At every service in every Catholic church in Australia, the Mass begins the same way it has done for 40 years. The priest says ''The Lord be with you'', and the people reply ''and also with you'', writes Barney Swartz in the Age. It has been this way since

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Education has figured prominently in the news, with one new school opening, a second renovated and a third closing. On a lighter note, Bishop Anthony Fisher (pictured) gave his tips on Parramatta's best restaurants in Sydney's west, and his favourite

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It's been a week of colour and movement, with stories about Papal socks sold online by a Paris designer, WYD in Madrid to be eco-friendly, and the world's largest bronze stations of the cross in Rome. On a more serious note, the plight of Christians in

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Catholic Leader columnist and prison chaplain Fr Kevin Ryan died last weekend. The popular columnist said at that time "the best part" of priesthood was "being a bridge between God and people, between this world and the next".Brisbane Centacare Pastoral

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The Trinity for beginners, A Trinitarian Primer By Neil Ormerod, St Pauls, PB, $12.95, 95pp While the Trinity is fundamental to Christian belief, it is a doctrine that is confusing to many people. This brief book aims to explain what the Christian tradition

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I went to a friend's place for lunch on Monday. He is a baptised Catholic, but he's also strictly observant of Jewish law. When he fasts, he really fasts. That means no meat, no fish, no milk, no butter, no eggs, no oil and no alcohol for the duration of

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The chance to sidestep the distractions of a frenetic world is rare. It's reassuring, therefore, to discover there are places where the outside world need not intrude. A retreat can offer spiritual sanctuary, perhaps, but - above all - peace, quiet and even

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Matthew 4:1-11  Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2He fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was famished. 3The tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command

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A lot of the literature written about the season of Lent would give the impression that we’re about to begin a really grim and gloomy time as we prepare for the celebration of Easter. This is not so, writes Archbishop Phillip Wilson, President of

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Xt3.com, the Australian online Catholic social network, has unveiled a new online calendar for Lent. This new calendar offers daily reflections, passages from Scripture, videos that explain Catholic teaching, and stories from the lives of the saints.The

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Pope Benedict XVI’s new book Jesus of Nazareth: Holy Week addresses misunderstandings about Jesus and helps renew the study of the Bible, according to a panel of scholars, the Catholic News Agency reports. Dr Brant Pitre, a Catholic professor of

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A resolution about the funding of the ACT Calvary hospital negotiation takes this complex issue one step forward. Other noteworthy items included the appointment of a lay principal at Salesian College in Sunbury, a raft of clergy appointments in the

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The argument for Mother Teresa to be considered a mystic received prominent coverage this week. Other items of note include Pakistan examining the martyrdom credentials of its murdered minister, the Vatican's new financial director and the choice of an

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One of those rare individuals who might have been called a true monster of the 20th century passed away a week or so ago, with the fairly good chance that by the time of his death he was what Catholics would call a saint. Bernard Nathanson, who died last

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Catholic Social Teaching in Global Perspective  David McDonald SJ (ed.) Orbis Books , 2010In this book, some leading Catholic scholars identify resources and difficulties in the formal Catholic social traditions, while other writers explore how Catholic

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Tuesday marked both International Women’s Day and Shrove Tuesday. The second is problematic in Sydney, which hosts a world-famous Gay Mardi Gras every year, a festival of vulgar depravity which leaves the inner city knee-deep in litter and filth. In

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If philosophy is the search for truth and knowledge, for most of the past 55 years Father John Begley helped and guided students for the priesthood with their own searches for those qualities.The fondness with which he is remembered shows that philosophers

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William Wardell: Building with Conviction by Anthony G. Evans (Connor Court Publishing rrp $39.95)During his only visit to Australia, a year before his death, my seminary classmate and friend from our shared Roman days, Professor Adrian Hastings, was amazed

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Every time there is another report about Charlie Sheen entering rehab, spewing weirdness on the Today show, or being the butt of late-night talk shows, all I can think is, “Poor Martin.”It can’t be easy to watch your son implode on every

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Life values took centre stage this week, with vigorous coverage of the Greens' proposed bill in Parliament which would give states the potential to make decisions about euthanasia, abortion and gay marriage. Abortion is also the focus of the 40 Days for

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