Rebel with a cause

This year marks 150 years since the death of JJ Therry, who was "virtually the first" Catholic chaplain to the colony of New South Wales. Fr Therry confounded his colleagues but won the hearts of the common people, writes Bishop Bill Wright.

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Jamaica dreams

This video takes us to the ghettos of Jamaica and the work of Catholic Mission in helping children grow up to achieve their dreams, in communities where the threat of a violent death is all to real.

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The Duchess

The 18th Duchess of Alba was Spain's richest woman and known for an exuberant lifestyle. But her lineage also passed to her the right to ride a horse into Seville cathedral, and an exemption from having to kneel before the Pope.

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Sir Bob Geldoff

Six saints for Christ the King, St Francis Xavier's body and relics on display in India, man who shot JPII wants meeting with Francis, Vatican honours former Lebanese president, Church and State in Greece, Middle East Christians.

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Bishop Peter Comensoli

Nativity: Cattle are lowing again outside St Mary's, Bishop Comensoli's message to Broken Bay, Bethlehem Community anniversary, Geelong fundraiser, improvements for hearing and vision impaired.

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Cockcrow

Mark 13:33-37 In this Gospel passage, Jesus perhaps challenges his disciples to see that the process of God's judgement will happen in God's time, not ours. 

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Candid assessment

Pope Francis delivered a blunt wake-up call to Europe in his address to the EU Parliament this week. Here is the full text of his message of admonishment, hope and encouragement.

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Totally radical?

This new book by Austen Ivereigh offers an affectionate examination of the making of a Gospel radical, whose electrifying pontificate has stunned the world, writes Kathryn Jean Lopez for the National Review Online.

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Courage under fire

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Serge Rosato with a fireman

Serge Rosato, the principal of a Blue Mountains Catholic primary school, was hailed as a hero for leading his pupils and staff to safety in the face of a raging bushfire and honoured by the Pope. Here he is interviewed by Richard Fidler on ABC.

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Striking a balance

As we enter the season of Advent, the Archbishop of Brisbane offers us this pastoral message, reflecting on the profound issues raised by the process of the Family Synod, in light of the pastoral teachings of Pope Francis.

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The pop star priest

Rob Galea is an assistant priest in Victoria's Diocese of Sandhurst. The young Maltese-Australian is also a music sensation who plays to hundreds of thousands each year. The Sydney Morning Herald shines a light on the apparent paradox of Fr Galea.

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Venice overview

Lovers of la Serenissima, the Venetian Republic, know you cannot round a corner in Venice without finding one of its almost 150 churches. Prayers might well be needed for the modern city, according to author RJB Bosworth.

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St Francis and the Birds

St Francis of Assisi is perhaps the world’s most well-known and best-loved saint. But the popular postcard perception of the man doesn't quite tap the true worth of his wisdom for our modern times, writes Br Samuel SSF.

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Faithful witness

The bioethicist Nicholas Tonti-Filippini died this month, aged 58, after a long battle against chronic auto-immune disease. The Archbishop of Sydney, Anthony Fisher OP, offers a personal remembrance.

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Seminarian Guido Schaffer

Pope on abortion and euthanasia, US and Philippines excitement at Papal visit, supporting Christians in Holy Land, interfaith conference, Francis's tone echoed by new Chicago Archbishop.

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Recognition for Good Sam Oblate

Good Sam Oblate receives national award for HIV work, Papal honours for Parramatta priests, Carmelite pilgrimage, Mercy ministries wins grant, future bright for TAS seminarians, Launceston's treasure.

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Christ the King

Matthew 25: 31-46 Here, Jesus explains the criterion by which we will be judged when we come into the presence of God in practical, simple and clear language.

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Christ.icon

Separated from their Western Catholic cousins, medieval Orthodox icon painters perfected a sublime visual code through which to depict the Faith using a mystic and symbolic iconography. A collection of these historic works is on display at the Art Gallery of Ballarat until January, reports theconversation.com.

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Nepal

This beautifully filmed mini-doco from Caritas Australia takes us to Nepal, high in the Himalayas, where poverty amid natural grandeur is an everyday reality. 

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Martyrs

This week marked the 25th anniversary of the martyrdom of six Jesuits in El Salvador, along with their housekeeper and her daughter. Targeted to silence their outspoken advocacy for the poor, their deaths bore a "mysterious fruit." 

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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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