The Assumption by Cabezalero

August 15 is the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Because it signifies the Blessed Virgin's passing into eternal life, it is the most important of all Marian feasts and a Holy Day of Obligation.

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Cardinal Clancy

Cardinal Edward Clancy's life as a priest spanned 64 years of unimaginable change in the Church he loved. The leaders of the nation gathered for the funeral of this former Archbishop of Sydney - the 'people's pastor'.

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Saint Elijah Monastery, near Mosul

The festering Syrian civil war has resulted in ISIS spilling into Iraq. Mosul, the Biblical city of Nineveh, long a place of religious diversity, now finds its multifaith holy places being systematically destroyed. National Geographic asks why.

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Josephite Jan Barnett protested

Adelaide to host second Australian Catholic Youth Festival, Sr Jan Barnett rsj in protest, abortion, international news, Ukraine, South Sudan on the brink, Buddhist radicals oppose papal visit, Libya, Ebola crisis. 

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Dante

If you've ever had a devil of a time attempting to make head or tail of the works of the Italian poet Dante Alighieri because of his obscure language and historical themes, this book will set you back on the right path.

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improbable journey

The exotic appeal of mission work has a timeless attraction for many. But when Jesus Youth volunteer Sid Jose, an accountant, was selected to travel to a PNG mission, at first he had his doubts.

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The blind leading the blind

Matthew 15:10-28: There are a number of lessons from today’s reading. The first is that there is a need for total trust and confidence that Jesus really does care for us.

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Pope Francis laughs with Korean bishops

It a quarter of a century since a Pope visited the Korean peninsula. Pope Francis' five-day visit creates a chance to preach reconciliation between North and South Korea, as well a rare opportunity for dialogue with China, writes AP.

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Ancient marbles exhibit

A visit to the Museum Paleocristiano of the Vatican Museums includes a collection of marble coffins and inscriptions of the early Christians. The collection is considered the world's largest of its type, as this video from EWTN reveals.

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Fr Ron Rolheiser

Modern life is a tale of constant distractions, but our preoccupation with the ordinary business of our lives can so easily rob us of a relationship with the divine and eternal, as Fr Ron Rolheiser writes.

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Bishop Richard Moth

Richard Moth, Bishop of the UK Armed Forces, offers this poignant reflection on a World War One artwork, and on the importance of prayer in the most difficult circumstances of human life.

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The Devil Bridgeman Art Library

Call him what you like - Lucifer, Mephistopheles, Beelzebub (to Christians), Ha-Satan (in Jewish scripture) and Shaitan (in Islamic tradition), the Devil has through the ages and across civilisations been a compelling and charismatic presence.  

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Sr Annette

This month sees the close, with a Mass at St Mary's Cathedral in Sydney, of the 175th anniversary year of the Sisters of Charity in Australia. Sr Annette Cunliffe, Sisters of Charity Congregational Leader, reflects on the past year.

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Br Guy Consolomagno SJ

Guy Consolomagno, who glories in the title of the Papal astronomer, is a Jesuit brother who has just won the Carl Sagan Medal, given in honour of one of the great agnostics of modern science. Read on...

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Nadine Gordimer Reuters

Jewish, schooled in a convent... a writer who became a politician and activist thanks to her lived experience of apartheid in her home country... Nadine Gordimer's was a life right out of the box, as Nicholas Collura writes.

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Br Reginald Mary and nhis parents

A Perth 23-year-old recently took the first steps to becoming a Dominican priest. Matthew Biddle interviewed Br Reginal Mary for The Record and filed this report.

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Interior St Peters Rome Shutterstock

In 2014, the Church celebrates the 50th anniversary of three documents of the Second Vatican Council concerning the teaching on the Church, writes Archbishop Denis Hart for Kairos Catholic Journal.

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Royal Irish ration party Somme

Monday marks 100 years since the outbreak of World War I... the Great War, the War to end all wars. Leading American Catholic writer, George Weigel, turns his mind to the subject in this essay for First Things.

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The loaves and the fishes Ravenna

The Gospel for this Sunday - Matthew 14: 13-21 - is one of the best-known stories of the New Testament, and speaks of faith in the infinite nature of God's nurturing love.

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Peaceful coexistence

Jews and Palestinians are the focus of the current strife in the Holy Land.  But along with Arab Christians, there is another group referred to as 'the Living Stones.' As the region slides into turmoil, this documentary looks at Messianic Jews.

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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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