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Gough Whitlam's campaign to end 23 years in opposition took an unexpected turn in Sydney during the afternoon of November 12, 1972. Archbishop James Carroll, one of Sydney's auxiliary bishops, was opening a Catholic school library. His statement that the

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John Hosie, A Lonely Road: Fr Ted McGrath, MSC. Adelaide, ATF Press, 2010Father Ted  McGrath had barely reached his seventh birthday before experiencing the death of his father (who literally drank himself to the grave), the demise of his mother

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“He is brash, outspoken and fearless -- energetic, colourful, cultured... indeed, even hard-core,” says Rocco Palmo of Archbishop Charles Chaput, the 66 year-old Capuchin Franciscan and New York Times best-selling author who’s led the

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The track is a thin slash of uneven rocks and dirt wriggling around the most breathtaking of mountain regions. Trudging in mid morning heat we skirt a ridge and suddenly there is Tari, a small, weathered settlement in this craggy eastern part of Nepal,

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Matthew 13:24-43 Jesus put before them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven may be compared to someone who sowed good seed in his field; 25but while everybody was asleep, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and then went away. 26 So when the

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I've lived and worked within academic circles for most of my adult life, studying in various universities, teaching within university circles, and having university professors as close friends and colleagues. What's that world like? What kind of folks inhabit

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In this segment from the film Who Cares About The Saints?, Rev James Martin discusses the life of St Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Jesuit order.

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New medical treatments and genetic enhancement opportunities have triggered moral questions about eating genetically modified foods and the acceptability of stem cell research. Australian Catholics magazine assesses the key moral

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The week was marked by honours and building disputes: a seminary celebration was held for jubilee priests, an inner-city church (pictured) was rededicated after its roof collapsed, iconic priests from the NSW north coast and

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More troubles in Ireland, as riots during the marching season left scores of police injured, further tension in China over illlicit ordinations, Austrian priests called for reform and American bishops opposed a bill about gays and education. US bishops

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Sister Marnie Kennedy was a nun and an educator, counsellor, activist, spiritual leader and defender of the rights of the dispossessed and marginalised. She was greatly valued and dearly loved for her warmth, grace, wisdom, generosity of spirit and capacity

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Nazis on the Run: How Hitler's Henchmen Fled Justice, By Gerald Steinacher, Oxford University Press, 416pp. $A49.95The story of fugitive "Nazis on the run" is not really a new one, but it has been subject to numerous elisions and distortions ever since it

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Veteran Catholic author and activist, and now blogger for America magazine, Sidney Callahan, has an answer for New York's Archbishop Timothy Dolan and other prominent churchmen who worry that legalising same sex marriage will lead to accepting polygamy in the

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With a mini-pilgrimage walk done, one formation day left and a Commissioning Mass at St Stephen's Cathedral in Brisbane this weekend, World Youth Day fever continues to grow around the nation, reports the Catholic Leader. Pilgrimage co-ordinator and

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Matthew 13:1-23 That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. 2Such great crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat there, while the whole crowd stood on the beach. 3 And he told them many things in parables, saying:

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Fr Thomas Rosica interviews His Beatitude Michel Sabbah, Latin Patriarch emeritus of Jerusalem, who retired in 2008, about the challenges that Christians face each day as they live their lives in the Holy Lands, and the meaning of authentic justice and peace

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A new set of banners, proclaiming “Intellect and Virtue: The Idea of a Catholic University,” appeared across the campus of the Catholic University of America last January alongside traditional banners with the school’s motto, Deus lux mea

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A week of landmarks and icons: Susan Pascoe (pictured), the former head of the Victorian Catholic Education Commission, was appointed to head a NFP taskforce, Sydney's longest serving priest retired after 63 years, the Jesus-Islam billboards have arrived in

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A geographical smorgasbord: in Europe the Vatican returned to profit, Prince Albert faces a paternity test, British MPs called for an inquiry into the BBC over euthanasia coverage and a Holocaust denier bishop blamed TV interviewers for his comments. In

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  Otto von Habsburg, the one-time heir to the imperial throne of Austria-Hungary, who during a long career in European politics was a strong proponent of unifying the divided continent, died on Monday at his home in Pöcking, Germany, reports the

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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

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

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