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Although the Second Vatican Council may initially come across as a chauvinist event, nothing was quite the same after the Council, even for women. Like the laity, women did not  participate actively in the most important event of the 20th century: the 23

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Since Pentecost, the Church in Australia has been seeking to live the Year of Grace.  Because God has loved us first we are never alone - his sanctifying grace makes us holy, while actual grace accompanies us in everyday duties to build up the kingdom,

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Inside the Synod

02-Nov-2012

This documentary video from Salt and Light takes you behind the scenes of the Vatican's three-week gathering that finished last week in Rome.

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I have been teaching the topic of ‘revelation’ for about twenty years. That my former students tell me they still remember that the Latin word, revelare, means to ‘uncover,’ to ‘remove the veil’ is always a source of great

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In NSW, a cousin of St Mary macKillop is farewelled in Bathurst, Catholic prison chaplains go on retreat, the Catholic Edcuation Office is called into a TV star's marital dispute, and the Archbishop of Brisbane, Mark Coleridge (pictured), settles into

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The Pope declares faith and hope are the foundation of the migrants' journey, a new Catholic university is slated for Iraq, Belgian Catholic schools to teach Islam and African bishops denounce the Nigerian church attack (pictured) as barbarous. SSPX asks for

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Paul Kurtz December 21, 1925 to October 20, 2012 A prolific author, in 1973 Paul Kurtz drafted what came to be known as Humanist Manifesto II, in which he updated a 1933 document by addressing issues that the earlier tract, which was largely a critique of

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Vatican II: the battle for meaning by Massimo Faggioli (Paulist Press) - Reviewed  by Hilmar Pabel … Now embark on a solemn triennium in celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the renaissance of faith instigated by the Second

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"You'll be back in a month." With his mother's words ringing in his ears, 16-year-old Max Sculley made his way from his Melbourne home to begin his vocation as a De La Salle Brother in Sydney. Some 56 years later, with decades of service to young people, the

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First of all ...

02-Nov-2012

Mark 12:28-34 One of the scribes came near and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that Jesus answered them well, he asked him, “Which commandment is the first of all?” 29Jesus answered, “The first is, ‘Hear, O Israel:

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The Chaldean Catholic Bishop of Aleppo, Syria, has said he is determined to stay with his suffering people even though his city is in ruins and many have already fled, reports The Catholic Herald. Bishop Antoine Audo told MPs, charity leaders and peers in

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Over the past month, media stories have focussed on three recent fiftieth anniversaries: the Bathurst 1000 car race, the release of the first Beatles’ record, Love Me Do and the beginning of the Second Vatican Council of the Catholic Church.

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The Church Alive

26-Oct-2012

While delivering a homily in Poland in June, 1979 Pope John Paul II first uttered the words "New Evangelisation." In our time, Pope Benedict XVI has brought this concept to life. Watch the pilot episode on a new documentary series, The Church Alive.

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Jesuit Fr James Martin is one of the most popular and respected contemporary Catholic authors. His award-winning books, numerous magazine articles, blogs and personal presentations invest him with an aura of omnipresence. NCR Online tries to find out

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A pilot school program is accused of 'denigrating' marriage, the Opposition is playing politics with boat people, says the Edmund Rice Centre, and Fr Rob Galea, the singing priest, returns to Brisbane for a youth festival. New deacon for Canberra-Goulburn

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The Vatican condemns a car bomb attack in Beirut, an elderly Chinese bishop sends a message to the Synod in Rome, the Pope's delegation  to Syria is postponed due to violence and the European Union flag (pictured) has a Marian history.  Vatican

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Frank Moore Cross July 13, 1921 to October 16, 2012 -   By William Yardley Frank Moore Cross, an influential Harvard biblical scholar who specialized in the ancient cultures and languages that helped shape the Hebrew Bible and who played a

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Fr John Healy regards his time as a military chaplain in Afghanistan as a “moment of grace”. And instead of experiencing the despondency and despair that can go hand in hand with suffering and death, the 52-year-old priest said that in the

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And Man Created God: kings, cults and conquests in the time of Jesus, by Selina O’Grady - Reviewed by Manda Scott Why? Those with an interest in first-century Rome and the origins of Christianity always and ever must return to this

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Mark 10:46-52 As Jesus and his disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus son of Timaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the roadside. 47When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout out and say, “Jesus, Son 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

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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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