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The Year of Faith app goes live, Korean bishops make a pre-election plea, Chad expels an Italian bishop over an oil row, the Pope believes Christianity will rekindle in Europe, and global support grows for the detained Shanghai bishop Thaddeus Ma

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Stephen Eugene Clarke ('Steve from Gordon') November 19, 1926, September 20, 2012, aged 85 - Ross Fitzgerald There were five great loves in Stephen Clarke's life. First, his wonderful wife, Dawn; second, his beloved daughter, Kerry; third, his

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  The Spirit of Vatican II: A History of Catholic Reform in America by Colleen McDannell (Basic Books) - Reviewed by Kristen Moulton Colleen McDannell knew the title of her book, The Spirit of Vatican II: A History of Catholic Reform in

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I am an almost-thirty Catholic woman and I have spent my career in the corporate world. I loved my job, at least at the beginning, but as 40-hour weeks became 50, then 60 approaching 70, phrases like ‘free time’ and ‘me time’

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Mark 10:35-45 James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to Jesus and said to him, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.” 36And he said to them, “What is it you want me to do for you?” 37And they said to

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Identical twin brothers, Fr Peter and Fr Kevin O'Neill, are both Columban missionary priests --- Australian-born Father Kevin O'Neill, who was elected Superior General of the Missionary Society of St Columban in Los Angeles last month, is not the

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John XXIII  broke the mould of my strictly Presbyterian Dunedin upbringing by calling Vatican II and by being a good, kind, humble old man. The two are indivisible, writes Moira Rayner. My parents taught me that Roman Catholic boys were not datable; my

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As the Vatican synod espouses the power of new media to evangelise, the man featured in the above interview grapples daily with its dilemmas and promises, and is trying to harness its potential to communicate about religion in a positive way. Monsignor Paul

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In July 1960, Yves Congar, a renowned Catholic expert in ecclesiology, felt that Vatican II “was coming 20 years too soon from the vantage point of theology and especially of ecumenism”. Many ideas had already changed, the French Dominican priest

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Brisbane students raise $1700 for infrastructure in PNG, a search for more pastoral carers, and former NSW politicIan George Paciullo (pictured), who died this week, leaves a legacy of saving lives through his advocacy of random breath testing. School

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Fifty years on, the Vatican newspaper praises The Beatles, Christians are excited to hear the Pope's messages in Arabic, Philippine Catholics join the push against a new cybercrime law, and almost one in five Americans has no religious

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Marvin Meyer April 16 1948, August 16 2012 Marvin Meyer, who has died aged 64, was an expert on Gnosticism whose translation of the Gnostic Gospel of Judas challenged the traditional portrayal of Judas Iscariot as the Apostle who betrayed Jesus. What we

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Australian native Rosemary Goldie speaks with a bishop during a meeting of the Second Vatican Council in 1964 --- Rosemary Goldie was a historic figure for the church in many ways. With her 1966 appointment as undersecretary of the Council for the

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Titian: His Life by Sheila Hale (HarperPress) - Reviewed by  Michael Prodger So equally matched were the four greatest painters of the High Renaissance that neither their contemporaries nor posterity have been able to separate them for long. Each

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Gospel: Mark 10:17-31 As Jesus was setting out on a journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 18Jesus said to him, "Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone.

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Forty years ago, long before the recent afternoon when Dr Joseph Dutkowsky knelt at the warped feet of his four-year-old patient, he was an American small-town teenager approaching his Catholic confirmation and needing to select a patron saint. He made

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Why am I still a Catholic? How should I answer this important question? In truth, sometimes I'm not sure why. Yet I know the Church frames my identity, as basic as that. It's the source of consolation without peer, writes Geraldine Doogue in a reflection

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US priest Ladislas Orsy, SJ, talks with America magazine about the vision of Vatican II and how Catholics can help implement it today.

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On January 25, 1959, the newly elected Pope John XXIII invited 18 cardinals from the Vatican bureaucracy to attend a service at the Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls in Rome. He told them he planned to summon a global church council. The horrified

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The Ignite Youth festival sets Brisbane on fire, Sydney Auxiliary Bishop Julian Porteous (pictured) releases a book on exorcism, an internet forum on St Mary MacKillop brings strangers together, and a church in Sydney's Rocks promotes the the cause of its

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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

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Live streamed from Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral, Waitara

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All your daily readings, reflections and prayers can be found here... 

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