Nuns Behaving Badly: Tales of music, magic, art, and arson in the convents of Italy University of Chicago Press 2010 Witchcraft. Arson. Going AWOL. Some nuns in Italy in the 16th and 17th centuries strayed far from the paradigms of monastic

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Many readers and writers find grace nebulous. This is particularly true in the case of amateur writers. There are two reasons. The first is that grace is categorised philosophically within the realm of beauty. We all agree that beauty exists, but we

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Establishing a computer lab with all the latest equipment in the desert hundreds of kilometres from anywhere is no easy task, as Australian Jesuit Chris Jenkins knows all too well, reports Province Express. Fr Jenkins is overseeing a distance learning

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The season of Lent has finished with the beginning of Holy Week, the story of which contains the entire range of human feelings – joy, celebration, suffering, doubt, betrayal, conviction, anger, despair, confusion and hope, but it is love which triumphs

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Sacred Triduum

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The Great Three Days: The Easter Triduum. Franciscan Father Tom Richstatter asks what exactly we celebrate in the liturgies during the Easter Triduum.

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In the sleepy town of Wadowice in southern Poland, officials are sprucing up the main square and renovating the house where its most famous son, the late Pope John Paul II was born 91 years ago, reports Reuters in the West Australian. Wadowice, its

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  Father Bob Maguire takes a seat with InterAction multi-faith group co-founder Ali Majokah (The Age) --- A mixed bag on the eve of Easter: Fr Bob Maguire calls for interfaith education at schools, priests bless roads before holidays, plus Palm Sunday

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Diplomacy and international affairs held centre stage, with the Vatican trying to strengthen relations in both Vietnam and China, a Scottish cardinal attacking nuclear weapons and a new report about the Irish Church (Archbishop Diarmuid Martin is

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Father Ian Dillon, who has died in Richmond in Melbourne, aged 85, lived an unobtrusive Jesuit life. But his story is of wider interest because it reflects some of the central changes in society, church and the Society of Jesus during his lifetime,

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  In his recently published book on evolution Vs creationism, Conor Cunningham surveys the vast expanse of research in the field and skillfully argues against the reductive logics of evolutionists Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, and their

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In a 13-page letter, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, chairman of the US Catholic Bishops' Committee on Doctrine, explains his committee's rationale for criticising theologian Elizabeth Johnson's book Quest for the Living God. The wide-ranging letter, while

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CathNews is taking a short break over the holiday period. We will return on Wednesday, April 27. We wish all our readers a happy and rejuvenating Easter.

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When I started teaching in 1996, I was hired by Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, to teach a course on science and religion. With degrees in both areas, I felt well prepared; but I soon learned that the amount of literature on the relationship between

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Matthew 26:14 - 27:66 Then one of the 12, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests 15and said, “What will you give me if I betray him to you?” They paid him thirty pieces of silver. 16And from that moment he began to look for an

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Today’s gospel is not only about Jesus, it is also about you and me, writes Michael McKenna, the Bishop of Bathurst. Our knowledge of the arrest, interrogation, torture and execution of Jesus of Nazareth comes primarily from the accounts of the four

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Following the format of The Stations of the Cross, this prayerful resource from the St Columbans Mission Society laments the stages in the death of part of God’s Creation. It incorporates issues related to rainforest destruction: extractive industries,

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During his recent visit to Washington, Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun told reporters that mistakes and misunderstandings on the part of key Vatican officials, and a desire for “compromise at any cost,” have undermined Pope Benedict's intentions

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Educational themes led the coverage around the nation this week. In Adelaide, male teachers are shifting to independent schools, in Victoria ipods and ipads are being trialled in Year 7, and in Qld an investigation into a gay talk in a school hall has been

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An eclectic news menu this week, led by the TV documentary that claims to have found nails used in the crucifixion of Jesus (pictured), plus reports of an auction of Papal jewellery and a spritual program for weight loss. On a sombre note, a bible

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Constable Ronan Kerr loved life, he loved others, and that is the legacy he has left us. Not to hate but to love, writes Fr John Skinnader in the Independent Catholic News. I saw Ronan only two weeks before he was killed by a car bomb on April 9 in

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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

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Live streamed from Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral, Waitara

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

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