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Southern Philippines Bishop Martin Jumoad says he has received a letter threatening him with harm if he does not convert to Islam or pay Islamic taxes. Bishop Jumoad of Isabela also told the Asian church news agency UCA News that he got text messages

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This week on The Ark presenter Rachael Kohn talks with Associate Professor for Medieval Studies at the University of Sydney, John Pryor about documents which shed new light on the persecution of the Knights Templar that rehabilitates the image of the

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New South Wales Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione says that Sydney's crime rate during the World Youth Day week was the lowest it has been in a long time. Zenit reports Mr Scipione attributed the drop to the presence of the pilgrims and a general

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According to the teaching of the Gospel, we are not owners but rather administrators of the goods we possess. These are not to be considered as our exclusive possession, but means through which the Lord calls each one of us to act as a steward of His

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Some baffled journalists described it as a Catholic Woodstock – the 1969 orgy of, drugs and sex and rock 'n roll which became an iconic moment for baby boomers. But 40 years later, the world has moved in an unexpected direction. WYD, the biggest youth

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Over 500 Papua New Guinea WYD pilgrims were stranded in Sydney yesterday with another 400 Solomon Islanders arriving unexpectedly in Brisbane after their flights home were cancelled. The Courier-Mail reports that 200 World Youth Day pilgrims were to

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Saying that scores of beds in suburban hospitals go empty each day, Catholic Health Australia CEO Martin Laverty has proposed a "brokering service" to ensure better use of available beds. Patients awaiting urgent care at choked hospitals

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Maltese Archbishop Paul Cremona, now in Mackay Queensland following World Youth Day, has brought with him a relic reputed to be the arm of St Paul. The Daily Mercury reports the Archbishop of Malta was the guardian of a historical relic a piece of St

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An olive tree on the Mount of Beatitudes blessed by Pope John II is the only one producing olives this year, according to the forester at the site. Catholic Online reports in the Jubilee Year of 2000, Pope John Paul II made a pilgrimage to the Holy

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Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples head, Cardinal Ivan Dias, has described turmoil in the Anglican Communion as "spiritual Alzheimer's" and "ecclesial Parkinson's", angering charities working with sufferers of those

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Vatican Cardinal Giovanni Lajolo has blessed the headquarters of the city state's newly created Department of Health and Welfare. Catholic News Service reports that Cardinal Lajolo, president of the commission governing Vatican territory, presided

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In most cases, suicide, like any terminal illness, takes a person out of life against his or her will. The death is not freely chosen, but is an illness, far from an act of free will. In most instances, suicide is a desperate attempt to end unendurable

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Movies make us laugh with their inanity, shock us with their brutality and impress us with their ability to transport us to another time and place. They also, as Catholics in the Movies seeks to demonstrate, can serve as historic signposts that mark the

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I am not lauding the 1800's as a paradise for women. Nor do I think any girl should be silent about herself or her feelings. What is disturbing, however, are the constraints under which girls struggle to develop and flourish today. Many girls now seem

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Catholic Church Television Australia (CCTVA) is an office with the Australian Catholic Office for Film and Broadcasting. It is mandated to produce, schedule, administer and develop television programs for Aurora Community Television. Its

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After Australian authorities refused visas for most Iraqi pilgrims, the country's Chaldean Catholic bishops decided to organised their own World Youth Day program in northern Iraq. Catholic News Service reports the bishops organised processions,

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Melbourne priest Fr Anthony Guelen says that the media has unfairly linked the large majority of innocent priests with child abuse. The Dandenong priest who is celebrating 50 years as a priest said he was glad that Pope Benedict XVI this week

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A sex abuse assessment and treatment facility which has treated over 1,000 clergy is now down to a single volunteer after funding was cut. The Sydney Morning Herald reports the Catholic Church's Encompass facility this month consists of one volunteer

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A Victorian Supreme Court has authorised the sale of the well known Limerick Arms hotel in South Melbourne which was part of an estate left to Catholic orphanages in 1937. The Herald-Sun reports the hotel in Clarendon St, South Melbourne was left to a

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Schools have come to the rescue of Papua New Guinea pilgrims stranded on the Gold Coast. The Gold Coast Bulletin reports that 200 World Youth Day pilgrims stayed at Marymount Catholic College on the Gold Coast. The pilgrims were due to fly home

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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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