In more than 21 years working as a reporter for The Times, with nearly all of that time spent writing on religion, I have just once managed to get through to the Vatican press office by telephone. On that occasion, about ten years ago, I was asked to

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Three Northern Ireland clergy, brothers Martin and Eugene O'Hagan and David Delargy, have landed a record deal with Sony BMG worth more than $A3 million. The Age reports that the men whose groups is know as "The Priests" have been singing

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Recently the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops was granted the recognitio for the new English-language translation of significant parts of the Ordo Missae as found in the Missale Romanum, including most of those texts used in

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Western moral philosophy is not doing too well at the moment. But some brilliant modern scholars have breathed new life into an ancient approach to morality. Contemporary Perspectives on Natural Law: Natural Law as a Limiting Concept is a useful

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From time to time, Catholicism can be seized with fits of enthusiasm and veer toward one extreme or another. Over the long run, however, its instinct is usually to seek the sane middle, driven by what Pope Benedict XVI has called the Catholic genius for

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Victoria's Catholic teachers have won a pay rise that will place them among the highest paid of their peers while parents at Catholic schools launch a signature campaign to pressure the Brumby government to raise funding. The Age reports that the

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BREAKING NEWS: Former Foreign Minister Taro Aso has been chosen as Japan's Prime Minister becoming the first Catholic to occupy the position. The Age reports that Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party today chose conservative former foreign minister

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Hobart City Council is considering a recommendation to contribute $150,000 to the St Mary's Catholic Cathedral restoration appeal - only half the amount committed by Council to the Anglican St David's Cathedral. The Mercury reports  that the

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The Diocese of Brisbane started with the colony of Queensland in 1859. It then covered the whole of Queensland, a vast diocese with few people. The first bishop, James Quinn, organised an immigration scheme which brought thousands of Irish, establishing

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Catholic Social Services Australia has called on the Federal Government to establish an independent commission to set and review pensions and support payments in order to avoid "politicising" the issue. The Australian quotes CSSA as saying

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The attacks on the Christian community are not restricted only to Mangalore or Orissa, but have spread to other states like Madhya Pradesh, Kerala, Chhattisgarh and even the national capital. They are military-like operations, carried out with

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Nearly a quarter century ago, defrocked Catholic priest Miguel D'Escoto was a foreign minister on a hunger strike, a liberation theologian protesting U.S. military aggression in Nicaragua. Back then, D'Escoto's Central American nation was at war.

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An Italian bishop has forgiven a priest discovered in bed with a parishioner saying that the woman had "led him astray". The Times Online reports that the woman's affair with the priest at Chioggia, near Venice, came to light when her husband

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Catholic hospitals may be forced to close their maternity and emergency wings if Victoria's abortion law reform bill is passed in its present form, Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart has said. Archbishop Denis Hart warned that Catholic-run hospitals

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Ascetic priest Fr Samuel Francis better known as Swami Astheya has been found dead in the chapel of his ashram 400km south of New Delhi while the Catholic cathedral in Jabalpur in central India has been badly damaged in a fire lit by Hindu

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Gianna's biological mother was 17 years old and seven and a half months pregnant when she made the decision to have a saline abortion. After being burned alive for 18 hours in the womb, Gianna was delivered alive at the Los Angeles County abortion clinic

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Ireland's Catholic bishops have embraced the internet with a new website. "Many church people today are slow about IT. Some seem proud to say that they will never master the techniques. But they have nothing to be proud of," Dublin Archbishop

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A former secret police commander and three agents who served under Chile's Pinochet regime have been sentenced to seven years in prison for the 1974 disappearance of a Spanish priest. The International Herald Tribune reports that the Santiago Court

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Marking the 40th anniversary of the death of Padre Pio, newly released documents have revealed that the young Italian priest experienced a vision of the crucified Christ who invited him to unite himself with His suffering so as to participate in the

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"We have all witnessed with alarm many who profess to be Catholics disavowing the Church's teaching authority... dismissing apostolic traditions and the doctrines of the Fathers and giving the place of honour to the fashionable opinions of

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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

All your daily readings, reflections and prayers can be found here... 

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