The Ladder of Divine Ascent

As we head to the Feasts of All Saints and All Souls over the weekend, theologian John Martens tracks the evolution of our understanding of the greatest mystery of all: What happens when we die?

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Joan of Arc redux

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The heretic saint

Everyone knows the story of Joan of Arc, the teenage girl who heard voices that took her to the court of a king, to military victories, trial as a heretic, and later to veneration as a saint. A new book by Helen Castor places Joan in context.

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Sr Peggy Dolan

In 1932, Sr Peggy Dolan arrived as a young novice in Australia from Ireland. Recently, the sprightly Presentation Sister celebrated her hundredth birthday at Nudgee’s Emmaus Retirement Village, reports The Catholic Leader.

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President Martin Schultz

Environment a "pro-life" concern, Asia Bibi asks for Pope's prayers, Filipino bishops oppose death penalty, why Francis wants you inside the Church, President of Uganda, bishops object to same-sex benefits at Jesuit university.

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Brisbane Archdiocese supports Blue Knot Day

Bishop Fisher on love, Fr John Therry remembered, Sisters of Mercy share Perth heritage, Benedictine inspires in Sydney, Launceston Carmelites, Notre Dame Professor nominated for Australian of the Year.

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Jack Dominian MBE

Jack Dominian believed that his understanding of psychology and psychiatry were crucial to his philosophy of love, sex and relationships. Though he challenged orthodoxy, he remained a faithful Catholic.

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Jesus

Matthew 23:1-12 In this passage from the Gospel, Jesus warns His disciples against taking on the airs and hypocrisies of the religious leaders of His day.

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The dearly departed

This short history of Halloween from the National Geographic Channel goes back to the pre-Christian origins of Halloween and explains how a pagan feast was transformed by the Church, and carried by migrants around the world.

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Pope Francis graffiti

His time in the teeming slums of Argentina helped transform Pope Francis from a cautious young conservative into an elder statesman for transformation, writes Paul Vallely in this comprehensive Newsweek profile.

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Wall Street Sign

A new paper from London's Theos religious think tank outlines a "Just Money" theory drawn from Catholic social thought. The Economist considers what lessons this body of thought might have for addressing the financial crisis.

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Santa Fe church rev

Church architecture reflects not only faith, but time and place, as well as local vernacular architecture. Conde Nast Traveler editors have chosen some of the most wonderful examples - from the grand to the simple - from around the world.

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St Mary and Fr Tenison Woods

St Mary MacKillop always referred to him as the Father Founder of the Josephites. On the 125th anniversary of his death, Congregational Leader, Sr Monica Cavanagh, reflects on his important contribution to Australian society.

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Mary by El Greco

Amnesia about the Jewishness of Jesus - and his family - has a long history in Christianity. This occasionally provocative book draws us closer to an understanding of the Jewish Mary, and the women of her time.

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Iraqi Christians

What Francis can do for Middle-Eastern Christians, Vatican diplomats on extremists, the Pope's view of the Synod comes into focus.

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Parable of the wedding banquet

Matthew 22: 1-14 “Once more Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying: ‘The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son.

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Prof Rey receives award

Notre Dame professor's award, asylum seeker protest, Church land targeted by property developer.

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The bishops gather

Say what? If you are a little confused about the language of the current Synod in Rome, TIME magazine offers this breakdown of the key terminology, and explains who's who, what's what, and what it all means.

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Rev Groeschel

American Franciscan friar, Catholic priest, retreat master, author, psychologist, activist, television host, Fr Benedict Groeschel lived life to the full, tough not without controversy, and in the service of others. Here his life is celebrated in The New York Times.

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Baptism

The real dramas in Catholic life, says Monsignor Peter Fleetwood, centre around the Sacraments. In this Vatican Radio programme, Why bother asking? The priest will never baptise my baby, he explores the idea of alienation.  

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Sr Jeanie Heininger

As Good Samaritan Sister Jeanie Heininger looks back, she says she is enormously thankful God called her to dedicate her life to people with disability and their families. But that's not how she felt in the beginning, reports The Good Oil.

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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

Daily Prayer

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

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