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In the 12 years since Melinda Gates and her husband, Bill, created the Gates Foundation, the world’s largest philanthropic organisation, she has done a lot of travelling. A reserved woman who has long been wary of the public glare attached to the Gates

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Mark 16:9-20 Jesus showed himself to the eleven and said to them, ‘Go into all the world and proclaim the good news to the whole creation. 16The one who believes and is baptized will be saved; but the one who does not believe will be condemned.

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Recently a new expression has made its way into our theological and ecclesial vocabulary.  There's a lot of talk today about the New Evangelisation. Indeed, the Pope has called for a Synod to meet this year for a month in Rome to try to articulate a

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In Asia the media continues to have a special role in shaping the world, cultures and ways of thinking producing great and rapid changes. This video shows how the Salesians use the mass media to reach out to the faithful in the region.

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“Caritas Internationalis is confident in its future. Its mission to fight against poverty and promote social justice has been renewed as a service of the Catholic Church, and after several years of work on the renovation of its statutes, all its efforts

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A man is injured after falling off a church roof, an Anglican-Catholic covenant is signed in rural NSW and the principal of a New Zealand school (pictured) destroyed by the Christchurch earthquake has paid thanks to a Sydney school for its generous

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Large turnouts for pro-life marches in Rome and Canada, the oldest living bishop affirms Vatican II and Philippine Catholic boxer Manny Pacquiao (pictured) is banned from a Hollywood mall over anti-gay remarks. Large turnout for Rome's first march for life

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Fr Atanasio Gonelli 1923 – 2012 Several years ago, when Father Atanasio Gonelli was travelling with the Italian consul to a function in Canberra, he saw a car accident and insisted they pull over. Just like the Good Samaritan, he comforted the crash

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Thomas Becket: warrior, priest, rebel, victim – a 900-year-old story retold by John Guy(Viking) "Celebrity culture” is sometimes reckoned an invention of the twentieth century. Yet, as ­celebrities from Hector and Achilles onwards could

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For as long as she can remember, Sister Val Deakin has had a keen interest in Aboriginal people and culture, reports The Good Oil. Residing in Geraldton, Western Australia for the past six and a half years, she continues her passion by working with

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It was March 1936. A series of anti-clerical riots swept through Toledo. Churches were burned and priests and monks were attacked in the streets. During these disturbances several Carmelite monks, disguised in lay clothes, sought shelter in the home of the

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John 15:9-17 Jesus said to his disciples: ‘As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. 10If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. 11 I

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The Q & A live debate between evolutionary biologist, author and militant atheist, Professor Richard Dawkins, and Sydney’s Catholic Archbishop, Cardinal George Pell, attracted an audience of 863,000, its highest since the coverage of the

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An assembly of the entire church in Ireland took one step closer this week with an overflow meeting that saw more than 1,000 priests, religious and laypeople gather to discuss the future of the church, reports NCR Online. Organisers say they expected about

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Sr Sybil Boddington SND, 1919 – 2012 by Fiona Boddington and Clare Barfoot Sybil Boddington was born in Blackpool on 20 September 1919 to James and Violet Boddington but grew up mostly in Buxton, where they moved in 1924 and where her father became

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Indonesian officials close three churches, Catholic summer courses to be offered at Oxford, religious statues decaptitated in Peru and the Vatican welcomes a new intake of Swiss Guards (pictured). Beastie Boys singer dies (Newsday) Catholic summer courses

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Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel  (HarperCollins) - Janet Maslin Two years ago something astonishingly fair happened in the world of prestigious prizes: the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction for 2009 both

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Could you forgive the killer of your child? In the new documentary One Day After Peace, Robi Damelin, a bereaved mother-turned-peace activist, looks for solutions to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict after her son is killed by a sniper. She travels to South

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The Australian personal ordinariate is to start next month, a surprise award for a NSW country teacher and hundreds gather for a Marian procession in Canberra (pictured). Australian personal ordinariate to start next month (ACBC release) Hundreds gather for

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Giving back to the community has been a motto and way of life for John Arthur and it is now something for which he has been formally recognised, reports Kairos Catholic Journal, in a story published on the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne

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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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Daily Prayer

Daily Prayer

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

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