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The Archbishop with his mother

Anthony Fisher OP was installed as Archbishop of Sydney on Wednesday. In his homily, the 54-year-old Dominican friar and former lawyer spoke of difficult times, and pledged to "serve, not to be served," while striving for a "humbler" Church.

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John Ronald Reuel Tolkien

This brilliantly woven biography of the Catholic author John Ronald Reuel Tolkien by Raymond Edwards reveals a life of "autumn-leaf melancholy" redeemed by the flowering of his literary art, writes Christopher Howse.

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Donella Johnston

Spring is the season of renewal and an excellent time to reflect on future directions. As Donella Johnston surveys the scene, she sees a rich harvest of women's wisdom underway.

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Fr Patrick

Fr Patrick Colbourne OFM Cap speaks five languages, has worked with leading neurosurgeons, performed at the Sydney Opera House, translated documents for the Vatican and been the provincial of a religious order, writes The Southern Cross.

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Parable of the Talents

Matthew 25:14-30 A challenging parable from the Gospel according to Matthew, which brings us to deep reflection on the nature of God's plan for us.

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Archbishop Hart with the Pope

Monks of Tarrawarra Abbey celebrate jubilee, Gough Whitlam on Christianity, Frank Brennan on Wayne Goss, CatholicCare worker recognised, Archbishop Denis Hart: My experience of the Family Synod, Remembrance Day 2014.

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Hildegard von Bingen

St Hildegard of Bingen might have lived in a medieval world, but her life and faith continue to offer an example for women today, and a fasincating paradox of strength and humility, writes Tina McCormick for CNA.

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Monsignor OBrien

The Archdiocese of New York has announced the death of Msgr William O’Brien, a co-founder of Daytop Village, one of the most successful residential drug and alcohol treatment programs in the USA, writes The New York Times.

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Protestant martyr

In Nazi Germany, Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer emerged as a Christian voice of defiance. This biography by Charles Marsh examines a compelling life story without succumbing to hagiography, writes Michael Hollerich.

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Catholic inspiration

A new exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW features a Last Supper themed work by pop-icon Andy Warhol. This video by Sotheby's explains the importance of Catholic ritual and spirituality in Warhol's work. 

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Pakistan PM

Pope to honour Turin Shroud, Cardinal Tagle laments Synod media coverage, Vatican says religious freedom eroding in US/Europe, Vatican ethicist on Brittany Maynard's suicide, Syria, Anglicans and Catholics co-operate on anti-trafficking.

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Christ Driving Merchants From Temple Jacob Jordaens1650CreditFreeChristImageDotOrg

John 2: 13-22 This passage from John's Gospel offers the high drama of Jesus' anger in the temple at Jerusalem, and his offering a prophecy of his own death and resurrection.

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Maryanne Kolkia RSM

Mercy Sister Maryanne Kolkia is living out an uplifting and life-giving vocation assisting with Mercy Works in PNG, where the Sisters of Mercy are making a difference improving the lives of people in this poor Pacific nation.

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Pope Francis on Monday

Rivalry and vainglory are two worms that weaken the Church. We should instead act in a spirit of humility and harmony, without seeking our own interests, Pope Francis told a congregation at Casa Santa Marta on Monday.

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Healthy faith

"If faith could be packaged in a pill, the stock price of drug companies would soar," writes Rob Moll, editor-at-large with Christianity Today. Here, he examines the clear health benefits of religion for Relevant Magazine.

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Bishop Fisher

Archbishop Fisher to be installed next week, Frank Brennan on euthanasia, Aboriginal recognition referendum, JPII play finishes whirlwind tour, church told: pay for victims' legal advice, Tassie volunteers lend a spiritual hand.

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The Ladder of Divine Ascent

As we head to the Feasts of All Saints and All Souls over the weekend, theologian John Martens tracks the evolution of our understanding of the greatest mystery of all: What happens when we die?

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Joan of Arc redux

31-Oct-2014
The heretic saint

Everyone knows the story of Joan of Arc, the teenage girl who heard voices that took her to the court of a king, to military victories, trial as a heretic, and later to veneration as a saint. A new book by Helen Castor places Joan in context.

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Sr Peggy Dolan

In 1932, Sr Peggy Dolan arrived as a young novice in Australia from Ireland. Recently, the sprightly Presentation Sister celebrated her hundredth birthday at Nudgee’s Emmaus Retirement Village, reports The Catholic Leader.

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President Martin Schultz

Environment a "pro-life" concern, Asia Bibi asks for Pope's prayers, Filipino bishops oppose death penalty, why Francis wants you inside the Church, President of Uganda, bishops object to same-sex benefits at Jesuit university.

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