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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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130712 John Paul II

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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130712 Royal Commission

Brisbane parishes meet to discuss Royal Commission, Rio pilgrims pledge to be witnesses to God's love.

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130712 Michael Hodgman

One of the most colourful characters in Federal politics – staunch Australian and Catholic – has died in Tasmania. The Mercury carried this obituary.

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130712 Who is my neighbour

Gospel Luke 10: 25-37 The man was anxious to justify himself and said to Jesus, 'And who is my neighbour?'

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130712 ACU

Compass's Geraldine Doogue facilitated this discussion by the Australian Catholic University at the Brisbane Club about the first 100 days of Pope Francis.

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The Book of Revelation is released as a graphic novel, Vatican bank position is filled and a former head of the Catholic Relief Service, Ken Hackett (pictured), is the new US Ambassador to the Vatican. {split

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For the homeless of Victoria, winter without a coat is often sadly a reality. Two years ago, the Order of Malta, which is celebrating its 900th anniversary this year, began the Coats for the Homeless program.         {split

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Novelist, essayist, and English professor Curtis White defends poetry and philosophy against the culture of ‘scientism’, despite his own atheism.                   {split

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The Rev Fr Andrew Greeley, the outspoken best-selling novelist and sociologist, died recently. This obituary from The New York Times.                    {split

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Myanmar archbishop gives human rights update during his Melbourne visit, Victorian regional youth ministry hold gatherings, and the NSW CEO backs a plan to stamp out bullying.                   {split

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Luke 9:18-24 One day when Jesus was praying alone with his disciples he asked: ‘Who do the crowds say I am?’                                   {split

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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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