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Claudio Bravo, a Chilean-born artist whose technically dazzling trompe-l'oeil paintings blended hyperrealism and classical Spanish influences, died earlier this month at his home in Morocco. He was 74. After working in Madrid in the 1960s and establishing a

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John Julius Norwich, The Popes: a history Chatto and Windus $A60John Julius Norwich is the author of histories of Norman Sicily, the Byzantine Empire and, most recently, The Middle Sea: A History of the Mediterranean. He has also written on architecture,

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San Francisco voters in November will be asked to weigh in on what was until now a private family matter: male circumcision. City elections officials say an initiative that would ban the circumcision of males younger than 18 in San Francisco has received

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The Rev France Davis doesn't want any nude Adam-and-Eve figures at his Calvary Baptist Church - even if they were painted by the famed Michelangelo himself, reports the Religion News Service, in an article published in the Huffington Post. Davis is

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John 3:16 - 18  ‘For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. 17 Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the

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Years ago I took a job in a Catholic adult education centre solely because of the team’s desire to work towards building an adult Church, writes Patty Fawkner SGS in The Good Oil. . “Towards an adult Church” was our mantra and our goal. Our

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This online video is a segment from the DVD Who Cares about the Saints?, and contains a brief introduction to the life and times of Fr Thomas Merton.   RELATED COVERAGE http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Seven_Storey_Mountain

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Following the recent emergence of another theory about the origins of the Shroud of Turin, the Daily Telegraph in England nominates its  top five religious mysteries. The Ark of the Covenant The Old Testament recounts that Moses,

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The Opposition leader went to a church in Nauru, a petrol bomb was thrown into one in Melbourne, and university research examined the fear of God. In Perth, the archdiocese announced a recruitment drive and the archbishop, Barry Hickey

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The Pope called for an end to prejudice against gypsies, in PNG churches challenged the government over mining, and in Peur a huge Christ is to be unveiled. In America, the Catholic University decided to have single-sex dorms, and a relic of St Anthony,

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Josephine Hart, the Irish novelist who has died of cancer aged 69, was the author of the bestseller Damage (1990), a savage, shocking novel about passion and betrayal with the now famous line: "Damaged people are dangerous. They know they can survive." Hart,

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The Second Vatican Ecumenical Council: a counterpoint for the history of the council Agostino Marchetto University of Scranton Press, $A69After the Second Vatican Council, the Catholic Church in Western countries experienced a profound decline in Mass

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This week marked the third anniversary of the sudden death at 58 of Tim Russert - an iconic figure in ecclesial and newsroom circles in the US, one whose premature passing left a void in both realms that remains well evident, even into the present.The

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He has only been at the Vatican for four months, but Brazilian Archbishop Joao Braz de Aviz (pictured) is already getting good reviews. As the head of the Vatican office that oversees the world's religious orders, the 64-year-old archbishop inherited an inbox

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John 20:19-23 When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ 20After he said

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The last supper account in John's gospel gives us a wonderful mystical image. The evangelist describes the beloved disciple as reclining on the breast of Jesus. What's contained in this image?  A number of things, writes Ron Rolheiser. First, when you

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The Catholic Herald profiles ten Catholics who are quietly using their talents in the service of others in an astonishing variety of fields. 1. Gerry Straub Gerry Straub has had an illustrious career as a television producer in New York and

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A week marked by beginnings and endings. A convent closed near Newcastle, a new school opened in Ballarat, a new bishop began in Melbourne and so did a priest in Goulburn (pictured). Call to church action on reconciliation

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An agenda full of dispute and conflict. Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin lamented Ireland's loss of faith, Syrian Jesuits called for dialogue amid violent protests, American monks sued over their right to build caskets, and doctors rejected an

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Garret FitzGerald, who has died aged 85, served twice as Irish prime minister. He helped set the stage for peace in Northern Ireland and shifted the tone of Ireland's relations with the UK. Former president Mary Robinson struck the national mood when she

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

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