has said he knew Benedict XVI was planning to resign “at least seven months” in advance – and that it was “not at all easy” to keep it a secret, reports The Catholic Herald.

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Liked the colours

The Manly Sea Eagles in Sydney have an X-factor with the support of the Borth Shore’s new Bishop, reports The Hornsby Advocate.

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John XXIII at Vatican II

The revolution in Catholic-Jewish relations over the past 50 years also suggests something more universal about relationships between religious communities, reports the Religion News Service.

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Saints are humans

Junipero Serra and St Thomas More remind us that saints did not lead perfect lives. The saints were human beings who, even after their conversions, sinned. They knew that better than anyone, writes James Martin SJ in America.

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Same old charm

This British comedy-drama is a sequel to the popular movie, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012), which took audiences by storm.

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Change of mind

NSW ALP leader Luke Foley, a practising Catholic, has indicated he is now willing to give his support to change the Federal Marriage Act so as to allow same-sex marriage, reports The Sydney Morning Herald.

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Population in decline

With the announcement that Italy's population is declining, we can now see the long-term effect of legalised abortion, writes Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith in The Catholic Herald.

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Francis at Santa Sabina

Pope Francis walked in a solemn Ash Wednesday procession between churches on Rome’s ancient Aventine Hill, calling on people to humbly remember their human limits as faithful began their annual penitential Lenten period, reports AP in Crux.

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Historic crime claims

Police are investigating a number of former staff at St Patrick's College in Sale, Victoria, who are accused of sexually abusing young boys four decades ago, reports The Age.

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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

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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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