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Monsignor OBrien

The Archdiocese of New York has announced the death of Msgr William O’Brien, a co-founder of Daytop Village, one of the most successful residential drug and alcohol treatment programs in the USA, writes The New York Times.

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Protestant martyr

In Nazi Germany, Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer emerged as a Christian voice of defiance. This biography by Charles Marsh examines a compelling life story without succumbing to hagiography, writes Michael Hollerich.

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Catholic inspiration

A new exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW features a Last Supper themed work by pop-icon Andy Warhol. This video by Sotheby's explains the importance of Catholic ritual and spirituality in Warhol's work. 

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Pakistan PM

Pope to honour Turin Shroud, Cardinal Tagle laments Synod media coverage, Vatican says religious freedom eroding in US/Europe, Vatican ethicist on Brittany Maynard's suicide, Syria, Anglicans and Catholics co-operate on anti-trafficking.

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John 2: 13-22 This passage from John's Gospel offers the high drama of Jesus' anger in the temple at Jerusalem, and his offering a prophecy of his own death and resurrection.

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Maryanne Kolkia RSM

Mercy Sister Maryanne Kolkia is living out an uplifting and life-giving vocation assisting with Mercy Works in PNG, where the Sisters of Mercy are making a difference improving the lives of people in this poor Pacific nation.

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Pope Francis on Monday

Rivalry and vainglory are two worms that weaken the Church. We should instead act in a spirit of humility and harmony, without seeking our own interests, Pope Francis told a congregation at Casa Santa Marta on Monday.

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Healthy faith

"If faith could be packaged in a pill, the stock price of drug companies would soar," writes Rob Moll, editor-at-large with Christianity Today. Here, he examines the clear health benefits of religion for Relevant Magazine.

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Bishop Fisher

Archbishop Fisher to be installed next week, Frank Brennan on euthanasia, Aboriginal recognition referendum, JPII play finishes whirlwind tour, church told: pay for victims' legal advice, Tassie volunteers lend a spiritual hand.

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The Ladder of Divine Ascent

As we head to the Feasts of All Saints and All Souls over the weekend, theologian John Martens tracks the evolution of our understanding of the greatest mystery of all: What happens when we die?

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Joan of Arc redux

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The heretic saint

Everyone knows the story of Joan of Arc, the teenage girl who heard voices that took her to the court of a king, to military victories, trial as a heretic, and later to veneration as a saint. A new book by Helen Castor places Joan in context.

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Sr Peggy Dolan

In 1932, Sr Peggy Dolan arrived as a young novice in Australia from Ireland. Recently, the sprightly Presentation Sister celebrated her hundredth birthday at Nudgee’s Emmaus Retirement Village, reports The Catholic Leader.

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President Martin Schultz

Environment a "pro-life" concern, Asia Bibi asks for Pope's prayers, Filipino bishops oppose death penalty, why Francis wants you inside the Church, President of Uganda, bishops object to same-sex benefits at Jesuit university.

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Brisbane Archdiocese supports Blue Knot Day

Bishop Fisher on love, Fr John Therry remembered, Sisters of Mercy share Perth heritage, Benedictine inspires in Sydney, Launceston Carmelites, Notre Dame Professor nominated for Australian of the Year.

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Jack Dominian MBE

Jack Dominian believed that his understanding of psychology and psychiatry were crucial to his philosophy of love, sex and relationships. Though he challenged orthodoxy, he remained a faithful Catholic.

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Jesus

Matthew 23:1-12 In this passage from the Gospel, Jesus warns His disciples against taking on the airs and hypocrisies of the religious leaders of His day.

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The dearly departed

This short history of Halloween from the National Geographic Channel goes back to the pre-Christian origins of Halloween and explains how a pagan feast was transformed by the Church, and carried by migrants around the world.

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Pope Francis graffiti

His time in the teeming slums of Argentina helped transform Pope Francis from a cautious young conservative into an elder statesman for transformation, writes Paul Vallely in this comprehensive Newsweek profile.

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Wall Street Sign

A new paper from London's Theos religious think tank outlines a "Just Money" theory drawn from Catholic social thought. The Economist considers what lessons this body of thought might have for addressing the financial crisis.

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Santa Fe church rev

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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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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