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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Lenten Pastoral Letter

Townsville's much-loved Bishop Michael Putney was laid to rest on Monday. Watch his 2014 Lenten Pastoral Letter to the Diocese of Townsville - a message full of peace, love and hope.

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Rooney (R) & Tracey in Boys Town

Actor Mickey Rooney has died. His career began in the silent era, but big break came playing opposite Spencer Tracy in 1938's Boys Town - the real life story of Fr Edward Flanagan, who founded the home wayward boys.

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Paolo Veronese, Conversion of Mary Magdalene

As you walk through Veronese: Magnificence in Renaissance Venice, you will see a thrilling gallery hung with major altarpieces painted in Venice in the 1560s. The Telegraph reviews the current exhibition of the old master at Britain's National Gallery.

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Pilate washes his hands

Jesus stood before the governor, Pontius Pilate, who questioned him, 'Are you the king of the Jews?'

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The great drama of the First World War forged the modern world. In one of its 'sideshows,' the flamboyant figure of T. E. Lawrence strutted and fretted his hour upon the stage - a stage which set the destiny of Palestine and the Holy Land.

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With Pope John Paul II in 1980

The Queen has met Pope Francis at the Vatican for the first time, in an informal meeting dressed in lavender. It was a far cry from the formality and flowing black attire of her first visit to the Vatican as Princess Elizabeth to meet Pope Pius XII, in 1951. 

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Fast falls the eventide

'Abide with me, fast falls the eventide. The darkness deepens, Lord with me abide.' The beautiful hymn 'Abide with me' is among the calming sacred pieces of music examined in this meditation from Vatican Radio.

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Sir Peter Cosgrove

Peter Cosgrove is Australia's new Governor General. Already a Papal Knight, he is now the first man to be honoured under the reinstated Knighthoods of the Order of Australia. In this ABC interview, he recalls his Catholic upbringing.

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Bishop Michael Putney

Townsville Bishop Michael Putney was well-loved in North West Queensland. He has died, aged 67, after living with stomach cancer for the last 18 months. 

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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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