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 The Vatican's Secretary of State (pictured) is released from hospital, a British poll finds high levels of trust in clergy and tributes pour in for Poland's first Catholic President.

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Bishop Putney

Bishop Michael Putney, from the Diocese of Townsville, speaks about cancer, happiness and grace.

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Weight of history

Those in charge of the restoration of various types of artwork in the Vatican museums stress that the preservation of such treasures is necessary on both a historical and an educational level.

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Simplifier of complexity

Author Malcolm Gladwell once again dispenses unconventional wisdom in his latest book. Janet Maslin filed this review for The New York Times

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Defined a genre

Tom Clancy, whose complex, adrenaline-fuelled military novels spawned a new genre of thrillers and made him one of the world’s best-known and best-selling authors, died last month in Baltimore. He was 66, writes The New York Times.

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Trevi fountain at night

The Catholic Herald’s Rome correspondent knows the Eternal City inside out. Here he offers tips for pilgrims for whom every penny counts, including specialist religious website with very reasonable rates, deals and information.

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Helping and given

The Bishop of Parramatta reaches out to vctims of the Blue Mountains bushfires and Vinnies encounters a sream of middle-class despair in Brisbane.

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Zacchaeus come down

Luke 19:1-10 Jesus entered Jericho and was going through the town when a man whose name was Zacchaeus made his appearance; he was one of the senior tax collectors and a wealthy man. 

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After the earethquake

The celebration of All Souls' Day in the Philippines this year takes a more profound relevance to the lives of people in places hit by disasters.

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Tom Hanks as the captain

By now, the film Captain Phillips (which is playing in Australian cinemas) has earned more than $62 million worldwide. The ragged band of young pirates demanded much less on boarding Maersk Alabama, the US merchant ship carrying food aid from Oman to Kenya. There is much to think about here, writes Phyllis Zagano.

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Teachers freed

The German Missal translation has been postponed indefinitely, four Coptic Christians die at an Egyptian wedding,  abducted Philippines teachers have been freed (see caption below) and a British charity gives $350,000 to Lebanon for Syrian aid.

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Multitasking mum

As one of the early entrants into the “women can have it all” sweepstakes during the 1970s and ’80s, I am shocked both by how much has changed with regard to motherhood over the last 40 years and how little, writes Helen Alvare.

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St Therese of Lisieux

What is it about October and the three Teresas, writes Patty Fawkner SGS.

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Vinnies creates pathways

St Vincent de Paul creates pathways to help people find way back, the Archdiocese of Melbourne raises $4.2m for the Catholic Mission and Pope Francis sends his prayers for the NSW bushfire victims.

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Michael Novak

Michael Novak is an American Catholic philosopher, journalist, novelist, and diplomat. The prolific author on the philosophy and theology of culture has written a new book charting his own course.  Mary Eberstadt reviewed it.

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Tenacious

Rusty Priest, the former president of the New South Wales RSL, was described as a great man at his State funeral at St Mary's Cathedral in Sydney. Among the mourners were NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell and Governor Marie Bashir. 

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Missionaries provide help

A foundation established by missionaries in the southern Philippines helps uplift the lives of the Bajaus or "sea gypsies" in remote coastal communities.

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Eileen receiving the award

Eileen Nelson is a one-woman wonder. Even Pope Francis thinks so, recently awarding the 82-year-old St parishioner from Patrick’s Murrumbeena in Melbourne the Benemerenti medal.

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Be merciful

Luke 18:9-14 Jesus spoke the following parable to some people who prided themselves on being virtuous and despised everyone else.

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Cardinal Bertone

Philippine church bells ring out in protest, Pope Francis meets Roman Jews, the outgoing Secretary of State Cardinal Bertone emphasises continuity, and his replacement misses the handover ceremony due to minor surgery.

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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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