Sr Annette Cunliffe

How committed are we to people who are in real need, such as refugees, the homeless, or families trying to stretch the weekly income to cover food and clothing asks CRA President Sister Annette Cunliffe rsc.

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Vale Harry Potter

23-May-2014
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Veteran journalist Harry Potter has died. The Australian media, and NSW police, emergency services and parliamentary representatives were out in force to pay their respects at his requiem Mass at St Mary's Cathedral.

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Holy Land awaits

Pope Francis is about to undergo the greatest test of his diplomatic and interpersonal skills. Tomorrow he begins a three day pilgrimage to the Holy Land. No matter what he does and says, he won't please everybody, predicts The Economist.

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He dwells with you

23-May-2014
Christ

John 14:15-21 'If you love me you will keep my commandments...'

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Artistry

Many misunderstand the 'Dark Ages' as a lost period for cultural achievement. This BBC 4 documentary re-examines what was in fact a glorious age of art - when pictures and letters 'came together in cosmic adulation.' 

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Madonna and Child with saints

This book by Robert Bartlett is a massive work of scholarship on the story of sainthood, based on a dazzling array of primary sources. The name is taken from a question posed by St Augustine, writes Helen Fulton.

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AFL.faithful

Senior football writer for The Age Michael Gleeson explores religion in the AFL and the players who let faith rather than football define who they are.

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The karate nun

16-May-2014
Sr Helen

Sr Helen Merrin OP is a Dominican religious sister and school chaplain who suffers hearing and vision impairment. She is also a blackbelt in Seido Karate. 

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Paul Ramsay with Kevin Spacey

At his funeral last Friday, the Prime Minister called the late Paul Ramsay 'the most un-Scrooge-like billionaire Australia has ever seen.' The health and media magnate left his billions to charity.

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Origin of atheists

Atheism is sometimes discussed as though it began with the celebrity of Richard Dawkins. Nothing could be further from the truth, as this timely history reminds us.

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Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin

Mandela's dream falling short, Oceania bishops meet, Jackie Kennedy letters controversy, priest and layworker killed in PNG, US bishops and Iranian ayatollahs hold talks on nuclear arms, South Sudan, Oscar Romero update.

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Budget week

Health, education, aid funding, Josephites unhappy with Budget, Catholic Health Australia respond, Mission Sisters help Sudan and India, Fatima at Fremantle, VCE students art excellence, vale Mgr Barden, asylum seekers.

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Tony Abbott wipes out in front of Mike Baird

With the arrival of Tony Abbott and Mike Baird in power, the two most important political offices in the nation are now occupied by former trainee priests. This follows on from recent church-going Labor leaders. John Warhurst examines the subject.

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The way

Jn 14:1-12 'No one comes to the Father except through me.'

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The Immaculate Conception by Tiepolo

The Italian Masterpieces exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria opens in Melbourne today. It showcases the best of the Museo del Prado’s Italian art from 1500-1800. It is among the finest such exhibitions ever brought to Australia.

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Pope Francis boards a plane

Pope Francis will embark on a three day pilgrimage to Jordan, Palestine and Israel from May 24. As ever, the trip will be rich with symbolism and fraught by politics.

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Open hearted

Some people think that God can only be understood by the head; by 'fulfilling commandments' and nothing more. But this is not enough, says Pope Francis.

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alt Br Jonathan Stott SJ

As a Jesuit with a PhD in physics, Brother Jonathan Stott is used to being asked if his work in science and his religious vocation ever conflict. His answer always surprises people.

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Learned in law

Barry O'Keefe has died. Hundreds of mourners attended the funeral at St Mary's Cathedral for the one time Supreme Court Judge, head of ICAC and of the Church's Truth Justice and Healing Council.

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Cardinal John Oniykan of Nigeria

Paul VI miracle confirmed, 'torture: 'Vatican before UN, first gay bishop gets divorce, Mozilla controversy,  US politicians permitted to pray, Vatican museums, Sri Lanka, Brasil, South Africa elections. 

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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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