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Describing them as an "invisible workforce", retired Melbourne Bishop Hilton Deakin has backed a campaign for wage increases by cleaners who are considering going on strike. Melbourne office workers could be swimming in trash in the coming

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One of the great truths of life is that everyone loves rights. We love them when we have them. But we particularly love them when we can loftily confer them on somebody else. So satisfying. The problem is that being a rights-giver carries its own

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St Paul did not invent Christianity, Pope Benedict said Wednesday in his General Audience talk, noting the Apostle's relationship with the Twelve and with Peter. The importance that Paul gave in his letters to sacred Tradition proves false the claim

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Plans by a fertility company to resume research to obtain stem cells from cloned human embryos are "repulsive and futile", the organisation Australians for Ethical Stem Cell Research says. AESCR director, Dr David van Gend, said the heart

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The only real growth registered in the current financial crisis has been "the commissions, profits of the banks and bonuses for the managers," Italian economist Ettore Gotti Tedeschi says in an article in Vatican newspaper, L'Osservatore

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Retired Sydney Bishop Geoffrey Robinson's controversial book, Confronting Power and Sex in the Catholic Church, has now sold 10,000 copies in Australia, its publisher says. The book has sold 10,000 copies in Australia since publication in September

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Australian Christian Brothers have introduced new programs in the Philippines and in Kenya for high school aged teenagers who have dropped out of school. The Catholic Weekly reports the Christian Brothers have two communities in the Philippines - one

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Hanoi authorities have failed to keep their promises to the parish of Thai Ha, the provincial of the Redemptorists in Vietnam says. AsiaNews reports that Fr Vincent Nguyen Trung Thanh says he tried to engage authorities in a dialogue in order to solve

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Pope Benedict has requested the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to draw up new guidelines for the recognition of claims of apparitions of Our Lady. The Times Online reports the Pope has asked Monsignor Luis Francisco Ladaria Ferrer, a Spanish

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Parishioners at a Kuala Lumpur parish are holding a vigil for a Member of Parliament and practising Catholic, Teresa Kok, who has been detained under the country's Internal Security Act. Malaysia Today reports Catholic parishes are organising vigils

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The arrival of 250,000 World Youth Day pilgrims from over 100 countries may be to blame for exotic strains of flu circulating in Australia, a medical researcher says. The Daily Telegraph reports nurses are reporting high rates of virulent infections

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Speaking to French bishops in Paris, Pope Benedict has warned of the dangers of a growing split over the use of the traditional Latin Mass and appealed for tolerance. The International Herald Tribune reports that Pope Benedict told French bishops that

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In this philosophically intelligent but sociologically naive book the American philosopher Austin Dacey argues against the expulsion of belief, whether or not religious, from the public sphere, and against subjectivist theories of ethics making that

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Archbishop John Bathersby has announced a year long celebration for the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Archdiocese of Brisbane. The Catholic Leader reports the celebration will begin on the first Sunday of Advent 2008 (November 30).

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There's no doubt that the Genesis edict to "subdue the earth and multiply" has been taken to heart and acted upon by homo sapiens with great gusto. A global population of one billion at the start of the 20th century has risen to six and a half and

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In his ministry on earth, Jesus included rather than excluded people. Shepherds, women, publicans, sinners, people from other countries - all found a place in the heart of Jesus. The outcast Samaritan was the only one of the 10 cured lepers who returned to

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Brisbane's burgeoning baby boom post-World War II provided one of the impetuses for the creation of Padua College, a Catholic boys day college for Year 5 to 12, in the city's northern suburbs in 1956. Since this time the college, under the care of the

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Three former St Stanislas College Bathurst priests have pleaded not guilty to a total of 125 abuse related charges while their lawyer has described media publicity given to the case as a "witch hunt". The Daily Telegraph reports Brian

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Addressing French bishops in Lourdes, Pope Benedict reaffirmed the Church could not recognise "irregular unions" of Catholics who divorce and remarry outside the Church. "Initiatives aimed at blessing irregular unions cannot be

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Christian-Hindu tension has gripped the southern Indian state of Karnataka after Christians protested attacks on local churches and religious communities. UCA News reports Hindu groups have claimed responsibility for September 14 attacks on 15

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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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All your daily readings, reflections and prayers can be found here... 

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