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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Ayen Dong, right, with her mother and sister

Ayen, a 16-year-old Catholic schoolgirl from Newcastle, went to visit relatives in South Sudan for Christmas, but found herself in the midst of civil war. Aided by funds from Australian parishioners, she led her relatives on a life and death dash for safety.

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Peace at last for Philippines

UN 'misled' on Magdalene abuses, Belfast Catholics outnumber Protestants, clergy take a stand in Central African Republic conflict, Francis a 'complete break' from predecessors, Philippines peace

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Sr Helen Monkivitch honoured

High Court recognises a third 'non-specific' gender, Catholic education survey, refugees march of thanks, Syro-Malabar vitality, Vietnamese sisters in Canberra/Goulburn, sex trade film

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Mr Forrest and the Pope

Never in history have so many people been enslaved. Catholics, Anglicans and Muslims recently came together at the Vatican to launch an anti-slavery group - the brainchild of the Australian Christian philanthropist Andrew 'Twiggy' Forrest.

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Lazarus rises from the dead

John 11:1-45 'I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?'

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Everyday life in lawless places

Bill Clinton calls the book 'compelling.' Tim Costello says it's a 'wake-up call' for justice and human rights. Have you ever thought of what could be worse than crushing poverty - and is part of everyday existence for billions of people?

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King John of England

This book is a celebration of the English-speaking world, its language and law by Conservative MEP Dan Hannan, and a reminder of the importance of freedom and the rule of law.

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Joseph Fan Zhongliang

The underground Bishop of Shanghai, Joseph Fan Zhongliang, has died at age 97 following decades of imprisonment and house arrest. Communist officials refused him a funeral at the city's cathedral.

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G7 leaders discuss Ukraine crisis

Mary as a model for Christian-Muslim dialogue, Ontario declares JPII Day, budget cuts at Vatican create fear, North Korea, Pope addresses Italy poiticians, Central African Republic, Philippines, Indonesia bans Noah

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Healing the blind man

John 9:1-41: 'I came into this world for judgment so that those who do not see may see'

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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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