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Albanian Catholics excommunicate participants in a blood feud, the former president of Ireland, Mary McAleese (pictured), writes a book on the impact of Vatican II, the Pope has a new almoner and Brazilian bishops have slammed a magazine over publishing

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His Holiness Abune Paulos November 3, 1935 - August 16, 2012 The Church claims its origins from a eunuch and official at the court of the then Queen of Ethiopia said to have been baptised by Philip the Evangelist, one of the seven deacons described in the

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Yves Congar (right) with Joseph Ratzinger My Journal of the Council By Yves Congar, OP Liturgical Press. 979p $69.95 (Hardcover) Reviewed by Fr Robert Barron One of the most theologically fascinating and just plain entertaining books I’ve read in

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In 2005 Fr Joseph Roesch, an American priest of the Marian Immaculate Community without a word of Italian, was appointed vicar general in Rome, reports the Catholic Weekly. It became his “most memorable” assignment as he “surrendered to

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Mark 10:2-16 Some Pharisees came, and to test Jesus they asked, ‘Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?’ 3He answered them, ‘What did Moses command you?’ 4They said, ‘Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of

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Star Wars characters wear robes. Priests wear vestments --- Some new words and phrases have a certain charm or energy to them. Others are ugly, lazy or debased and come, all too often, from America, writes Alexander Lucie-Smith in The Catholic

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Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48 John said to Jesus, ‘Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.’ 39But Jesus said, ‘Do not stop him; for no one who does a deed of power in

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Often, when the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference invite Catholics to participate in the celebration of some anniversary, to discuss some topic, or to support some cause, the take-up around the country is very patchy, writes Michael Putney, the

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Leah Darrow, former contestant on America’s Next Top Model, finished her Australian tour two weeks ago, after speaking to a packed house at two Melbourne events. The Communications Office at the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne arranged an interview

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Can women receive sacred orders? Let us consult several authoritative sources. Canon 1024 of the Code of Canon Law states, “A baptised male alone receives sacred ordination validly.” In 1994 Pope John Paul II said: “I declare that the Church

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St Joseph's Nudgee College "Stella Fellas" proudly wear bowties to raise awareness of human trafficking --- A new president for the Canon Law Society, in Sydney the veteran catechist for the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine receives an award for her

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Argentina cries out for a Papal visit, French bishops challenge their president over same-sex unions, a surge in vocations in Scandinavia, Nigerians see the social benefits of pilgrimages, and a new English bishop makes a plea to the faithful. Hopes for

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TIM MARTIN 1949-2012 Tim Martin was an unlikely hero. School heroes of his era were usually sports stars such as the footballers, with an occasional intellectual, such as his classmate, the playwright Nick Enright. Martin was no hero at school but there

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The Time Traveller’s Guide to Elizabethan England by Ian Mortimer (Bodley Head) "They fastened the bar with a pin to prevent it slipping, and then, removing the wicker steps one by one from beneath my feet, they left me hanging by my hands and

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Fr Paul Check swapped tanks for a special apostolate in the Church when he opened a new chapter in his life --- Fr Paul Check comes from an organisation steeped in history and tradition, with a structured hierarchy, distinctive dress and a focus on

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The first story sounds as old as the Book of Exodus: A mother and father, fearing his annihilation by a sinister force, place their newborn son in a vessel they hope will transport him to safety. Adopted by a completely different family, he grows up to

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Mark 9:30-37 Jesus and his disciples went on from there and passed through Galilee. He did not want anyone to know it; 31for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, “The Son of Man is to be betrayed into human hands, and they will kill him,

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A demographic revolution is underway throughout the world. Today worldwide, there are around 600 million persons aged 60 years and over. This number will double by 2025. (United Nations) On October 1, the United Nations encourages us to celebrate

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“Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is a despot whose shooting and shelling of his own people cannot be defended,” wrote the Catholic Register in a recent editorial, “yet he may be the last line of defence for Syria’s

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For those who lived through the Rwandan genocide, the mass murder of hundreds of thousands nearly 20 years ago continues to resonate. While people try to rebuild the nation, reminders of that dark period in recent Rwandan history are never far from 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

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

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