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Francis at Santa Marta

Pope Francis has resumed his daily Masses at Santa Marta after a summer break. In his first Homily he called on us to proclaim the Gospel with humility, because only those with an open heart can receive Jesus.

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Christ and the Apostles

Matthew 18:15-20 : Jesus sets out some of the rules for living in the Kingdom, knowing that human nature will inevitably lead His followers into disagreements.

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Fr Brown on BBC TV

One of the most enduring creations of the the eccentric English poet-philosopher GK Chesterton was the whimsical Father Brown, who breaks several of the rules of the detective-fiction genre, writes Raymond Edwards.

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Camino de Santiago

The Camino de Santiago pilgrimage in Spain dates from the ninth century, but its booming modern appeal has invigorated not only local economies but also debate over how to balance tourism and spiritual reflection, writes The New York Times.

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Sr Pauline Randall

Growing up in Kurri Kurri in the NSW Hunter region, Pauline Randall wanted to work with Aborigines as a missionary. She has been ‘on mission’ for the past 45 years – but not where she imagined. Aurora carried her first-hand story.

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Pope Benedict in the garden

The gardens at the Pontifical Villas at Castel Gandolfo are open to the public. This video from the Catholic News Service takes us on a tour of this idyllic papal retreat, and explains something of its history and how it came to be open to the public.

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Gosford Anglican Church

Melbourne Response "empowered" victims, provocative Anglican signs of the times, World Congress of Families controversy, Father's Day for priests, extraordinary women, Notre Dame jubilee.

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Paul VI with Martin Luther King

US bishops marks civil rights anniversary, Benedict celebrates special liturgy, Dawkins shocker, South Sudan famine, King of Bahrain offers aid to Christians, cold water poured on ice bucket challenge, Pope Francis says don't be a gossip.

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John Major and Albert Reynolds

The Pope sent condolences for the death of former Irish Prime Minister Albert Reynolds and "gratitude for his efforts in promoting peace and reconciliation in Ireland". His requiem Mass was held at the Sacred Heart Church in Dublin.

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Charles Darwin by John Collier

The conclusions of Charles Darwin are often portrayed as incompatible with Christianity - but Catholic theologians and scientists beg to differ, seeing Evolution as evidence of God's creative dynamism, writes Fr Daniel O'Leary. 

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Christ by El Greco

Matthew 16:21-28 In this passage, Jesus appears angry because although his disciples have acknowledged that he is the Messiah, they have not worked out what kind of Messiah he is to be.

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Shall we dance?

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"One cannot dance well unless one is completely in time with the music," Ann Morrow Lindbergh once wrote, and in this reflection by Fr Chris Gleeson SJ, we are all invited to find the intimate rhythm of the Lord.

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James Foley

Sometimes it seems the word 'martyr' has been hijacked. Terror groups desecrate the name by applying it to those who die killing others. But what does the Church say makes a martyr and what of journalist James Foley? Was he a martyr?

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Napoleon takes the crown

Among the enlightening elements of this new study of Napoleon Bonaparte is an examination of the plucky Corsican's unsuccessful attempts to co-opt the Church to his imperial cause, writes Jonathan Wright in The Tablet.

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Pope Pius X

It's 100 years since the death of Pope St Pius X, a man who combined  a strong sense of compassion, benevolence, and poverty, with real pastoral outreach.  Vatican Radio has produced this special program to remember his Pontificate.

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James Murphy O-Connor

James Murphy-O’Connor, the oldest brother of Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, Archbishop Emeritus of Westminster, was a GP and former Irish rugby international who developed a revolutionary goal-kicking style.

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The 5th century mosaic

The Old Testament contains many tales of wonder, but on the existence of elephants it is quite silent. So the discovery of an elephant in a mosaic on the wall of an ancient synagogue in Galilee is creating quite a stir.

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Child asylum seekers

George Brandis on religious liberty, 102-year-old refugee safe in Sydney, TAS concert against human trafficking, AMA compromise for $7 co-payment, analysis as Abbott Government announces freedom for some child asylum seekers.

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Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia

Ecological encyclical nearly ready, Vatican Cricket Club set to take on Church of England, Cardinal Brady, Pakistan Franciscans celebrate, World Humanitarian Day, China pulls down more church crosses, Cardinal meets Indian PM.

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alana harris

Vatican II made some great changes in the Church, but one of the casualties according to some observers was a neglect of ordinary forms of piety. This review in The Tablet looks at the arc of that aspect of Catholic devotion.

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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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