On a first level of analysis, Benedict’s shocking announcement would seem to contradict the image of the papacy as left by his predecessor. John Paul II kept heading the global Catholic Church despite old age and the major illnesses that characterised

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John Paul II used to be known as the pope of surprises, forever doing things Roman pontiffs simply hadn't done before. With the election of Benedict XVI, many believed the era of papal novelties had drawn to a close, since Benedict has always been a man of

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Just days after Pope Benedict XVI returned from a 2010 trip to Britain where he met the queen and mended fences with the Anglicans, prosecutors in Rome impounded $30 million from the Vatican Bank in an investigation linked to money laundering, reports The New

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A new digitisation project aims to preserve the manuscripts contained in the Vatican Library - more than 80,000 in number - and make it available online for wider study, says this video by

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Luke 4:1-13 Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, 2where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing at all during those days, and when they were over, he was famished. 3The devil

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The Pope's exit is genuinely historic, says Prime Minister Julia Gillard, it will be his legacy, says former NSW Premier Kristina Keneally, and an ACU  academic says he won't be the last Pope to quit. More domestically, the government has been urged

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Police disarm explosive device found in Madrid cathedral, the Pope decided to resign after Cuba trip, says an advisor, Latin American bishops united in prayer for Benedict, and Rowan Williams says resignation could boost ecumenical

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Virginia Anne Monagle Aged 59 - By Angela Shanahan The sending of Christmas cards is a fading tradition. This year, of the cards we received, the one that moved me most was from a dear friend who was dying. I received Virginia's card, written with only

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Trent: what happened at the council by John W. O’Malley, SJ (Harvard University Press) - Reviewed by Hilmar Pabel John O’Malley has done it again. In 2008, he published his splendid What Happened at Vatican II, the best one-volume history of the

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Patrick Winter's life has lately had its share of fortuitous coincidences. Thanks to the Catalyst-Clemente program run by the Australian Catholic University in conjunction with Mission Australia, he is now settling down to study after battling alcoholism for

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Five key issues await the next Pope, reports the Guardian. Contraception and Aids Pope Benedict XVI appeared to signal a break with traditional teaching on the use of condoms almost three years ago when he said the use of condoms was acceptable "in

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El Greco depicts hell as an animal’s mouth (c 1570s) --- In the late 1990s I wrote a history of the Knights Templar and, after a year or two immersed in the Crusades, was struck by how real was the fear of hell among Catholics at the time, and by what

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We live in an age of doubt, when many people seem to thrive on conflict and negativity. It can get you down. One of the worst features of our 24/7 media cycles and the information and opinion overload that we all experience is the insidious way it dulls our

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Father Kyungsu Son recently finished a three-year assignment in Guayabo on Peru's desert coast. One of a growing band of Asian missioners abroad, he says his challenge is the art of

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As we bow to the golden statue called Oscar, devoting ourselves to the saintly thespians, joining in rituals of exaltation, and reading our sacred gossip columns, we might stop to ponder the continuing place of religious themes, topics, and tropes in the

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Miracle escape in Qld tornado, disaster hits the Rockhampton diocese, pancakes and Mass to launch 40-day abortion vigil, and the Jesuit Refugee Service calls for neutral review of asylum seeker process.  Call for neutral review of asylum seeker

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Pax Christi issues a statement condemning the use of drones, Cardinal Muller stands up for Peru's rebel university, the persecution of China's Christians gets worse and the Arab Spring turns into Islamic winter for Christians. Pipe bomb parts found

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Life of drama

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Julie-Anne Ford 1931-2012 Julie-Anne Ford had a long career in ABC Radio drama and features and was its director from 1985-89. This department, now defunct, produced plays, features and serials for all ABC networks from the 1930s, and Ford was a key member

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b Francis of Assisi: The Life and Afterlife of a Medieval Saint by André Vauchez, translation by Michael F. Cusato (Yale), Francis of Assisi: A New Biography by Augustine Thompson, OP (Cornell) -   Reviewed by Joan Acocella ‘Why you?’

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Canossian Daughters of Charity Sister Melissa Dwyer, once a javelin thrower with Olympic aspirations, now uses her love of athletics to inspire young African women, reports The Catholic Leader. Thirty-one-year-old Sr Melissa was recently back in Brisbane

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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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