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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Faith triumphs

A blind man and his guide are bonded by faith, an increase noted in people wanting charity help in north Queensland and a faith adventure leads to Samoa.

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Pope of cable

This time last year, Cardinal Timothy Dolan was taking fire from his right flank for inviting President Obama to the annual Al Smith Dinner, the white-tie charity gala where celebrities and churchmen and rival pols lay down their arms and instead wage a war of wit. It didn’t matter that Dolan also invited Obama’s Republican rival, Mitt Romney. This year, Dolan should have an easier time of it — he will have Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert, the self-described 'pope of basic cable,' on hand to headline the fundraiser tonight, reports the Religion News Service.

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Another Tudor tome

Tudor history and Tudor historical fiction are all the rage right now. This new book attempts to expand the passion to Stuart history and explain Mary Queen of Scots’ role in the dynasty. But does the world need another tome about Mary?

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Marcella Hazan

Married to the same man for more than six decades, Marcella Hazan’s ashes will be interred in her home village of Cesenatico in Italy’s Emilia-Romagna. Those details, however, give nothing away about her influence in international food.

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Fr Owen Doyle

Former parish priest Father Owen Doyle held a unique ministry as the Sandhurst diocese’s only ordained priest who is also the father of nine children. The diocese invited Fr Owen to write this short reflection.

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Italy to Buenos Aires

Francis is the first Pope from Latin America but he is the son of an Italian immigrant from Piedmont, Mario Bergoglio. Mario was one of thousands to make the long journey to the Americas in the early 20th century, reports Italy magazine.

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Lino Rulli

In this edition of Catholic Focus on Salt + Light, presenter Deacon Pedro sits with TV and radio producer Lino Rulli, producer and host of the Emmy award-winning TV show, Generation Cross and host of The Catholic Guy radio program on The Catholic Channel, Sirius XM.

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Respect for man

Luke 18:1-8 Jesus told his disciples a parable about the need to pray continually and never lose heart:

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Clare Condon

Our world is in a sad and destructive state. Nation upon nation is in fear of one another. Can true peace ever reign, asks Good Samaritan Sister, Clare Condon.

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Christopher Koch

Catholic-educated, Tasmanian-born author, Christopher Koch believed in the existence of evil. He was a traditional storyteller whose books dealt with spirituality, illusion and reality, and cultural identity. This obituary appeared in The New York Times.

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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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