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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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Is Steve Jobs a saint or an exploiter? A wise life guru like Saint Ignatius of Loyola or an avaricious man, who could not have cared less about the poor - like the rich man in Luke’s Gospel? Despite being a Buddhist, Steve Jobs has become a central

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Hans-Dieter Udri, 70, is a little shy as he goes up to the man standing in the middle of the church, who has his hands in his pockets, a black hat on his head and a gas mask covering his face, reports Der Spiegel. "Are you Stefan Strumbel?" asks Udri. Then

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Mark 1:1-8 The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. 2As it is written in the prophet Isaiah, ‘See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way; 3the voice of one crying out in the wilderness: “Prepare

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The day of St Francis Xavier’s canonisation, October 25 1619, was a bumper day for the Catholic Church because Xavier was canonised alongside St Ignatius of Loyola, St Teresa of Avila and St Philip Neri. The images of those four saints would have been

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Christ's nativity has inspired artists - of all ages and cultures - for thousands of years. Salt + Light speaks with internationally recognised Canadian sculptor, Timothy Schmalz, who discusses what inspires him.

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Two well-known bishops have passed away - Fr Kevin McKelson, known to the Kimberley communities in WA, and Fr Con Keogh, a mental health pioneer. On a brighter note, four deacons were ordained in Sydney (pictured). Ballarat Catholic Diocese plans to

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Enrolment in US seminaries has risen, a French court cleared Opus Dei over an abusive work practices charge, the Pope smiled at a seat-belt charge brought against him during his visit to Berlin (pictured) and he may still visit Ireland next year. Vatican

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Artist Rita Corbin, whose tender line drawings graced the pages of Catholic Worker journals for decades, died last month from injuries suffered in a car crash. She was 81. For her, the artistic endeavour could not be separated from one's political and

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Matthew A. Shadle, The Origins of War: A Catholic Perspective, Georgetown Univ. Press. Click here for a 20% discount on this and other books from Church Resources and John Garrett Publishing This new book offers a thought-provoking argument for

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Growing up a third-generation Catholic in India, Carlton Meyn's passion for social justice and the marginalised was developed at a very early age, reports the Catholic Leader. As the chairman of the pastoral council of St Michael's Parish, Dorrington, on

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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

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Live streamed from Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral, Waitara

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