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By now, it's an All Things Catholic tradition to run down the top under-covered Vatican stories of the past year. The idea is not to flag the year's most celebrated events or personalities, because plenty of other news agencies do that. Rather, I try to

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Mark 1:21-28 They went to Capernaum; and when the Sabbath came, he entered the synagogue and taught. 22They were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. Just then there was in their synagogue a man with

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When grace enters, there is no choice - humans must dance. The British poet W.H. Auden wrote those words and, beautiful as they sound, I wish they were true, writes Ron Rolheiser. When grace enters a room we should begin to dance but, sadly, more often

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A highly sought after teacher and preacher, Fr Timothy Radcliffe OP is internationally renowned for his explorations of theology and contemporary society. The Dominican friar led the international order from 1992 to 2001. Now residing with the Dominican

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Pope John XXIII and Vatican II made me a Catholic. I was received in the Church of St Patrick in London’s Soho Square in 1965, the Second Vatican Council’s last year, at the age of 28, writes John Wilkins in The Tablet. My parents were

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School holiday vandalism rates in Canberra are down, a priest has been re-elected as chancellor of Sunshine coast university, a Brisbane Catholic school will host a forum on bullying and in Sydney, an inner-city priest (pictured) has declared his parish

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US Catholic leaders fight Obama on the proposed contraceptive health plan cover, a Franciscan siste writes a letter from Nigeria, the brain is found to make special decisions over sacred values, and in Britain the Archbishop of Southwark (pictured)

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Many concerns weigh on the minds of two Sisters from a tiny, endangered religious order in Iraq currently studying at Brisbane's Australian Catholic University (ACU), reports the Catholic Leader. For Daughters of Jesus' Sacred Heart Sisters Samar Mikha and

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Marist Brothers Superior General Charles Howard, who has died aged 87, was one of Australia's most outstanding educational trailblazers. He died on 14 January at the Brothers’ Community in Campbelltown, Sydney, where he had been receiving

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Nigel Cliff, Holy War: How Vasco da Gama’s epic voyages turned the tide in a centuries-old clash of civilisations, Harper Collins  Click here for a 20% discount on this and other books from Church Resources and John Garrett

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A Sydney seminary is to receive world-class religious icons (pictured), four new principals prepare for life in Toowoomba and a Vinnies volunteer receives a papal blessing. Cardinal Pell a card-carrying Renaissance man (Canberra Times) Youth centre

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Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ, has been instrumental in sparking international dialogue on the death penalty and helping to shape the Catholic Church's newly vigorous opposition to state executions. At the age of 40, she realised that being on the side of poor

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Why do adults become Catholics? There are as many reasons for "converting" as there are converts, writes George Weigel in Ethics and Public Policy Centre. Evelyn Waugh became a Catholic with, by his own admission, "little emotion but clear conviction:" this

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A bishop goes missing in Shanghai, two are kidnapped in South Sudan, South Korean dioceses sets up an anti-nuclear group, the Pope is given a crocodile and an Indian tea shop owner (pictured) looks forward to meeting him.  The

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Mark 1:14-20 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, 15and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.’ 16As Jesus passed along the Sea

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For Good Samaritan Sister, Anne Dixon, attending an international prison chaplains’ conference in Cameroon roved to be a confronting and heartening experience, reports The Good Oil. Anne (pictured second from left) was one of 130 delegates from 59

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The Catholic Herald profiles 10 Catholics around the world who showed extraordinary courage, skill and determination during 2011. 1. Shahbaz Bhatti On March 2 masked men sprayed Shahbaz Bhatti’s car with bullets as he left his mother’s home.

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In her novel, Final Payments, Mary Gordon articulates an equation that has long influenced Christian spirituality, both for good and for bad. Her heroine, Isabel, is a young woman within whom a strong Catholic background, an overly-strict father, and a

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Stephen O’Shea, The Friar Of Carcassonne: Revolt Against the Inquisition in the Last Days of the Cathars   Click here for a 20% discount on this and other books from Church Resources and John Garrett Publishing Bernard Délicieux, the

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Mary Raftery, an Irish journalist whose documentary series States of Fear exposed abuse in Irish Catholic schools, died recently in Dublin. She was 54. Mary was a journalist by profession, but by vocation, she was a deeply honest and compassionate woman

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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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