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Matthew 14:22-33  Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. 23 And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was

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In a bindery outside Vicenza, Italy, the new altar missals are picked off a conveyor belt, checked carefully and placed on a stack. They are almost ready, but not quite: ribbons and leather tabs are still to be added. After that, they will be wrapped in

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  Robert Fitzgerald speaks at a Social Policy Connections public policy forum on Advancing Human Wellbeing in a changing society.

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Spanish Jesuit Father Luis Ruiz Suarez, who dedicated his entire life to needy people in Macau and mainland China, died last week at the age of 97. Father Ruiz was a giant because of the size of his heart. It was as big as a horse. His missionary work in

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Augustine’s Confessions: A Biography, Garry Wills, Princeton University Press/Footprint Books, HB, 174pp, $29.95 Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Letters and Papers from Prison: A Biography, Martin E. Marty, Princeton University Press/Footprint Books, HB,

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Biblical theologian Gary A. Anderson has written on the changing ideas of sin in Judaism and early Christianity.  His intriguing research findings are that the concept of sin in Judaism changed from earlier metaphors of stain and burden to the idea of

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I was intrigued by a letter written to a newspaper from a young adult. He wrote it in a response to a letter sent by someone who lived through the years of World War II, who had described how hard it was to be a teenager in the first half of 1940s,

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Brisbane archdiocese youth ministry team leader Michael Hart with Kiri Groeneveld for the canonisation of St Mary MacKillop in Rome last year --- Kiri Groeneveld is "pumped" for more reasons than one about World Youth Day in Madrid next month, reports the

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Matthew 14:13-21 Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a deserted place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. 14 When he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them

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World Youth Day Sydney 2008 has had an extraordinary effect on the life of our dioceses here in Australia. There are so many people who went to the event in Sydney in 2008 now actively involved in the Church in so many ways: in our youth work, in marriages

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The Vatican released this week a video about its science academy titled Science between man and God. Italian physicist Antonino Zichichi is prominently featured in the video, claiming that atheists have an unscientific approach to science. "If it

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Sunday, 17 April. This afternoon I took a room at Casa Santa Marta. Setting down my bags, I tried to open the shades, as the room was dark, but it was impossible. One of my brothers had the same problem, and asked for help from the sisters in charge. He

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News on many fronts: Bishops endorse computer games classification, building of the Catholic Leadership Centre in Melbourne, a petition in Toowoomba in support of Bp Morris, and students in Brisbane raise $30,000 for Timor. Development of Catholic

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WYD has started to dominate the agenda: the Pope says it is a time for solemnity, organisers sponsor a sacred art exhibition in Madrid and separately, refuse to approve a catechesis from an American media source. In America, the Papal nuncio passed

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Born on October 21, 1914, the son of a Polish family in Valga, Estonia, Kazimierz Swiatek had first hand experience of  the great sufferings of the 20th Century.  His father died in 1920 in the Polish-Russian war, while defending the city of

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Daniel Stein: Interpreter, by Ludmila Ulitskaya, translated by Arch Tait, Scribe Publications, $32.95 This novel is a patchwork of letters, diaries, official notes, reports and recorded speeches that seem to both hide and explore the extraordinary tale of

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When news broke about the bombing in Olso, many commentators assumed links with Islamic extremism.  When reports came of the massacre on Utøya island, perpetrated by a “tall, blonde, Nordic, man,” speculation subsided

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Pompeii has more to offer than dusty ruins filled with plaster casts of people, and one unfortunate puppy, frozen in time. It is also, coincidently, home to the only church in Christendom built by an ex-Satanist, reports the Catholic Herald. It’s the

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Matthew 13:44-52 Jesus said to the crowds, ‘The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.45 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant

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Recently the Miles Franklin Award was granted to Indigenous writer and academic, Kim Scott for his novel That Deadman Dance. As a work of fiction, it is inspired by, and draws on the early history of the region known today as Albany, Western Australia, writes

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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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