A record number of Vietnamese pilgrims will attend World Youth Day this year but US numbers are down - and 50 Angola pilgrims are stranded in Sydney instead of Adelaide because tour organisers thought the SA capital was only an hour way. The Sydney

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Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople and representatives of other Orthodox and Anglican churches accompanied Pope Benedict in lighting a candle to launch the Year of St Paul. Opening the year last weekend, Pope Benedict said the apostle's

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His challenge was to see the beauty in every face, even when the owner of that face had long given up on it. Surely, that is to love others as Jesus did—Jesus the One who never gives up on us. If we are to love as Jesus loved, we need to be forgiving

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"People who leave the Church are not leaving because they are rejecting the teachings of John Paul II or Pope Benedict. Most do so because they go to Catholic schools and they think that the kind of warm secular humanism with Christian gloss

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Kung Fu Panda is essentially a martial arts comedy and is a total action movie. It has striking effects and action sequences and a particularly impressive concluding fantasy sequence which brings DreamWorks to a new level of technological

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First Things is a monthly ecumenical journal concerned with the creation of a "religiously informed public philosophy for the ordering of society." It is published by The Institute on Religion and Public Life in the United States of America.

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Two hundred South Korean priests have celebrated a street Mass in Seoul to protest an unpopular government decision to resume beef imports from the US. UCA News reports the priests urged the government to listen to the voice of the people and

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Bees for Benedict

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Italian scooter manufacturer Piaggio has presented Pope Benedict with two new specially made three wheeled vehicles. The funky, light weight transport vehicles are called "ape" in Italian, which means "bee" - probably for the loud

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Australia's bishops have urged Catholics to "celebrate the Living Spirit" to mark Aboriginal and Torres Islander Sunday this weekend. Chairperson of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council (NATSICC), Elsie Heiss,

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Catholic News is the official newspaper of the archdiocese of Singapore. Interestingly, its website heavily focuses on not just news and information but has as its centrepiece a discussion forum and blog, something a little unusual for "official"

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Josephite Sr Noeline Quinane says that on the first anniversary of the Northern Territory Emergency Response the Federal Government should listen to the experience of Aboriginal people living with the Intervention. The Sisters of St Joseph have urged

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The Catholic Church in Southern Africa has urged all African states to reject President Robert Mugabe should he be declared winner of Friday's presidential run-off boycotted by the opposition candidate Morgan Tsvangirai. CISA reports the bishops of

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Seventeen schoolgirls in a mainly Catholic US fishing town have reportedly become pregnant after making a pact to raise children together. MSN News reports officials at a US high school are investigating reports that a pact made by a group of teenage

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Catholic Health Australia CEO Martin Laverty has called for the appointment of a health ombudsman to address the growing gap between health services for the rich and the poor. ABC News reports the peak group for Catholic health organisations, is calling

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On a visit to the Philippines, Townsville Bishop Michael Putney has said Australia's Catholic bishops are ready to assist Filipino bishops in their campaign against Australian-controlled mining operations. The Philippines Sun-Star

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Queen Elizabeth has expressed surprise over the choice of Randwick Racecourse as the venue for Pope Benedict's World Youth Day final mass, an AJC official says. The Australian reports the Queen has exressed amazement that World Youth Day would be held

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A row has broken out in Brisbane over the role of a priest convicted of abuse who continues to say Mass privately in conflict with a papal directive to exclude pedophile priests from the ministry. The Brisbane Times reports the Archdiocese of

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While it may be difficult to imagine mass conversions in the Emerald City of sun and surf, there's no reason why the spirit can't come on Sydney as it has on its predecessors. So confident is the Sydney archdiocese in the power of World Youth Day that it

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In seeking incremental change, the National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission should not be scared away from real change. Real change would be the establishment of a single government funder (read federal funder) of all public health services, with

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In a post Enlightenment world that has witnessed the Battle of the Somme in which 19,000 soldiers died in one day, the horrific genocide of tens of millions of lives committed by Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot and others, and the rapid spread of AIDS, the simple

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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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