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Star Wars characters wear robes. Priests wear vestments --- Some new words and phrases have a certain charm or energy to them. Others are ugly, lazy or debased and come, all too often, from America, writes Alexander Lucie-Smith in The Catholic

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Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48 John said to Jesus, ‘Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.’ 39But Jesus said, ‘Do not stop him; for no one who does a deed of power in

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Often, when the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference invite Catholics to participate in the celebration of some anniversary, to discuss some topic, or to support some cause, the take-up around the country is very patchy, writes Michael Putney, the

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Leah Darrow, former contestant on America’s Next Top Model, finished her Australian tour two weeks ago, after speaking to a packed house at two Melbourne events. The Communications Office at the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne arranged an interview

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Can women receive sacred orders? Let us consult several authoritative sources. Canon 1024 of the Code of Canon Law states, “A baptised male alone receives sacred ordination validly.” In 1994 Pope John Paul II said: “I declare that the Church

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St Joseph's Nudgee College "Stella Fellas" proudly wear bowties to raise awareness of human trafficking --- A new president for the Canon Law Society, in Sydney the veteran catechist for the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine receives an award for her

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Argentina cries out for a Papal visit, French bishops challenge their president over same-sex unions, a surge in vocations in Scandinavia, Nigerians see the social benefits of pilgrimages, and a new English bishop makes a plea to the faithful. Hopes for

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TIM MARTIN 1949-2012 Tim Martin was an unlikely hero. School heroes of his era were usually sports stars such as the footballers, with an occasional intellectual, such as his classmate, the playwright Nick Enright. Martin was no hero at school but there

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The Time Traveller’s Guide to Elizabethan England by Ian Mortimer (Bodley Head) "They fastened the bar with a pin to prevent it slipping, and then, removing the wicker steps one by one from beneath my feet, they left me hanging by my hands and

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Fr Paul Check swapped tanks for a special apostolate in the Church when he opened a new chapter in his life --- Fr Paul Check comes from an organisation steeped in history and tradition, with a structured hierarchy, distinctive dress and a focus on

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The first story sounds as old as the Book of Exodus: A mother and father, fearing his annihilation by a sinister force, place their newborn son in a vessel they hope will transport him to safety. Adopted by a completely different family, he grows up to

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Mark 9:30-37 Jesus and his disciples went on from there and passed through Galilee. He did not want anyone to know it; 31for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, “The Son of Man is to be betrayed into human hands, and they will kill him,

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A demographic revolution is underway throughout the world. Today worldwide, there are around 600 million persons aged 60 years and over. This number will double by 2025. (United Nations) On October 1, the United Nations encourages us to celebrate

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“Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is a despot whose shooting and shelling of his own people cannot be defended,” wrote the Catholic Register in a recent editorial, “yet he may be the last line of defence for Syria’s

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For those who lived through the Rwandan genocide, the mass murder of hundreds of thousands nearly 20 years ago continues to resonate. While people try to rebuild the nation, reminders of that dark period in recent Rwandan history are never far from the

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The Catholic Church in Victoria has lodged the Church’s submission, titled Facing the Truth, to the Victorian abuse inquiry. Archbishop Denis Hart (pictured) says the Church "will co-operate fully with the Inquiry". In other news, a new book is released

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The Pope appoints 35 clergy to the synod, claims that a Chinese church fire was the work of arsonists, the Archbishop of Canterbury is invited to the Vatican II celebrations, and the official song for WYD 2013 in Rio is released. Catholics says Chinese

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Carlo Maria Martini, priest and biblical scholar Born 15 February 1927; died 31 August 2012 -  By Peter Stanford Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, who has died aged 85, was a divisive figure within Roman Catholicism. For those many Catholics who

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Christian Beginnings from Nazareth to Nicaea, AD 30-325 By Geza Vermes London, Allen Lane 2012 Reviewed by by Rowan Williams Geza Vermes is the unchallenged doyen of scholarship in the English-speaking world on the Jewish literature of the age of

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Sr Josapha Lergessner’s heart belongs to India, where she spent more than 40 years as a Holy Spirit Missionary Sister. “It was my life, and I still miss it terribly,” says Sr Josapha, who celebrated her 80th birthday earlier this year,

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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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