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Identical twin brothers, Fr Peter and Fr Kevin O'Neill, are both Columban missionary priests --- Australian-born Father Kevin O'Neill, who was elected Superior General of the Missionary Society of St Columban in Los Angeles last month, is not the

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John XXIII  broke the mould of my strictly Presbyterian Dunedin upbringing by calling Vatican II and by being a good, kind, humble old man. The two are indivisible, writes Moira Rayner. My parents taught me that Roman Catholic boys were not datable; my

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As the Vatican synod espouses the power of new media to evangelise, the man featured in the above interview grapples daily with its dilemmas and promises, and is trying to harness its potential to communicate about religion in a positive way. Monsignor Paul

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In July 1960, Yves Congar, a renowned Catholic expert in ecclesiology, felt that Vatican II “was coming 20 years too soon from the vantage point of theology and especially of ecumenism”. Many ideas had already changed, the French Dominican priest

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Brisbane students raise $1700 for infrastructure in PNG, a search for more pastoral carers, and former NSW politicIan George Paciullo (pictured), who died this week, leaves a legacy of saving lives through his advocacy of random breath testing. School

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Fifty years on, the Vatican newspaper praises The Beatles, Christians are excited to hear the Pope's messages in Arabic, Philippine Catholics join the push against a new cybercrime law, and almost one in five Americans has no religious

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Marvin Meyer April 16 1948, August 16 2012 Marvin Meyer, who has died aged 64, was an expert on Gnosticism whose translation of the Gnostic Gospel of Judas challenged the traditional portrayal of Judas Iscariot as the Apostle who betrayed Jesus. What we

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Australian native Rosemary Goldie speaks with a bishop during a meeting of the Second Vatican Council in 1964 --- Rosemary Goldie was a historic figure for the church in many ways. With her 1966 appointment as undersecretary of the Council for the

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Titian: His Life by Sheila Hale (HarperPress) - Reviewed by  Michael Prodger So equally matched were the four greatest painters of the High Renaissance that neither their contemporaries nor posterity have been able to separate them for long. Each

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Gospel: Mark 10:17-31 As Jesus was setting out on a journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 18Jesus said to him, "Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone.

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Forty years ago, long before the recent afternoon when Dr Joseph Dutkowsky knelt at the warped feet of his four-year-old patient, he was an American small-town teenager approaching his Catholic confirmation and needing to select a patron saint. He made

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Why am I still a Catholic? How should I answer this important question? In truth, sometimes I'm not sure why. Yet I know the Church frames my identity, as basic as that. It's the source of consolation without peer, writes Geraldine Doogue in a reflection

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US priest Ladislas Orsy, SJ, talks with America magazine about the vision of Vatican II and how Catholics can help implement it today.

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On January 25, 1959, the newly elected Pope John XXIII invited 18 cardinals from the Vatican bureaucracy to attend a service at the Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls in Rome. He told them he planned to summon a global church council. The horrified

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The Ignite Youth festival sets Brisbane on fire, Sydney Auxiliary Bishop Julian Porteous (pictured) releases a book on exorcism, an internet forum on St Mary MacKillop brings strangers together, and a church in Sydney's Rocks promotes the the cause of its

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Albanian Catholics excommunicate participants in a blood feud, the former president of Ireland, Mary McAleese (pictured), writes a book on the impact of Vatican II, the Pope has a new almoner and Brazilian bishops have slammed a magazine over publishing

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His Holiness Abune Paulos November 3, 1935 - August 16, 2012 The Church claims its origins from a eunuch and official at the court of the then Queen of Ethiopia said to have been baptised by Philip the Evangelist, one of the seven deacons described in the

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Yves Congar (right) with Joseph Ratzinger My Journal of the Council By Yves Congar, OP Liturgical Press. 979p $69.95 (Hardcover) Reviewed by Fr Robert Barron One of the most theologically fascinating and just plain entertaining books I’ve read in

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In 2005 Fr Joseph Roesch, an American priest of the Marian Immaculate Community without a word of Italian, was appointed vicar general in Rome, reports the Catholic Weekly. It became his “most memorable” assignment as he “surrendered to

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Mark 10:2-16 Some Pharisees came, and to test Jesus they asked, ‘Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?’ 3He answered them, ‘What did Moses command you?’ 4They said, ‘Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of

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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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