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CEOs bedding down outdoors in the Society of St Vincent de Paul's annual sleepout fundraiser have raised $500,000, double what the organisers were expecting. As Dick Smith bedded down at Sydney's Luna Park to experience what it's like to be homeless

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In a letter to priests around the world to launch the Year for Priests, Pope Benedict deplored priests who were unfaithful to their vows and called for a "frank and complete acknowledgment" of the Catholic Church's weaknesses. The Catholic

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In the wake of Ireland's Ryan Commission Report on abuse in institutions, Christian Brothers congregational leader, Br Philip Pinto, has called on the brothers to become "more human and compassionate" and to "seek forgiveness" from

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Can we describe America as "religious" and Europe as "secular"? This is the basic question analysed in this book. It takes its theme from the idea of "eurosecularity" and compare it with the "religious" United

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The Centre for Multicultural Pastoral Care (CMPC) is an agency of the Archdiocese of Brisbane which responds to and advocates for the needs and concerns of migrants, refugees, refugee claimants and people on the move regardless of their race, creed or

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It seems Muslim independent schools are often the cause of controversy, usually stirred up by those having some kind of fear of Muslims. The idea that Muslim schools will train jihadist fighters and religious radicals is a bit silly. For one thing, no one

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The destruction of the planet raises many theological questions. We have been led to believe that God cares only for the salvation of humans and that our calling is to exploit the earth for our own ends. This false Gospel has its preachers, politicians

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Incoming Port Pirie Bishop Greg O'Kelly will be installed at a ceremony in the presence of 20 other bishops at St Mark's Cathedral today. The Apostolic Nuncio Giuseppe Lazzarotto, Sydney Cardinal George Pell and Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson will be

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Students from Sydney's Santa Sabina Del Monte College in Strathfield and St Lucy's School in Wahroonga have joined forces to produce an exhibition representing the potential of collaboration between children with disabilities and their mainstream peers and

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Why do we have PPCs? What do they do? What is my role? How should the meetings be run? The Australian Catholic Bishops have launched a new website for Parish Pastoral Councils that aims to answer these questions and many others. Wagga Bishop Gerard

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About 1,200 people turned out for Mass at the St Mary's in Exile community on Sunday despite a worldwide ban impose by Brisbane Archbishop John Bathersby on celebrant Fr Peter Kennedy. Fr Kennedy, who on Friday was banned from preaching, hearing

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Perhaps the most spectacular local example of a charitable enterprise in receipt of substantial public funding suffering from mission drift is the Catholic school system, although the extent to which government money, rather than wider sociological

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How have you found being the Australian Ambassador of the Holy See, since you assumed the post in February? One remembers in late April, the incident with The Chasers (an Australian comedy group) who sent a balloon over the Vatican violating its airspace,

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Sydney's Catholic education system is introducting a new Montessori based Early Learning System in which children as young as five will be allowed to shape the syllabus and be given control of the classroom. Primary schools in the Sydney archdiocese

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Vietnamese authorities have demolished another monastery in a move that observers say may signal a new harsh policy on church properties. The monastery of the Congregation of the Brothers of The Holy Family of Banam (Frères de la Sainte Famille

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Education, welfare and service to the community were once again areas in which the contribution of Catholics was honoured in this year's Queen's Birthday list. Australian Sisters Joan Doyle and Patricia McDermott have also been awarded an OAM for

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Church groups in India have expressed concern over increasing incidents of attacks on their compatriots in Australia. About 10 students from India were attacked in the past few weeks in Australia in what media called "curry-bashing." The

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Pope Benedict is "very distressed" at the findings of the Ryan report into child abuse at Catholic institutions in Ireland, Armagh Cardinal Sean Brady and Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin have reported. Asked what had most disturbed the

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Jokes at the end of Mass are not appropriate, Sydney Auxiliary Bishop Julian Porteous says. Bishop Porteous told the Sydney Morning Herald that Mass was not the venue for the priest to indulge his own personality. "A religious ceremony, for

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According to Treasury estimates, the cost of Australia's new embassy to the Holy See will come to $11.5 million over four years, or nearly $3 million per year.  The cost includes $372,000 a year to rent a flat and office space in Rome for the new

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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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