Msgr John Kozar

Since its founding in 1926, the need for the Catholic Near East Welfare Association has only grown. This papal agency, created by Pius XI to support the Eastern Catholic Churches, is helping sustain vulnerable Christian populations amidst poverty and violence.

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Luke 16

Luke 16:1-13 Jesus said to his disciples: "There was a rich man and he had a steward who was denounced to him for being wasteful with his property. 

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Aparecida in Brazil

Meeting Claudio Pastro, the renowned Brazilian artist and architect, during my recent visit to Brazil for the Communion of International Benedictine Women’s Conference, was a once-in-a-life time experience, writes Clare Condon SGS.

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continuous struggle

This year we celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Catholic Worker movement. In truth,  there is no such thing as a successful Catholic Worker: The life of the Catholic Worker is a life of struggle and disappointment that strips away your illusions but never achieves your expectations, much less your hopes. It is a never-ending learning process fraught with pitfalls and foibles. Anyone can serve soup, and many people put their bodies in places of social distress, but to live in community or to try to hold a community together over the years is seemingly impossible. It is a journey that begs for a providential combination of grace, guts and luck, writes Jeff Dietrich.

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Advocate for underdog

The Rev F Joseph Gossman once began a homily about the sanctity of human life by quoting the words of Jesus: 'I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. I am the good shepherd.'

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Sahar Delijani

An oppressive Iranian regime destroys families. Decades later, the deep wounds are yet to be healed. Kamila Shamsie reviews this new novel for The Guardian

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Beth Spence

St Vincents nurses inspire a scholarship in honour of a departed colleague, Korean Buddhist monks tour St Mary's Cathedral, and Australian mining executives listen to the Pope.

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Fr Jose Gabriel

The Thai Prme Minister has an audience with Pope Francis, the UK governmnt is urged to investigate abortion laws and Francis praises a newly beatified Argentine 'cowboy' priest.

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A complicated love

I have often considered how remarkable it is that something as ordinary as marriage could become a sign of God’s own salvific plan of love. I thought about the salvific nature of the married vocation when my wife and I adopted a newborn.

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Parable of sin

Luke 15:1-32 The tax collectors and the sinners, meanwhile, were all seeking the company of Jesus to hear what he had to say, and the Pharisees and the scribes complained.

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Br Peter Corr

A few years ago, Marist Brother Peter Corr fms took a six-week crash course to learn Spanish, resulting in mixed success. 'I learnt a lot of words, but no complete sentences,' said the 63-year-old headmaster of Marist College North Shore.

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Calvinism contested origins

DG Hart’s history of Reformed Protestantism takes us through its entire 500-year history – from 16th-century Zurich and Geneva to modern locations as far flung as Seoul and Sao Paulo. Reviewed for The Tablet by Diarmaid MacCulloch.

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Christchurch cardboard cathedral

Long before sustainability became a buzzword, architect Shigeru Ban had begun his experiments with ecologically-sound building materials such as cardboard tubes and paper.

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Eight jubilarian priests

Archbishop Coleridge calls for evangelisation with creativity, a Queensland school mourns their principal, the Catholic Mission 2013 Appeal focuses on Mongolia, and the Vianney dinner honours jubilarian priests (pictured).

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Reform is afoot in the Vatican. Pope Francis has tightened the reins on the Vatican bank, worked through a gruelling visit to Brazil, named a new Secretary of State, and is now busy preparing for the October meeting of cardinals who will advise him on how to breathe new life into the Catholic Church. The new Pope’s agenda is simple: spread the good news of Jesus Christ in a freer and more convincing way. Christ stated the church’s mission very plainly: 'Go out and make disciples of all the nations.' Here, a leading American Jesuit has some suggestions for Catholic parishes to better carry out this mission:

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With King Hussein

Pope Francis is leading the Catholic Church on an extraordinary campaign to prevent President Barack Obama's proposed military strike on Syria. Exceptional as they are, however, Pope Francis' actions have followed in close continuity with the spirit and record of his predecessors.

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Rockstar poet

He was a snowy-haired, craggy mountain of a man; a poet, among the greatest of our era. This obituary of the genius whose death leaves ‘a breach in the language itself’ appeared in The New York Times.

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Refugees pour into Kurdistan

The Pope donates mooncakes to Hong Kong prisoners, Jewish-Catholic ties reach a new high, and Syrian refugees find support from Catholic relief services. 

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good versus evil

God writes straight with crooked lines. That axiom sounds clever, but is there real truth or depth to it? asks Ron Rolheiser.

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Arab Christians meeting

For decades, Arab Christians have been fleeing the Holy Land and the rest of the Middle East in droves, mainly because of violence. Some 70 high-ranking Arab church leaders, together with their Western counterparts, and Muslim clerics gathered in Amman for a meeting this past week aimed at tackling "the challenges of Arab Christians."

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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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