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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Jesus of Nazareth Holy Week: From the Entrance into Jerusalem to the Resurrection Joseph Ratzinger/Pope Benedict XVI Ignatius Press. 384pp $37.95  This volume is a sequel to Jesus of Nazareth: From the Baptism in the Jordan to the Transfiguration, in

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With Christopher Hitchens, it is not a question of Christianity having been tried and found wanting: it has simply never been tried – or understood, writes Francis Phillips in the Catholic Herald. In an interview with Mick Brown in the Sunday Telegraph

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Depicting the history of salvation throughout the rebuilt St Patrick’s Cathedral in Bunbury is the highlight of internationally-renowned West Australian artist Robert Juniper’s career, reports The Record. Juniper has depicted stories from the

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John 4:5-42 So Jesus came to a Samaritan city called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 6Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired out by his journey, was sitting by the well. It was about noon. 7 A Samaritan

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As we move into Lent, it becomes obvious how carefully the Readings of the Liturgy have been selected to draw us deeper into the truth of our faith.  They are not drum rolls to Easter but lessons about what it all means for us, what it means to be a

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This discussion from Canada's Salt + Light TV examines Africa's gift to the Church. Host Pedro is joined by Sister Hazel Campayne from Our Lady of Lourdes Black Catholic Community Ministry and Father Stan Chu Ilo pastor at St. Therese Catholic

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While the public face of the Apostolic Visitation of the Church in Ireland has shown the determination of the visitators to listen to those who have been abused by priests or Religious and to demonstrate the Church’s remorse, there has been another

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Frank Quinlan -- Frank Quinlan has resigned from his position as Executive Director of Catholic Social Services Australia to take up a new appointment as the new CEO of the Mental Health Council of Australia. Also in the social services sector, Monsignor

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Archbishop Oscar Romero -- History was made this week when President Barack Obama visited the tomb of Archbishop Oscar Romero in El Salvador. Meanwhile the international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) has launched a new report which

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Retired Bishop Samuel Ruiz Garcia, known as the champion of the poor and indigenous in southern Mexico, has died at the age of 86.Bishop Ruiz headed the Diocese of San Cristobal de Las Casas from 1960 to 2000, and from 1994 to 1998 mediated a commission

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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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