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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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Luke 5:1-11 Once while Jesus was standing beside the lake of Gennesaret, and the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, 2he saw two boats there at the shore of the lake; the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. 3He got

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Sister Patricia McDermott (left) and Sister Joan Doyle at Cerro Candela, on the outskirts of Lima. --- "Look at this, it's a memory stick cover.'' In the makeshift shop, Sister Joan Doyle is sorting through the products made by the Cerro Candela Women's

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When I first heard that the Pope had announced a Year of Faith, I was puzzled. Why just a Year of Faith? What about hope? What about love? What about the other virtues, like honesty and justice? Nominating this year as a Year of Faith seemed to be rather

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St Peter Cathedral of Bandung is one of oldest churches in Indonesia. Established in 1922, the church has developed various programs such as free clinic, food for the poor and credit union, which benefit not only Catholics but also people of other religions

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“France is one of the Western European countries where the Jewish community best survived Nazi extermination: Whilst three quarters of the Jewish population in the Netherlands was deported to concentration camps, only a quarter - if we may dare say so

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Flood disaster hits the Rockhampton diocese, a new alliance is formed to close the health gap, Brisbane Catholic schools show the way with ipads and a memorial Mass will be held for Fr John Burns (pictured) in Rockhampton next week.  New alliance to

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The Pope praises celibate divorces, and says a lack of faith can hurt marriages, a US Catholic editor attacks Vatican spokesman Fr Lombardi over his call for more gun control, German Catholics vent their dissatisfaction with the Church and a

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Józef Glemp, priest, 18 December 1929 - 23 January 2013 Cardinal  Józef Glemp, the spiritual leader of Poland’s Roman Catholics for 25 years, who helped steer his nation through a historic and relatively peaceful transition from

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Strategic Missal

01-Feb-2013
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Strategic Missal - Reviewed by Rupert Shortt The CTS New Sunday Missal (1,258pp. Catholic Truth Society) This year’s ‘Vatileaks’ drama, which led to the conviction of the Pope’s former butler for stealing thousands of classified

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ly Name Catholic Church - parish priest Father John Keegan will celebrate 60 years as a priest and Sister Margaret 50 years as a Sister of Mercy ---   In a time when people change jobs as often as hairstyles, one man's lifelong commitment to the

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Luke 4:21-30  Jesus began to speak in the synagogue, ‘Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.’ 22All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth. They said, ‘Is not this

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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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