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A Muslim mob attack closes a Pakistani church, an African cardinal calls for renewed emphasis on Islam, former US basketball star  Denis Rodman flies to Rome in the hope of meeting the new pope, and Catholic theologian Alice von Hildebrand

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The missing king

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Richard III 2 October 1452 – 22 August 1485 No viper, toad or hedgehog; no unformed bear-whelp, or lump of foul deformity. Instead, the man dug up from the car park of Leicester Social Services in September had, for the most part, an ordinary shape.

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Rediscovering Piero - By Walter Kaiser Piero della Francesca in America An exhibition at the Frick Collection, New York City, February 12–May 19, 2013. Catalogue of the exhibition by Nathaniel Silver, with essays by James R. Banker and

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With an ageing population and an increase in the number of people living with dementia, David Maher – chief executive officer of Catholic Healthcare Limited – is well aware of the challenges that lay ahead, reports The Catholic Weekly.

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The selection of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina as the new pope, Francis, was largely unexpected by betting markets and Vatican experts, in part because of his advanced age. Cardinal Bergoglio, 76, is probably the ninth oldest of

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America magazine draws up a list of priorities for the new pope. DEDICATION TO DIALOGUE An eminent professor of history at Princeton University, Anthony Grafton, remarked in a short article in The New York Review of Books in 2010 that Pope Benedict XVI was

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What's it like to get a Jesuit pope?' A hard question to wake up to, but I have got used to it during the first day, writes Andrew Hamilton SJ in Eureka Street. I must say that I hadn't thought of the new Pope in Jesuit terms. I was glad we had a new Pope,

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This special feature from Salt and Light provides a comprehensive insight into all of the facets of the conclave - the role of the Sistine chapel, the cardinal electors, the ballots and voting,the stove and smoke, how long previous conclaves have taken, the

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Luke 15:1-32 Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to him.2And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, ‘This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them.’ 3So he told them this

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For Christians, the season of Lent has come quite early this year. In the few days before Ash Wednesday, I was considering what discipline I would undertake during this period when the Church invites us to become more attuned to Gospel living. During the

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"The Vatican". It is perhaps the most misunderstood term in Catholic vocabulary. Does it mean the buildings where the pope lives? Or perhaps it refers to the people running the day to day operations of the Church? Or does it refer the governmental structure

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In his book Called to Communion, published a decade before the beginning of his papacy, Joseph Ratzinger had some strong words to say about the bureaucratic machinery of the Church. "The more administrative machinery we construct, be it the most modern,

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The plan for new Catholic schools in Victoria moves ahead, Archbishop Coleridge focuses on the New Evangelisation, Victorian Catholics maintain their support for survivors of the Black Saturday bushfires, and nursing students are offered

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Women deserve bigger role in church, says a key cardinal, Irish bishops are urged to act for censured priests, a French nun is murdered in Madagascar, and  Cardinal Keith O'Brien (pictured) faces a Vatican probe.  Women deserve bigger role

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Dr Evelyn Billings 1918 - 2013 Dr Evelyn Billings, who with her husband, John, pioneered research that led them to develop a form of natural family planning supported by the Catholic church, died last month after a short illness. She was 95. The

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10th-century Bible at St. Mary of Zion, Aksum, Ethiopia --- Why Priests? A Failed Tradition by Garry Wills (Viking) - Reviewed by Randall Balmer Garry Wills wants us to know that he really bears no animus toward priests. Truly. Some of his best

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I have a ‘bucket list’ of things that I want to do before I die, and one of those was to visit to the South Pole, writes Father Michael Smith SJ in Kairos and republished by the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne.I doubted I would ever tick

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As the Pope steps down, the Tablet asked people of all ages, from all around the world, what sort of person they want for his successor. Here are their answers. Louise Macdonald (40s), opera singer, GlasgowI was very surprised when the Pope announced he was

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Michelangelo and the English Martyrs by Anne Dillon (Ashgate) - Reviewed by Lucy Wooding In 1555, a large and elaborate broadsheet was published in Rome, showing in exquisite and terrible detail the executions of the English Carthusians who in the 1530s

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Luke 13:1-9 At that very time there were some present who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.2He asked them, “Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were worse sinners than all

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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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