Not Just Ned is the surprising but true history of the Irish in Australia, at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra. This fascinating exhibition reveals the extraordinary influence of the Irish in Australia, from the arrival of the First Fleet in

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Image from the blogs.ucanews.com article --- A Vietnamese refugee who came to Australia in a boat decades ago has been appointed a Catholic Bishop in the Archdiocese of Melbourne, the archdiocese said in a media release. Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen

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Screenshot from a video on YouTube --- The Vatican has dropped a Dominican priest from giving the keynote address at the Caritas Internationalis general assembly in Rome, which began yesterday, according to a report in the Tablet in

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Screenshot from the image on The Victoria Times Colonist report --- An new statue of the late Pope John Paul II in Rome, showing a giant hollowed-out figure, has attracted harsh criticism from experts and even the Vatican newspaper, reports Reuters in the

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An image of planking, on Flickr ---  The Australian Catholic University has banned "planking" across its campuses, warning students they would be punished if they took part in the activity, reports the Sydney Morning Herald. The practice of planking

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An assailant sprayed a priest with flammable liquid and set him alight during mass in a church in Lithuania, said an AFP report on news.com.au. Father Remigijus Kuprys, 46, managed to extinguish the flames with the help of worshippers, but suffered facial

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Screenshot from The Australian --- The International Space Station has spoken with Pope Benedict from his armchair in the Vatican library via a video call over the weekend, reports the Australian. "Welcome aboard the Space Station, your Holiness,"

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If you're the Catholic Church and you're want to reach out to men and women interested in joining religious life, you might ask yourself a simple question: What would Jesus do? The answer: He'd start a Facebook page, reports the Stamford Advocate. Throughout

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The long-awaited report the sex abuse crisis within the Church in America, released last week, provides well-researched answers to key questions about the abuse crisis, writes Kathleen McChesney in America magazine. The report does not identify a

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This film is based on a true story that happened in Roane County, Tennessee, US, in 1938. It is a character study of Felix “Bush” Breazeale (Robert Duvall), who lived for 40 years as a grumpy hermit, deep in the woods of the forest that surrounded

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Irmã Dulce (pictured), who died in 1992, was a Brazilian Sister who was nominated for a Nobel Prize in 1988, and is to be beatified soon. She was recently named the most admired woman in the history of her country by a Brazilian newspaper. The

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Image from the Bishops' plenary, photo supplied --- The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has released a wrap-up of its Plenary meeting held earlier this month, outlining areas of discussion and focus during the gathering. The bishops said they

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A Melbourne man who incited his wife to commit suicide after her battle with chronic pain has been handed a good behaviour bond, said an AAP report publish in both the Australian and the Sydney Morning Herald. Victor Rijn, 64, pleaded guilty in the Melbourne

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An image of Robert Mugabe from Mme Tussaud's, on Flickr --- When television broadcasts of the beatification of Pope John Paul II in the Vatican showed Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe receiving Holy Communion, many Catholics in southern Africa were

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Immigration Minister Chris Bowen --- Allegations of criminal conduct arising from an investigation into refugee support services in Newcastle would be referred to police, Immigration Minister Chris Bowen said, reports the Newcastle Herald. The

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Philippine President Benigno Aquino III --- A cardinal related to the Vatican has appealed to family members of Philippine President Benigno Aquino to help "enlighten" the president over the country's Reproductive Health bill, reports the Sun Star

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The father superior of the congregation of Salesians in the Netherlands has been dismissed after he defended a priest who belonged to a paedophile group, reports Radio Netherlands Worldwide. Father Superior Herman Spronck no longer represented the group in

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The Canadian author Malcolm Gladwell defines a tipping point as “that magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behaviour crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire”, writes Kevin Donnelly in The Drum on ABC Online. Based on the

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Who would have thought eight years ago that we would still be seeing Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow, the most oddball pirate in screen history? But judging by the final scenes and a tantalising 20 seconds with Penelope Cruz after the final credits,

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Humble, ordinary saints – including those who will never get a halo – are a key theme in the preaching of pope Joseph Ratzinger. For him, the saints are "the greatest apologia for our faith." Together with art and music, he has often added; 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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