This week marked the third anniversary of the sudden death at 58 of Tim Russert - an iconic figure in ecclesial and newsroom circles in the US, one whose premature passing left a void in both realms that remains well evident, even into the present.The

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He has only been at the Vatican for four months, but Brazilian Archbishop Joao Braz de Aviz (pictured) is already getting good reviews. As the head of the Vatican office that oversees the world's religious orders, the 64-year-old archbishop inherited an inbox

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John 20:19-23 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.’ 20After he said

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The last supper account in John's gospel gives us a wonderful mystical image. The evangelist describes the beloved disciple as reclining on the breast of Jesus. What's contained in this image?  A number of things, writes Ron Rolheiser. First, when you

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The Catholic Herald profiles ten Catholics who are quietly using their talents in the service of others in an astonishing variety of fields. 1. Gerry Straub Gerry Straub has had an illustrious career as a television producer in New York and

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A week marked by beginnings and endings. A convent closed near Newcastle, a new school opened in Ballarat, a new bishop began in Melbourne and so did a priest in Goulburn (pictured). Call to church action on reconciliation

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An agenda full of dispute and conflict. Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin lamented Ireland's loss of faith, Syrian Jesuits called for dialogue amid violent protests, American monks sued over their right to build caskets, and doctors rejected an

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Garret FitzGerald, who has died aged 85, served twice as Irish prime minister. He helped set the stage for peace in Northern Ireland and shifted the tone of Ireland's relations with the UK. Former president Mary Robinson struck the national mood when she

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Andrew Graham-Dixon, Caravaggio: A life sacred and profane, PenguinMichael Fried, The Moment of Carravaggio, PrincetonMichelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio was thought by many to be deeply flawed in character, in studio technique, and, indeed, in

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I once thought I might have to join, or start, a Penny Pinchers Anonymous group. Frugality seemed old-fashioned, something left over from having parents who remembered the Great Depression. It seemed almost like a psychological problem or perhaps a bad habit

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Phil Glendenning, head of the Edmund Rice Centre, spoke recently about the myths surrounding asylum seekers. His speech was recorded on Youtube.

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CathNews will not be published on the Queen's Birthday holiday. We will return on Tuesday, June 14.

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Cardinal Jospeh Levada, head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith --- The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith keeps an eye on almost everything coming out of the Vatican, reports the Catholic News Service, in an article republished in

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At the time of the recent wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, the media commented that Kate was not including ‘obedience to William’ in her vow formula, but rather publicly, she stated “I vow to love, honour, comfort and

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To coincide with World Communications Day, the US Today program made a special broadcast from the Vatican, including this feature about how the church is embracing digital and social media to engage with the faithful.

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The energies of Catholic Australians in recent years have been absorbed by contradictory approaches to being faithful. The first is the church’s institutional integrity (requirements of obedience, orthodoxy and conformity); the second is its moral

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A week marked by deaths and sickness. Two retired priests, in Brisbane and Sydney, passed away, a viral epidemic laid low a quarter of the students at an Adelaide Catholic school, and police tried to stop the euthanasia of a 100-year-old man. On a

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A diverse menu: Malta legalised divorce, the Vatican is studying the impact of outsourcing labor, and spoke out against piracy, while the Pope reiterated the importance of Gregorian chant. In Holland, a modern version of Noah's Ark has been

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Founder of the anti-Vietnam War movement in Australia. Lifelong member of the Labor Party and Trotskyist. Bookseller. Bibliophile. Historian. Union agitator. Anti-censorship battler. Bohemian. Irish Catholic. Polemicist. Even Charles Dickens would have had

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Gerry O'Hanlon SJ, A New Vision of the Catholic Church: A View from Ireland (Columba Press, 2011) Irish theologian Gerry O’Hanlon SJ analyses the current crisis afflicting the Church in Ireland and identifies the frustrations felt by Irish Catholics who

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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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