Angelo Roncalli

During the Second World War, the-then Angelo Roncalli, serving as a papal diplomat, saved many Jews from murder at the hands of the Nazis. As Pope John XXIII, he instigated historic reconciliation with the Jewish people.

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Pope John XXIII

A short film from Salt and Light about the life of Pope John XXIII, the man who unexpectedly revived the Church.

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Bishops gathered in Rome

Vatican II, convoked by Pope John XXIII, was the first truly global council of the Church, bringing together bishops from 116 countries. It opened the windows of the Church to the world - but some have found the resulting breezes unsettling.

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Pope Pius XII

Pius XII reigned from World War Two through the start of the Cold War - a time of unparalleled global turmoil. The debate about his legacy has been turbulent, too. Here, eminent Jewish historian Martin Gilbert assesses the Pope who faced Hitler.

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Paul VI addressing the UN

After the death of Pope John XXIII, Cardinal Giovanni Montini was elected on June 21, 1963, to succeed him. In his first message to the world, Paul VI committed himself to a continuation of the work begun by his predecessor.

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John XXIII lies in state

After battling stomach cancer, John XXIII passed on to his eternal reward 3 June, 1963. The world mourned. On September 3, 2000 he was declared Blessed by Pope John Paul II, the penultimate step on the road to sainthood. 

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Pope Francis and President Obama share a joke

When the Argentine President casually touched Pope Francis on the arm during an exchange of gifts, she quickly recoiled in horror believing she had breached protocol. Pope Francis simply leaned forward to thank her with a kiss on the cheek. It was a symbolic 'kiss goodbye' to centuries of staid formality. President Obama and others reflect on the style and substance of Pope Francis in a report from 60 Minutes.

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Noli me tangere

John 20:1-18 'Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father'.

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Rain clouds over Queensland

Wilcannia-Forbes bishop, Missionary Sisters of Service, Wiradjuri artists, Cooktown, Roma, Tim Fischer opens Catholic intellectual centre, Melbourne's Youth Cross launch, Chrism Mass, 'send 'er down Hughie,' .

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Elizabeth I .Armada Portrait

Catholics in Elizabethan England faced an impossible choice. Either they could obey their Queen, and consign their souls to damnation - or obey their Pope, and surrender their bodies to temporal punishment.

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Papal selfies

Obama responds to religious leaders, cleric breaks gay marriage ban, Vatican Mass for modern martyrs, Pope Francis selfies, Chile, Nigeria, Ireland, ebola outbreak aid, Holy Week, Pope's World Youth Day Message.

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Bishop Bill Wright

'God did not allow death to have the last word on him. He is risen! Happy Easter.' An Easter message from Bishop Bill Wright of the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle.

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Brian Harradine

Driven from the Labor Party for criticising links to Communism, the pro-life trade unionist became an independent stalwart of the Australian Senate. Prime Ministers beat a path to his door, but he remained unpredictable.

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Archbishop Denis Hart of Melbourne

With the eyes of faith, we can set aside conflict and see our enemies as brothers and sisters. An Easter message from the Archbishop of Melbourne.

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Archbishop Philip Wilson of Adelaide

Adelaide's The Advertiser took time out on the tram for this Easter interview with Philip Wilson, the Archbishop of Adelaide and Vice-President of the Australian Catholic Bishops' Conference .  

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Take the time to smile

Not for nothing is St Thomas Aquinas remembered as the 'patron saint of common sense,' writes Dr Andrew Kania in The Record. Life is too short to just 'appear,' the philosopher-Saint believed - but never too short for a laugh.

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Bishop Designate McCarthy

Interviewing this 63-year-old priest was a bit like a relaxed chat over a backyard fence – a style which will doubtless go down well in the rurally-influenced environment where he'll be bishop. 

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East meets West

Pope Francis on the 'thought dictatorship,' Pope to wash feet of elderly, human trafficking, New York ban on worship services, Venzuela, Iraqi Cardinal dies, Anglicans/Catholics pray for social action, Pope meets King of Jordan, France.

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Margie Abbott with Carolyn Metcalfe

NZ Dominicans join Oceania Sisters, Sr Mary O'Shannassy awarded, Parramatta seminarian awarded, Archbishop Porteous gets around, Marist Brothers bicentenary approaching, Royal Commission

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Irish president with the Queen

The bitter politics of Ireland had painful echoes for sectarianism in Australia. Now, in an historic pivot, the Queen has welcomed the first-ever State visit from an Irish President. Once unthinkable - and for some still too soon - the event is a remarkable act of reconciliation.

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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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