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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Romero mural

'May God have mercy on the assassins.' Even the final words he spoke as he lay dying, on the altar of a small chapel in San Salvador 34 years ago, were of forgiveness and peace. The election of Pope Francis may have revived his cause for sainthood.

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Christ in the house of Marth and Mary

As the Pope declares the need for more women in decision making areas, an annual pilgrimage in Rome is focussing on the nearly forgotten role of women in the early Church. A Vatican Radio special report on putting women back in the picture.

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Shroud of Turin 2013

The Shroud of Turin has been scheduled for a showing and pilgrims from the Pope down will visit. It is perhaps the most intriguing venerated object in Christendom. Is it the burial cloth of Christ? The masterpiece of an unknown master? A fraud?

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Among the Indians

This audio meditation on the life of a Jesuit missionary who worked among the Native Americans is the third reflection from the UK Jesuits commemorating the 200th anniversary of the restoration of the Society of Jesus.

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First meeting

Barack Obama has met Pope Francis at the Vatican, Rome Reports has the story. Also inside, a history of US-Papal meetings and the BBC asks 'who's the people's favourite - Obama or Francis?'

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Final sermon

Pictures & video of Cardinal Pell Mass, apology, Brisbane parishioners die in Malaysian MH370, traditional India in Melbourne, Archbishop Porteous, Port Pirie, Perth icon painter ordained as Ukrainian Deacon, Royal Commission

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Cardinal Tagle

Cardinal Luis Tagle of Manila is a moderate leader open to compromise. He rejects ostentation and believes in a hierarchy that listens. Is the new confidence of Catholics like Cardinal Tagle the true measure of the 'Francis Effect'?

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Our Lady of the Aborigines

In the 1950s, exiled Czech artist Karel Kupka, arrived in Arnhem Land. His Catholic faith was subtly remade as he studied the art of indigenous Australia. He brought together these ancient traditions in a striking painting of the Madonna.

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Samaritan woman at the well

John 4:5-41 - 'Come and see a man who told me everything I have ever done! He cannot be the Messiah, can he?'

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Ukraine

For the first time since the end of the Second World War, one European country is attempting to wrest control of the territory of another, using force of arms. What now for the Catholics of the Ukraine? Full coverage of crisis inside.

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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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