Last week, I had an opportunity to walk the deserted grounds of Camp X-Ray. In the iconic photo of the first prisoners arriving there in 2002, prisoners knelt in rows, shackled, wearing orange scrubs. After a full tour,  I asked my military escort if I could take a moment to gather my thoughts. Moments later I went to my knees, positioned my hands behind my back and began to pray.

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Virginia Ryan

How can we pass on our Catholic spiritual heritage to young people? Perhaps the real question is: how can I develop and enrich my own Catholic spiritual heritage so that I have a treasure worth inheriting, writes Virginia Ryan.

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Pope of the poor

In the North of Rio de Janeiro is the miserable slum of Manguinhos. On the front of one house, someone has painted in light blue, 'The Pope is coming to Varginha to visit the poor. The poor will be very happy!' They know that Francis is the Pope of the poor. Did he not name himself for the son of the rich man from Assisi who gave up everything to walk barely shod, a saint in sackcloth? Has not this new Pope refused to live in his palace? Will Francis' personal humility and focus on poverty help revive the church's fortunes on his home continent?

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Rudd policy rejected

Mudgee students show what they can do for a Vinnies appeal, students from the ACU lend muscle to a Peruvian shanty town, and Catholic community groups strongly reject the Rudd government's hardline asylum seeker policy.

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Luke 11:1-13 Once Jesus was in a certain place praying, and when he had finished one of his disciples said, ‘Lord, teach  us to pray, just as John taught his disciples’.

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Most people know Brazil to be the home of the Amazon but it is also known for its samba music, soccer, Copacaba beach, Christ the Redeemer Statue, the favela slums and the annual Carnival celebrations. Brazil is also the fifth largest country in the world, with 200 million people, 74% of whom are Catholic.

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Francis and admirer

A Catholic agency welcomes the UK government's proposal to restrict online pornography, a Non-Catholic meets the Pope after asking 15 times, and a cricket star's Catholic wedding in Sri Lanka spreads joy across the country.

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Science and faith

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Do the Bible and modern science tackle similar questions? Christopher Howse offers this insightful examination of faith and the scientific method in The Spectator.

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Sr Teresita Barajuen

A cloistered nun who spent 86 years in a nunnery died last month at the age of 105 in her convent. Alexandra Ward filed this report for Newsmax.

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Children and prayer

Early in the 20th century, the Italian educator Maria Montessori began a new way of thinking about education. Instead of making up theories, she thought it would be better to observe children to work out how they could learn best.{split

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Which are the world's most beautiful churches? From traditional to the unorthodox, and the old world to the new, Michael Sean Winters compiles his list for the National Catholic Reporter.

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Forgiveness, mercy and reconciliation are arguably at the very heart of our faith and what make us uniquely Christian. We are forgiven through the sacrifice of Jesus. Yet there has been little effort to reflect on what forgiveness and mercy would look like as political values.

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Clare Condon

Is the achievement of leadership in any sphere about warfare and a battle? Is this the only way people can become leaders in our society, asks Clare Condon SGS.

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Luke 10:38-42  ‘Jesus came to a village, and a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. She had a sister called Mary, who sat down at the Lord’s feet and listened to him speaking.

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An interview with Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno, a research astronomer at the Vatican Observatory. Brother Consolmagno speaks on the relationship between science and faith.

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The thinkers of two and three centuries ago still guide our ideas about society – and stir conflicts, writes Kenan Malik in The Independent.

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Chinese pilgrims prepare for first WYD  since 1995; the Vatican freezes the bank assets of a priest; and the Pope labels the needy as 'masterpieces of God's creation'.

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Australian Copts celebrate the removal of Morsi in Egypt, the Truth Justice Council supports extra funding and football-mad WYD pilgrims get up at 4am in Peru to watch the Origin decider.

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James Gandolfini (centre), who won three Emmys playing TV’s Tony Soprano, a clinically depressed and violent Mafia boss, has died at 51. Dick Cavett wrote this appreciation of the man who was the Godfather for his times in The New York Times.

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Connie Maina has endured heartbreaking loss, ostracism, brutality, and the upheaval of leaving her African homeland to live in Australia. But through it all, her faith in God has been unshakeable. From Kairos/CAM.

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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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