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Country Girl: A Memoir by Edna O’Brien (Little, Brown & Company) -   Reviewed by Dwight Garner for The New York Times Edna O’Brien’s fourth novel, August Is a Wicked Month (1965), displayed one of the best author photographs of the

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Anita cooking kangaroo tail at Santa Teresa --- A year in ministry at Santa Teresa, near Alice Springs, has been a steep learning curve for Good Samaritan Sister, Anita Brennan, and one thing she has learnt is that while “we can’t fix

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When I decided to create a 16th-century Dominican novice as the main character of my debut novel The Crown, my motive was to find a new way into the era. Queens, princesses and ladies-in-waiting, living in royal palaces, dominated Tudor fiction. For my

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Luke 24:44-53 Jesus said to the disciples, ‘Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from

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When I first began to write this article, I thought to myself, “How do you promote something as vaporous as silence? It will be like a poem about air!” But finally I began to trust my limited experience, which is all that any of us have anyway,

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Kimberly Bowes, an archaeologist at the American Academy in Rome, explains how early Christian house churches inform our understanding of primitive Christianity.  http://www.ucanews.com/multimedia

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Mons Mullins with his mother and Pope John Paul II in 1982 --- At 89, Monsignor William Mullins, Process Instructor of the Archdiocese of Sydney, former official of the Congregation for Catholic Education in Rome and Prelate of Honour to his Holiness, Pope

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Queensland schools gain sister schools in China, Centacare Brisbane welcomes the NDIS levy, Notre Dame students raise $12,000 in memory of a mate and a new statue for St Joseph's College in Ferntree Gully, Victoria.  Notre Dame students raise $12,000 in

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The Papal schedule for WYD in Brazil is released, singer David Bowie takes a swipe at the Church in his new video, a Broadway play about an anti-Christian Mary closes early, the designer of Papal arms says Benedict needs a new coat of arms, and

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Liturgy: the illustrated history, by Keith F. Pecklers SJ (Paulist Press); True Reform: Liturgy and Ecclesiology in Sacrosanctum Concilium, by  Massimo Faggioli (Collegeville: Liturgical Press) - Review by Hilmar Pabel Keith Pecklers is an American

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For Maronite Sister Marlene Chedid, everything comes back to community. This profound understanding of leadership as discipleship that underpins her work was recognised recently through her nomination in the University of Western Sydney’s 2013 Women of

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Aloysius Jin Luxian SJ, Bishop Died April 27, 2013, aged 96 I first met Bishop Aloysius Jin Luxian in 1987 in Shanghai. Then 71, he had been back in his native city since 1982 after 27 years in jail or custody of one kind or another. Locked up with

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Les Murray AO is one of Australia’s finest poets. Often referred to as our bush bard, Les has written some of the most beautiful poetry in the land. A courageous survivor of all the challenges that life has thrown at him, Les has a deep understanding of

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John 14:23-29 Jesus said to his disciples: ‘If anyone loves me he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we shall come to him and make our home with him. Those who do not love me do not keep my words. And my word is not my own: it is the

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Working together with him, then, we appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain. (2 Co 6.1) May I be a little self-indulgent, and begin with a (mild) whinge? Believing Christians have become used to mainstream media giving air to obscure theories

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Here is a 15-minute interview Cardinal Bergoglio gave six months before he was elected pope. www.catholica.com.au/forum/index.php?id=130844

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For some time I've been expecting to see a particular secularist conceit expressed in a particular way - and late last month, Richard Dawkins finally came through, writes Scott Stephens on ABC Ethics and Religion Online. Without any direct provocation that I

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Two students from St Joseph’s Nudgee College in Brisbane (pictured) are arrested for supplying steroids to classmates, celebrations for Port Macquarie Catholic education, and Sydney archdiocese’s Life, Marriage and Family Centre says funding

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Colombia rejects same-sex marriage, a female Catholic priest is ordained in Kentucky, Francis takes first steps to revealing how Vatican Bank operates and the Archbishop of Glasgow meets the Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, Cardinal Marc Ouellet

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Marcella Pattyn Died April 14, aged 92 At the heart of several cities in Belgium lies an unexpected treasure. A gate in a high brick wall creaks open, to reveal a cluster of small, whitewashed, steep-roofed houses round a church. Cobbled alleyways run

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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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