Cardinal Walter Kasper

'I told the Pope from the very beginning that I have my opinions and he encouraged me to speak about my opinions, he wanted an open discussion about an urgent problem,' explains Cardinal Kasper, who has addressed cardinals.

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Free Derry mural

In the places where war seems everlasting and insoluble, those who seek peace should find inspiration in a tough little Northern Irish town with two names and one big heart, writes Tony Thomson.

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Fresh air!

Like Pope John XXIII, who opened the windows of the Vatican to the fresh air of the Second Vatican Council, so too Francis has reopened those same windows to the winds of the Holy Spirit, with results that continue to surprise and inspire, writes NCR.

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Sr Xavier

More than half the participants in her retreats were illiterate tribal people from other religions. She spent the first four days teaching basic catechism. With the aid of charts, she taught them about Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, and the Sacraments.

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Timothy Radcliffe OP

Timothy Radcliffe OP is a former master of the Dominican Order. He believes that this Papacy could mark the most fundamental change in the governance of the Church in centuries, from monarchy to collegiality.

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Recollections

'In the years of collaboration with him, it became ever more clear to me that John Paul II was a saint,' the Pope Emeritus has told Polish journalist Wlodzimierz Redzioch in a written interview.

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Offensive?

International Women's Day, gun-toting David infuriates Italy, Pope's Holy Land visit to proceed, Castel Gandolfo, Korean Augustinians, Patriarch Emeritus of Lisbon, Caritas, South Sudan.

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Michelle Goh (centre)

New Sister of Mercy, new priests, new Josephite leaders, Syro-Malabar Catholic eparchy, Yarrawonga, Hobart, Brisbane, Perth, Project Compassion, Lent

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President Putin with Pope

Pope Francis took the job at a time of immense challenges for the Church, from the scourge of sex abuse to financial troubles at the Vatican, while world crises emerged from Syria to Ukraine. How is he responding to such challenges?

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Inauguration of Pope

March 19, 2013: Pope Francis presides over the solemn inaugural Mass of his Pontificate on the Feast of St Joseph. Watch also other highlights of the Pope's year, including his first address and Rio WYD.

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Lent

Pope Francis dedicated his Ash Wednesday catechesis to the Lenten journey of forty days that leads to Easter, and called on us never to passively accept the sad realities that surround us.

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Buenos Aires

On ABC Radio National, Andrew West takes you to the Pope's hometown of Buenos Aires in Argentina, and asks the question: How did the city and the country shape the man who leads one billion plus Catholics worldwide?  

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Book by the Pope

On Heaven and Earth is an expansive dialogue between the then Jorge Bergoglio (now Pope Francis) and Abraham Skorka, a Rabbi and biophysicist, sharing thoughts on religion, reason, and the challenges of the 21st Century.

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The Happy Pope

On life, love and the Church: In this revealing interview with Italy's Corriere della Sera newspaper, conducted for the first anniversary of his reign, the Pope tells us that he doesn't like the 'mythology of Pope Francis', for he is just 'a normal person.' 

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The 'people's Pontiff' has decreed that the gardens of the spectacular Papal summer residence outside Rome should be thrown open to the public.

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Frank assessment

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Frank Brenna SJ

Father Frank Brennan SJ delivered the 2013 Camino Address at the Parish of Our Lady of the Way in North Sydney on 12 November 2013. Here he offers his reflections on the election of a Jesuit Pope.

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Jesus

'No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other.'

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Sean Potts

'Goodbye and blessings' to Sean Potts, founding member of The Chieftains. This 'champion of Irish culture' was laid to rest in a Gaelic Mass, his coffin inscribed: 'For the glory of God and the honour of Ireland,' – the maxim by which he lived.

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Bishop OKelly

We have entered a time for contemplation, penance and renewal, as we await the joys of Easter, writes Bishop Greg O'Kelly SJ.

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San Domenico

After more than 40 years of closure due to the Belice earthquake in 1968, and five years of restoration, the Church of San Domenico in Castelvetrano (Trapani), Sicily, has reopened, writes Silvia Donati.

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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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