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In 2002 an Australian band called Lifeboat 14 performed a song for John Paul II called Hey John Paul, for which they received an apostolic blessing. To celebrate his beatification this week, they have posted a clip of the song on

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In a move without any direct precedents, Pope Benedict XVI went on Italian television last week to respond to seven questions chosen from among 3,000 submitted by ordinary people from all over the world. The following are three quick observations about the

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Film review - Thor

27-Apr-2011

This action-adventure film tells the story of the powerful warrior, Thor, who was cast out of the realm of Asgard, and exiled to live amongst the inhabitants of Midgard (Earth). Thor is the God of Thunder, based on a Norse mythological deity, and is the

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The arrangement that maintains funding for about 60 percent of Catholic schools had "reached its use-by-date", according to Schools Education Minister Peter Garrett, reports the Australian. Mr Garrett's comments follow a briefing by the head of the school

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Screenshot from The Canberra Times report --- Thieves stole $19,000 in collection money during a robbery at a church in a Canberra suburb on Easter Sunday, reports the Canberra Times. St Augustine's Church in Farrer was broken into between 1pm and

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Screenshot from The Age report --- Lapsed Catholics and those who only come to Mass at Christmas and Easter outnumber practising Catholics, with only one in seven Australian Catholics going to Church every Sunday, reports the Age. Of the five

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George Weigel --- American scholar and papal biographer George Weigel has countered criticism of John Paul II's speedy canonisation process, saying accusations that he was responsible for scandals that took place under his watch are ultimately

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Pope Benedict --- In a Vatican first, Pope Benedict responded to seven questions from people on a Good Friday Italian television program, including a Japanese child traumatised by the earthquake, a persecuted Iraqi Christian, and a mother of a comatose

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Screenshot from an excerpt of the Aid to the Church in Need video, God in China - An Awakening Faith, on YouTube --- Chinese police have detained at least a dozen Christians from an unregistered Beijing church as they gathered for Easter services, said an

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Catholic Schools Week (CSW) starts on Sunday, May 1 and runs until May 7. It will involve the communities of all 615 Catholic primary and secondary schools across NSW and the ACT. The theme for 2011 is 'a learning adventure, a journey of faith'.

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Equity is one of the main polarising issues between public and private school supporters.  writes Scott Prasser (pictured), executive director of the Public Policy Institute at ACU, in the Canberra Times. Opponents of public funding for

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Pope Benedict XVI isn't alone in his apartment at the Vatican. Four "guardian angels" help him, and recently there has been an addition to the personnel at his service, reports La Stampa, in an article translated and published in Time magazine. For the past

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A former staff member of a NSW Catholic school has denied sexually assaulting boys, describing accusations made against him as "absolutely repulsive", said an AAP report in the Herald Sun. The staff member of St Stanislaus College in Bathurst said he

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Pope Benedict at a private audience with Cardinal Ruini, by Giuseppe Ruggirello on Wikipedia --- Italian Cardinal Camillio Ruini has told journalists that he was given a signed petition at the conclave that elected Pope Benedict to push for fast-track

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Pope John Paul II --- Church and civil authorities in Rome are putting the finishing touches on logistical plans to handle potentially massive crowds for the beatification of Pope John Paul II, as the date draws closer, reports the Catholic News

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Screenshot of Archbishop Leopoldo Girelli from a video taken in Singapore --- The Vatican has sent its first representative to Vietnam since 1975 on a "historic" visit to the communist nation, said an AFP report on Google News. The trip by Holy See envoy

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After very successful Open Days in the past two years, the Sisters of St Joseph will again open the doors of Mary MacKillop Place at Mount Street North Sydney for the 2011 Open Day on Sunday, May 1. Open Day visitors will be able to take a behind-the-scenes

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Screenshot from www.ncec.catholic.edu.au --- The money that schools collect in fees and donations should be considered in calculating their government funding, to compensate schools that choose to charge low fees, the National Catholic Education

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A prominent English music director has attacked modern Church music, saying it is "low quality material" and that the practice of a lone cantor leading the singing was like "an ecclesiastical karaoke", reports the Catholic News Agency. Joseph Cullen,

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The quality of the education that non-government schools provide contributes significantly to a more equitable society, according to a report by Australian Catholic University's Public Policy Institute, the university said in a media release. "The view

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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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