Brilliant intellect

Camaldolese Benedictine Fr Bruno Barnhart, author and spiritual director, has died in Big Sur, California, aged 84.

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Jim Wallis

Jim Wallis, president and founder of Sojourners in Washington, DC, is a renowned evangelical social activist, popular commentator on ethics and public life and author of many books.

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The transfiguration

Luke 9:28-36 About eight days after Jesus said this, he took Peter, John and James with him and went up onto a mountain to pray. As he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning.

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Unlikely bestseller

A book about the life of monks in Pskov-Caves Monastery in Russia has become an unlikely bestseller.

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Anne Maree Nicholls

Sister Ann-Maree Nicholls SGS agrees she is something of a rare species - the only Sister of the Good Samaritan working as a school principal in Australia. She’s also one of only two religious principals in the Archdiocese of Brisbane.

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Syrian children

I always view Lent as a time for reflection, to consider how I am in the world, to seek and offer forgiveness where I need to and to continue to grow and change. This Lent, I am going to draw encouragement from Pope Francis, writes Meg Kahler SGS.

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Iraqi monastery destroyed

The Nazi destruction of stolen art were acts of gratuitous violence. Similarly gratuitous destruction of ancient heritage is now underway wherever ISIS is seen in Iraq and Syria. And so is another genocide, this time of Christians, writes George Weigel.

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Folksy charm

The American artist Norman Rockwell found humour and lovable eccentricity in often-idealised scenes from everyday life. Now an exhibition of magazine covers proves there was also a Catholic art like Rockwell’s.

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Ronaldinho will star

Sitting alongside football stars such as Ronaldinho and Bryan Ruiz, Pope Francis has announced that a second edition of his 2014 interreligious match for peace will take place in May, reports the Catholic News Agency.

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Colonel Montano

The impunity enjoyed for 25 years by the killers of six Jesuit priests in El Salvador has begun splintering after a US judge ordered one of the suspects who had fled to the United States to be extradited to Spain to stand trial, reports NCR Online.

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Priest accused

Less than a week before the arrival of Pope Francis in Mexico, local journalists have claimed that Mexican president’s wedding to a soap opera star was possible only because leading Church figures lied to help annul her previous marriage, reports Crux.

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Hope in Malawi

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Project Compassion, Caritas Australia’s annual Lenten fundraising and awareness raising campaign. Bishop Bill Wright will launch this year’s campaign today in Newcastle, writes Nicole Clements.

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Solutions addressed

On February 24, a public forum at the ACU in Melbourne will explore how the Church, through its parishes and organisations, can play a significant role in combatting family violence.

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Cardinal Pell

Cardinal George Pell has welcomed the decision by the Royal Commission to hear his evidence by video link from Rome, and repeated that he was keen to respond to the issues raised in recent hearings, including allegations against him.

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Call for fairness

Catholic Social Services Australia has urged the Australian Government to use equity as its chief guiding principle as it develops the 2016-17 Federal Budget.

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Stance against abortion

In the wake of the Zika virus outbreak in the Americas, a Brazilian journalist born with microcephaly has said that what’s needed for those with the condition is assistance, not abortion, reports the Catholic News Agency.

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Archbishop Cupich

The Archdiocese of Chicago could close as many as 100 parishes over the next dozen years under a comprehensive review announced by Archbishop Blase Cupich, reports Crux.

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Notre Dame University

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Man of influence

Fr Theodore Hesburgh, a transformative figure in Catholic higher education who led the University of Notre Dame in the US for 35 years, died on the university campus, aged 97.

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Byzantine monks

A monk’s life isn’t for everybody, but the beauty and spirituality of one monastery is depicted in the new documentary Gladsome Light, reports the Mining Journal in Crux.

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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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