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Before dementia entered Judy and Ted Kelso’s life, Judy remembers her husband as an active person and ‘jack of all trades’, who took care of the cooking and housework while she worked, reports the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne. Now, Ted

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In 2000, the Harvard sociologist Robert Putnam published a book called Bowling Alone, in which he developed his famous thesis that more Americans than ever are going ten-pin bowling but fewer than ever are joining ten-pin bowling clubs or leagues. In other

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John 20:19-23 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 said, ‘Peace be with you.’20 After he said

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A number of years ago, accompanied by an excellent Jesuit director, I did a 30-day retreat using the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius. In the third week of that retreat there's a meditation on Jesus' agony in the garden, writes Ron Rolhesier. I did the

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Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli is the current President of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications. Archbishop Celli followed Cardinal John Foley, considered by many to be a great instrument and ambassador of Church communications for over a quarter

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The battle for religious freedom between the Catholic Church in the United States and the Obama administration just entered the second quarter, writes George Weigel in Ethics and Public Policy Centre. The first quarter was bureaucratic and rhetorical. The

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Wellington in NSW farewells its former mayor, more couples reject church weddings, private schools urge a deferral on the Gonski reforms and a large turnout in Adelaide for the Marian procession. Large turnout for Adelaide Marian procession (Adelaide

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The pope praises American nuns, French Catholics march against their new president, the Vatican makes rulings on Marian apparitions and Mary Kennedy is buried. Mary Kennedy mourned at private funeral (Sky) Pope praises American nuns (NCR) French

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Roy Shaw, arts administrator and writer Born July 8, 1918, died  May 15, 2012 Sir Roy Shaw, who has died aged 93, was Secretary-General of the Arts Council of Great Britain between 1975 and 1983. For a quarter of a century before that, he worked in

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The Face of God: the Gifford Lectures by Roger Scruton (Continuum) When this book arrived for review, I was already well into J A Baker's almost miraculous book The Peregrine - a coincidence, if you believe in coincidences - so I decided to read them

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Living and working with marginalised people for the past 21 years, Sister Carmel Hanson rsj knows a thing or two about unemployment, homelessness and poverty, reports Catholic Religious Australia. In 1991 the Lochinvar Sister of St Joseph set up the

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In the 12 years since Melinda Gates and her husband, Bill, created the Gates Foundation, the world’s largest philanthropic organisation, she has done a lot of travelling. A reserved woman who has long been wary of the public glare attached to the Gates

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Mark 16:9-20 Jesus showed himself to the eleven and said to them, ‘Go into all the world and proclaim the good news to the whole creation. 16The one who believes and is baptized will be saved; but the one who does not believe will be condemned.

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Recently a new expression has made its way into our theological and ecclesial vocabulary.  There's a lot of talk today about the New Evangelisation. Indeed, the Pope has called for a Synod to meet this year for a month in Rome to try to articulate a

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In Asia the media continues to have a special role in shaping the world, cultures and ways of thinking producing great and rapid changes. This video shows how the Salesians use the mass media to reach out to the faithful in the region.

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“Caritas Internationalis is confident in its future. Its mission to fight against poverty and promote social justice has been renewed as a service of the Catholic Church, and after several years of work on the renovation of its statutes, all its efforts

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A man is injured after falling off a church roof, an Anglican-Catholic covenant is signed in rural NSW and the principal of a New Zealand school (pictured) destroyed by the Christchurch earthquake has paid thanks to a Sydney school for its generous

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Large turnouts for pro-life marches in Rome and Canada, the oldest living bishop affirms Vatican II and Philippine Catholic boxer Manny Pacquiao (pictured) is banned from a Hollywood mall over anti-gay remarks. Large turnout for Rome's first march for life

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Fr Atanasio Gonelli 1923 – 2012 Several years ago, when Father Atanasio Gonelli was travelling with the Italian consul to a function in Canberra, he saw a car accident and insisted they pull over. Just like the Good Samaritan, he comforted the crash

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Thomas Becket: warrior, priest, rebel, victim – a 900-year-old story retold by John Guy(Viking) "Celebrity culture” is sometimes reckoned an invention of the twentieth century. Yet, as ­celebrities from Hector and Achilles onwards could

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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

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

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