Sister Magali has seen many profound changes in the half a century she has spent in outback Australia, living side by side with Aboriginal communities in fringe camps, Third World style reserves, and "out country". Yet the 73 year old Little

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The Australian Council of Christians and Jews was inaugurated in December 1991. Its website provides an excellent summary of the Jewish and Christian communities in Australia and the steps being taken on improving relations between the two

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Rockhampton Bishop Brian Heenan says he is standing by Fr Kevin Phillips, who has pleaded not guilty to charges over alleged incidents at St Stanislaus College, Bathurst, in 1990, but the priest has been relieved of his duties until the case is resolved.

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Australian Catholic University has awarded its highest honour to Melbourne's Newman College Rector, Fr Bill Uren in recognition of his work in the area of bioethics. Fr Uren is a graduate of the Universities of Melbourne, Sydney and Oxford and of the

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Canberra-Goulburn Auxiliary Bishop Pat Power has appealed to Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to intervene on behalf of the civilian Tamil population in Sri Lanka. Bishop Power gathered with supporters of the Tamil people in the foyer of Parliament House

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Women may be allowed to join the Vatican's exclusive Swiss Guard, Commander Daniel Anrig has told Italian TV. "I can imagine them for one role or another," Anrig said. Historically, the 500 year old force, devoted to protecting the pope,

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Catholic Social Services chief Frank Quinlan has described a mooted crackdown on fringe benefits for the not-for-profit sector as "a fundamental attack on wages and conditions of employees who are already often being paid below market rates."

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Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity chief, Cardinal Walter Kasper, has slated Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, warning that he should behave with "seriousness and sobriety".  Berlusconi, who is embroiled in a

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Deaf Sentence tries to tie poignant reflections on ageing, loss and death into a comedy of manners. It's not an attempt that ever feels likely to come off, and the clash between the two modes is fully brought out by the time we reach the novel's

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The idea that God might use natural disasters to punish people for general sinfulness or particular sins is repugnant. But at first glance the Scriptures, particularly the Old Testament, do seem to represent God as doing just that. This tension bears

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Understanding a "contemporary" Mary invites renewed appreciation of Vatican II's concern with divesting her of pious distortions accrued from exaggerated, superstitious and even goddess influences. These had for centuries so idealised Mary as to

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The Australian Catholic Council for Clergy Life and Ministry is concerned with both the "life" and the "ministry" of those who are ordained. The Council's view is all who minister must continue to live and grow as mature Christians and

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Israel President Shimon Peres is pressing his government to cede sovereignty over key Christian holy sites to the Vatican, reports say. Peres is lobbying Israel's interior minister, Eli Yishai, to cede control of the sites to the Catholic Church,

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Mary MacKillop may be canonised within 18 months with her second miracle expected to be approved by the Vatican within a few weeks. During the National Catholic Media Congress in Sydney, Canonisation Committee Project Manager Sr Judith Sippel said

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L'Osservatore Romano reviewers have judged that Ron Howard's film Angels & Demons is commercial and inaccurate but ultimately "harmless'' entertainment. The Vatican paper ran a review and an editorial in Wednesday's edition, critiquing the

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Pope Benedict leaves for Israel today on his long anticipated Middle East tour that will also take him to Jordan. The trip is designed along the lines of Pope John Paul II's historic pilgrimage in 2000 to Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian

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Irish singing trio The Priests drew a record crowd of young people to a Parramatta pub this week for a session of Theology on Tap. Fr David Delargy, and brothers Fr Eugene and Fr Martin O'Hagan, who have sold more than a million copies of their self

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National human rights charter consultancy head, Jesuit Fr Frank Brennan, will today move to dispel concerns by some church leaders that the charter could entail the introduction of federal religious vilification laws. Fr Brennan will tell the

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The Christian's resurrection hope is not for heaven but for new heavens and a new earth. The resurrection gives us the kind of love and hope that is only possible when we believe that a different world is possible, that history is going somewhere under

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While some local Arabs welcome Pope Benedict's five day pilgrimage to Israel and the Palestinian territories, others are adamantly against both the timing and the itinerary. Regardless of these aspects, many see the visit as improving Jewish-Catholic

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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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