Jesuit scholar Fr John W. O'Malley talks about "What Happened at Vatican II", which is also the title of his best selling book on the Second Vatican Council.  

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A former top aide to Pope Francis said yesterday that a little-known aspect of his record as the archbishop of Buenos Aires lends credence to speculation that sooner or later, he may shut down the Vatican Bank. On Tuesday, the Reuters news agency quoted two

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Right to Life Australia has warned politicians not to explore assisted suicide or voluntary euthanasia laws, saying it will take Australia down the same path as Nazi Germany., The Age reports. Assisted suicide the path to Nazism: Right to Life (The

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The Dreamworks film company is planning to make a movie based on the abuse crisis in the Boston Catholic Archdiocese. Church agonises, Hollywood seizes moment (The Age) Converted London church up for $72 million (SMH) Boston College Cracks Down on Condoms

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Rabbi Herschel Schacter 1917 - 2013 It was April 11, 1945, and Gen. George S. Patton’s Third Army had liberated the concentration camp scarcely an hour before. Rabbi Schacter, who was attached to the Third Army’s VIII Corps, was the first Jewish

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Silence in Christian History by Diarmaid MacCulloch (Allen Lane) Reviewed by Lucy Beckett The Gifford Lectures for than a century have delivered a series of distinguished books. The list includes William James’s The Varieties of Religious

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Thirty-three years ago, Mother Teresa of Calcutta came to Miami to put her merciful motto of love into action: “To serve the poorest of the poor.” Since then, each morning a group of sisters of the congregation of the Missionaries of Charity,

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John 20:1-9 It was very early on the first day of the week and still dark, when Mary of Magdala came to the tomb. She saw that the stone had been moved away from the tomb and came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved. 'They have

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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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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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