Brisbane ordinations

A student injured in a Bali accident, prayer unites asbestos sufferers, ordinations in Brisbane and Sydney, inspiration for theme song for Australia’s Catholic Youth Festival.

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Decisive shift

Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis's first major letter to the faithful, is a clarion call for a decisive shift in the Catholic Church's self-understanding, in full continuity with the teaching of the Second Vatican Council, Paul VI, John Paul II and Benedict XVI, writes George Weigel.

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The Fischers with Pope Benedict

Farmer, autism advocate and wife of the former Australian deputy prime minister and ambassador to the Holy See, Tim Fischer, talks about her life and faith.

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Flannery Oconnor

Flannery O’Connor stood out amongst 20th-century writers for her ‘spiritual questing.’ Now, a portrait of her inner world has been published, following the discovery of her prayer journal.

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0612Long

The Australian landscape artist, Leonard Long OAM, has died. First encouraged to draw by a kindly nun, he was, at 102 years of age, a living link to the legacy of the Heidelberg School. His work captured the essence of Australian landscape.

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Jesus cures

Matthew 3:1-12: 'I am not fit to carry his sandals; he will baptise you with the Holy Spirit and fire'.

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0612Children

In light of the Royal Commission, here is a short dramatisation, taking us back to the Gospel view of those who would harm children.

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Case for Christianity

An English translation of the the letter of the Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI to the Italian atheist Piergiorgio Odifreddi has been published. Author, philosopher and Jesuit James V Schall writes that Benedict XVI has 'made the case for Christianity'.

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Netanyahu in Rome

The Phillipines bishops are prioritising typhoon aid, anti-Christian violence continues in Egypt, and it turns out the Pope -- used to be a 'bouncer'.

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Radical leadership

Many politicians don't so much govern as self-promote, with little thought of making the world a better place. When Jorge Bergoglio was chosen as Pope, he immediately showed the world his leadership style would be different from that of his predecessors.

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Coeiliacs rejoice

Canberra clergy on the move, a new Maitland school in NSW is named after Aloysius and WA Carmelite nuns are making low-gluten communion hosts.

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Created Pontifical Council

One of the first times that the phrase "the new evangelisation" was heard was in John Paul II's Apostolic letter Novo Millennio Ineunte (at the close of the Great Jubilee of 2000). Today, everyone is speaking about the new evangelisation.

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Matthew 24

Matthew 24:37-44 Jesus said to his disciples: 'As it was in Noah's day, so will it be when  the Son of Man comes.

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The voice of God?

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JS Bach

A brilliant, festive study of JS Bach uses literature and painting to illuminate his 'dance-impregnated' music. Peter Conrad filed this review for The Guardian.

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Mother Antonia Brenner

Mother Antonia Brenner was a twice-divorced socialite who renounced Hollywood glitz to live as a nun in a Mexican prison. This obituary appeared in The Telegraph, London.

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Thrilling document

This week Pope Francis issued a bold new document — in Vatican parlance an “apostolic exhortation” — called "Evangelii Gaudium" or The Joy of the Gospel. In this new document, he sets out an exciting new vision of how to be a church.  In all my years as a Catholic, I cannot remember a papal document that was so thought-provoking, surprising and invigorating.  Frankly, reading it thrilled me, writes James Martin SJ.

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Simone Weil was a woman of exceptional faith. She was also a woman with an unwavering commitment to the poor. But she was also exceptional and unwavering in a resistance she had towards the Church, writes Ron Rolheiser.

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Brisbane requiem Mass

Brisbane Filipino community chaplain Fr Marce Singson said his heart was broken to see the damage Typhoon Haiyan caused in his native country.

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Croatian rejection

The Saudi persecution of Christians is raised at a conference, the film Philomena has lessons worthy of the Gospel, and Croatians give same-sex marriage the thumbs down.

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Faith and climate change

What is the proper role of people of faith in Australia in fighting climate change? For signs of hope, let’s step back and see the big picture. Of course, our reliance on a loving and all-powerful God is part of this, but I will focus here on the more temporal sphere, writes Thea Ormerod.

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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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