The 5th century mosaic

The Old Testament contains many tales of wonder, but on the existence of elephants it is quite silent. So the discovery of an elephant in a mosaic on the wall of an ancient synagogue in Galilee is creating quite a stir.

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Child asylum seekers

George Brandis on religious liberty, 102-year-old refugee safe in Sydney, TAS concert against human trafficking, AMA compromise for $7 co-payment, analysis as Abbott Government announces freedom for some child asylum seekers.

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Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia

Ecological encyclical nearly ready, Vatican Cricket Club set to take on Church of England, Cardinal Brady, Pakistan Franciscans celebrate, World Humanitarian Day, China pulls down more church crosses, Cardinal meets Indian PM.

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alana harris

Vatican II made some great changes in the Church, but one of the casualties according to some observers was a neglect of ordinary forms of piety. This review in The Tablet looks at the arc of that aspect of Catholic devotion.

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Saint Alberto Hurtado SJ

"To be an apostle does not mean to carry a torch, to possess the light, but to be the light". Listen to a special meditation on the life of the Jesuit Alberto Hurtado, to mark the 200th anniversary of the Restoration of the Jesuits.

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Ulf Ekman

It caused an uproar in Sweden when Ulf Ekman left his Protestant ministry and became a Catholic. As he told The Catholic Herald: "We need what the Lord has given to the Catholic Church to live fully as Christians."

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Tjanpi Desert weavers

As Caritas Australia celebrates its fiftieth anniversary, watch the story of its aid and development work in solidarity with indigenous Australians.

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Peter Sculthorpe

Australia's leading comtemporary composer, whose most substantial work is considered by many to be his 2004 Requiem, has died in Sydney. The Guardian's David Matthews wrote this obituary.

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Pope on the flight

Returning from Korea, the Pope covered many subjects with his travelling press corps - including 'licit' counter measures to unjust aggression, and where he would like to travel next. America Online has the full transcript.

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Jesus and Peter

Matthew 16:13-20: Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, "Who do people say that the Son of Man is?"

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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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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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