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Benedict resigns

Two years ago, on February 11, Pope Benedict took the floor in the Consistory. He spoke in Latin, so we strained to grasp where he was going. Within seconds it was clear what was happening. This was no ordinary address, writes Archbishop Leo Cushley.

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Valentine

For St Valentine's Day, Sr Mary Ann Walsh RSM draws up a list of Catholics working for the common good who deserve a love heart. Try to guess who is Number 1 on the list.

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Giving each other space

After 55 years of happy marriage, Ron and Mavis Pirola could probably finish each other's sentences. But they don't, instead choosing to preserve the space belonging to the other.

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The pastor of pop

A year in the making, this is a documentary about the pop pastor's ministry in the fourth year of his Catholic priesthood.

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Survival

On August 5, 2010, the San José copper and gold mine outside Copiapó, Chile, collapsed. For 69 days, the world held its breath while 33 trapped miners stared death in the face, and prayed to God for help. A new book tells the gripping tale.

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Fr Joshua

This young Hip Hop fan from the USA didn't even like church as a youth. Today he's Father Joshua Johnson, the youngest priest in the Diocese of Baton Rouge. But he wants to be known as more than just "the Rapping Priest."

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Fr McBrien

Fr Richard McBrien, a theologian and professor at Notre Dame University in the USA, challenged orthodoxy in the Church for five decades and explained and popularised the reforms of Vatican II, writes The New York Times.

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Protesters in Perth

Archbishop Hart's letter to Indonesia, Pope's message to new cardinals, woman bishop, March for Life USA, Philippines peace tested, Lenten message, balloons replace doves at St Peters, Australia Day week, Pope's surprise.

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On fatherhood

New to CathNews Perspectives for 2015, the best Catholic videos are featured on our CathNews on YouTube service.

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The Reverend and the Pope

Following the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, in which different denominations prayed with Pope Francis, Rev Tara Curlewis, former General Secretary of the National Council of Churches in Australia, talks about the ecumenical movement.

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Man on a mission

The Pope's agenda for 2015 is audacious and might even include a peace mission to an active warzone. But what's the rush? John Allen found clues in the Pope's most recent press conference on a plane.

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Jesus reads in synagogue

Mark 1:21-28 : The presence of Jesus in the synagogue is recognised by an unclean spirit which possessed one of those who was gathered there.

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John Paul II visited in 1986

In 1986, Pope John Paul II became the first Pope to visit a synagogue since the time of St Peter. Pope Francis has now been asked to visit that same synagogue of Rome. Rome Reports takes us inside this historic temple.

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Challenging times

As we enter this Year of Consecrated Life, Port Pirie Bishop Greg O'Kelly SJ shares some insights as a member of a Religious Order who became the Bishop of a Diocese which may be facing a future "bereft of Religious."

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Francis in Manila

Manus Island strife, Irish marriage debate, Franciscans on Davos, Cameron on right to offend, support for Iraqi priests, hopes for Papal visit to Cuba, west "pushes" sex agenda,  Adelaide symposium on euthanasia.

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Tony Farley, Noel Pearson and Bishop Manning

In the third Bishop Kevin Manning Lecture hosted by the Catholic Commission for Employment Relations last month, indigenous advocate Noel Pearson set out to challenge received notions about welfare and Aboriginal advancement.

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Jewish Christ by Rembrandt

Former priest James Carroll's new book, Christ Actually, places Jesus in his Jewish context and raises tough questions. He spoke with salon.com about religious violence, Pope Francis and why Christians should bring their Jewish friends to church.

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Thomas Merton

Next week, January 31, 2015 would have been the 100th birthday of the American Trappist monk, mystic, and author Thomas Merton. Despite his untimely death in 1968, his wisdom remains relevant and timely, writes Daniel Horan in America.

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Fisher at work

With the death last month of the Irish Catholic writer Desmond Fisher at the age of 94, the legion of writers who covered the Second Vatican Council (1962-65), has thinned practically to vanishing point, writes National Catholic Reporter.

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Santa Maria del Popolo church

Beyond the cavernous splendour of St Peter's, the Eternal City has an incomparable wealth of beautiful churches. But the typical first-time tourist is apt to make the wrong choice of visits, writes Ute Junker for traveller.com.au.

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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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