Eating the Apple

I did not expect to convert. I spent my youth as a committed PC user; I understood technology, could build my own computer and was not going to be shackled to Apple’s attitude of 'we know what you need even better than you do.' Yet as I emerged from the strict laptop-less poverty of the Jesuit novitiate and needed to buy a computer, I drank the Kool-Aid: I bought a MacBook, writes Sam Sawyer.

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Haven of healing

A Catholic-run rehabilitation centre in Pakistan offers hope for a visually-impaired community in Lahore. Join Ucanews as it ventures beyond the slums to find a haven of healing in the rough and tumble of this crowded city.

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Joseph Bottum

Catholic charities repsond to a global influx of refugees, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to sell its nursing homes, an Italian company to restore the Church of the Nativity, and a storm over the writer of an essay about gay marriage (pictured).

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Brisbane youth

An Egyptian woman living on the Gold Coast fears for her home country, the Notre Dame University 'Love' series proves popular and a youth worship forum has a big finale in Brisbane.

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Jesus told parable

Luke 14:1, 7-14 On a sabbath day Jesus had gone for a meal to the house of one of the leading Pharisees; and they watched him closely. 

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A well-researched exploration of Pope Francis' reputation and past lifts this book well above the nervous reverence of much papal biography, writes Mark Lawson for The Guardian.

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Bishop McKenna

As the Federal election looms, it is easy to be dismayed at the poor quality of the political contest. Instead of remedying ignorance, the process seems to exploit it in increasingly trivial media coverage, writes Bishop Michael McKenna.

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Pope Francis' critique of 'savage capitalism,' coupled with the power of his own personal witness, has resonated with many across the world and awakened new hopes and aspirations. But it has not yet led to large scale self-examination among American Catholic public intellectuals, or a critique of America's current economic and political realities, writes Michael Stafford.

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The Aussie Camino

30-Aug-2013
Portland to Penola

A pilgrimage is a journey with a religious purpose: to visit sacred places, often associated with a saint, where people can feel near to the saint either through relics or miraculous stories. In April Luke Mills and three others set out on a pilgrimage they

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To be an established and acclaimed artist by the age of 30 is more than most musicians can hope for. But for Audrey Assad, music is more than a career; it’s a means of evangelisation. And it’s the search for truth, not record sales, that drives her.

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Ron Rolheiser

In a masterful book on grace, Piet Fransen suggests that we can test how well we understand grace by gauging our reaction to this story, writes Ron Rolheiser.

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Luke 12

Luke 12:49-53 ‘I have come to bring fire to the earth,and I wish it were blazing already! There is a baptism I must still receive, and how great is my distress till it is over!

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One of 10 children born to poor, Greek Orthodox Lebanese parents who migrated to the United States, Helen Thomas scaled the heights in her professional life as a White House reporter – until controversy ended it.

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Machiavelli

Machiavelli’s The Prince is synonymous with ruthless politics entirely detached from ethics, but Phillip Bobbit shows that rather than a license for rulers to do as they pleased, The Prince is actually a guide for governance.

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Fr Liem Duong

Australia is home to the whole world and I am very proud to be one of those to call Australia home, says Fr Liem Duong, Assistant Parish Priest at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Cabramatta.

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Too often the Catholic Church learns the value of accountability and transparency the hard way. In Philadelphia, for example, a senior member of the archdiocesan staff walked off with more than $900,000 in church proceeds before the theft was uncovered in the summer of 2011. The newly arrived archbishop, Charles Chaput, was outraged at the theft.

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Sr Katherine Stone

“Are you allowed to look at yourself in the mirror?” I stood stunned for a second or two by the question before I could open my mouth and answer.  I was 22 years old and in my first year with the Missionaries of God’s Love Sisters.   This particular day, I was facing a room full of year ten girls with whom, along with a couple of other sisters, I had been discussing what it meant to be a sister.  The short answer to the question was and is, of course, “Yes!”

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Finding St Anthony

16-Aug-2013

How can St Anthony’s story continue to inspire generations of believers? That was one of many questions talked about in this latest edition of Catholic Focus.

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Bp Michael Mckenna

A Jewish-Catholic friendship dinner in Melbourne, a new option for the study of Christian bioethics in Brisbane and the Bishop of Bathurst, Michael McKenna, visits schools in his diocese to ensure there is a 'true Catholic spirit'.

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Vatican PR uproar

Francis calls Italian man to console him after his brother was murdered, four priests are suspended from a seminary in Bangalore, India, in a murder probe, and the Vatican's PR agent (pictured) is under fire for questionable Twitter posts.

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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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