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Thank you to all our subscribers and readers for your support during 2011. CathNews will take a short break during the holidays and return on Monday, January 16. We wish you, and your families, all the blessings of the Christmas season, and a happy New

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Pile upon pile of books in his study – not just on shelves but scattered over tables – is evidence that Archbishop Philip Wilson is an avid reader. Despite his hectic schedule as Catholic Archbishop of Adelaide and head of the Australian Catholic

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Luke 1:26-38 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, 27to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28And he came to her and said,

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God comes to meet each of us in the secret place in our heart with the most powerful invitation to follow him and respond to the plan that he has for each of us to contribute to the life of the world, writes Denis Hart, the Archbishop of

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Bishop Thomas Dowd is the first Canadian priest with a blog (titled "Waiting in Joyful Hope"). Now an Auxiliary Bishop in Montreal, Bishop Dowd has extended his online ministry to Facebook and Twitter. In this interview, the bishop offers his

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Catholic Community Services helps the elderly living in squalor, a new deacon for Canberra-Goulburn, Cardinal Pell hails a film censorship reversal, and Northern Territory Bishop Hurley (pictured) warns over the growing divide between rich and

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North Korea warns the South over Christmas lights, the Pope will visit Cuba and Mexico before Easter, the SSPX says it cannot accept Rome's response, Archbishop Chaput says Philadelphia has serious problems and the Roman Missal translation is voted the

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Father Con Keogh was born in 1921, the son of a carpenter in Maldon, Victoria. He was ordained a priest for Sydney Archdiocese, in Rome in 1945, just after the city's liberation. He became a doctor of divinity and theology. Back in Sydney in 1953, while

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Emma Fattorini Polity, Hitler, Mussolini and the Vatican: Pope Pius XI and the Speech that Was Never Made Click here for a 20% discount on this and other books from Church Resources and John Garrett Publishing   This is an English translation

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Fr Peter Puthenkandam’s path to the priesthood began as a primary schoolboy in his native India, where it took two hours to walk there and back to Mass every Sunday with his mother “without fail”, reports the Catholic Religious Australia

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If memory serves, this past year saw electronic books top printed books in the sales figures at Amazon.com. Be that as it may, books -- real books -- still make wonderful Christmas gifts. Here are some recently published (and read) titles I can recommend with

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I can still remember when, as an altar boy, I had to submit to having an extra piece of cloth attached to the hem of my surplice in order to accommodate my height, reports William Yeoman in the West Australian. For almost two millennia people have been

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John1:6-8, 19-28  There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. 8He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light.19 This is the testimony

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One of the reasons we need to pray is so that we don't lose heart. We all do sometimes. We lose heart whenever frustration, tiredness, fear, and helplessness in the face of life's humiliations conspire together to paralyse our energies, deaden our resiliency,

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A fixture in the Holy See Press Office, John Thavis is now preparing to step down as the Rome Bureau Chief of Catholic News Service. Since 1983, the Minnesota native has covered the Vatican for CNS, where he has become one of the most-read journalists on the

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Development conflict over a Canberra church, Diamond jubilee for a Newcastle Sister, a church burglary in Melbourne, and a Mass for the disabled at St Mary's in Sydney (pictured). Private schools provide best academic results (SMH) Burglary at Doncaster

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The Dalai Llama says everyone has the potential to be like Mother Teresa, Apple defends the iPhone's lack of abortion clinic advice, the Vatcian paper addresses SSPX  concerns and a Gaudi exhibition in Rome (pictured) is popular. Dalai Llama says

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A bishop active in the campaign against illegal drugs in the north or the Philippines died of a severe asthma attack after celebrating Mass last month. Divine Word Missionary Bishop Artemio Rillera, 69, suffered an asthma attack inside the Seminary of

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Jennifer Haigh, Faith: A Novel, HarperCollins Click here for a 20% discount on this and other books from Church Resources and John Garrett Publishing Two images permeate Jennifer Haigh’s novel Faith: deep water and light. Both images have enriched

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Julian O'Shea during a small scale solar lighting installation coordinated by Ilumexico, a local social enterprise, in a rural village in Veracruz, Mexico ---  Floating latrines and dung-burning stoves are what occupy most of 27-year-old Julian

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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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