On Saturday, August 6, at the end of the 6pm Mass, Fr Christopher Sheehy paused to advise the congregation that he had clipped Cardinal Pell's most recent article from The Catholic Weekly and posted it on the church noticeboard.  ''I cannot understand

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Charles E. Curran, The Social Mission of the U.S. Catholic Church: A Theological Perspective Georgetown Univ. Press.   Click here for a 20% discount on this and other books from Church Resources and John Garrett Publishing Charles E. Curran is one of

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While participating in the "Occupy Wall Street" protests in lower Manhattan, I have begun to wonder what would happen if Catholics took this model and applied it to their passion for and grievances with their own church. Imagine a group of Catholics whose

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Midnight contraction pains signaled to Melanie Pritchard that labor was beginning. If all went well, her baby would have a birth date on July 28th, 2010. Melanie phoned her mother to say that her husband Doug was taking her to the hospital. Melanie Pritchard

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Matthew 22:1-14 Once more Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying: 2’The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son. 3He sent his slaves to call those who had been invited to the wedding banquet, but

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I can say that, unwittingly, I was following Cardijn's principles in my desire to set up a Young Catholic Students Group in my first years of teaching at Sacred Heart School in New Town. I was inspired to set this group in motion in our school because of a

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Ever since the pope officially announced that World Youth Day 2013 would be in Rio de Janeiro, preparations have been in full swing. Now organizers have launched a competition to find the best logo, says Rome Reports.

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George Weigel's recent syndicated article ("The Enduring Importance of Centesimus Annus," June 22, 2011) attempts to reconcile Catholic Social Teaching with his free-market opinions by praising Centesimus Annus as a departure from the social patrimony of the

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Melbourne Bishop Tim Costelloe has ordained three new priests for the Divine Word misionaries while Newcastle Bishop Bill Wright says he is appalled by political rhetoric on asylum seekers and an Australian missionary in India plans to walk from Melbourne to

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Argentina has refused to extradite to France a former army captain convicted of killing two French nuns during the 1970s while the US bishops have reissued their statement on 'Faithful Citizenship' and three Canadian Catholic churches are going for the

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Charles Kingsley Barrett, who has died aged 94, stood alongside CH Dodd as the greatest British New Testament scholar of the 20th century.  Barrett regarded commentary on the texts as the primary task of the biblical scholar, and his meticulous

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Yves Congar, trans. Paul Philibert, True and False Reform in the Church, Liturgical Press Click here for a 20% discount on this and other books from Church Resources and John Garrett Publishing The first edition of Yves Congar’s irrepressible Vraie et

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America magazine has launched a campaign  to “Save The Altar Girls.” It seems that the practice has barely been in place for five minutes yet already there is a backlash against it, with a number of American dioceses ruling it

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Vatican Radio was launched by Pope Pius XI and Guglielmo Marconi on 29 September 1929, thus celebrating its 80th anniversary this week. In this programme presented and produced by Veronica Scarisbrick you can hear a sound picture of that special day, with the

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Matthew 21:33-43 Jesus said to the chief priests and the elders of the people, 'Listen to another parable. There was a landowner who planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a wine press in it, and built a watchtower. Then he leased it to tenants and

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Personally being with Christ, with the living God, is one thing: another is that we can only ever believe within the "we". I sometimes say that Saint Paul wrote: "Faith comes from hearing" – not from reading. It needs reading as well, but it comes from

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This 42-minute film captures a glimpse of the conflict faced by the Karen people in Myanmar; with tales of suffering related with seemingly stoic resignation by those experiencing it. The US filmakers are appealing to viewers to take action. In 2006, four

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Pope Benedict XVI's four-day visit to Germany highlighted two closely connected challenges for the church: how to re-evangelise traditionally Christian countries in the West, and how to regain a credible voice in modern society. In a sense, the pope's German

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 Catholic Women's League of Australia president Madge Fahy has confirmed that the League had entered a new era with younger women in leadership roles while a Sydney's Life, Marriage and Family Centre has hit out at plans to market the abortion drug

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Vatican official Archbishop Dominique Mamberti has called for a two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict insisting that "if we want peace, courageous decisions have to be made."  Meanwhile, Italian sculptor Oliviero Rainaldi has bowed to

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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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