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A week full of conflict: Filipino bishops clashed with the President over contraception, An Egyptian bishop called for quicker police response to violence, in Mexico a Catholic poet has held the government to account over the drug war bloodshed. In

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Leo Steinberg, one of the most brilliant and original art historians of his generation, has died aged 90. His best-known work was about the sexuality of Christ in Renaissance art, and he also wrote a book about da Vinci's Last

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G.K. Chesterton: a biography, Ian Ker, Oxford University Press, $A56.16Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936) is well-known as an English writer whose prolific output ranged from detective fiction to Christian apologetics. Ian Ker's biography confirms him as a

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Christianity in Australia ought to be distinguished by a certain vulnerability, because it relies on the health and charity of local communities of disciples and not the largesse of the state, writes the ABC's Scott Stephens."There is no surer way of bringing

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Today many Catholics wonder about the future of the parish. In many parishes the congregation has become smaller and more elderly. Whereas once parishes were served by two or more priests, now a single priest often serves two or more parishes, writes Andrew

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Luke 24:13-35 Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near

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Henri Nouwen was perhaps the most popular spiritual writer of the late 20th century and his popularity endures today. More than seven million of his books have been sold world-wide and they have been translated into 30 languages. Fifteen years after his

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American journalist Carl Bernstein speaks about his book His Holiness: John Paul II and the Hidden History of our Time, which deals with why the Soviets saw Pope John Paul II as a serious threat to their survival. This interview on Youtube was first broadcast

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The Vatican hosted its first blogging summit last week, with 150 invited bloggers from around the world attending a conference in the days after the beatification of John Paul II. Anna Arco, from the Catholic Herald, was one of them, and reports on

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Issues with a legal flavour led the agenda. The Labor government faces a renewed challenge over the power of territories to veto ministerial decisions on gay marriage and euthanasia, while a Victorian teenager is suing her school over bullying. On the

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Security and human rights featured prominently during the week. A church leader in Libya called for a solution beyond bombs, China rejected a UN report on religious freedoms, Catholic activists got arrested during an anti-nuclear protest in America. From

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Catholic radio station 2SM's climb to prominence in Sydney through the 1960s and 1970s was largely propelled by one man, Kevin O'Donohue, who died recently at the age of 76. The station became a broadcasting powerhouse. Apart from its news and community

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 The Abacus and the Cross: The Story of the Pope Who Brought the Light of Science to the Dark Ages, by Nancy Marie Brown. Basic Books. $A32.91 Nancy Marie Brown's work is a masterful recounting of the life and times of Gerbert of Aurillac, the French

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The announcement that Osama bin Laden is dead was seen as good news across much of the blogosphere, which has heavy representation from the US.The Huffington Post's Religion Editor, Baptist pastor Paul Brandeis, reflects that it is a "strange and conflicting

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The story begins on a bright afternoon many years ago, one I remember as though I’d seen it, writes American author Jennifer Haigh in her novel, Faith, extracted in Commonweal magazine. Imagine the trees tinged with red, a sky so clear it seems

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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 said, ‘Peace be with you.’ 20 After he said

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Theologians sometimes try to simply the meaning of the resurrection by packaging its essence into one sentence: In the resurrection, God vindicated Jesus, his life, his message, and his fidelity. What does that mean? asks Ron Rolheiser. Jesus entered our

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Few people understood John Paul II as well as Archbishop Mieczyslaw Mokrzycki, who for nine years served as one of the late Pope's two personal secretaries. Fr Thomas Rosica speaks with Archbishop "Mietek", as he is widely known, who now serves in Ukraine as

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I first met Pope John Paul II in late June 1979. A friend and I had hitchhiked from Dublin to Rome, where we stayed at the Convent of San Clemente near the Colosseum for two weeks. We had both commenced studies for the priesthood the previous year, writes Fr

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A shortened week generated an eclectic range of news. Fr Chris Riley celebrated 20 years of his Youth off the Streets project, the winners of the Clancy religious art prize were on show, and a Catholic doctor was told to divorce his sick wife if he wanted to

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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

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