The casual consumer of current affairs could be forgiven for concluding we are all going to hell in a handbasket. Tthe never ending procession of depressing stories report that there is a rainforest disappearing here or a famine there. With all this gloom

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The Vatican City state does not use certification of brain death, an article in L'Osservatore Romano says, because this would tend to equate the human person with brain function. Catholic News Service quotes the paper as saying that after decades of

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St Mary's is a medium sized residential college at the University of Melbourne operating in the Loreto/Catholic tradition. Initally a female only college, it has been open to both sexes for over 30 years. Next week the college will hold its annual

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An Italian priest has been ordered to pay more than $100,000 in compensation for "biological damage" and social disruption caused by his church bells. The UK Guardian reports that Fr Stefano Queirolo was ordered to pay €60,000

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In a public statement published on the internet, Campion College president, Fr John Fleming, has denied knowledge of any police investigation and rebutted accusations against him by three people. In a statement published on the Sentire Cum Ecclesia blog

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New South Wales police yesterday arrested Vincentian Br John Gaven and a 65 year old priest as further charges were laid over offences alleged to have occurred at Bathurst's St Stanislaus College in the 1970s and 1980s. John Gaven, 66, a Vincentian

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Retired Bunbury Bishop Peter Quinn was buried yesterday after a funeral service held at Bunbury Catholic College. ABC News reports about 700 people attended the funeral Mass presided over by the current Bunbury Bishop Gerard Holohan. Bishop

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Northern New South Wales sculptor David Tucker has won this year's Blake Prize for a work depicting a procession of pregnant women inspired by Hindu, ancient Egytian and pre-Renaissance Christian sources. The Australian reports that Tucker, 58, was

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Vatican spokesman, Fr Federico Lombardi, moved quickly to dispel doubts over the legitimacy of transplants raised by a L'Osservatore Romano article discussing the definition brain death. Reuters reports the Vatican distanced itself yesterday from the

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In the Roman Catholic church, liberation theology has highlighted the injustices of structural sin, such as poverty, and encouraged Catholics to act for social change. Its influence can be found in movements such as Make Poverty History and the Jubilee Debt

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Sister of Mercy Claudette Cusack could only stand by in shock and watch as the Bakhtiari family, Australia’s highest profile asylum seekers, were whisked away in the middle of the night and deported to Pakistan in 2005. “It was dreadful,”

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In response to the proposed decriminalisation of abortion legislation due for debate in the Victorian parliament next week, St Anthony's Shrine at Hawthorn in Melbourne will host seven Masses and 40 hours of prayer and adoration to stop the proposed

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It was only a few short months ago that we featured this new website for the De La Salle Brothers. However, the site is now even more updated with information and video about the Brothers and the life of a Brother. The site is heavily focused on not

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Singer Sir Cliff Richard has revealed his close friendship with a former Catholic priest whom he describes as his "companion" and who shares his home. In his book, My Life, My Way, the 67 year old former pop idol describes John McElynn as his

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Two incognito European princes were among the pilgrims at World Youth Day, it has been revealed, while Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show the event attracted a record number of July tourists. Prince Guillaume de Nassau and his younger brother

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Popular All Saints TV actor, Mark Priestley, was farewelled at a Catholic funeral in Perth yesterday following the actor's suicide in Sydney last week. Priestley, who played nurse Dan Goldman in the long running Seven Network drama, took his own life

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The Australian Catholic Students Association has condemned legislation currently before the Victorian Parliament which will decriminalise abortion up to 24 weeks as well as forcing medical professionals to perform an abortion if the mother's life is at risk.

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Pope Benedict is a card carrying organ donor, the Italian Association of Organ Donors says. The disclosure that the pontiff is prepared to donate organs for transplants after his death follows a front page article in the Vatican newspaper,

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Vincentian Congregation leader, Fr Greg Cooney, yesterday apologised for "any harm that comes to anyone while they have been under our care." "I am deeply sorry for any harm that comes to anyone while they have been under our

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The benchmark for parish websites has now been set. Our Lady Star of the Sea parish is in the Auckland suburb of Howick. One of New Zealand's oldest Catholic parishes, its website is perhaps the country's, and Australasia's finest parish site. While

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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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