As a corrective to the familiar diet of outrage, scandals and accusation associated with most stories about faith and religion, the Huffington Post website recently asked its readers to nominate what they liked about religion. The editors received

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As we continue our journey through this very special Year of Grace, we are invited to reflect on what grace actually means to us. When I first announced on behalf of the bishops of Australia that we would embark on a Year of Grace, many people asked me:

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In this video by Loyola Productions Indian Jesuit Fr Vinayak Jadav, a lecturer in Gujarati literature and journalism, examines the history and impact of the Catholic Church in India. He talks about the church's origins, its works and its current realities.

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A few years ago Desmond Zwar began researching a book into how priests dealt with the requirement that they be celibate. Hep laced an advertisement in The Swag - the journal of the National Council of Priests - seeking priests who would be willing to talk to

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Two NSW convents are in the news: one on the south coast is sold, and another on the north coast (pictured) receives a grant to assess its artefacts; charities plead to the federal government for money funds, and the relic of St Francis Xavier makes its way

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Staff and students at a Brazilian university go on strike against a decision by the Cardinal in charge, Hindu extremists in India lash out against Christians, an American Bible publisher wins an injunction against a Christian college and the Swiss Guard

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Mildred Nevile giving the first reading at a 50th anniversary mass for Cafod, the Catholic development agency, in Westminster Cathedral, January 2012 --- Mildred Nevile, activist and campaigner Born 2 July, 1927; died 2 September, 2012. Mildred Nevile was

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Patrick Leigh Fermor on horseback at Baleni, Moldavia Photo: Patrick Leigh Fermor Archive --- Patrick Leigh Fermor: An Adventure by Artemis Cooper (John Murray) - Reviewed by Charles Moore The single most famous story about Patrick Leigh Fermor is his

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Fr Shortall can feel the presence of St Francis Xavier travelling with him  --- The son of a New Zealand sheep farmer who joined the Jesuits in the 1970's has spent the last three months travelling Australia with a relic of a Jesuit co-founder. Fr

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Luke 21:25-28,34-36 Jesus spoke to his disciples about his return in glory. “There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations confused by the roaring of the sea and the waves. People will faint from

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Everybody seems to be spiritual these days – from your college roommate, to the person in the office cubicle next to yours, to the subject of every other celebrity interview. But if ‘spiritual’ is fashionable, ‘religious’ is as

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“The only certainties in life are death and taxes.” So said Benjamin Franklin way back in 1788. In the life of faith, of what can we be certain? This perennial question came to the fore for me last Easter. Over some days of quiet and reflection I

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This Salt and Light TV documentary is on Vietnam's Cardinal Francis Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan, who spent 13 years in a Communist prison - nine in solitary confinement. Titled Road of Hope, this film offers an unprecedented glimpse into the life of a modern

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Sydney students head to Cambodia to rebuild homes, the Syro-Malabar archbishop is to visit Brisbane, an outback priest (pictured) says the church will survive its current sadness and other faiths provide solidarity over the confessional seal.  Students

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Stations of the cross are vandalised in Ireland, the Church re-affirms its esteem for Jews, UK bishops welcome the new Archbishop of Canterbury, an American survey on the social media usage patterns of Catholics and the Vatican Consistory to expand the

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Dom Alberic Stacpoole, second from left --- Dom Alberic Stacpoole Born April 19 1931, died September 30 2012 When in 1953 the 1st battalion of the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment arrived at the ridge north of Korea’s Imjin River known as The

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Mortality by Christopher Hitchens (Allen & Unwin, $26.99) - Reviewed by Thornton McCamish The most telling passage in this collection of pieces, which Christopher Hitchens produced in the year before he died from cancer last December, is one he didn't

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"A beachhead for the Church's mission" is how Brisbane Catholic Education's leader David Hutton describes the crucial nature of the enterprise he has overseen these past 14 years, reports The Catholic Leader. Inevitably, BCE's executive director is in a

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The Sacrament of Penance, which involves confessing your sins to a priest, is dying out in Britain. Few people come to confess their sins and, while all churches advertise times of Confession, it may soon be the case that, as in other countries, they may

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King of the Jews

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John 18:33-37 Pilate asked Jesus, “Are you the King of the Jews?” Jesus answered, “Do you ask this on your own, or did others tell you about me?” Pilate replied, “I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests

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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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