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Francis and admirer

A Catholic agency welcomes the UK government's proposal to restrict online pornography, a Non-Catholic meets the Pope after asking 15 times, and a cricket star's Catholic wedding in Sri Lanka spreads joy across the country.

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Science and faith

26-Jul-2013

Do the Bible and modern science tackle similar questions? Christopher Howse offers this insightful examination of faith and the scientific method in The Spectator.

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Sr Teresita Barajuen

A cloistered nun who spent 86 years in a nunnery died last month at the age of 105 in her convent. Alexandra Ward filed this report for Newsmax.

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Children and prayer

Early in the 20th century, the Italian educator Maria Montessori began a new way of thinking about education. Instead of making up theories, she thought it would be better to observe children to work out how they could learn best.{split

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Which are the world's most beautiful churches? From traditional to the unorthodox, and the old world to the new, Michael Sean Winters compiles his list for the National Catholic Reporter.

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Forgiveness, mercy and reconciliation are arguably at the very heart of our faith and what make us uniquely Christian. We are forgiven through the sacrifice of Jesus. Yet there has been little effort to reflect on what forgiveness and mercy would look like as political values.

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Clare Condon

Is the achievement of leadership in any sphere about warfare and a battle? Is this the only way people can become leaders in our society, asks Clare Condon SGS.

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Luke 10:38-42  ‘Jesus came to a village, and a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. She had a sister called Mary, who sat down at the Lord’s feet and listened to him speaking.

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An interview with Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno, a research astronomer at the Vatican Observatory. Brother Consolmagno speaks on the relationship between science and faith.

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The thinkers of two and three centuries ago still guide our ideas about society – and stir conflicts, writes Kenan Malik in The Independent.

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Chinese pilgrims prepare for first WYD  since 1995; the Vatican freezes the bank assets of a priest; and the Pope labels the needy as 'masterpieces of God's creation'.

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Australian Copts celebrate the removal of Morsi in Egypt, the Truth Justice Council supports extra funding and football-mad WYD pilgrims get up at 4am in Peru to watch the Origin decider.

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James Gandolfini (centre), who won three Emmys playing TV’s Tony Soprano, a clinically depressed and violent Mafia boss, has died at 51. Dick Cavett wrote this appreciation of the man who was the Godfather for his times in The New York Times.

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Connie Maina has endured heartbreaking loss, ostracism, brutality, and the upheaval of leaving her African homeland to live in Australia. But through it all, her faith in God has been unshakeable. From Kairos/CAM.

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In the same week as two popes were named to be canonised, here is an appropriate look at how that status was discerned. Tia Ghose of Live Science looks the process by which the Church investigates miracles.

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‘Dear Mr Collins, we would like to donate some of our pocket money to your sleep out. Good luck, stay warm and have fun. Lily and Mae Fletcher.’

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Faith is not wishy-washy, a vague feeling, a private opinion, writes Philip Egan, Bishop of Portsmouth.

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Ian Crouch in The New Yorker considers Blake Bailey's recent biography Farther and Wilder: The Lost Weekends and Literary Freams of Charles Jackson, as the book which will make you never want to drink again.

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I live in a neighborhood that is among the poorest in Columbus, Ohio, Franklinton. I moved here to live amongst the poor, writes Richard Gallenstein.

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Francis activates alertometer, Bedouins kidnap Christians, Colombian priest sells Mercedes

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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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