Fr Abboud

Fr Amin Abboud, priest of the Prelature of Opus Dei, passed away last month at the age of 48, reports Catholic Communications at the Sydney Archdiocese.

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end of Ramadan

The Pope denounces consumerism as poison, and urges respect for Muslims in a letter at the end of Ramadan. A Georgian sculptor prepares to create Europe's tallest statue of Jesus and police probe an attack outside a Vietnamese cathedral.

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A silent taboo

Sadly, today, there are many deaths by suicide. Very few people have not been deeply affected by the suicide of a loved one. And yet suicide remains widely misunderstood, writes Ron Rolheiser.

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Bp Bill Wright

Bishop Bill Wright says the Church is more transparent than ever, Catholic Health says changes to aged care must not affect the poorest of the poor, and the restoration of a Townsville cathedral is half-finished.

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addressing the flock

Luke 12:32-48 "There is no need to be afraid, little flock, for it has pleased your Father to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions and give alms. Get yourselves purses that do not wear.

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At a weekly public audience earlier this year, the Pope underscored one of his characteristic themes: the countercultural implications of membership in the church. 'Belief in God makes us bearers of values that often do not coincide with the fashion and opinion of the moment,' he said. CNS reports.

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Sister Rose

Sr Rose Pacatte interviews author Dr Reza Aslan about his latest book, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth. 

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Touched by Christ

When Barbara Reynolds-Hutchinson was 18 she made a fateful decision to step into St Francis' Chapel at the top of Elizabeth Street, Brisbane. She was not in full communion with the Catholic Church at that stage.

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Babette

Since the advent of cinema, faith has been treated on film in a wide variety of ways, from the respectful to the satiric. As any number of pictures from Hollywood's golden age might be used to demonstrate, however, a reverential approach to the subject of religious belief does not by itself a thoughtful movie make. With the church's observance of the Year of Faith continuing, here in alphabetical order are capsule reviews of 10 films which engage with this often elusive topic in an accomplished and illuminating manner. Sometimes directly, in other cases only by subtle implication, these screen parables provide viewers with insights into the nature of faith - as well as its effects.

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He has divided opinion in the Church for decades. Is this the book which can restore his reputation? This latest book on Pius XII is reviewed by Hilmar Pabel in The Tablet.

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Cardinal Turkson

Cardinal Dolan says the pope's remarks on gays do not change church teaching, the Vatican is to co-operate with Italy against financial crime and Cardinal Peter Turkson links care for the environment with concern for human life.

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Bendigo robotics lesson

St Mary's church in Ipswich Qld celebrates its 150th anniversary, hope and harmony on the rise and Bendigo students are introduced to robotics.

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The rich fool

Luke 12:13-21 A man in the crowd said to Jesus: 'Master, tell my brother to give me a share of our inheritance.'

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Tim Whitmarsh reviews a sparkling book which rethinks the history of the Christian church for The Guardian, and arrives at some interesting insights.

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Ignatian humility

Pope Francis has been the focus of much commentary for his Franciscan spirit, his simplicity, love of the poor and concern for nature. There is also much in our new Pope’s style that demonstrates his Jesuit spirituality, above all his freedom with respect to the traditional trappings of the papacy.

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Contrarian by nature

Christopher Pearson was a contrarian and a contradiction:  a well-read writer and editor who loved an argument, relished wit, and was an out, gay, celibate Catholic. Gerard Henderson wrote his obituary for The Sydney Morning Herald.

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Bp Julian Porteous

The Gospel story in Luke 12:13-21 is easy for us to imagine. Jesus has a crowd of people around him. I am sure many would want to ask him for advice on one thing or another, writes Bishop Julian Porteous.

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Aunty Evelyn Parkin

Stradbroke Island elder Aunty Evelyn Parkin hasn't needed to travel the world to uncover spiritual wisdom.

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The Sagrada Familia (Holy Family) basilica in Barcelona has been under construction since the late 19th century. A product of the genius of visionary architect Antoni Gaudi, it is now approaching completion.

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If Pope Francis wants to reflect on the issue of gay acceptance within Catholicism, he could take a tour of churches and galleries in Rome and the Vatican where, for centuries, gay artists have created the glories of the church.

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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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