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Religious life is alive and well in the women and men who serve others with listening ears and a generosity of spirit, writes Good Samaritan Sister, Clare Condon, SGS.

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The leaders jeered

Luke 23:35-43 The people stayed there before the cross watching Jesus. As for the leaders, they jeered at him.

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Picking up pieces in Philippines

Fr Kevin Mullins has his truck stolen while speaking at Juarez in Mexico, a plan for the Cathedral precinct in Matiland, NSW, and Australian priests on the ground are lost for words over the Philippines typhoon.

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Cardinal Joseph Zen

Cardinal Joseph Zen says the Vatican must speak more clearly on religious liberty in China.

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Bishop Tony Burgess

Bishop Tony Burgess, recently retired as the Bishop of Wewak in Papua-New Guinea, has died after a battle with cancer. His funeral Mass was celebrated at St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney.

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The Kennedy clan

She was born to be the wife of a politician - but who could have guessed that the daughter of a Tammany Hall politico in Boston would come to be the mother of a President and two Senators  as well? This new biography was published in The Boston Globe.

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Benjamin Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is to meet the Pope next month, the Church stands up for Indian farmers, and a British MP speaks out about attacks on Christians.

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Fr Emilio Vaccaro

Adelaide parish priest Father Emilio Vaccaro celebrated his 50th anniversary as a Scalabrinian Missionary earlier this year. Fr Emilio took time out to talk about his vocation which has spanned three continents.

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Dig in Israel

In a recent interview, Father Jerome Murphy-O’Connor, who died this month, argues the pen is mightier than the spade.

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The President and his wife

The day President Kennedy was murdered, a Divine Word seminarian walked to our apartment in Rome to break the terrible news. Seeking wisdom, I wrote Dorothy Day, who had stayed with us the previous spring, writes James Douglass.

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US soldiers in Baghdad

Ten years ago I wrote a book with Sir Michael Quinlan, who was a noted scholar, a staunch Catholic who had been a colleague of mine in the Ministry of Defence. We didn’t write the book just because at the time the Iraq War was raging but because we felt the tradition needed revisiting. Had it stood the test of time? And was the world now so different that it was no longer relevant? Modern military leaders ignore the insights of Augustine and Aquinas at their peril, writes Charles Guthrie.

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Cardinal Turkson addresses the World Food Prize, Cardinal Dolan urges Amercian bishops to defend religious liberty and the new Vatican Secretary of State is expected to start in his office tomorrow.

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Three women on faith

America asked three professional women about the role of faith in their busy lives.

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I pass along one of the insights of the renowned anthropologist Rene Girard who studied how we try to handle resentment in our lives, writes Ron Rolheiser.

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Luke 21:5-19

Luke 21:5-19 When some were talking about the Temple, remarking how it was adorned with fine stonework, Jesus said, ‘All these things you are staring at now – the time will come when not a single stone will  be left on another.' 

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Fr Costello

The Rev Fr Emmet Patrick Costello SJ died peacefully in Sydney last month. After 71 years of religious life, Fr Costello finally decided he didn’t want to speak any more – and passed quietly away. Others, though, spoke about a remarkable priest.

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Melville Fernandez

Melville Fernandez, Caritas Australia's Group Leader of Humanitarian Emergencies has spent the past two weeks in the crowded refugee camps of Turkey and Lebanon where millions of Syrians are struggling to survive.

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Anxiety over loved ones

Brisbane's Filipino community clings to hope, Vinnies' long history of helping refugees and migrants, and the Catholic Prison Minsitry co-ordinator is concerned about overcrowding.

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Anthony Hopkins in The Rite

Challenging the cliche that possession signals physical or mental illness, Brian Levack argues that demoniacs are following their various religious cultures, and their performances can only be understood in those contexts. 

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Luke 20

Luke 20:27-38 Some Sadducees – those who say that there is no resurrection – approached Jesus with a question:

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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

Daily Prayer

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

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