Herodium, the desert site of King Herod's fortress and palace, where his tomb was found in 2007 --- Herod has become a new Jewish super-hero in Jerusalem. This elevation, which has come about since the unearthing of his tomb in 2007, comes as a shock for

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The combined choir from All Hallows' School and St Joseph's College, Gregory Terrace, Brisbane, who will be singing on Anzac Day at Gallipoli --- A visit by Greek priests helps develop interfaith bonds, sainthood hopes for Eileen O’Connor, co-founder

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The Vatican unveils plan for international family centre near Nazareth, a movie on Catholic abuse scandal is feared to be exploitative, a graffiti artist, cardinal and pop star are to speak at a Vatican event, and an archbishop says Christians must either

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Roger Ebert receiving his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2005   Roger Ebert, film critic Born June 18, 1942; died April 4, 2013 Roger Ebert, who has died aged 70, became the first American film critic to win a Pulitzer prize, having turned his

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My Bright Abyss: Meditation of a Modern Believer by Christian Wiman (Farrar Straus Giroux) - Reviewed by Casey N. Cep A few summers ago, I served as a chaplain at a large, urban hospital. Some patients came for brief stays, others for long periods, and some

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Seeing my faith used by God to serve Christ in the poor means a lot to me, says Francis Voon, new pastoral care officer at the Matthew Talbot Hostel, Woolloomooloo, in inner Sydney, reports The Catholic Weekly. “My relationship with God is

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Pacem in Terris, Pope John XXIII's signature encyclical, was issued 50 years ago. His sense of optimism exhibited in the document was infectious. His idea of inclusiveness changed the Catholic mindset. His belief in the human spirit and the need to free it

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Gospel John 21:1-19 Later on, Jesus showed himself again to the disciples. It was by the Sea of Tiberias, and it happened like this: Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee and two more of his disciples were

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We live in a highly secularized culture. Generally this draws one of three reactions from Christians struggling to live out faith in this context: First, a growing number of Christians of all denominations see secularity more as an enemy of faith and the

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The goal of the papal Centesimus Annus Foundation is to spread the Social Doctrine of the Church in the world of economics. The issue is especially relevant nowadays, with more than 200 million are unemployed. To help spur growth, the foundation organized a

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French Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue discusses the challenges of the job with Chicago Tribune religion reporter Manya A. Brachear. Q: You serve as president of the Pontifical Council for

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Rugby league legend Ian Walsh has been buried. Missionary priests from India are ready to take up their work in Queensland. Students join Tasmanian abortion law protest. Church called to end silence on child abuse. Missionary priests ready to minister in

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The last bishop chosen by Pope Benedict, Bishop Joseph Dinh Duc Dao, has been ordained. A Syrian bishop has warned of starvation in Aleppo. An Irish coroner is investigating the case of an Indian woman who died after a premature birth. Xuan Loc celebrates the

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Annette Funicello, actor, activist1942-2013By Douglas Martin-Annette Funicello, who won America’s heart as a 12-year-old in Mickey Mouse ears, captivated adolescent baby boomers in slightly spicy beach movies and later championed people with multiple

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Creation: The Origin of Life / The Future of Life by Adam Rutherford (Viking) Reviewed by Peter Forbes Until recently, the most widespread hypothesis on the origin of life was that originated by Darwin: ‘But if (& oh what a big if) we could

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This year, we mark the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War -- a time when thousands of our prisoners of war finally came home after years of starvation and hardship and, in some cases, torture. And among the homecomings, one stood out. A group of

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The newly elected pope's focus on the poor and the marginalized has instilled great faith among many Catholic women. They hope the papacy of Pope Francis will promote a leading role for women in the church. A group of American nuns and Catholic women recently

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Gospel John 20:19-31 In the evening of that same day, the first day of the week, the doors were closed in the room where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews. Jesus came and stood among them. He said to them, ‘Peace be with you’, and showed

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Christ is risen from the dead! Dying he conquered death; to the dead he has given life.(Byzantine Liturgy. Topiarian of Easter)The Easter message is the most human tiding of Christianity. This is because Easter tells us that God himself has done something.

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Jesuit scholar Fr John W. O'Malley talks about "What Happened at Vatican II", which is also the title of his best selling book on the Second Vatican Council.  

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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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