Pope Benedict in the garden

The gardens at the Pontifical Villas at Castel Gandolfo are open to the public. This video from the Catholic News Service takes us on a tour of this idyllic papal retreat, and explains something of its history and how it came to be open to the public.

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Gosford Anglican Church

Melbourne Response "empowered" victims, provocative Anglican signs of the times, World Congress of Families controversy, Father's Day for priests, extraordinary women, Notre Dame jubilee.

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Paul VI with Martin Luther King

US bishops marks civil rights anniversary, Benedict celebrates special liturgy, Dawkins shocker, South Sudan famine, King of Bahrain offers aid to Christians, cold water poured on ice bucket challenge, Pope Francis says don't be a gossip.

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John Major and Albert Reynolds

The Pope sent condolences for the death of former Irish Prime Minister Albert Reynolds and "gratitude for his efforts in promoting peace and reconciliation in Ireland". His requiem Mass was held at the Sacred Heart Church in Dublin.

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Charles Darwin by John Collier

The conclusions of Charles Darwin are often portrayed as incompatible with Christianity - but Catholic theologians and scientists beg to differ, seeing Evolution as evidence of God's creative dynamism, writes Fr Daniel O'Leary. 

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Christ by El Greco

Matthew 16:21-28 In this passage, Jesus appears angry because although his disciples have acknowledged that he is the Messiah, they have not worked out what kind of Messiah he is to be.

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Shall we dance?

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"One cannot dance well unless one is completely in time with the music," Ann Morrow Lindbergh once wrote, and in this reflection by Fr Chris Gleeson SJ, we are all invited to find the intimate rhythm of the Lord.

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James Foley

Sometimes it seems the word 'martyr' has been hijacked. Terror groups desecrate the name by applying it to those who die killing others. But what does the Church say makes a martyr and what of journalist James Foley? Was he a martyr?

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Napoleon takes the crown

Among the enlightening elements of this new study of Napoleon Bonaparte is an examination of the plucky Corsican's unsuccessful attempts to co-opt the Church to his imperial cause, writes Jonathan Wright in The Tablet.

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James Murphy O-Connor

James Murphy-O’Connor, the oldest brother of Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, Archbishop Emeritus of Westminster, was a GP and former Irish rugby international who developed a revolutionary goal-kicking style.

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The 5th century mosaic

The Old Testament contains many tales of wonder, but on the existence of elephants it is quite silent. So the discovery of an elephant in a mosaic on the wall of an ancient synagogue in Galilee is creating quite a stir.

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Child asylum seekers

George Brandis on religious liberty, 102-year-old refugee safe in Sydney, TAS concert against human trafficking, AMA compromise for $7 co-payment, analysis as Abbott Government announces freedom for some child asylum seekers.

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Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia

Ecological encyclical nearly ready, Vatican Cricket Club set to take on Church of England, Cardinal Brady, Pakistan Franciscans celebrate, World Humanitarian Day, China pulls down more church crosses, Cardinal meets Indian PM.

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Vatican II made some great changes in the Church, but one of the casualties according to some observers was a neglect of ordinary forms of piety. This review in The Tablet looks at the arc of that aspect of Catholic devotion.

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Saint Alberto Hurtado SJ

"To be an apostle does not mean to carry a torch, to possess the light, but to be the light". Listen to a special meditation on the life of the Jesuit Alberto Hurtado, to mark the 200th anniversary of the Restoration of the Jesuits.

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Ulf Ekman

It caused an uproar in Sweden when Ulf Ekman left his Protestant ministry and became a Catholic. As he told The Catholic Herald: "We need what the Lord has given to the Catholic Church to live fully as Christians."

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Tjanpi Desert weavers

As Caritas Australia celebrates its fiftieth anniversary, watch the story of its aid and development work in solidarity with indigenous Australians.

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Peter Sculthorpe

Australia's leading comtemporary composer, whose most substantial work is considered by many to be his 2004 Requiem, has died in Sydney. The Guardian's David Matthews wrote this obituary.

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Pope on the flight

Returning from Korea, the Pope covered many subjects with his travelling press corps - including 'licit' counter measures to unjust aggression, and where he would like to travel next. America Online has the full transcript.

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Jesus and Peter

Matthew 16:13-20: Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, "Who do people say that the Son of Man is?"

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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

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Live streamed from Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral, Waitara

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