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Church architecture reflects not only faith, but time and place, as well as local vernacular architecture. Conde Nast Traveler editors have chosen some of the most wonderful examples - from the grand to the simple - from around the world.

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St Mary and Fr Tenison Woods

St Mary MacKillop always referred to him as the Father Founder of the Josephites. On the 125th anniversary of his death, Congregational Leader, Sr Monica Cavanagh, reflects on his important contribution to Australian society.

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Mary by El Greco

Amnesia about the Jewishness of Jesus - and his family - has a long history in Christianity. This occasionally provocative book draws us closer to an understanding of the Jewish Mary, and the women of her time.

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Iraqi Christians

What Francis can do for Middle-Eastern Christians, Vatican diplomats on extremists, the Pope's view of the Synod comes into focus.

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Parable of the wedding banquet

Matthew 22: 1-14 “Once more Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying: ‘The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son.

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Prof Rey receives award

Notre Dame professor's award, asylum seeker protest, Church land targeted by property developer.

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The bishops gather

Say what? If you are a little confused about the language of the current Synod in Rome, TIME magazine offers this breakdown of the key terminology, and explains who's who, what's what, and what it all means.

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Rev Groeschel

American Franciscan friar, Catholic priest, retreat master, author, psychologist, activist, television host, Fr Benedict Groeschel lived life to the full, tough not without controversy, and in the service of others. Here his life is celebrated in The New York Times.

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Baptism

The real dramas in Catholic life, says Monsignor Peter Fleetwood, centre around the Sacraments. In this Vatican Radio programme, Why bother asking? The priest will never baptise my baby, he explores the idea of alienation.  

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Sr Jeanie Heininger

As Good Samaritan Sister Jeanie Heininger looks back, she says she is enormously thankful God called her to dedicate her life to people with disability and their families. But that's not how she felt in the beginning, reports The Good Oil.

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Vice-President Joe Biden

Vatican v Church of England cricket for charity, revival of Jesuits in Ireland recalled, US Airforce no longer requires God, Josephites honoured in E. Timor, Pope appoints Jesuit to promote justice, 

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Thomas Merton with the Dalai Lama

The quotable American writer and Trappist monk Thomas Merton (1915–68) is one of the most influential spiritual figures of the 20th century. Next year marks the 100th anniversary of his birth. This new book examines his life and relevance.

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Cambodia Solution, Thomas Keneally and Director of JRS speak about asylum seekers, Day of prayer for Synod, Maitland-Newcastle gets behind Aboriginal recognition, Mercy Health director honoured, TAS education director retires.

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Virtual choir

Ninety-three Discalced Carmelite nuns in 24 countries have reached out of their cloistered monasteries to sing together in a virtual choir honouring St Teresa of Avila on the 500th anniversary of her birth.

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Fr Charles-Roux

Fr Jean-Marie Charles-Roux brought the mystical aura of French royalism to London as a priest of the Rosminian order, and served as chaplain on Mel Gibson’s film The Passion of the Christ. The Free-French war veteran lived to 99. Fr

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Bishop Saunders of Broome

Sport is our national obsession. It is a mirror that shows us both the best and the worst in us. It can build communities and can open doors for those who might be on the margins of our society, writes Bishop Christopher Saunders of Broome.

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Papal press conference

Pope Francis has conducted another of his now trademark press conferences on a plane, this time while returning from Albania - and with a clear message for the world about what he learned there about courage and fraternity.

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Gospel reading

Matthew 21: 28-32 : Here Jesus warns about being complacent about our relationship with God. His love can be spurned, yet no matter how far we have strayed from God, it is never too late to turn back.

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Pope Francis

As world political leaders meet to discuss climate policy, an influential science journal has argued that it is the moral leadership of organised religion that will be key to saving the world from environmental destruction, writes The Telegraph.

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Elaine Stritch

She was as tart as a whiskey sour, brassy and bracing as a five-star general. Elaine Stritch was a complete original. Here, The Telegraph in London remembers an extraordinary talent.

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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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