Origin of atheists

Atheism is sometimes discussed as though it began with the celebrity of Richard Dawkins. Nothing could be further from the truth, as this timely history reminds us.

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Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin

Mandela's dream falling short, Oceania bishops meet, Jackie Kennedy letters controversy, priest and layworker killed in PNG, US bishops and Iranian ayatollahs hold talks on nuclear arms, South Sudan, Oscar Romero update.

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Budget week

Health, education, aid funding, Josephites unhappy with Budget, Catholic Health Australia respond, Mission Sisters help Sudan and India, Fatima at Fremantle, VCE students art excellence, vale Mgr Barden, asylum seekers.

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Tony Abbott wipes out in front of Mike Baird

With the arrival of Tony Abbott and Mike Baird in power, the two most important political offices in the nation are now occupied by former trainee priests. This follows on from recent church-going Labor leaders. John Warhurst examines the subject.

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The way

Jn 14:1-12 'No one comes to the Father except through me.'

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The Immaculate Conception by Tiepolo

The Italian Masterpieces exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria opens in Melbourne today. It showcases the best of the Museo del Prado’s Italian art from 1500-1800. It is among the finest such exhibitions ever brought to Australia.

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Pope Francis boards a plane

Pope Francis will embark on a three day pilgrimage to Jordan, Palestine and Israel from May 24. As ever, the trip will be rich with symbolism and fraught by politics.

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Open hearted

Some people think that God can only be understood by the head; by 'fulfilling commandments' and nothing more. But this is not enough, says Pope Francis.

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alt Br Jonathan Stott SJ

As a Jesuit with a PhD in physics, Brother Jonathan Stott is used to being asked if his work in science and his religious vocation ever conflict. His answer always surprises people.

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Learned in law

Barry O'Keefe has died. Hundreds of mourners attended the funeral at St Mary's Cathedral for the one time Supreme Court Judge, head of ICAC and of the Church's Truth Justice and Healing Council.

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Cardinal John Oniykan of Nigeria

Paul VI miracle confirmed, 'torture: 'Vatican before UN, first gay bishop gets divorce, Mozilla controversy,  US politicians permitted to pray, Vatican museums, Sri Lanka, Brasil, South Africa elections. 

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Swearing in of the Swiss Guard on May 6

On Tuesday morning, in the San Damaso courtyard of the apostolic palace, 30 young men took a solemn oath of allegiance to the Pope amidst military pomp and ceremony. They are the newest Swiss Guards of the Vatican.

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Christ the Good Shepherd

Gospel – John 10:1-10 'I came that they might have life and have it abundantly'.

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The quiet God

09-May-2014
Fr Ron Rolheiser

One of the reasons why we struggle with faith is that God's presence is rarely dramatic, overwhelming, sensational or something impossible to ignore. God doesn't work like that, writes Fr Ron Rolheiser.

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Vinnies Appeal to help homeless

Doctor admits assisting suicide, ACBC statement on Asylum Seekers, Afghans resettled, Albury abortion protest, Sandhurst, Ballarat, Prayer vigil at Foreign Minister's office ends in court, 'anti-Catholicism' at The Age?

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Catholic church in Nunavut, Canada.

It is said that the Catholic Church 'thinks in centuries, not in years.' This scale of thinking is precisely what is needed as Pontifical science academies host a conference entitled 'Sustainable Humanity, Sustainable Nature: Our Responsibility'.

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St Mary MacKillop and Julian Woods

The historic fusion of the Perthville 'Black' Josephites, and the original 'Brown' Josephite Sisters was marked in Bathurst last weekend. So how did the brown and the black come to be separate in the first place?

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Charles Darwin

In Ask the Beasts: Darwin and the God of Love, feminist theologian Sr Elizabeth Johnson CSJ sets out to show how Christian theology can speak productively with Darwin's theory of evolution.

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Cardinal Emmanuel III Delly

Cardinal Emmanuel III Delly, Patriarch emeritus of Babylon of the Chaldeans died in a hospital in San Diego, California. He was 87 years old. 

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Rodin in Rome

02-May-2014
The Hand of God, by Rodin

Auguste Rodin's sculptures are on exhibit at Terme di Diocleziano in Rome. Organized in partnership with the Musée Rodin of Paris, 'Rodin. Marble, Life' is the most complete retrospective ever dedicated to the great French sculptor.

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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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