Everybody seems to be spiritual these days – from your college roommate, to the person in the office cubicle next to yours, to the subject of every other celebrity interview. But if ‘spiritual’ is fashionable, ‘religious’ is as

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“The only certainties in life are death and taxes.” So said Benjamin Franklin way back in 1788. In the life of faith, of what can we be certain? This perennial question came to the fore for me last Easter. Over some days of quiet and reflection I

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This Salt and Light TV documentary is on Vietnam's Cardinal Francis Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan, who spent 13 years in a Communist prison - nine in solitary confinement. Titled Road of Hope, this film offers an unprecedented glimpse into the life of a modern

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Sydney students head to Cambodia to rebuild homes, the Syro-Malabar archbishop is to visit Brisbane, an outback priest (pictured) says the church will survive its current sadness and other faiths provide solidarity over the confessional seal.  Students

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Stations of the cross are vandalised in Ireland, the Church re-affirms its esteem for Jews, UK bishops welcome the new Archbishop of Canterbury, an American survey on the social media usage patterns of Catholics and the Vatican Consistory to expand the

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Dom Alberic Stacpoole, second from left --- Dom Alberic Stacpoole Born April 19 1931, died September 30 2012 When in 1953 the 1st battalion of the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment arrived at the ridge north of Korea’s Imjin River known as The

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Mortality by Christopher Hitchens (Allen & Unwin, $26.99) - Reviewed by Thornton McCamish The most telling passage in this collection of pieces, which Christopher Hitchens produced in the year before he died from cancer last December, is one he didn't

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"A beachhead for the Church's mission" is how Brisbane Catholic Education's leader David Hutton describes the crucial nature of the enterprise he has overseen these past 14 years, reports The Catholic Leader. Inevitably, BCE's executive director is in a

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The Sacrament of Penance, which involves confessing your sins to a priest, is dying out in Britain. Few people come to confess their sins and, while all churches advertise times of Confession, it may soon be the case that, as in other countries, they may

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King of the Jews

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John 18:33-37 Pilate asked Jesus, “Are you the King of the Jews?” Jesus answered, “Do you ask this on your own, or did others tell you about me?” Pilate replied, “I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests

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We are all powerfully, incurably, and wonderfully sexed, this is part of a conspiracy between God and nature.  Sexuality lies right next to our instinct for breathing and it is ever-present in our lives, writes Ron Rolheiser.  Spiritual literature

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This webshow by Video Volunteers focuses on the group’s recently launched campaign demanding that the Indian government implements Article 17 of the country’s constitution, which criminalizes practices of untouchability. The video is presented

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Remember the “Gospel of Jesus’ Wife”? A couple of months ago, Professor Karen King, from the Harvard Divinity School, announced she had discovered a tiny 4th century fragment of papyrus in Coptic language containing the phrase "Jesus said to

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Catholic and Jewish students participate in a Kristllnacht ceremony together, former Olympic sprinter Matt Shirvington visits his old school, A Sydney teacher is an inspiration in a radio competition and Archbishop Mark Coleridge (pictured) takes a trip down

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The Pope calls for more literary Latin lovers, a British man whose wife was murdered on their honeymoon sets up a foundation, French bishops warn against the rise of Catholic Islamophobia and US bishops consider the sainthood cause of Dorothy Day

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Henry Herx June 29, 1933 – August 15, 2012 Henry Herx, who over three decades wrote thousands of movie reviews for Roman Catholic publications, assessing the moral complexities raised on screen through the prism of church tenets, died on August 15 at

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Proof of Heaven: A neurosurgeon’s journey into the afterlife, by Eben Alexander (Simon & Schuster) - Reviewed by Peter Stanford  Heaven has an edge over every other construct of the human imagination because, built into the design, alongside

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It would be a mistake to help the Timorese and expect gratitude, says Rita Mary Hayes SGS. They deserve our assistance because of what we have done to them and not done for them, reports Rita Mary Hayes in the bulletin of the National Office for the

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In 1968 a young Croatian girl, Slavica Turcic, left her homeland  with her parents and eight brothers and sisters to start a new life in Australia. Her plan was to stay with her family just long enough to see them established and to save enough money to

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Mark 13:24-32 Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, opposite the temple and began to talk to his disciples about the end which is to come. “In those days, after that suffering, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and

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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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