Since the end of May, the pope's former butler, Paolo Gabriele, has been detained in a 35-square-metre cell at the Vatican, with a window but no TV. Using the code name "Maria," he allegedly smuggled faxes and letters out of the pope's private quarters. But

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Using art and technology, image-maker Alexander Tsiaras shows extraordinary visualisation of human development from conception to birth and beyond. (to control play and pause, it is necessary to click on the 'full screen' icon that is located above

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After the failure of his first attempt to overthrow the rule of the in Russia Czars, Lenin asked, “What is to be done?” It’s a frequent question when we are faced with failure and a mess, writes Father Michael Kelly SJ in CathNews USA. We

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The passing of Peter Steele, priest and poet, Catholic schools face budget pressure over computers, a Brisbane aged care development, large crowd tipped for a youth ministry conference and Sydney schools participate in a refugee performance

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The Paraguayan leader, a former priest, is ousted in a coup, the Church in Spain may lose its tax perks, an Austrian rebel priest is given an ultimatum and Cafod declares the Rio environment conference a failure.  Paraguay coup prompts

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Gitta Sereny, CBE March 13, 1921 – June 14, 2012 Gitta Sereny chose for her subjects the sort of perpetrators of ‘evil’ that other writers feared to touch — the child murderers Mary Bell and the killers of James Bulger, the

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The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot by Robert Macfarlane (Hamish Hamilton) - Reviewed by William Dalrymple Robert Macfarlane, a young English don at Cambridge, produced his first book in 2003: Mountains of the Mind was a genre-defying look at man's

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Joining the ranks of the Good Samaritan Sisters probably seemed, to some, a logical step for Melbourne-born, Judith Foster SGS. After all, she’d been educated by the sisters throughout her school years and knew them well. But in the early 1960s, while

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The classroom is small and lined with shelves filled with colorful books. A beige statue of the Virgin and Child sits in a niche, below a panorama photograph of Nazareth and beside a painting of the Last Supper. On a stack of metal folding chairs the words

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My Dear Church, I write to you on this the occasion of your fiftieth anniversary – 50 years since you, ancient Mother, set upon your aggiornamento. Congratulations to you, the arrested eternal, throwing open your windows to the particularity of a new

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Luke 1:57-66 Now the time came for Elizabeth to give birth, and she bore a son. 58Her neighbours and relatives heard that the Lord had shown his great mercy to her, and they rejoiced with her. 59On the eighth day they came to circumcise the child, and they

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Living for others

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Along the path of life we come across both selfish and unselfish people. To which group do you and I belong? Perhaps we are a mixture of both generosity and selfishness. But to the extent that we may still be partly selfish, self-centred, and self-indulgent,

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The four Bishops on the Year of Grace Working Party (Archbishop Coleridge, Archbishop Costelloe, Bishop Putney, Bishop Walker) share their thoughts on the significance of this spiritual journey.

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No-one knows how difficult it is to serve both God and Mammon as much as the men who run the Institute for the Works of Religion (IOR), the so-called Vatican Bank. Turmoil over the recent ousting of its president, Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, has not only made that

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Melbourne priests are honoured by the Pope, a Vinnie dinner raises much-needed funds in the west of Sydney, and Wagga priest Father Bernie Thomas (pictured) celebrates 40 years in the job. Melbourne priests honoured by Pope (CAM) Manly locals to air

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SSPX predicts delays in Vatican talks due to  doctrinal difficulties, the Pope is to meet with cardinals investigating leaked documents, and American nuns (pictured) kick off a nationwide bus tour. SSPX says doctrinal difficulties could prolong

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Sr Rosalie Bertell, GNSH, PhD  4 April 1929 – June 14, 2012 Sister Rosalie Bertell, GNSH, PhD, an internationally recognized environmental epidemiologist, cancer researcher and public health advocate, died 14 June, 2012, at age 83 in Saint Mary

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The Arab Awakening: Islam and the New Middle East by Tariq Ramadan (Penguin) -  Reviewed by Robert Irwin Many opportunistic books on the Arab spring have been published in recent months. Tariq Ramadan has wisely avoided using the phrase ‘Arab

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“The sick and the poor are always with us, it’s just a matter of responding in one way or another,” says Fra’ Matthew Festing, Prince and Grand Master of the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St John of Jerusalem, of Rhodes and

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In the wake of Tuesday's meeting with representatives of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, the Vatican official responsible for a recent crackdown said he still believes the relationship can work, but also warned of a possible "dialogue of the

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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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