American TV satirist Stephen Colbert's commencement speech at Northwestern university wasn't as funny as Conan O'Brien's at Dartmouth, but the inevitable 'now I'm serious kids, please keep listening' section was far better – it was pretty much a

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On July 26 I will be 75 years old. For young people it probably sounds very old. For myself it doesn't seem old at all, says the Archbishop of Brisbane, John Bathersby, in a speech given earlier this year, and published in the Catholic

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The chairman of Britain's Equality and Human Rights Commission, Trevor Phililps, has attacked "fashionable" views mocking and marginalising religion and say his Commission will stand up for believers, reports the Sunday Telegraph in

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  John 6:51-58 ‘I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.’ 52 The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying,

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The great feast of Corpus Christi is about more than the Eucharist, because the Eucharist is about more than the Eucharist, writes Michael McKenna, the Bishop of Bathurst. The Eucharistic moment expands back in time to include the Last Supper and beyond

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In this segment from the film Who Cares About The Saints?, Rev James Martin of America magazine discusses the life of St Peter and how his experiences may speak to our own today. June 29 is the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul. Who Cares About the

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Elizabeth Johnson, the professor of theology at Fordham University, whose book was criticised by the US Bishops' Conference --- There’s not one habit or Roman collar in the crowd. As some 260 religion professors sit in an auditorium in New

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A geographically varied agenda; new priest takes over south of Sydney, a fresh parish created near Brisbane, the Social Inclusion Commissioner in SA was criticised over travel claims, and an exhibition of bibles opened in Melbourne. Fr Ken's juggling

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Some deep-seated issues underpin this week's menu: Scotland is tackling a new outbreak of sectarian violence in football, Peru's archbishop defended a cardinal's stand against forced sterilisation, and Caritas welcomed a treaty on labour conditions. On a

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Claudio Bravo, a Chilean-born artist whose technically dazzling trompe-l'oeil paintings blended hyperrealism and classical Spanish influences, died earlier this month at his home in Morocco. He was 74. After working in Madrid in the 1960s and establishing a

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John Julius Norwich, The Popes: a history Chatto and Windus $A60John Julius Norwich is the author of histories of Norman Sicily, the Byzantine Empire and, most recently, The Middle Sea: A History of the Mediterranean. He has also written on architecture,

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San Francisco voters in November will be asked to weigh in on what was until now a private family matter: male circumcision. City elections officials say an initiative that would ban the circumcision of males younger than 18 in San Francisco has received

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The Rev France Davis doesn't want any nude Adam-and-Eve figures at his Calvary Baptist Church - even if they were painted by the famed Michelangelo himself, reports the Religion News Service, in an article published in the Huffington Post. Davis is

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John 3:16 - 18  ‘For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. 17 Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the

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Years ago I took a job in a Catholic adult education centre solely because of the team’s desire to work towards building an adult Church, writes Patty Fawkner SGS in The Good Oil. . “Towards an adult Church” was our mantra and our goal. Our

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This online video is a segment from the DVD Who Cares about the Saints?, and contains a brief introduction to the life and times of Fr Thomas Merton.   RELATED COVERAGE http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Seven_Storey_Mountain

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Following the recent emergence of another theory about the origins of the Shroud of Turin, the Daily Telegraph in England nominates its  top five religious mysteries. The Ark of the Covenant The Old Testament recounts that Moses,

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The Opposition leader went to a church in Nauru, a petrol bomb was thrown into one in Melbourne, and university research examined the fear of God. In Perth, the archdiocese announced a recruitment drive and the archbishop, Barry Hickey

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The Pope called for an end to prejudice against gypsies, in PNG churches challenged the government over mining, and in Peur a huge Christ is to be unveiled. In America, the Catholic University decided to have single-sex dorms, and a relic of St Anthony,

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Josephine Hart, the Irish novelist who has died of cancer aged 69, was the author of the bestseller Damage (1990), a savage, shocking novel about passion and betrayal with the now famous line: "Damaged people are dangerous. They know they can survive." Hart,

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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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All your daily readings, reflections and prayers can be found here... 

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