St Peter

Hollande meets Francis, mosaics unearthed, peace doves attacked, ecology encyclical may come, Ukraine violence, S. African bishops oppose anti-gay laws, more...

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Artist Zara Jankovic

Trainee priest dies on road, govt funding for private shools growing fastest, Fr Redmond, New Norcia bicentenary, Holy Cross Bundaberg, religious murals.

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John Mac Acuek

Sydney father John Mac Acuek was one of the first Sudanese refugees to reach Australia, and the first to graduate from an Australian university. On a recent mission of mercy back in his homeland, he made the ultimate sacrifice.

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Sr Helen Prejean

Sister Helen Prejean inspired the Hollywood film Dead Man Walking. Here, she gives a progress report on the anti-death penalty campaign in the United States, and the role Catholics play in the cause.

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Donella Johnston

How might Pope Francis' 'Church for the Poor' have meaning for the place of women in the world and in our Church?

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Cartoon from The Spectator

Have trendy commentators fallen in love a pope of their own invention? Luke Coppen, editor of The Catholic Herald, believes so - but suggests that the real Francis will be far more interesting to watch than the fantasy Francis.

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KGB insignia

Call to forgive Cardinal O'Brien, Pope's plea for Christian and Muslim refugees, KGB smeared bishop, Irish Embassy for Vatican, missionary jailed in North Korea.

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Fr Bob

Govt to give money for marriage counseling, Catholic schools to cost in SA, out with Fr Bob, vale winemaker, ACT Calvary Hospital, Pell on culture of violence, nun in horrific crash

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St Pauls choir boys

St Paul's Choir School, Cambridge, Massachusetts,  is the only boys' choir school in America. The boys live and breath heavenly music, and the effects on the spirit can be magical.

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Fr Isaac

St Joseph's Abbey, near Boston, Massachusetts has long sold jams and jellies. Now it has become the first monastery outside of Europe to join the elite club of brewing authentic Trappist beer.

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Burning church, Pakistan

Journalist John Allen has compiled a detailed catalogue of current persecutions of Christians - and asks why is so little being done about it?

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A fisherman

Matthew 4: 12-23 (NRSV version): 'As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers...'

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Fr Alec Reid

Fr Alec Reid, the unassuming Redemptorist priest who played a crucial behind-the-scenes role in setting up Northern Ireland's Good Friday Peace Agreement, has died. He was 82. 

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Peter Seamus O'Toole was born to an Irish Catholic family in 1932 and shot to fame as Lawrence of Arabia in 1962. His fame endured to the end.

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Cardinal Pell at ceremony

New church for Hunter, Cardinal Pell at Reconciliation Church, Burleigh Waters church, ACU, Christmas...

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The nuns monastery

Charles defends Mid-East Christians, Paul VI miracle, Belgian euthanasia, Indian PM apology, Muslim diaologue, US Archbishop steps down, Guantanamo nativities out, service in Soweto...

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Matisse in his chapel

Henri Matisse was an atheist... or so everybody thought. In his old age he employed a beautiful nurse. When she decided to become a nun, Matisse was moved to design a chapel. It was to be 'the crowning achievement' of his career.

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The New Yorker

Pope Francis has captured the attention of the secular media as few other Catholic figures have. This week, The New Yorker featured Francis on its cover as a playful snow angel, and offered a profile of 'a radical Pope’s first year.'

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Sr Wendy Beckett

Art opens doors that argument, logic, preaching and speculation cannot: Sr Wendy Beckett, an art critic who lives the life of a hermit, has three new books on Christian art out for Christmas.

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Saints Francis & Ignatius

The key to understanding Pope Francis, writes Dr Christopher Bellitto, is to first consider not Saint Ignatius and his Jesuits - but to step back to Saint Francis and his Franciscans.

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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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