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On behalf of the South Australian government and churches, Premier Mike Rann formally apologised in parliament yesterday to state wards who were sexually abused. The Herald Sun reports Mr Rann read a shared apology, signed by the government and the

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Preparing for World Youth Day 2005 I had my reservations. The idea of praying together with hundreds of thousands of others is not something you can easily get your head around. Yet being there was one of the most dramatic experiences of my life. As I look

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The best selling and critically acclaimed memoirist and poet, Mary Karr, and the Pulitzer Prize winner Franz Wright, struggled for many years with severe depression and drug and alcohol abuse. But for both writers, their struggles ended in large part

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The Catholic Charismatic Renewal movement in the Archdiocese of Melbourne has 82 active prayer groups. The movement seeks to foster an awareness of the gift of God's Spirit and to help people develop a deeper personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

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The president of the Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences says that Israel has 15 sets of archives relating to Pope Pius XII and the Holocaust which are not open to historical researchers. Walter Brandmuller, president of the Pontifical

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Federal Treasurer Wayne Swan says the Australian government will "rectify the injustice" of tax changes that would deprive low paid charity workers of up to $50 per week. The Age reports that as the outcry from charities mounted

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Jesuit Refugee Service Australia director, Fr David Holdcroft, has called on the Federal Government to change a "ludicrous" system which prevents asylum seekers from appealing to the minister until every stage of the assessment process has failed.

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The Holy See has given permission to the Australian Sisters of Charity to establish a new canonical entity to be known as Mary Aikenhead Ministries. Pathways reports the realisation of Mary Aikenhead Ministries, the future for the incorporated

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Something different is happening in our Church at the moment, particularly with the surge in lay involvement and lay leadership. There was a time when our first contact with the faith was largely mediated through religious sisters and brothers in our

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Pope Benedict will confirm 14 young Australians during this year's World Youth Day events. The Catholic Weekly reports 24 year old public relations director Belinda Frame is thrilled to be one of 14 Australians who will be confirmed by Pope Benedict

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Pope Benedict has praised 7th century St Isidore of Seville, who published the world's first encyclopaedia, as a model of contemplation and action for today. Continuing his catechetical series on ancient figures in the Church, Pope Benedict devoted

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Our capacity for self-delusion is seemingly endless and never more pronounced than when it serves to distract us from the inevitability of death. We may indeed have a lovely home, a stylish wardrobe and good food on the table. Thank God for this, let us

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The second memorial lecture in honour of the work of renowned Melbourne ecumenist Fr Peter Cross who died in 2006 will feature theologian and Oblate priest Dr Austin Cooper as guest lecturer. Dr Cooper is an expert in the history of the Church in the

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The Brisbane's archdiocese's World Youth Day website recently under went a further revamp and has a strong focus on its Days in the Diocese program leading up to the main event in Sydney. A major highlight of the program is the Heart of the City event

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Pope to Ballina?

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The northern New South Wales town of Ballina is buzzing with rumours that Pope Benedict may spend his three day break there prior to World Youth Day. The Northern Star reports a friend of Pope Benedict, Vienna Cardinal Christophe Schonborn will also

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The federal government will introduce last minute legislation next week to prevent low paid Church and charity workers from losing family tax entitlements. The Sydney Morning Herald reports changes to salary sacrificing laws that were to begin on July

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Major tourist resort, Byron Bay, will be without a regular Sunday Mass from this weekend after Lismore Bishop Geoffrey Jarrett announced the amalgamation of parishes in the whole Byron shire. Byron News reports a crippling shortage of priests has

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They started slashing at everybody in the house and they assumed that nobody was still alive. It's true nobody seemed to be alive, since I was also covered in blood. Up to now I didn't know if I was dead or alive. I am beginning to feel worthless. I

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A film of quiet intensity, hard edged charm and surprising revelations, The Band's Visit straddles comedy and drama with ease as it peers into the hearts and minds of a random group of people thrown together by fate. The undercurrents of cultural difference

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Now a Catholic, Norma McCorvey, who was the plaintiff in the US Supreme Court case that legalised abortion, is to appear in a TV commercial in which she laments her role in the case. Cathlic News Agency reports in the new commercial McCorvey says,

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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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