Sr Jeanie Heininger

As Good Samaritan Sister Jeanie Heininger looks back, she says she is enormously thankful God called her to dedicate her life to people with disability and their families. But that's not how she felt in the beginning, reports The Good Oil.

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Vice-President Joe Biden

Vatican v Church of England cricket for charity, revival of Jesuits in Ireland recalled, US Airforce no longer requires God, Josephites honoured in E. Timor, Pope appoints Jesuit to promote justice, 

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Thomas Merton with the Dalai Lama

The quotable American writer and Trappist monk Thomas Merton (1915–68) is one of the most influential spiritual figures of the 20th century. Next year marks the 100th anniversary of his birth. This new book examines his life and relevance.

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Cambodia Solution, Thomas Keneally and Director of JRS speak about asylum seekers, Day of prayer for Synod, Maitland-Newcastle gets behind Aboriginal recognition, Mercy Health director honoured, TAS education director retires.

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Virtual choir

Ninety-three Discalced Carmelite nuns in 24 countries have reached out of their cloistered monasteries to sing together in a virtual choir honouring St Teresa of Avila on the 500th anniversary of her birth.

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Fr Charles-Roux

Fr Jean-Marie Charles-Roux brought the mystical aura of French royalism to London as a priest of the Rosminian order, and served as chaplain on Mel Gibson’s film The Passion of the Christ. The Free-French war veteran lived to 99. Fr

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Bishop Saunders of Broome

Sport is our national obsession. It is a mirror that shows us both the best and the worst in us. It can build communities and can open doors for those who might be on the margins of our society, writes Bishop Christopher Saunders of Broome.

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Papal press conference

Pope Francis has conducted another of his now trademark press conferences on a plane, this time while returning from Albania - and with a clear message for the world about what he learned there about courage and fraternity.

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Gospel reading

Matthew 21: 28-32 : Here Jesus warns about being complacent about our relationship with God. His love can be spurned, yet no matter how far we have strayed from God, it is never too late to turn back.

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Pope Francis

As world political leaders meet to discuss climate policy, an influential science journal has argued that it is the moral leadership of organised religion that will be key to saving the world from environmental destruction, writes The Telegraph.

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Elaine Stritch

She was as tart as a whiskey sour, brassy and bracing as a five-star general. Elaine Stritch was a complete original. Here, The Telegraph in London remembers an extraordinary talent.

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Syrian children at a refugee camp in Jordan

The Chinese province where it's dangerous to be Christian, Irish Times on Ian Paisley, a saint for Sri Lanka, Patriarch fears extinction for Mid-east Christians, New Jersey nun set for beatification, abortion funding in US health care law.

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Virgin and child by Sirani

A new exhibition highlighting the rich artistic tradition of depictions of Mary and exploring the concept of womanhood represented by the Blessed Virgin will be running in Washington and offering online galleries.

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Leonard Cohen sings

Leonard Cohen's anthem Hallelujah hit the headlines again recently when Fr Ray Kelly's tailored cover version for a wedding in rural Ireland went viral. But what is its enduring appeal, asks Fr Thomas Casey in The Irish Times.

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Last will be first

Jesus delivers a strong social justice message in Matthew this week, one which is sometimes bitter for even the most committed Christian to hear.

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Martin Luther

Christendom at the end of the Thirty Years War was very different from the one Martin Luther experienced. What happened in the wake of the Reformation is the subject of this overview reviewed by The Tablet.

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Stabat Mater

Grief is a complicated emotion, as Kerry Weber discovered when her infant niece Marian Elizabeth died after only a few hours of life. She explores her family's reaction to the loss of the new-born for Faith in Focus in America magazine.

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The ceremony

Amid the splendour of St Peter's Basilica in Rome, 20 Italian couples were married during last weekend - and their celebrant was no ordinary priest, but Pope Francis himself. So what does the Holy Father have to say on the essentials of marriage?

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Kevin Sheedy and Geraldine Doogue with Bishop Saunders

Leunig mocking Christ? Canberra cathedral precinct, Labor wants refugee increase, Govt asylum boat record, Sydney prayers for Middle East, marriage celebrated in Wollongong, Bunbury Catholic College, singer Paul Kelly becomes a doctor.

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Cardinal Kasper

What does mercy mean for the life and mission of the Church, asks Cardinal Walter Kasper, whose work on the subject has captured the imagination of Pope Francis. Cardinal Kasper will take part in next month's Synod on the Family.

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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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