Marist Brothers Superior General Charles Howard, who has died aged 87, was one of Australia's most outstanding educational trailblazers. He died on 14 January at the Brothers’ Community in Campbelltown, Sydney, where he had been receiving

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Nigel Cliff, Holy War: How Vasco da Gama’s epic voyages turned the tide in a centuries-old clash of civilisations, Harper Collins  Click here for a 20% discount on this and other books from Church Resources and John Garrett

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A Sydney seminary is to receive world-class religious icons (pictured), four new principals prepare for life in Toowoomba and a Vinnies volunteer receives a papal blessing. Cardinal Pell a card-carrying Renaissance man (Canberra Times) Youth centre

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Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ, has been instrumental in sparking international dialogue on the death penalty and helping to shape the Catholic Church's newly vigorous opposition to state executions. At the age of 40, she realised that being on the side of poor

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Why do adults become Catholics? There are as many reasons for "converting" as there are converts, writes George Weigel in Ethics and Public Policy Centre. Evelyn Waugh became a Catholic with, by his own admission, "little emotion but clear conviction:" this

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A bishop goes missing in Shanghai, two are kidnapped in South Sudan, South Korean dioceses sets up an anti-nuclear group, the Pope is given a crocodile and an Indian tea shop owner (pictured) looks forward to meeting him.  The

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Mark 1:14-20 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, 15and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.’ 16As Jesus passed along the Sea

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For Good Samaritan Sister, Anne Dixon, attending an international prison chaplains’ conference in Cameroon roved to be a confronting and heartening experience, reports The Good Oil. Anne (pictured second from left) was one of 130 delegates from 59

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The Catholic Herald profiles 10 Catholics around the world who showed extraordinary courage, skill and determination during 2011. 1. Shahbaz Bhatti On March 2 masked men sprayed Shahbaz Bhatti’s car with bullets as he left his mother’s home.

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In her novel, Final Payments, Mary Gordon articulates an equation that has long influenced Christian spirituality, both for good and for bad. Her heroine, Isabel, is a young woman within whom a strong Catholic background, an overly-strict father, and a

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Stephen O’Shea, The Friar Of Carcassonne: Revolt Against the Inquisition in the Last Days of the Cathars   Click here for a 20% discount on this and other books from Church Resources and John Garrett Publishing Bernard Délicieux, the

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Mary Raftery, an Irish journalist whose documentary series States of Fear exposed abuse in Irish Catholic schools, died recently in Dublin. She was 54. Mary was a journalist by profession, but by vocation, she was a deeply honest and compassionate woman

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In a sitting room where lace doilies top every table, Jesuit Fr Robert Taft's gray sweater and wooden cane add to the impression that he's a refined retired professor. But then he shared what he believes is the line his former students quote most: "There

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Luke 2:1-14 In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3All went to their own towns to be registered. 4Joseph also went

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At Christmas five years ago, people entering St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral in Adelaide were shocked to discover that the nativity crib had been vandalised. Someone had urinated over the statues of Mary and Joseph, and the statue of the baby Jesus in the

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Cardinal Renato Martino, a distinguished Vatican Diplomat, earned a reputation as one of the most vocal prelates on human rights issues. After nearly two decades as the Vatican's Permanent Observer to the United Nations in New York City, Martino became the

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Lord Jonathan Sacks, Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregation of the Commonwealth, met with Pope Benedict last week to discuss interfaith relations and their common concern for the decline of spiritual values within European culture, reports Vatican

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Qld Catholic schools get a council exemption, an artist walks out of his retrospective in a dispute over censorship and Archbishop Hickey (pictured) calls for religion to return to classrooms. Artist walks out in censorship dispute with gallery (Border

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The confessional goes green in India, Hong Kong activists urge the release of a detained priest, in East Timor Jesuits have returned a school to the Dili diocese and in Minneapolis, a communion wafer was found to have turned red (pictured) because of a

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God's journalist

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Cardinal John Patrick Foley heeded God’s “whisper”, as he put it, to become a priest as well as his own inclinations to go to journalism school at 31, then combined the roles as the Vatican’s communications director for almost 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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