Ron Rolheiser

When we are faced with criticism, a primal instinct kicks in: we feel threatened, instantly freeze and begin to shut all the doors opening to warmth, gentleness and empathy inside us. But there is another way, writes Ron Rolheiser.

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Render unto caesar

Matthew 22: 15-21: Then the Pharisees went out and laid plans to trap him in his words.

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Fake seminarian

Bill Wyatt was a PoW on the run in Italy who disguised himself as a priest and was blessed by Pope Pius XII. The Telegraph in London ran this obituary of the remarkable adventure of Bill Wyatt's life.

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Augustus emperor

In 44 BC, when Julius Caesar was killed, Augustus was just a teenager in his household. On the 2000th anniversary of Augustus' death, this new history looks at the teenager's path to becoming one the most powerful men in Rome.

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Vinnies help the poor

Sesquicentenary of Christian Brothers education, one in seven Australians living in poverty, national curriculum progress, asylum seeker baby denied refugee status, TAS heritage treasures, Dominicans lobby for human rights and environment.

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Pope with Francis

The mid-term report from the Synod has caused a global stir and divided commentators. Among the discussion topics raised by the Synod Fathers was the principle of Gradualness. But what is meant by the term and how can it help us find God?

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Democracy protesters in Hong Kong

Hong Kong protesters praised by Velvet Revolution bishop, Cardinal Pell on "climate of liberty," polygamy and communion, Francis hails two Canadian saints, new Jewish-Christian co-operation, Cardinals reflect.

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Sr Rebecca

As a sign of commitment to dialogue as a way of life among the Muslims, we decided to pitch our tent amongst them and move to Pakistan, writes Irish Columban Sister Rebecca Conlon. That was 25 years ago.

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Pope Paul VI

The Synod on the Family will conclude with the beatification of Pope Paul VI on Sunday. His biographer called him the first modern pope. Here, Thomas Williams writes that he was a thoroughly modern saint

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Archbishop Hart at the Synod

On day nine of the Family Synod, Salt and Light TV recorded this special report, which includes news of the role Archbishop Denis Hart of Melbourne will play in drafting the final Synod document.

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The Double

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The Double

This British film is a dark drama that is based loosely on the 1846 novella, The Double, by the Russian author, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, writes Peter W. Sheehan.

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Pope Francis

After two days off sick, Pope Francis was back on the job for the Wednesday General Audience, the Vatican Information Service reports.

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Vengeance

In the movies, a persecuted protagonist can exact revenge on the evil antagonist and the theater audience cheers! Moral considerations melt away.

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Gospel

Matthew 5:17-37: 'You have heard that it was said in ancient times'

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Pope Benedict XVI

A year ago, Pope Benedict announced he would retire. In doing so, he may have transformed the papacy from monarchy to presidency. In this rare interview, Benedict's closest aid - Archbishop Georg Ganswein -  reveals how the Pope Emeritus now feels about that revolutionary decision, as well as criticisms of his papacy, as he lives out a retirement 'far from the world, but present in the Church.'

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Imelda Marcos cameo

An investigator is sent  to the Phillipines to examine the life of a Catholic priest murdered by Communist insurgents during the Marcos era. Was he a saint? A portrait emerges of a priest struggling with questions of faith in a corrupt world.

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Fresh take on Valentine

Senate to keep Lord's Prayer, singer Luke Dolahenty, Abbott govt may call gay-marriage vote, Vinnies welfare concerns, Bishop of Wagga supports abortion protest, TAS Churches Emergencies Ministry, Perth Cathedral  

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BBC HARDtalk

HARDtalk speaks to Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana who, last year, was tipped to become the first African Pope since ancient times. He is calling for financial reforms and action against poverty and inequality.

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Wells Family

Bruce Dawe's much admired poem 'Life-cycle' parodied the near religiosity of Australian obsession with sport - but for elite AFL sportsman Daniel Wells, God and family take precedence, in his personal life-cycle.

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The Thinker by Rodin

Is atheism irrational? Gary Gutting interviews Alvin Plantinga, an emeritus professor of philosophy at America's University of Notre Dame, and former president of both the Society of Christian Philosophers and the American Philosophical Association.

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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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