Looking beyond the obvious

Sometimes you can see a whole lot of things just by looking. That’s one of Yogi Berra’s infamous aphorisms. Sadly, perhaps mostly, the opposite is truer. Mostly we do a whole lot of looking without really seeing much, writes Ron Rolheiser.

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Erick Niyiragira

As a newly arrived refugee and Year 9 student at Christian Brothers College, Erick Niyiragira had one thing on his mind. He wanted to be a priest.

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Notre Dame University

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Annual conference

The National Pastoral Planners Network Conference will be held in Adelaide from April 22-24.

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Announcement welcomed

UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, has welcomed the announcement Pope Francis would visit the United Nations the morning of September 25 to address the UN General Assembly, reports the Catholic News Service.

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Syrian girl in UNICEF tent

Without family, a legal identity, and adequate education, children uprooted by violence in the Middle East “are at risk of becoming a lost generation,” said the Holy See's representative to the UN in Geneva, reports The Catholic Herald.

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Aid to the Church in Need

This is the Australian website of an international Catholic charity dependent on the Holy See, providing pastoral relief to needy and oppressed churches.

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Williamson with Faure

Holocaust-denying Bishop Richard Williamson is heading for new trouble with the Vatican through his plan to consecrate a new bishop in Brazil today without the Pope's consent, a Church crime punishable by excommunication, reports AP in Crux.

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Leaders dismayed at change

At their bi-annual meeting this week, Josephite leaders from around Australia expressed their dismay at the Commonwealth Government’s plan to cease funding Municipal and Essential Services (MUNS) to remote Aboriginal communities.

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Student protest during vigil

An Indian bishop has said a 71-year-old nun who was the victim of a gang rape has forgiven her attackers, reports The Catholic Herald.

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Putting poor first

As the number of nuns and priests across the US who established Catholic hospitals dwindles, lay leaders are increasingly taking their place. One university aims to help train them in the history and ethics behind Catholic-based healing.

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Notre Dame University

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Pakistan a failed state

One has to ask: Why can’t an avowedly Muslim state, founded by Muslims for Muslims, simply leave its Christian population alone, asks Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith in The Catholic Herald.

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Bishop Juan Barros

The Pope's appointment this month of a bishop in Chile who has been accused of covering up sexual abuse has caused an outcry among victims and Catholic faithful, reports AP in Crux.

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Major parties speaking

St Vincent de Paul is holding a community forum on better housing outcomes for NSW next Wednesday in Parliament House.

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Bp Comensoli

A  festival will be held in Sydney's Waitara on March 27 to launch the Journey to World Youth Day 2016.

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Second day of protest

Troops have been deployed on the streets of Lahore, Pakistan, to stop more rioting by Christians, angered by the deadly suicide-bomb attacks on churches in the city, according to AP, reports  The Catholic Herald.

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Plastic surgery under scrutiny

Can a good Roman Catholic get a nose job? What about a tummy tuck? Does the tradition of Pope Francis have wisdom to offer about cosmetic surgery? A recent Vatican paper examining women's cultures looks for answers, reports The New York Times.

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Collections online

The Vatican Museums originated as a group of sculptures collected by Pope Julius II (1503-1513) and placed in what today is the Cortile Ottagono within the museum complex.

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Parade in Brisbane on Sunday

Thousands of revellers celebrated St Patrick's day across Sydney by consuming tens of thousands of litres of Guinness and tucking into the rare delicacies of boiled bacon, boiled cabbage, and boiled potatoes, reports the ABC.

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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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