Dermot Healy

Dermot Healy has set forth across the waters as the send-off for this acclaimed Irish poet brought to mind a line from one of his poems, A Funeral: 'shovels work like oars, rowing the dead man from this world.'

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Palestinian children

Two thousand years ago, the region gave birth to the Prince of Peace. Today it is mired in a seemingly intractable conflict. How did this come to be, and what is the fighting all about?

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Kokoda

Smut protest victory, Archbishop Coleridge says 'kill the pain, not the patient,' Mercy Sister reconised by ACU, Nick Kyrgios from Catholic college to tennis sensation, Fr Bill McCarthy, New QLD Vinnies leader.

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Cardinal Zen

New plane disaster, protections for migrants, youngest nation faces catastrophe, fresh start for Order of St Camillus, Church reaffirms desire for unity with Anglicans, Knights of Columbus, prayers of abducted JRS director.

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Popes.WC.Watch

A collection from the Latin Times of the best memes, Tweets, jokes, pictures and more from the week that saw our Argentine Pope and German Pope Emeritus both have their home nations reach football's World Cup final.

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Fr Grimm

In Sunday's Gospel, Jesus talks of a field where wheat and weed are growing side by side. So it is within the Church and within ourselves. We are the crop of Christ, but there are weeds among us and within us, says Fr William Grimm MM.

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Sister Jane Mary Sorosiak

Franciscan Sister Jane Mary Sorosiak is a celebrated artist who says the Holy Spirit inspires her ceramic murals. The Catholic News Service has this inspiring story.

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Like a net thrown into the sea

Matthew 13: 44-52 Jesus uses illustrative language to explain what happens at the end of time when the evil and the righteous will be sorted through.

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St Catherine of Siena

The canon of Catholic classics, with writing by such sainted luminaries as Augustine, á Kempis, Ignatius, Catherine of Siena, and Thérèse of Lisieux, offers an opportunity to grow in wisdom, writes National Catholic Register.

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Archbishop Prowse

Canberra Goulburn's Archbishop Prowse feels deeply the shame of the Church's failures on child protection and is convinced that a focus on victims is essential to the Church's recovery.

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Russell Crowe eagerly awaits the Pope

What do the God-Mother of punk, a wise-cracking comedian, the grizzled gladiator, and the billionaire media mogul have in common? It seems they're all just wild about Francis and part of a growing club, reports The Catholic Herald.

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Bess Price

While it is important to celebrate indigenous successes during NAIDOC Week, we should also reflect on some damaging silences affecting Aboriginal wellbeing, writes Anthony Dillon of the Australian Catholic University.

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Gaza Strip

Israel bombs Gaza, 145,000 Syrian refugee women fight for survival, Hobby Lobby case explained, where atheists can't hold office, drop in Irish priests and nuns, Italian police target mafia after papal visit, China rethinks death penalty, Mexico.

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Perthville Josephite Helen Sullivan

Anglicans ease seal of confessional, Jesuits swoop awards, Perthville Josephites, transgenderism for schools, Premier visits Marist Youth Care, Catholic schools consider multiple intakes. 

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Parable of the sower

Matthew 13:1-23 Like any good story, the parables of Jesus had many levels of meaning. Jesus interpreted this parable for the mission of the Apostles.

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Bust of Charlemagne at Aachen Cathedral

It is 1200 years since the death of Charlemagne,  the Frankish King who had the boldness to claim the title Holy Roman Emperor. The German city of Aachen is marking the anniversary of its most famous son with a trio of exhibitions.

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PJ Kavanagh

A new collection of selected works of PJ Kavanagh. A poet of rural England (with Irish ancestry), Kavanagh's work stands apart, writes Wynn Wheldon for The Spectator.

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A Tamil boy

Australia captured headlines this week for its hardline against Sri Lankan asylum seekers. Refugee advocates were scathing, while the Government offered little explanation. So why are Sri Lankan Tamils fleeing their homeland, asks Eureka Street.

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Paul Comrie-Thomson

Paul Comrie Thomson's interviews with political pundits, economists, philosophers and writers reflected his natural curiosity, generous spirit, incisiveness, grace and passion for reconciling apparently conflicting ideas.

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John L Allen

Correspondent John L Allen discusses with PBS the significance of Pope Francis' meeting with abuse victims, and how Cardinal Pell hopes to restore boringness to the Vatican's financial affairs.

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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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