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Luke 1:39-44 In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, 40where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. 41When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was

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In recent weeks, the Australian media has been saturated with stories that challenge the state of the institution of the Catholic Church in this country. Under question has been the ability or inability of Church leaders to deal with the crisis which is the

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Fr James Martin offers a reflection on Christmas carols, and says a moving rendition of Good King Wenceslas is a reminder of the centrality of the poor at Christmas time. The featured version is by US girls group The Roches (pictured).

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I received my first Christmas e-card last week. This surprised me on two counts. First, that anyone would be organised enough to send Christmas cards in the first week of December; and second, that sharing the peace and goodwill of the Christmas season had

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A Queensland priest reflects on his accidental relationship with the Morcombe family, politicians are accused of scare tactics with boat people, the visit of St Xavier's relic labelled a blessing, and the Pontiff is asked to help replace Ricky Ponting

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The Papal Nuncio to the Ivory Coast (pictured) is killed in a car accident, an American Catholic university rebukes its president over an academic freedom dispute, the Protesant-Catholic gap in Northern Ireland narrows, and the Pope venerates the Virgin Mary

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The Rev John Kavanaugh, SJ Died at the age of 71, November 5, 2012 The Rev John Kavanaugh spent part of his year of prayer as a young Jesuit priest working in Calcutta for Mother Teresa. She took him to the House of the Dying, a former temple she had

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Leonardo and The Last SupperRoss King, Walker and Company. 352p $28 Reviewed by Sue Smith While Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) is considered the quintessential Renaissance man, and his reputation as an artist, inventor and creative thinker is

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Lord Nicholas Windsor, 42, is the first cousin of Queen Elizabeth II, and a passionate spokesman and champion for the unborn. He was in Melbourne last month to deliver the inaugural March for the Babies oration. The former Anglican (he became a Catholic

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Krzysztof Zanussi ([pictured), a Polish film-maker, professor of cinematic arts and culture, writer, consultant to the Vatican Commission for Cultural Affairs, and a master in the craft for his generation, has exercised a career that spans more than 50 years.

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Luke 3:10-18 The crowds, who were gathering to be baptised by John, asked him, “What should we do?” In reply John said to them, “Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise.” Even

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The first Sunday of Advent, last week, marked one year since the new translation of the Roman Missal was implemented in parishes in the United States and much of the rest of the English-speaking church. Here's the good news: The transition to the new English

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In a lecture recently, I made the point that Jesus shocked people equally in both his capacity to thoroughly enjoy his life and in his capacity to renounce it and give it up, writes Ron Rolheiser. It was one and the same Jesus who, at a lavish supper

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A Harvard-educated young leader, Michael Brewer, at 26 years old, is the coordinator of the College Councils of the Knights of Columbus. He sits down with Fr Thomas Rosica, on Salt + Light, to share what drew him to the Knights, what value being a knights

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Vinnies urges the government to stop funding support inequality, the& Prime Minister says the royal commission will work with states already holding inquiries, demand grows for pedophile priest's street name in Victoria to be changed, and a new Apostolic

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The diocese of Milan launches an exorcism hotline, military conscription is killing the church in Eritrea, Christmas takes on a new meaning for Cubans, and a Chinese prof-life activist (pictured) calls for reform.  Italian diocese launches exorcism

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The Rt Rev Kenneth Cragg March 8 1913 to November 13 2012 Kenneth Cragg was a man ahead of his time in recognising the importance of ecumenism for world peace… Besides a long teaching ministry in universities, he was the author of some 40 books, two

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The Testament, by Colm Tóibín Viking, 2012; 204 pages - Reviewed by Brian McClorry   Every so often, a novel emerges out of an engagement with the New Testament. Such works are not usually historical novels in a Hilary Mantel fashion,

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Candles flicker in a dimly lit meeting room. A light reflects onto the rugged wood of a large cross, which is mounted before a backdrop of deep red satin. A silent peace permeates through the space, as 80 young people gather in reflectionm, reports the

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We shouldn’t let this year go by without a word about Hildegard of Bingen who was recognised as a saint and Doctor of the Church by Pope Benedict XVI in October. She is accorded this title along with Teresa of Avila, Catherine of Siena and Therese 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

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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