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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Pope Benedict in the garden

The gardens at the Pontifical Villas at Castel Gandolfo are open to the public. This video from the Catholic News Service takes us on a tour of this idyllic papal retreat, and explains something of its history and how it came to be open to the public.

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Gosford Anglican Church

Melbourne Response "empowered" victims, provocative Anglican signs of the times, World Congress of Families controversy, Father's Day for priests, extraordinary women, Notre Dame jubilee.

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Paul VI with Martin Luther King

US bishops marks civil rights anniversary, Benedict celebrates special liturgy, Dawkins shocker, South Sudan famine, King of Bahrain offers aid to Christians, cold water poured on ice bucket challenge, Pope Francis says don't be a gossip.

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John Major and Albert Reynolds

The Pope sent condolences for the death of former Irish Prime Minister Albert Reynolds and "gratitude for his efforts in promoting peace and reconciliation in Ireland". His requiem Mass was held at the Sacred Heart Church in Dublin.

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Charles Darwin by John Collier

The conclusions of Charles Darwin are often portrayed as incompatible with Christianity - but Catholic theologians and scientists beg to differ, seeing Evolution as evidence of God's creative dynamism, writes Fr Daniel O'Leary. 

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Christ by El Greco

Matthew 16:21-28 In this passage, Jesus appears angry because although his disciples have acknowledged that he is the Messiah, they have not worked out what kind of Messiah he is to be.

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Shall we dance?

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"One cannot dance well unless one is completely in time with the music," Ann Morrow Lindbergh once wrote, and in this reflection by Fr Chris Gleeson SJ, we are all invited to find the intimate rhythm of the Lord.

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James Foley

Sometimes it seems the word 'martyr' has been hijacked. Terror groups desecrate the name by applying it to those who die killing others. But what does the Church say makes a martyr and what of journalist James Foley? Was he a martyr?

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Napoleon takes the crown

Among the enlightening elements of this new study of Napoleon Bonaparte is an examination of the plucky Corsican's unsuccessful attempts to co-opt the Church to his imperial cause, writes Jonathan Wright in The Tablet.

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Pope Pius X

It's 100 years since the death of Pope St Pius X, a man who combined  a strong sense of compassion, benevolence, and poverty, with real pastoral outreach.  Vatican Radio has produced this special program to remember his Pontificate.

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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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