Judith Lynch

I’m an ordinary sort of person and that’s how I find God; disguised in the ordinary of my life. That’s my vocation too – helping others to recognise God in their ordinary, writes Judith Lynch in The Good Oil.

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From 18th century

During his visit to Korea in two weeks, Pope Francis is to beatify Paul Yun Ji-chung, the nation's first martyr, as well as 123 companions who were killed for the faith in the 19th century, reports EWTN News/Ucanews.

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Swearing and drugs

Conservative Christian groups are outraged at a 'black Jesus' comedy character on American television with a foul mouth and who takes drugs, reports The New York Daily News/Ucanews.

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Germans say churches culpable

Germany's Catholic bishops have acknowledged that the Churches share responsibility for 'war-mongering' in the build-up to the First World War and warned against 'inflated nationalism' and 'destructive self-interest,' reports The Tablet.

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Joint program

The National Catholic Education Commission (NCEC) and the University of South Australia’s More Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Teachers Initiative (MATSITI) have jointly launched a $500,000 Indigenous education program.

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Govt reversal

The Catholic Prison Ministry and the Prisoner’s Legal Service have had their annual tours of Queensland prisons scrapped, with the State’s Corrective Services Department finding no need for the group interviews, reports The Brisbane Times.

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Safe in Greek Orthodox church

When the staff at the lone Catholic parish in the Gaza Strip received Israeli text warnings to evacuate the premises, that was easier said than done, reports the Catholic News service.

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Common sense secrets

Slowing down, being generous and fighting for peace are part of Pope Francis' secret recipe for happiness. In an interview published in the Argentine weekly Viva, the Pope listed his Top 10 tips for bringing greater joy to life.

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Recent demonstration in Iraq

France is ready to welcome Christians fleeing the area of Iraq controlled by Islamic State group's fighters, with two ministers saying the country is 'outraged' by their persecution, reports Al Jazeera/Ucanews.

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Royal School of Church Music

The Multicultural Church Music Festival will be held in Melbourne on August 9.

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Australian Jesuits

Today is the feast day of the founder of the Jesuits, St Ignatius Loyola, so CN decided this was a perfect time to have a look at the website of the Jesuits in Australia.

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Christian houses marked

British Prime Minister David Cameron caused consternation among the secular intelligentsia in 2011 when he declared: 'We are a Christian country and we should not be afraid to say so.' Yet where is a 'Christian foreign policy',  asks The Tablet in an editorial.

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Fr Thomas Smolich

Father Thomas Smolich, SJ, has been appointed International Director of Jesuit Refugee Service in 2015. For the past eight years he has served as president of the Jesuit Conference of the US, reports Jesuit.org.

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Minister rejects report

The Australian government yesterday rejected a report from church leaders which described its treatment of child asylum-seekers as 'State-sanctioned abuse,' reports AAP in Yahoo7.

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Allowed to stay

A US court has rejected arguments from an atheist group and ruled that the iconic cross found at the site of the 2001 World Trade Centre attacks may remain at the 9/11 Museum, reports the Catholic News Agency.

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Notre Dame University

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Pope Francis will travel to Sri Lanka and the Philippines in January for his second trip to a continent where evangelisation is a big priority for the Catholic Church, the Vatican said yesterday, reports AFP on Yahoo7.

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Scott Morrison

A group incuding Catholic and Anglican church leaders has accused the Abbott government of 'State sanctioned child abuse' in the immigration detention system, reports The Sydney Morning Herald.

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Complaints prompted action

The Vatican has suspended priestly ordinations in the Diocese of Ciudad del Este, Paraguay, according to multiple media reports, reports Ucanews/Catholic Culture.

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Major action pending

Up to 1400 teachers and staff in 48 Catholic schools in the Canberra region will vote on industrial action from tomorrow after they receive ballot papers from the Australian Electoral Office, reports The Sydney Morning Herald.

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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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