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Catherine Wiley with Cardinal Séan O’Malley of Boston, who has invited the Catholic Grandparents Association to set up a branch in his diocese --- Catherine Wiley grew up in County Mayo, Ireland, one of a family of 10. She knew only one of

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Mark 6:30-34 The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught. 31He said to them, “Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even

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 The Church’s handling of sexual abuse claims has been back in the media spotlight this week.  Following the Four Corners program which exposed the dastardly deeds of “Fr F” in the diocese of Armidale during the 1980s,

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A video debate including right-to-die advocate Dr Philip Nitschke and leading Australian ethicist Dr Bernadette Tobin is attracting a large and increasing number of online hits. An initiative of the Australian Catholic University (ACU), the debate is the

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With the London Olympics a week away, the Archbishop of Westminster, Vincent Nichols, talks about the initiatives that have been put in place by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales ahead of the Olympic Games, reports Vatican

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Bishop Pat Power says thanks to the faithful, a NSW man who robbed a church is arrested and in South Australia a church is vandalised, Vinnies reports that women are being hit hard by the two-speed economy, and Bishop Saunders (pictured) says the NT

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 The Pope is i nvited to Poland in 2015, the Vatican says its investigation into leaked documents will conclude soon, and Israeli politician tears up a copy of the New Testament and Chinese Catholics in Hong Kong rally in support of Bishop Ma

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Marjorie Chibnall, OBE, medievalist Born September 27, 1915, died June 23, 2012 She was known for her many studies of Anglo-Norman history, including, most notably, her mighty six-volume edition and translation of the Norman chronicler Orderic

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From the Ruins of Empire: the revolt against the West and the remaking of Asia, by Pankaj Mishra (Allen Lane) - Reviewed by David Goodall  Why was Western imperialism initially so successful, why was it increasingly resented by its subject peoples,

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Our group with Archbishop Mark Coleridge of Brisbane, who was one of two Australian archbishops to receive the pallium. --- If you ever want to be af­firmed in the faith, ignited be­yond belief and filled with an unwavering sense of hope and

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Fr Andrew Apostoli --- The Catholic Herald profiles ten priests leading remarkable lives. 1. Fr Andrew ApostoliFr Andrew Apostoli was a leader in the founding of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, a strict order that lives the austere Franciscan life

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Mark 6:7-13 Jesus called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits. 8He ordered them to take nothing for their journey except a staff; no bread, no bag, no money in their belts; 9but to wear sandals

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The radical call of the parable of the Good Samaritan was one of the key messages I took away from a recent event organised by the Good Sams Foundation, writes Michael Sinclair (pictured) in The Good Oil. A ‘duty of care’ is an expression that

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Global Spirit has been dscribed as an “internal travel” series, because the topics and the discussions so often lead to a kind of inner exploration. The opening program in the series, “The Spiritual Quest,”

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The bishops are right. Women religious have changed, not only in the United States but throughout the world. We have changed in ways that invited us to let go of who we thought we were. Surrendering to the Spirit, we awakened to new understandings that

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A time capsule is unearthed at a Sydney school, the Catholic schools strike from 50 years ago is remembered in Canberra, Catholic Care to help more children in the Hunter region of NSW, and a court verdict means a Tasmanian church (pictured) incurs stamp

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Pilgrimages to venerate a saintly heart, an elderly Brazilian cardinal is farewelled, Vatileaks labelled a grave crime by Cardinal Burke (pictured), and a Scottish cleric goes on the offensive over same-sex marriage. Scottish cardinal opposes same-sex

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Ada María Isasi-Díaz March 22, 1943 – May 13, 2012 Ada María Isasi-Díaz would have become a Roman Catholic priest, she told friends, if not for the church’s ban on ordaining women. Instead, she became a dissident

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The Unintended Reformation: How a Religious Revolution Secularized Society, by Brad S Gregory (Harvard University Press) -  Reviewed by Lucy Wooding This is a very unexpected book. Brad Gregory's first book, Salvation at Stake: Christian

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Fr Joseph Petratis’ journey as a priest has crossed four continents – from war-torn Europe to Australia, via the United States and South America, reports The Southern Cross. Not bad credentials for a migrant chaplain. Little wonder Fr Petratis

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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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