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Swiss theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar was instrumental in helping Ilyas Khan (pictured), a British philanthropist and former Muslim, to become Catholic. But so too were many other distinctly Catholic influences, all amounting to a "pull" towards the faith

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Luke 24:35-48 Then the disciples told what had happened on the road, and how Jesus had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread. While they were talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, ‘Peace be with

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New Norcia in Western Australia --- In his little Rule for monks, Saint Benedict called his monastery “a school of the Lord’s service” (Prologue, 45). This school is one of life-long desire for God and love of learning. It has created a

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Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary, Sister Rose's Passion tells the inspirational story of a most unlikely activist who has made the battle against anti-Semitism her life’s work. This must-see documentary chronicles the life story of

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Are human beings naturally religious? Should we take religion to be in some way an innate, instinctive, or otherwise inevitable aspect of human life? Or is religion a historically contingent, nonessential aspect of basic human being? These are not questions

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Archbishop Coleridge begins his farewell Masses in Canberra, Bishop Bill Wright (pictured) returns to his old church at Stanmore in Sydney, Brisbane mourns the death of Fr Jim Hynes and a new Sunday Missal is launched. Nile Party could block Boxing Day

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The British military chaplaincy launches a prayer card, a letter reveals that Joseph Ratzinger, as a younger man, wanted an Italian pope, and Cecil Chaudry, Pakistani pilot and teacher of murdered politician Shahbaz Bhatti (pictured) dies. Irish priests

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Lionel Bowen, AC Born December 28, 1922, died April 1, 2012 Nothing said at his vast state funeral suggested Lionel Bowen cared much for occasions of this kind. But the cardinal and a squad of bishops were on hand to see him off at St Mary's Cathedral. And

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Witnessing Jesus

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Witnessing Jesus Simply Jesus: Who he was, what he did, why it matters by Tom Wright (Harper Collins) Reviewed by A N Wilson Tom Wright, retired Anglican Bishop of Durham, now a professor of New Testament studies at St Andrews University, has written

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Helene O’Neill is a woman who wears many hats, all but simultaneously! She is known to some through her involvement in sport on all levels, to others because of her work with fellow cancer survivors, to Novocastrians as a former City Councillor and to

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The Incredulity of St Thomas, by Rembrandt (1634)  John 20:19-31 When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and

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My friend uttered the word twice. We were having a meal just a few hours before I began my annual retreat. The context in which she used the word eludes me, but not the impact. The word became the focus of my reflection and prayer for the next week and

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The second instalment of James Martin's pilgrimage to the Holy Land.   

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People will often assume that theologians are scientifically illiterate. Undoubtedly some are, just as some scientists are philosophically illiterate. One cannot be a master of all disciplines, writes Neil Ormerod in ABC Online. However, I have attempted to

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The ACU beefs up its research with a new appointment, a former prominent stockbroker becomes a developer of Catholic property, plans for a new school in Cairns and Tony Abbott (pictured) explains why having a gay sister will not affect his policy on

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Doubts over whether a New York Times story about an abortionist was invented, Hugo Chavez begs Jesus to save his life, Japanese bishops remain neutral on nuclear power, and a graphic novel (pictured) addresses Christian beliefs and stories. Philly

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Fr Gerry Iverson, 1937-2012 Gerald Patrick Iverson was born in Albury on January 23, 1937, to Claude Iverson and his wife, Kathleen (nee Curtis).He was educated by the Sisters of Mercy and the Christian Brothers, then studied for the priesthood at

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The First Crusade: The Call from the East by Peter Frankopan (The Bodley Head) Reviewed by Review by Jonathan Riley-Smith A feature of the last few years has been an avalanche of books about the Crusades – particularly the First – each

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In 1962, I moved from the Brigidine Convent at Indooroopilly in Brisbane to St Joseph's College, Nudgee Junior, under the care of the Christian Brothers. I was an impressionable eight-year-old and was in grade three, writes Fr Frank Brennan SJ in Eureka

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Commemorations of the sinking of the Titanic 100 years ago will put the spotlight on a young Irish priest whose photographs are some of the only surviving images of life onboard the liner on its first and last voyage, reports the Catholic News

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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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