Archbishop Prowse

Canberra Goulburn's Archbishop Prowse feels deeply the shame of the Church's failures on child protection and is convinced that a focus on victims is essential to the Church's recovery.

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Russell Crowe eagerly awaits the Pope

What do the God-Mother of punk, a wise-cracking comedian, the grizzled gladiator, and the billionaire media mogul have in common? It seems they're all just wild about Francis and part of a growing club, reports The Catholic Herald.

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Bess Price

While it is important to celebrate indigenous successes during NAIDOC Week, we should also reflect on some damaging silences affecting Aboriginal wellbeing, writes Anthony Dillon of the Australian Catholic University.

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Gaza Strip

Israel bombs Gaza, 145,000 Syrian refugee women fight for survival, Hobby Lobby case explained, where atheists can't hold office, drop in Irish priests and nuns, Italian police target mafia after papal visit, China rethinks death penalty, Mexico.

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Perthville Josephite Helen Sullivan

Anglicans ease seal of confessional, Jesuits swoop awards, Perthville Josephites, transgenderism for schools, Premier visits Marist Youth Care, Catholic schools consider multiple intakes. 

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Parable of the sower

Matthew 13:1-23 Like any good story, the parables of Jesus had many levels of meaning. Jesus interpreted this parable for the mission of the Apostles.

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Bust of Charlemagne at Aachen Cathedral

It is 1200 years since the death of Charlemagne,  the Frankish King who had the boldness to claim the title Holy Roman Emperor. The German city of Aachen is marking the anniversary of its most famous son with a trio of exhibitions.

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PJ Kavanagh

A new collection of selected works of PJ Kavanagh. A poet of rural England (with Irish ancestry), Kavanagh's work stands apart, writes Wynn Wheldon for The Spectator.

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A Tamil boy

Australia captured headlines this week for its hardline against Sri Lankan asylum seekers. Refugee advocates were scathing, while the Government offered little explanation. So why are Sri Lankan Tamils fleeing their homeland, asks Eureka Street.

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Paul Comrie-Thomson

Paul Comrie Thomson's interviews with political pundits, economists, philosophers and writers reflected his natural curiosity, generous spirit, incisiveness, grace and passion for reconciling apparently conflicting ideas.

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John L Allen

Correspondent John L Allen discusses with PBS the significance of Pope Francis' meeting with abuse victims, and how Cardinal Pell hopes to restore boringness to the Vatican's financial affairs.

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Prison ministry

If you happen upon a forgotten corner of desperate poverty or a neglected collection of humanity, chances are good that a religious woman has arrived before you, writes U.S. Catholic magazine.

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Reilly

Fr Chris Riley, Salesian priest and founder of Youth Off The Streets, has spoken about dedicating his life to helping the homeless youth, the challenges facing the Church, and religion in the modern world.

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Asylum at sea

Royal Commission interim report, NAIDOC, Euthanasia advocate Phillip Nietchse under fire, uncertain fate for Tamils, chaplaincy debate, new youth leader for Canberra, Sr Rose Glennen, Catholic Australia website relaunched.

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President Obama

Meriam gave birth in chains, Mother Teresa film, Pope meets King of Spain, atheists plot against Ground-Zero cross, new Archbishop for KL, N. Korea, Archbishop orders misconduct investigation into himself, UN envoy on abuse.

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Charlie Chaplin and the Kid

Though not a Catholic, Charlie Chaplin directed and starred in such humane masterpieces as Modern Times, The Great Dictator, and Limelight. The Vatican has now honoured his unique contribution to world cinema.

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Gerard Manley Hopkins

An audio meditation on the life of the Jesuit poet Fr Gerard Manley Hokpins SJ, created by the Jesuits in Britain, as part of their calendar commemorating the anniversary of the restoration of the Society.

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I will give you rest

Matthew 11:25-30 When Jesus says 'my yoke is easy,' he is saying, I am the Law, but the law that I impose is not a heavy burden. The Yoke of Jesus is the Law of Love.

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Rainbow over stonehenge

This examination of Pagan Britain throws up some fascinating questions on the nature of the religious instinct in humans, and on what our interpretations of the past say about our present, writes The Tablet.

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Pastor Christian Fuehrer

This aptly named East German pastor led weekly prayer sessions that grew into huge demonstrations that helped bring down the Berlin Wall, writes The Telegraph.

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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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