March 21, known as Harmony Day, was dedicated as a day for personal, national and international reflection. The focus of this day is dedicated to fundamental aspirations of the human heart and our relationships across the human family, writes Clare

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As Pope Francis emphasises anew the importance of caring for the poor, Ucanews shines a light on the Bihari refugees - 160,000 people who have lived like animals in congested makeshift camps, all over Bangladesh, for more than 40

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Much criticism has been directed at the Roman Curia in the past few months and that has only intensified in the immediate run-up to the 2013 conclave. The media, fuelled by documents emerging from the so-called VatiLeaks scandal, have portrayed it as a

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Mary Grace and Daniel Edmonds pray outside the Dr Marie Stopes clinic in Brisbane --- Victorian hospitals clamp down on late-term abortions, Tony Abbott is criticised over his support of a priest and anti-aobrtionists are attacked during a prayer vigil

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Pope Francis wins over mothers in Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires, a Syrian bishop says the war saddens him but he does not despair, Philippines bishops frown on penitent crucifixions, and a boom in confessions is hailed as yet another sign of the Francis

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Dr Philomena McGrath 1930-2013 Philomena McGrath forged a career as a medical educator at a time when it was still fairly unusual for women to combine full-time working lives with their role as mothers, particularly when - as in McGrath's case - she was the

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Religion Without God, by Ronald Dworkin (to be published by Harvard University Press later this year) The familiar stark divide between people of religion and without religion is too crude. Many millions of people who count themselves atheists have

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Bishop Robert McGuckin anoints Fr Darrell Irvine's hands during the Mass of Ordination --- Father Darrell Irvine, 62, ordained in Toowoomba last month, sees his remarkable journey to the priesthood as "a series of lamp-lights", reports The Catholic

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Much has been made of the impressions Pope Francis has created by his ordinary, every day activities: catching buses, using a telephone to make his own calls, not dressing in all the fine drapery usually worn by popes, treating people respectfully as he did

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Sometimes we get so caught up in the ‘busyness’ of life that we forget who we are, how to have fun and what our true purpose is. A happy life is about achieving balance in all areas: physical health, mental health, spiritual life, relationships

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Just in case anybody missed the key line from his homily during Tuesday's inaugural Mass, Pope Francis later made it his third tweet since taking office: "True power is service. The Pope must serve all people, especially the poor, the weak, the

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Luke 22:14 - 23:56 When the hour came, Jesus took his place at the table, and the apostles with him.15He said to them, ‘I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer;16for I tell you, I will not eat it until it is fulfilled in

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The swift election of Jorge Mario Cardinal Bergoglio as bishop of Rome is replete with good news -and not a little irony. To reverse the postmodern batting order, let's begin with the good news, writes George Weigel in Ethics and Public Policy Centre. A true

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A deacon from Brisbane has the honour of serving in Pope Francis' first Mass, a new advocacy network is launched for Edmund Rice students, a priest in Wodonga on the NSW-Victorian border joins the call to explain a community care deal and Loreto

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A Christian game developer has launched a new Facebook game based on the History Channel mini-series The Bible, a new scholarship is launched in honour of the pope, Francis calls Benedict, and Buenos Aires' Plaza de Mayo becomes a Woodstock of faith. New

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Tissa Balasuriya, theologian and activist Born August 29, 1924; died January 17, 2013 Tissa Balasuriya, who has died at the age of 89, was an outspoken Roman Catholic priest and social activist in Sri Lanka who became the only liberation theologian

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The Salvation of Atheists and Catholic Dogmatic Theology  by Stephen Bullivant (Oxford University Press) Will Many Be Saved? What Vatican II actually teaches and its implications for the New Evangelization by Ralph Martin (William B. Eerdmans

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After several months of holiday in his native city of Ballarat, Columban Father Leo Donnelly returned home to Lima, Peru where he has lived most of his 80 years since arriving there in 1958. Before leaving he shared some of his insights and stories with Fr

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Australian Father Geoffrey Scheider, SJ, who at 100 years of age is the world's oldest school teacher, looks back on a highly eventful life. http://www.ucanews.com/news/there-once-was-a-boy-named-geoffrey/67617

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John 8:1-11  Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.2Early in the morning he came again to the temple. All the people came to him and he sat down and began to teach them.3The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery; and

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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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