Many are Called: Rediscovering the Glory of the Priesthood by Scott Hahn Doubleday Religion, 2010, 160 pages, $A29.95  The Year for Priests may be over, but the momentum from that 12-month celebration continues to be strong. Adding to that effort is

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Every time there is a royal wedding, the one story newspapers all love is the one in which they announce that the bride will vow to obey her husband - or not. What Anglican form of wedding vow one uses is hardly of interest to Catholics who never get a

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Tim Lougoon has one of the most interesting and challenging youth ministry jobs in Australia. On December 10 last year, he was appointed by Bishop Joe Grech of Sandhurst to lead the diocesan pilgrimage to World Youth Day in Madrid, writes Beth Doherty on

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John 11:1-45 Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. 2Mary was the one who anointed the Lord with perfume and wiped his feet with her hair; her brother Lazarus was ill. 3 So the sisters sent a message to

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The scriptures that are presented for our prayerful reflection on Passion Sunday are a veritable treasure of our faith. They are so extensive and dense that one feels like a little kid (or indeed a big kid) in a chocolate factory, writes Bishop Eugene Hurley,

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The distinctive sound of Libera has travelled the world in the last few years. The group's albums have topped both mainstream and classical charts in many countries, and their recordings hold their place in top-tens alongside major artists like Bocelli. The

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More than one million pilgrims will descend on Rome next month to celebrate the beatification of Pope John Paul II, just six years after his death. But they – and millions of other devotees around the world – know it will still take a miracle for

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A special anniversary leads this week's list. Bendigo's Sister Sarah Duggan (pictured) has celebrated 60 years as a Franciscan missionary. In Forbes, central NSW, a volunteer has received a special honour from the Pope for community work. Aged care and

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It was a week where good news balanced the usual diet of violence and conflict. A pro-life news service was launched, the Pope's book hit Number 5 on the New York Times bestseller list, the Church in Britain released a special prayer for the upcoming

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Renowned theologian and advocate of the poor, Joseph Comblin, died on March 27 in Salvador, Brazil, of natural causes. He was 88.Comblin, a leading exponent of liberation theology, was once a follower and an adviser to the Brazilian bishop, Dom Hélder

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Jerusalem: The Biography, by Simon Sebag Montefiore, Weidenfeld And Nicolson, RRP $50"Jerusalem is the holy city," writes Simon Sebag Montefiore, "yet it has always been a den of superstition, charlatanism and bigotry . . . the cosmopolitan home of many

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In a blunt lecture this week, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin (pictured) made what to my mind is a stunning admission about the sexual abuse crisis in the church. With perhaps "two exceptions", he has "not encountered a real and unconditional

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In his recently-released book, Australian Jesuit priest Richard Leonard looks at how we understand the presence of God in our lives when we are faced with suffering, reports Thinking Faith. Using his own experience of a family tragedy, Fr Richard

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John 9:1-41  As Jesus walked along, he saw a man blind from birth. 2His disciples asked him, ‘Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?’ 3 Jesus answered, ‘Neither this man nor his parents sinned; he was

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I'm sorry... “Who sinned? Who’s to blame for this man’s disability?” people ask today (Jn 9:1-41). It’s about as silly as asking whose sin caused the Queensland floods or the earthquakes in Christchurch and Japan, writes

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A Hand of Peace: Pope Pius XII and the Holocaust explores the debate over the wartime Pope and his alleged silence during the Nazi Holocaust. Featuring interviews with leading historical scholars, leaders in the Jewish community and those who personally knew

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The scathing assessment of Philadelphia's handling of sex abuse allegations against priests has wider implications for the church, say several experts. It exposes inherent weaknesses in the process that deals with allegations against Catholic clerics,

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Australia's treatment of asylum seekers and social conscience issues were prominent. Archbishop Hart released a Lenten Reflection, Cardinal Pell launched a new Catholic intellectual journal and the NFP sector was told it needs a stronger voice. Archbishop

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Violence in Sudan and Pakistan, and the ongoing aftermath of Japan's disaster drew attention over the week. On a brighter note, the legacy of John Paul II has been prominent in the lead-up to his beatification, and the Vatican wants to

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One of Canberra's best-loved surgeons, John Buckingham, has died of cancer, aged 63.Renowned throughout Australia for his pioneering work in breast cancer surgery and diagnosis, Dr Buckingham was himself diagnosed with inoperable pancreatic cancer in early

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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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