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A course in Holocuast studies to become part of the Catholic curriculum, a suprise retirement party for the driving force behind Sydney's Aboriginal Catholic Ministry, a new director for the ACBC Office for Clergy Life and Ministry, and Caritas Australia

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A sledgehammer attack on two American churches, a pardon looms closer for the Pope's butler over his theft of Vatican documents, the Pope meets Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas, and US Catholic educators say greater security is not the answer to

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Therese Vassarotti - By Donella Johnston One Tuesday morning in November, we heard the very sad news that Therese Vassarotti had passed away after a long struggle with illness. Therese found out in February this year that she had Acute Myeloid Leukaemia

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Talk about God

21-Dec-2012

Talk about God - By James Wood Suppose you find yourself, in the late afternoon, in one of the English cathedral towns—Durham, say, or York, or Salisbury, or Wells, or Norwich—or in one of the great university cities, like Oxford or

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If Good Samaritan Sister, Meg Kahler, could invite any five guests to dinner, she’d choose Aung San Suu Kyi, Scholastica Gibbons, Roger Federer, Genghis Khan and Billy Connolly, reports The Good Oil. “I have no idea what you’d cook for them

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Luke 1:39-44 In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, 40where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. 41When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was

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In recent weeks, the Australian media has been saturated with stories that challenge the state of the institution of the Catholic Church in this country. Under question has been the ability or inability of Church leaders to deal with the crisis which is the

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Fr James Martin offers a reflection on Christmas carols, and says a moving rendition of Good King Wenceslas is a reminder of the centrality of the poor at Christmas time. The featured version is by US girls group The Roches (pictured).

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I received my first Christmas e-card last week. This surprised me on two counts. First, that anyone would be organised enough to send Christmas cards in the first week of December; and second, that sharing the peace and goodwill of the Christmas season had

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A Queensland priest reflects on his accidental relationship with the Morcombe family, politicians are accused of scare tactics with boat people, the visit of St Xavier's relic labelled a blessing, and the Pontiff is asked to help replace Ricky Ponting

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The Papal Nuncio to the Ivory Coast (pictured) is killed in a car accident, an American Catholic university rebukes its president over an academic freedom dispute, the Protesant-Catholic gap in Northern Ireland narrows, and the Pope venerates the Virgin Mary

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The Rev John Kavanaugh, SJ Died at the age of 71, November 5, 2012 The Rev John Kavanaugh spent part of his year of prayer as a young Jesuit priest working in Calcutta for Mother Teresa. She took him to the House of the Dying, a former temple she had

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Leonardo and The Last SupperRoss King, Walker and Company. 352p $28 Reviewed by Sue Smith While Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) is considered the quintessential Renaissance man, and his reputation as an artist, inventor and creative thinker is

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Lord Nicholas Windsor, 42, is the first cousin of Queen Elizabeth II, and a passionate spokesman and champion for the unborn. He was in Melbourne last month to deliver the inaugural March for the Babies oration. The former Anglican (he became a Catholic

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Krzysztof Zanussi ([pictured), a Polish film-maker, professor of cinematic arts and culture, writer, consultant to the Vatican Commission for Cultural Affairs, and a master in the craft for his generation, has exercised a career that spans more than 50 years.

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Luke 3:10-18 The crowds, who were gathering to be baptised by John, asked him, “What should we do?” In reply John said to them, “Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise.” Even

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The first Sunday of Advent, last week, marked one year since the new translation of the Roman Missal was implemented in parishes in the United States and much of the rest of the English-speaking church. Here's the good news: The transition to the new English

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In a lecture recently, I made the point that Jesus shocked people equally in both his capacity to thoroughly enjoy his life and in his capacity to renounce it and give it up, writes Ron Rolheiser. It was one and the same Jesus who, at a lavish supper

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A Harvard-educated young leader, Michael Brewer, at 26 years old, is the coordinator of the College Councils of the Knights of Columbus. He sits down with Fr Thomas Rosica, on Salt + Light, to share what drew him to the Knights, what value being a knights

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Vinnies urges the government to stop funding support inequality, the& Prime Minister says the royal commission will work with states already holding inquiries, demand grows for pedophile priest's street name in Victoria to be changed, and a new Apostolic

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