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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Child at prayer

An interview with Newcastle parishioner Clare Howlett about raising a modern family in the Catholic faith.

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Sunday Gospel

Gospel: Mt 1:18-24. This is how Jesus Christ came to be born. His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph.

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Bethlehem now

20-Dec-2013
Bishop Pat Power

Bethlehem: 'The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee.' Bishop Pat Power offers this Christmas reflection.

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A Sydney digital creative and father of three, Galvin Scott Davis, has taken the idea that the anonymity of technology encourages bullying and turned it on its head. Galvin Scott Davis's eight-year-old son, Carter, came to him for help after being bullied.

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BY PATRICIA FEENAN I learned that the Prime Minister had announced a Royal Commission into child sex abuse on the radio, while I was driving. An interview on the topic of sexual abuse was interrupted to say that the Royal Commission would happen. I put my

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Last Thursday was the Feast of St Nicholas, Bishop of Myra and progenitor of Santa Claus. Santa’s red suit is a product of an iconic Coca-Cola advertising campaign. I’m not sure how he was moved from Turkey to the North Pole. As for the

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BY MICHAEL McGIRR There are patron saints for everything from hats (St Barbara, who was beheaded) to shoes (St Crispin, who was also beheaded). What about the unofficial patrons? St Ambrose (340–397) is unofficial patron of those who won’t be

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Sydney Archdiocese’s online youth community xt3 has an Advent Calendar for 2012 at www.xt3.com/advent.  Every day they are releasing a new reflection or resource as they prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus. FULL ARTICLE: What is Advent?

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BY JOHN MULDERIG Rise of the Guardians, stars Alec Baldwin, Chris Pine , Dakota Goyo, Hugh Jackman, Isla Fisher, Jude Law. Director: Peter Ramsey. Running time 97 minutes. Rated PG. Opens Thurs 13 Dec. What better way to spend a few hours over the

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Gospel for Sunday 9 December – Gospel 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

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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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