Lemaitre with Einstein

The Belgian priest and scientist George Lemaitre is not a household name, but his brilliant work on the origin of the universe challenged the best minds of his day, and continues to inform our understanding of the cosmos.

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Wojciech Jaruzelski

General Wojciech Jaruzelski, who has died aged 90, was Poland’s last Communist-era ruler and the most controversial figure in his country’s recent history. Jesuit educated, he was outmanouvred by a Polish pope.

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King Juan Carlos of Spain

Irish priests' radical proposal, Tuam grave, Richard Dawkins is a 'secular Christian,'  Cardinal Lourdusamy dies, Pope Francis explains 'true piety,' Gypsy mission, Milwauke bankruptcy, Korea trip controversy, D-Day Anniversary.

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Flying the Mercy flag

175 years of Sisters of Charity, Bishop Anthony Fisher and Rabbi Jeremy Lawrence, Prison chaplaincy needs help, opening of Catholic Leadership Centre, Tasmania sleepout, New Passionist language centre, pornography's effects.

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Man on a mission

BBC Panorama profiles Pope Francis, looking at the reasons behind his election and his track record as a leader; travelling to Argentina to speak with the Pope's family, friends and critics; and to Rome to examine the challenges ahead.

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Doubting Thomas

John 20:19-31 'Blessed are those who have not seen and yet come to believe'

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Chai Ling

This week marks a quarter century since China's infamous Tiananmen Massacre. Here is the story of that awful day and one of the student leaders who survived. Now an exile, and a Christian, Chai Ling campaigns for women's rights.

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Global stage

When the Israeli and Palestinian Presidents meet at the Vatican on Sunday, it will be another sign of how Pope Francis has returned the Vatican to the global stage to a degree not seen since John Paul II’s shuttle pilgrimages helped end the Cold War, writes The Washington Post.

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Bishop Bill Wright

In this video, Bishop Bill Wright of Maitland-Newcastle responds to the Special Commission of Inquiry Concerning the Investigation of Certain Child Sexual Abuse Allegations in the Hunter Region. 

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Atheist loss

Anglicans and Catholics to collaborate against slavery, Syria charities to meet at Vatican, Myanmar, Phillipines expecting Pope, Spain's 'Kill Jews Fort' to be renamed, 

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Manger Square Mass

Pope Francis injected himself into the stalled Mid-East peace process with a series of dramatic gestures, reports ABC radio.

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Stateman

The New York Times surmises from his pilrimage to the Mid-East that Pope Francis is seeking to reassert the Vatican's ancient role as an arbiter of international diplomacy.

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Francis approaches the divider wall

Pope Francis is proving to be one of the most powerful leaders in the world, who understands the power of his position, and knows how to wield it with disarming humility. We should buckle up for the ride, writes TIME magazine.

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Pope.at.River.Jordan

In a place where religion and politics are an explosive mix, it is a miracle that the Pope's visit went so well. His unscheduled actions caught the imagination of the world. He reminded us that religion should be a force for peace and reconciliation rather than of division and conflict, writes Thomas Reese SJ.

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Bishop Michael McCarthy

UNDA backs Budget reforms, Thurgoona 'orphans' abuse, Joe Hockey's Catholicism, Royal Commission funds diverted, Caritas critical of aid cuts, Archbishop Timothy Costelloe on disability.

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Return plane journey

Pope Francis has again conducted a wide-ranging and frank press conference on a plane, outlining his attitude to everything from clerical sex abuse, to the future of the papacy, celibacy for clergy, the status of Jerusalem and more.

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Make disciples of all nations

Matthew 28:16-20 - 'Remember, I am with you untill the end of the age.'

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Mass at the cenacle

On the final day of his pilgrimage, Pope Francis celebrated Mass in the Upper Room - the Cenacle - said to be the site of the Last Supper. Here is text of his homily, delivered in this sacred setting.

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas

With Pope Francis returned to Rome, he has hailed his trip to the Holy Land as a 'great gift to the Church,' while an Israeli journalist has been highy critical of the visit, reports The Irish Times.

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The King of Bahrain shows his model church

Cardinal praises transvestite, Mercy Hospital bombed, Catholics in Mongolia, Sr Helen Prejean, Balkans floods, N. Ireland peace is delicately poised, Canada, English bishops oppose gay marriage.

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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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