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“Did somebody famous die?” a passerby asked Andrew Coorey as police stopped traffic in central Sydney, near St Mary's Cathedral, to allow the funeral procession to proceed, reports The Catholic Weekly. No, he wasn’t famous or a

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Edith Stein, St Teresa of Avila, St Thérèse of Lisieux and St Catherine of Siena are depicted in a stained-glass window in Montauk, New York (Photo: CNS) --- The Catholic Herald profiles 10 Catholic women who transformed the planet with

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Mark 14:12-16, 22-26 On the first day of Unleavened Bread, when the Passover lamb is sacrificed, his disciples said to him, ‘Where do you want us to go and make the preparations for you to eat the Passover?’ 13 So he sent two of his disciples,

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Recently, I returned to Australia from visiting our Good Samaritan Sisters in Nara, Japan. For a brief time I shared their life and mission in this ancient and beautiful city. As I listened to the sisters speak of their experiences and hopes, I was profoundly

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Can a Catholic university bring peace to the Holy Land? Salt and Light documentary Across the Divide tells the story of Bethlehem University and the struggle of Berlanty Azzam to complete her education. Salt + Light speaks with Kris Dmytrenko, writer and

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A beloved librarian returns for her school reunion in Whyalla, the Brisbane Archdiocese calls for Irish descendants, and a night to remember at the 83rd annual Catholic Debutante Ball in Warwick, Queensland (pictured). Catholic debutants ball

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The Milwaukee archdiocese cites stewardship in payments to priests, cardinals clash over the Vatican banker decision (pictured), a Romanian office block endangers a Catholic cathedral and another love-child for the Paraguayan president. Milwaukee archdiocese

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Bill Granger Born June 1 1941, died April 22 2012 Bill Granger, who has died aged 70, was a Chicago journalist and the author of 28 books, mostly crime novels and thrillers, the first of which uncannily prefigured the assassination of the Queen’s

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Bottom-up thinking … Darwin was fascinated by the origins of coral reefs. Photograph: Mark Conlin/Alamy --- Darwin’s Ghosts: In Search of the First Evolutionists by Rebecca Stott (Bloomsbury) Reviewed by Richard Fortey There may be no

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Robert Frost's "freedom lies in being bold" is Kate Smith's personal philosophy. Flamboyant Kate, 30, holds firm to her faith in God and is passionate about helping other generations understand why young people are distanced from the Church, reports The

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"The extent to which the communist secret police controlled Karol Wojtyla’s actions was incredible,"  says Polish historian Marek Lasota, reports Vatican Insider. Lasota lives among mounds of letters accumulated by the communist regime and

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Viewed overall, the state of the Church is not too encouraging. In the space of a single generation, the deepening dearth of priests will lead to the collapse of the entire structure of parish administration, says Fr Michael Kelly SJ in a speech

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Matthew 28:16-20 – Ascension

Matthew 28:16-20 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17When they saw him, they worshipped him; but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has

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There's a much-quoted line from Leonard Cohen that suggests that the place where we are broken is also the place where our redemption starts: There is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in, writes Ron Rolheiser. That's true, a major wound is

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James Martin SJ pays tribute to women religious since Vatican II.

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When my aunt was dying in hospital in the late 1990s, she asked to see a priest. The hospital's Catholic chaplain was away sick, so I knocked on the door of a nearby, inner-suburban presbytery, writes Will Day in The Sydney Morning Herald. The kind priest

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A round of farewells for Bishop Pat Power in Canberra-Goulburn, the Catholic guy minstry tour gets under way, the Bishop of Bathurst is saddened by the departure of a parish priest and Brisbane mourns the passing of refugees advocate Sister Mary de

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Lady Gaga's Jakarta concert is cancelled, US bishops join a petition to change the government's nuclear policy, Polish bishops call for an alcohol-free Euro soccer tournament and the Pope's favourite band (pictured) releases a new single. Terror threat shuts

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BILL STAFF OAM 1918-2011 -   By Amy McNeilage Bill Staff had a lifelong passion for the people of Rylstone and published six books about the small country town. He was a teacher but the endlessly energetic family man was also an admired

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Saints, Sacrilege and Sedition: religion and conflict in the Tudor Reformations  By Eamon Duffy (Bloomsbury) - Review by Christopher Howse What happened when Mary Tudor died and Elizabeth came to the throne? Well, at Much Wenlock in

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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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