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The Templeton Prize honours a living person who has made an exceptional contribution to affirming life’s spiritual dimension, whether through insight, discovery, or practical works. Established in 1972 by the late Sir John Templeton, the Prize aims, in his

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Francisco J. Ayala---An evolutionary geneticist, molecular biologist and former Dominican priest Francisco J. Ayala, who has written about evolution and refuted creationism, has won the 2010 Templeton Prize, one of the world's top religion prizes.According

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When I was in Saudi Arabia, I had tea and sweets with a group of educated and sophisticated young professional women, writes Maureen Dowd in the New York Times. I asked why they were not more upset about living in a country where women’s rights

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Rabbi Raymond Apple---The Australian Catholic University will honour the former leader of Sydney's Great Synagogue, Rabbi Raymond Apple, for his outstanding contribution to Christian-Jewish understanding, interfaith co-operation and community engagement.Rabbi

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In the lead-up to next month's general election, British Opposition leader David Cameron answers Catholic Herald readers’ questions about abortion, euthanasia, poverty, marriage and his own Christian faith. Will you press for a reduction in the month for

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Late President of Poland Lech Kaczynski---More than 700 Polish-Australians attended Mass devoted to the late Polish president Lech Kaczynski at St Vincent's Catholic Church in Sydney yesterday, following his death in a plane crahs over the weekend.Prime

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Xenophobia, whether racially or economically motivated, is an emotional and irrational disease that corrodes individuals and societies. The wars, revolutions and persecutions that marked the 20th century still take their toll. On the other hand, the greater

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The St Francis Xavier Church in Hall, ACT, believed to be the oldest continually used Catholic church in the territory, celebrated its centenary over the weekend. Archbishop of Canberra and Goulburn Mark Coleridge marked the occasion by arriving for

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This index of saints and angels on Catholic Online provides a vast array of important and inspirational figures within the church's history. It also categorises them according to sex, colour, geography and other criteria. http://www.catholic.org/saints/

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The Pope, while he was a cardinal, acted "expeditiously" by the standards of the time, when he hesitated to dismiss a priest convicted of molesting two boys, according to a Vatican lawyer. In a statement issued yesterday on behalf of the Vatican,

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Richard Dawkins --- Prominent atheists Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens have asked human rights lawyers to produce a case for charging Benedict XVI over alleged cover-up of sexual abuse. Dawkins wants to have the Pope arrested during his state visit

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A positive and negative image of the Shroud of Turin. Photo taken in 1898 by Secondo Pia (1855-1941), reportedly the first photo taken of the relic. --- The Shroud of Turin has gone on public display for the first time in a

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In his Easter message, Cardinal George Pell made an oblique reference to sexual abuse in the Church when he referred to 'Christian failures to live up to Christian standards' and 'too many scandals and many victims'. There is no doubt that most Australians

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If I said that “relationships take work,” most people would roll their eyes. That’s so obvious to all of us in 2010 that it barely counts as advice. With thousands of relationship self-help guides in print, daytime talk shows featuring advice on

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Alert to all devotees of Hagar the Horrible and his family - and wider audiences beyond. This is a very entertaining film. While the village of Berk, somewhere up there beyond Scandinavia, is not that of Hagar, it looks as if it could be. And fans of 'Another

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Posted this week by the Vatican in reponse to the church's sex abuse crisis, this guide provides a clear explanation of how the Church wants members of the clergy to deal with new cases. It sets out for everyone the degrees of complexity and judgment

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Anglican Archbishop Peter Jensen --- The Anglican Archbishop of Sydney Peter Jensen says NSW Premier, Kristina Keneally, has promised that the Anglican Church would have input into trial introduction of secular ethics classes in public

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What would pop music be without the Beatles, Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano has mused in a front-page article on the Fab Four's achievements.According to a Telegraph report in the Sydney Morning Herald, the article "Seven Years That Shook Music"

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Sporting scholarships and inducements risk turning students into little more than "commodities to be traded", said Ian McDonald, headmaster of South Brisbane's St Laurence's College. Mr McDonald wrote a letter in March under the banner of the

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Catholic Health Australia has welcomed the Federal Government's plans to simplify access to aged care but cautioned that without fundamental regulatory reform, a shortfall of beds for older Australians will keep growing. "Catholic Health Australia

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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

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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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