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Forced by law

A nun in Nebraska who teaches in a secondary school has been told that she is not allowed to wear her habit in the classroom. AP reports in The Catholic Herald.

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United by love of faith

Fr Thomas Merton and Muhammad Ali never met, but they shared an abiding belief that all religions contain vital truths, writes Lonnie Ali in The New York Times.

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Tracey Horan and friends

When Tracey Horan started her internship with an order of US Sisters, she had no idea what the next year would have in store. Horan thought that she might even "meet a nice farm boy and settle down". Global Sisters Report has the story.

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Marie and Brad

Allied focuses on the relationship between two secret agents during World War II who fall in love during a joint mission to kill a German official.

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Notre Dame University

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Solidarity with marginalised

As a sign of solidarity with the homeless, a Canadian priest decided to sleep on the street during December to care for the forgotten people he used to live among when he was a drug addict, reports the Catholic News Agency.

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Change of tack by bishops

The US Bishops' Conference has warned Congress not to overturn Obama healthcare legislation without providing an immediate replacement for the millions who have been insured under the Act. Religion News Service has the story.

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Calls for peace

In an open letter to politicians, the Archbishop of Armagh has advised government leaders to work together to maintain the peace after a snap election was called in Northern Ireland on Monday. The Catholic Herald reports.

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Gesture inspired by immersion

Children in East Timor can head back to their school after it was reopened last week thanks to the tireless efforts of a Gold Coast couple inspired by a Catholic Mission immersion trip, reports The Catholic Leader.

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Mercy has a face/Parramatta diocese

In this Year of Mercy, Pope Francis has invited us to remember that God is mercy, as the Parramatta Diocese Mercy has a face program shows, the Parramatta Institute for Mission writes.

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Deep roots in Catholic tradition

Invitation to Practical Theology is not a theological treatise. Rather, it invites readers to explore Christian practices from the perspective of Catholic theology, writes Gerard Hall SM, Associate Professor of Theology at Australian Catholic University.

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Bishop Donald Bolen/Diocese of Saskatoon

Thirty-six hours may not seem like a long time to be without a home – but for Archbishop-elect Donald Bolen, and other participants in a Canadian charity fundraiser, it was long enough, writes Kiply Lukan Yaworski.

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Oil platform/Wikipedia

It is amazing that Australian tax-payers' money is being used to fight a small neighbour – Timor Leste – over where the fence-line should be, writes Josephite Sister Susan Connelly at Catholic Religious Australia.

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Palomar Garcia Ovejero

This week's big Vatican surprise came with the appointment of Spanish journalist Paloma Garcia Ovejero as vice-director of the Holy See Press Office, writes Inés San Martín at Crux.

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The better path

Luke 10:38-42 Jesus entered a village where a woman whose name was Martha welcomed him.

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Ancient mosaics

Excavations at an ancient synagogue in Israel have produced a remarkable discovery – elaborate mosaics depicting the stories of Noah's Ark and the parting of the Red Sea. The mosaics were discovered on the nave floor of a 5th century synagogue, The Daily Mail reports.

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Winter in Melbourne/Wikipedia

Winter is now fully upon us. Amidst all the cold and the wind, we can easily get a little dispirited and wonder whether the sun will ever shine again, writes Br Mark O'Connor fms at Melbourne Catholic.

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Sudarium/Helen Simonsson

German journalist Paul Budde discusses new research suggesting that the burial cloths of Jesus have been central to the Roman liturgy for more than a millennium, with Edward Pentin at the National Catholic Register.

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Tom and Shirley Fisher/Supplied

Tom Fisher was best known as the last surviving West Australian to have served on the ill-fated HMAS Sydney and as one of the St Vincent de Paul Society's longest serving volunteers, writes Rachel Curry at The Record.

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Pope Francis/Rome Reports

It's summer in Rome and the Pope also takes time off to go on holiday...in his own way. His vacation is, in fact, just a more relaxed period of public activity, according to Rome Reports.

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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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