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One of the most popular attractions of the Vatican Museums, Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, will be closed to the public over the next few weeks, as cardinals gather there to elect the successor of Pope Benedict XVI. But visitors will be able to find

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The Roman Curia has always had a distinctly Italian composition. But under the pontificate of Benedict XVI, several non-Italians have assumed key posts in the central government of the Roman Catholic Church. One of those people is Canadian Cardinal Marc

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The Transfiguration  -  Luke 9:28-36  Now about eight days after these sayings Jesus took with him Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray.29And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes

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The head of Catholic Social Services Australia is appointed to a government advisory board on not-for-profits, a Brisbane seminary is full to capacity and the Bishop of Toowoomba, Robert McGuckin (pictured) says he is not surprised by the Pope's

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An American priest says it is ok to eat alligator on Lenten Friday, a Catholic priest is killed in Zanzibar, a Spanish laywoman could be made saint, China says the new pope should break with Taiwan and Vatican officials arrive in Jordan as the

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A church burnt down in 2010, in Jos, Nigeria --- Christianophobia: a faith under attack  By Rupert Shortt (Rider) Reviewed by Catherine Pepinster It was just a few weeks ago that the bishops of Nigeria warned that their people are living in fear.

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Recognised by both the Vatican and the Chinese government China’s oldest Catholic bishop, Bishop John Baptist Liu Jingshan of Yinchuan (Ningxia), has died at the age of 100. He passed away early February at the cathedral in Yinchuan city, capital of

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Veteran photographer John Casamento was 12 years old when he first picked up a camera. His father had bought the ‘box-Brownie-type’ for a trip back home to Italy to see his relatives. When his father returned, John began borrowing the camera. His

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Just before the September 11 terrorists murdered my nephew (a passenger on the first plane to strike the World Trade Centre) and almost 3,000 other people, I read Catholic writer Antoinette Bosco's book,Choosing Mercy: A Mother of Murder Victims Pleads to End

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A radical transformation of the culture is unlikely. “We’re talking about people who have given their life to this institution, but at the same time the institution has become their life,” said one senior Vatican official. “Unlike

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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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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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