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The election of a new pope was always likely to inspire a race to the printing presses. The potential readership is huge (millions of English-speaking Catholics eager to know more about their leader) and in these uncertain economic times publishers can hardly

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Luke 7:11-17 Jesus went to a town called Nain, accompanied by his disciples and a great number of people. When he was near the gate of the town it happened that a dead man was being carried out for burial, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow.

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I entered the seminary in Dublin in October 1962, just one week before the opening of the Second Vatican Council. The winter of 1962-63 was one of the bleakest in decades, and our seminary was a very cold place in more ways than one. My memory of the

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John 16:12-15 Jesus said to his disciples: 'I still have many things to say to you but they would be too much for you now. But when the Spirit of truth comes he will lead you to the complete truth, since he will not be speaking as from himself but will

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At first, I began to get impatient as Lizzie meticulously studied each wooden cross. All had been handcrafted, making them unique in appearance, and her examination process made it a time-consuming ordeal, writes Mark Reidy in The Record. Lizzie is a young

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When it comes to abortion, there is one practice that even most pro-choice supporters find indefensible: sex-selection abortion, also known as female gendercide. It's no surprise that a higher ratio of girls are aborted in certain countries where male

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he Great Gatsby has been touted as many things: one of the contenders for the title of “The Great American Novel,” a flash game, and now, a summer blockbuster. But for all the things that The Great Gatsby has been, a good example certainly is not

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Riverview boys tough it out on the Kokoda track, local students prepare for WYD, Cardinal Pell delivers his Pentecost Catechesis, titled Why Faith Matters, and Vinnies says thanks to volunteers.  Vinnies says thanks to volunteers (Canberra

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The first report by the Vatican financial watchdog reveals suspicious transactions, the Pope calls on Catholics worldwide to pray for Chinese Catholics, and also says Christians must recognise the good that others do, and Jesuit superior Nicolas

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Fr Ian Weatherall Born January 19, 1922, died April 30, 2013 Ian Charles Weatherall was born on January 19, 1922 at Clayton-le-Moors, Lancashire, the only child of Ian Weatherall, a First World War Army officer with the 9th Bhopal Infantry, known as the Bo

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Inferno by Dan Brown (Doubleday) -Reviewed by Boyd Tonkin On page 334 of Inferno, Dan Brown's tweedy Harvard iconographer Robert Langdon reveals to Sienna Brooks - a British-born misfit genius who gallops around three favourite tourist destinations with him

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What is it like being a mother? It’s a privilege. I try not to take it for granted because I feel so blessed to have a husband and a beautiful, happy, healthy boy. It certainly has its challenges, but it’s wonderful. I

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One of Mary's titles is "Christ's First Disciple," and some of Christ's earliest followers were women, two of whom he appeared to first after his resurrection. Now, some 2,000 years later, another special group of women, specifically Catholic mums who

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John 20:19-23  In the evening of that same day, the first day of the week, the doors were closed in the room where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews. Jesus came and stood among them. He said to them, ‘Peace be with you’, and showed

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Recently an op-ed piece appeared in the New York Times by Frank Bruni, entitled, The Wages of Celibacy. The column, while provocative, is fair. Mostly he asks a lot of hard, necessary questions. Looking at the various sexual scandals that have plagued the

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Alejandro Crosthwaite, OP, discusses the relationship between Pope Francis, the Jesuits and liberation theology, on the America website. http://www.americamagazine.org/

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A tourist visits the tomb of Archbishop Oscar Romero in San Salvador --- When Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, promoter for the cause for the beatification of Archbishop Oscar Romero of San Salvador, El Salvador, announced April 20 that the process had been

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ACU to get $250,000 for nursing training, the Royal Commission will cost $434m to taxpayers over the next four years according to the Federal budget, A Victorian church in the Ballarat diocese is closing down, after 101 years, and a Brisbane mother

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An Argentine tango dancer dedicates his performance at St Peters to the Pope, Patriarch Kirill pays historic visit to China and Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley (pictured) boycotts a college ceremony to protest at the Irish Prime Minister's stance on

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Giulio Andreotti, politician January 14, 1919 – May 6, 2013 A man of ascetic tastes and sphinx-like demeanour, but known also for his astringent remarks and sardonic sense of humour, Giulio Andreotti was a consummate politician, a masterly survivor in

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From St Mary’s, North Sydney. The first Mass of the day on YouTube

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Live streamed from Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral, Waitara

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