Every year millions of refugees escape civil war and human rights violations in search of a new homeland. Roughly 13,000 are accepted into Australia. But what happens once they arrive? This SBS TV Cutting Edge documentary provides some answers. This

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Tony Blair's sister in law and an 81 year old Catholic nun joined two peace ships organised by a Melbourne man, Michael Shaik, which broke through Israel's blockade of Gaza to deliver relief supplies. The Age reports the ships, the SS Free Gaza and

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An 81 year old retired Wollongong priest, Fr Kelvin Gerald Sharkey, has been charged with a series of sex offences dating back to the 1960's. Fr Sharkey, who now lives in Victoria, has been charged with 10 counts of indecent assault and two counts of

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A Parramatta diocese primary school has introduced "team teaching" with more than 90 students in a one class "learning space" described as the "future of learning". The Sydney Morning Herald reports John XXIII Catholic

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ACBC media delegate, Bishop Peter Ingham, has appealed to Catholic media organisations and personnel to take part in the first ever Catholic media census. "Many of us are aware of the important role played by diocesan publications, or the

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In a three page letter delivered to St Mary's parish South Brisbane over the weekend, Archbishop John Bathersby wrote that the parish is operating outside practices and policies acceptable to the Catholic Church. The Courier-Mail reports matters at

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An Italian priest who says Sophia Loren is his ideal woman is launching a beauty contest for nuns to prove that there are pretty nuns. The Times Online reports Fr Antonio Rungi, from Mondragone in the province of Caserta, near Naples, said he expected

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Most Americans are afraid of a Church that might come out of the churches, into the streets. We have separation of Church and State. We have freedom of religion, but with the condition that one never see or hear about it. Most people go to

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Catholics on Call is a program of the Chicago based Catholic Theological Union. At its base it is a website for young people contemplating a vocation in the Church, yet to describe it as such would neglect the direction it could clearly give to any person

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A fascinating glimpse into the life of a little boy and his family in Pakistan, this compelling documentary-like film using all non-actors, gives an insider's view of the terrain, the lifestyle and the Pashtun people. Australian first time writer/director

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Describing their deaths as "torture", a Catholic priest who witnessed the shooting executions of two Nigerian drug traffickers in Indonesia says it took seven minutes for them to die. News.com.au reports for seven minutes there was silence

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When Joe Biden underwent brain surgery for a life threatening aneurysm in 1988, he asked doctors whether he could tuck his rosary beads under his pillow. The six term Democratic senator from Delaware also has offered to shove his rosary down the throat of

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World Youth Day organisers have formally handed Randwick Racecourse back to the racing industry while the East Darling Harbour Barangaroo site will be handed back to the NSW government by the end of this month. The iconic racing venue was

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"Underground" Catholic Bishop Julius Jia Zhiguo of Zhengding diocese near Beijing has been detained by Chinese security forces and governments officials. UCA News quotes a local source as saying that the 73 year old bishop was resting in his

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An orphanage run by Catholic missionaries has been burnt by Hindu extremists killing one woman while another was raped, reports from India say. The International Herald Tribune quotes a senior police officer as saying the woman who died was most likely a

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A shortage of priests has started to hit the Ballarat diocese, Mr Vin Dillon, assistant to Bishop Peter Connors, says. Mr Dillon said celibacy and commitment were contributing to a decline in the number of men entering the priesthood, the Ballarat

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This French made documentary in English traces the election of the 37th President of the United States - Richard Milhous Nixon - in 1968. At the time the country was profoundly religious and political choices were accepted in the name of God and

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According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, trafficking in persons has reached "epidemic proportions" during the past decade, involving 127 countries of origin, 98 transit countries and 137 destination countries. Financial estimates

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Five hundred parishioners, many wearing stickers reading "I love the Vatican II", crammed St Mary's Church in Brisbane last night to respond to a letter from Archbishop John Bathersby while a Sunshine Coast priest has backed the parish. The

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We too, like Al-Qaeda, had our own period of history wherein we believed that error had no rights and that violence and killing could be justified in God's name. Today, happily, within all the Christian churches, that is becoming harder to justify,

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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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