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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Syrian children at a refugee camp in Jordan

The Chinese province where it's dangerous to be Christian, Irish Times on Ian Paisley, a saint for Sri Lanka, Patriarch fears extinction for Mid-east Christians, New Jersey nun set for beatification, abortion funding in US health care law.

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Virgin and child by Sirani

A new exhibition highlighting the rich artistic tradition of depictions of Mary and exploring the concept of womanhood represented by the Blessed Virgin will be running in Washington and offering online galleries.

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Leonard Cohen sings

Leonard Cohen's anthem Hallelujah hit the headlines again recently when Fr Ray Kelly's tailored cover version for a wedding in rural Ireland went viral. But what is its enduring appeal, asks Fr Thomas Casey in The Irish Times.

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Last will be first

Jesus delivers a strong social justice message in Matthew this week, one which is sometimes bitter for even the most committed Christian to hear.

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Martin Luther

Christendom at the end of the Thirty Years War was very different from the one Martin Luther experienced. What happened in the wake of the Reformation is the subject of this overview reviewed by The Tablet.

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Stabat Mater

Grief is a complicated emotion, as Kerry Weber discovered when her infant niece Marian Elizabeth died after only a few hours of life. She explores her family's reaction to the loss of the new-born for Faith in Focus in America magazine.

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The ceremony

Amid the splendour of St Peter's Basilica in Rome, 20 Italian couples were married during last weekend - and their celebrant was no ordinary priest, but Pope Francis himself. So what does the Holy Father have to say on the essentials of marriage?

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Kevin Sheedy and Geraldine Doogue with Bishop Saunders

Leunig mocking Christ? Canberra cathedral precinct, Labor wants refugee increase, Govt asylum boat record, Sydney prayers for Middle East, marriage celebrated in Wollongong, Bunbury Catholic College, singer Paul Kelly becomes a doctor.

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Cardinal Kasper

What does mercy mean for the life and mission of the Church, asks Cardinal Walter Kasper, whose work on the subject has captured the imagination of Pope Francis. Cardinal Kasper will take part in next month's Synod on the Family.

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Sr Joan then and now

The oft-outspoken Benedictine Sister Joan Chittister is one of America's best known religious women. U.S. Catholic has this interview discussing her book, The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully, about the spirituality of later life.

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Jesuit schools gather at Opera House

Judge Slattery mourned, Tony Abbott on the return to Iraq, Jesuit schools gather to commemorate Restoration, Bishops urge Govt to provide refuge to IS victims, mental health crisis in bush, Archbishop Porteous on joy of Gospel.

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President Obama and Cardinal Dolan

What makes Pope Francis a master communicator? On a recent visit to Australia, the Archbishop of New York, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, took time to record this relaxed interview with XT3 TV and share his insights on the "Francis Effect."

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Yezidi at shrine in Lalish

One of the minorities in the gunsights of IS has been the Yazidi people. It was the harrowing story of their retreat up Mt Sinjar that helped galvanise world opinion for the new intervention in Iraq which Australia has joined. But who are they?

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1994 ceasefire

Scottish independence? Russian invasion, Filipino earthquake victims await Francis dinner, Patriarch of Constantinople announces Environment Summit, Benedict and the Tridentine Mass, Myanmar Catholics celebrate.

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Francis at Santa Marta

Pope Francis has resumed his daily Masses at Santa Marta after a summer break. In his first Homily he called on us to proclaim the Gospel with humility, because only those with an open heart can receive Jesus.

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Christ and the Apostles

Matthew 18:15-20 : Jesus sets out some of the rules for living in the Kingdom, knowing that human nature will inevitably lead His followers into disagreements.

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Fr Brown on BBC TV

One of the most enduring creations of the the eccentric English poet-philosopher GK Chesterton was the whimsical Father Brown, who breaks several of the rules of the detective-fiction genre, writes Raymond Edwards.

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Camino de Santiago

The Camino de Santiago pilgrimage in Spain dates from the ninth century, but its booming modern appeal has invigorated not only local economies but also debate over how to balance tourism and spiritual reflection, writes The New York Times.

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Sr Pauline Randall

Growing up in Kurri Kurri in the NSW Hunter region, Pauline Randall wanted to work with Aborigines as a missionary. She has been ‘on mission’ for the past 45 years – but not where she imagined. Aurora carried her first-hand story.

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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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