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God’s Biologist: A Life of Alister Hardy by David Hay Reviewed by Gerard J. Hughes SJ This book might almost have been entitled, From Plankton to Prayer. Bizarre, to be sure; but one does not often come across someone who is an expert in

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Sr Shirley Kathleen Rose Sedawie, OAM 23-9-1924 to 31-12-2011   Born in Sydney in the 1920s, Shirley Sedawie grew up the granddaughter of Syrian migrants. At the age of 22, she was formally admitted as a Sister of Our Lady of Sion as Sister

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Ash Wednesday’s clear message is one of invitation to enter forty days of prayer, penance and almsgiving in preparation for our greatest feast day, Easter! In the early Church these forty days were a time of retreat for those about to be baptised,

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As the conversation surrounding the controversial birth control mandate continues, prominent theologians are saying President Barack Obama's decision on that subject just underlines the need for a much broader discussion among Catholics regarding the complex

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The Vatican says no Papal trip is planned to Iran, an American bishop says the right to conscience must be protected by law, the Church in Japan vows to fight sexual abuse, and a German post office witch (pictured) is to get a new trial after 400

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Claire O’Mara, Ursuline sister May 20, 1922 – January 8, 2012 Ursuline Sr Claire O’Mara, who spent 17 years in Latin America with her order before later spending time in jail in protest of the School of the Americas, passed away January 8,

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Bernini: His Life and His Rome by Franco Mormando (University of Chicago Press)Reviewed by Jonathan Keates Not content with being the greatest sculptor of his age and one of its most gifted architects, Gian Lorenzo Bernini had some talent as a painter and

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The sense of the Council is all wrapped up in the binomial loyalty-renewal," affirms 96-year-old Archbishop Loris Francesco Capovilla, the right arm of John XXIII and later papal delegate to Loreto. The portrait that this exceptional witness creates 50 years

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Mark 2:1-12  When Jesus returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home. 2So many gathered around that there was no longer room for them, not even in front of the door; and he was speaking the word to them. 3 Then some people

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Born in Morocco, a young Philippe Barbarin was raised in a family of 11 children. He went on to study at the Sorbonne and the Catholic Institute of Paris before eventually becoming the Archbishop of Lyon. In 2003, he was appointed to the College of Cardinals

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The Church plays cupid for St Valentine's Day, the Australian ordinariate is given a name, this year's Our Lady of Lourdes procession sets a record, and musicians head for churches (pictured) to perform their music. Church plays cupid to help couples see the

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Divine Word Missionaries Father Liam Horsfall may be 84, but age has yet to stop him from sharing his knowledge and compassion of the poorest of the poor with Australian youth, reports The Catholic Leader. We are not talking armchair stories, although Fr

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Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila in the Philippines spoke at the “Towards Healing and Renewal” symposium, and has traced some features of Asian culture that make both the understanding of sexual abuse, and the church’s

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Mark 1:40-45 A leper came to Jesus begging him, and kneeling he said to him, ‘If you choose, you can make me clean.’ 41Moved with pity, Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, and said to him, ‘I do choose. Be made clean!’

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As the viral video by Jefferson Bethke (pictured), “Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus,” which affirms a love of Jesus but expresses a distrust of the church, approaches 18 million views, I will add my response into the clutter, writes Phil Fox

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Symbols of art, archeology and of course religion are all part of the Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls in Rome. Most recently there's been more attention on the tomb of St Paul...and whether or not he's actually buried in it. The story goes back

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'Creative Conservative' is a term coined in the United States.  They are a new generation of bishops, termed conservative because they are loyal to the doctrine of the Church, but at the same time creative and capable of inserting this doctrine in

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The National Council of Priests will hold its annual convention in Warrnambool, Archbishop Hart's pastoral letter for Lent, Australian scientists investigate using DNA from three parents to minimise genetic problems and a group of Brisbane

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The Pope is to visit Lebanon, Indian communists are criticised for politicising the Last Supper, anti-Christian graffiti is daubed on a Jerusalem monastery and the US army stops chaplains (pictured) from reading a bishop's pastoral letter. Obama says he

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Imagine awaiting the birth of an eleventh sibling and twelfth child. That's the blessed reality for Fiona and Paul Webb of Toowoomba, west of Brisbane, and their almost apostle-sized brood, reports The Catholic Leader. Asked society's reaction to such a

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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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