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Is it just me or does anyone else think it odd that Apple uses for its logo the bitten apple, a symbol of humanity’s Fall? Such weighty questions are more the ken of saintlier minds than mine but, regardless of the answer, I won’t be giving up my

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John 12:20-33 Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. 21They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, ‘Sir, we wish to see Jesus.’ 22Philip went and told Andrew; then Andrew and

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Living in Asia, you can’t go very far without meeting up with people from the Philippines. Ten million of them live outside the country as guest workers and they bring their Catholicism with them. In Lent, it’s Pasion - spelt without the double s

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This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council. Even with the passing of half a century, amongst members of the Catholic Church there is still contention and ambivalence about the legacy of this momentous meeting.Many of

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The liberal-conservative coalition has made a case for redefining marriage to allow same-sex couples to enter it that is both liberal ("a matter of equal rights") and conservative ("we believe in the ties that bind"). Opposing the proposed amendment can make

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A Sydney church's bells are silenced for the time being, a very young writer wins an award, the Catholc Education Office in Sydney is open to earlier school starting times, Tasmanian schools resist change, and a son's quick thinking saves his

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In the UK, Archbishop Nicholls pays tribute to Rowan Williams, Mexican drug cartels promise no violence during the Pope's upcoming visit, a suspended US priest replies over his denial of communion and Cuba has freed the White Ladies rebels

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William Hamilton Born March 9, 1924, died February 28, 2012 William Hamilton was a tenured professor of church history at a small divinity school in Rochester in April 1966 when Time magazine created a sensation with a cover article featuring some of the

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Our Man in Rome: Henry VIII and his Italian Ambassador, by Catherine Fletcher (Bodley Head) Reviewed by  Duncan Fallowell In the past few years, Catherine-of-Aragonitis seems to have gripped British historians. Numerous books and articles have been

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It brings great joy to Bob and Kirrily Corbett when they see their children, six-year-old Marley and three-year old-Matilda, staging impromptu concerts at home. For Bob and Kirrily, music is an integral part of life, and for Bob and his musical mother

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Known to many as “Sister Di”, Diana describes her education at the Sydney Dominican School, “Santa Sabina”, as “the best thing that happened to me, the best gift my parents ever gave me.” She responded to the expectation

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John 3:14-21 Jesus said to Nicodemus: ‘And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. 16For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so

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"Rejoice Jerusalem and all who love her. Be joyful all who were in mourning." Mid-Lent Sunday, or Laetare Sunday, from the first word of the Entrance Antiphon, shows us that in our Lenten springtime we come to realise that because we rejoice in God’s

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This year marks the 90th edition of the Columban Calendar which is well known for its traditional religious paintings and liturgical information. Columbans have produced this beautiful presentation which gives a brief explanation of each painting

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Cardinal John Tong Hon, the seventh Chinese cardinal in the history of the Church, speaks of his childhood in mainland China in this first part of a long interview, reports Vatican Insider. Here he talks about his first official visit to Beijing in

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A new hall for St Andrews College opens in the west of Sydney, Vinnies reports a rising number of homeless women, the bishop of Broome is shocked by local murder statistics and the Catholic Education Foundation is launched (pictured). National abuse agency

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The Vatican website is hacked for a second time, the JPII second miracle is still to be confirmed, Red Bull pulls a 'Jesus walks on water' ad, Irish abuse survivors meet Cardinal Brady and a researcher says radiation could have created the Shroud of Turin

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Photo: PA Mary Raftery Born December 21 1957, died January 10 2012 Mary Raftery was not the first to reveal that children had been abused in Ireland’s so-called industrial schools (state-financed reformatories for poor, neglected and abandonned

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Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain (Random House) Reviewed by Jordan Timm  There’s a new guy in my office, and I’m not talking to him. It’s not anything personal, mind you. He seems like a

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The three pairs of well-worn sandshoes, lined up purposefully at the door of Brisbane's Canali House, didn't belong to each of its new residents. Nor did they belong to vocations director for Brisbane archdiocese and live-in co-ordinator Fr Morgan Batt,

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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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