Mercy has a face/Parramatta diocese

In this Year of Mercy, Pope Francis has invited us to remember that God is mercy, as the Parramatta Diocese Mercy has a face program shows, the Parramatta Institute for Mission writes.

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Deep roots in Catholic tradition

Invitation to Practical Theology is not a theological treatise. Rather, it invites readers to explore Christian practices from the perspective of Catholic theology, writes Gerard Hall SM, Associate Professor of Theology at Australian Catholic University.

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Bishop Donald Bolen/Diocese of Saskatoon

Thirty-six hours may not seem like a long time to be without a home – but for Archbishop-elect Donald Bolen, and other participants in a Canadian charity fundraiser, it was long enough, writes Kiply Lukan Yaworski.

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Oil platform/Wikipedia

It is amazing that Australian tax-payers' money is being used to fight a small neighbour – Timor Leste – over where the fence-line should be, writes Josephite Sister Susan Connelly at Catholic Religious Australia.

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Palomar Garcia Ovejero

This week's big Vatican surprise came with the appointment of Spanish journalist Paloma Garcia Ovejero as vice-director of the Holy See Press Office, writes Inés San Martín at Crux.

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The better path

Luke 10:38-42 Jesus entered a village where a woman whose name was Martha welcomed him.

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Ancient mosaics

Excavations at an ancient synagogue in Israel have produced a remarkable discovery – elaborate mosaics depicting the stories of Noah's Ark and the parting of the Red Sea. The mosaics were discovered on the nave floor of a 5th century synagogue, The Daily Mail reports.

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Winter in Melbourne/Wikipedia

Winter is now fully upon us. Amidst all the cold and the wind, we can easily get a little dispirited and wonder whether the sun will ever shine again, writes Br Mark O'Connor fms at Melbourne Catholic.

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Sudarium/Helen Simonsson

German journalist Paul Budde discusses new research suggesting that the burial cloths of Jesus have been central to the Roman liturgy for more than a millennium, with Edward Pentin at the National Catholic Register.

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Tom and Shirley Fisher/Supplied

Tom Fisher was best known as the last surviving West Australian to have served on the ill-fated HMAS Sydney and as one of the St Vincent de Paul Society's longest serving volunteers, writes Rachel Curry at The Record.

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Pope Francis/Rome Reports

It's summer in Rome and the Pope also takes time off to go on holiday...in his own way. His vacation is, in fact, just a more relaxed period of public activity, according to Rome Reports.

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Bill Cunningham/The New York Times

The man who turned fashion photography into his own branch of cultural anthropology on the streets of New York has died aged 87, writes Jacob Bernstein in the The New York Times.

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Ryugyong hotel, Pyongyang/Wikipedia

We live in a world wherein most everything over-stimulates our grandiosity, even as we are handed less and less tools to deal with that, writes Fr Ron Rolheiser.

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Rudolf Höss

In a guide to Poland useful for World Youth Day pilgrims, David Baldwin raises the possibility that Auschwitz commander Rudolf Höss reconciled with God before he went to his execution, writes Francis Phillips.

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John Pridmore/Catholic Weekly

Aged 27, John Pridmore had already carved out a name for himself as an enforcer in London's unforgiving East End. Then a man lay motionless on the ground, seemingly dead, writes Robert Hiini at The Catholic Weekly.

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Bought for two coins

Matthew 10:24-33 Jesus said to his Apostles: “No disciple is above his teacher, no slave above his master. It is enough for the disciple that he become like his teacher, for the slave that he become like his master.

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Women at home

The final episode of Leave it To Beaver aired in June of 1963, but many conservative Christians still promote a vision of womanhood reminiscent of June Cleaver. For these evangelicals, a woman's place in the world is to get married, bear children, and support her breadwinning husband.

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Fr Neil Kookoothe and Joe D

American priest Fr Neil Kookoothe helped to exonerate Joe D'Ambrosio, who spent 22 years on death row in Ohio, writes Dan Zak at The Washington Post.

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The Crucifixion by Fleming Routledge

The Crucifixion is one of the most stimulating and thought-provoking books of theology that I have read in the past 10 years, writes Bishop Robert Barron for the National Catholic Register.

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ACTU Worksite for Schools, Youth

"To defraud anyone of wages that are his due is a great crime which cries to the avenging anger of Heaven." Pope Leo XIII's statement in the 1891 encyclical Rerum Novarum is jarring, writes Adelaide Mena.

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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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