Four German dairy farmers are riding their tractors into Rome on a pilgrimage to see the Pope, hoping to gain support for dairy farming communities suffering from severe price slumps. The men, two of whom are Catholic, hope the 1,800 kilometre, 9

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I can't help wondering if the mail bags going to Rome were extra heavy a few weeks ago after the funeral of a well known surgeon in St Mary's Cathedral in Sydney. Surely the "vigilantes" who shoot letters of complaint off to Rome at the

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Red Cliff is not really a war film, it is a warfare film. It is battles, strategy and it is tactics. And, it is extraordinarily well done. Hong Kong director John Woo was a standout director of gangster thrillers in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Then

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The Victorian Government has sent extra counsellors to Geelong's Western Heights secondary college, after four current or former students committed suicide in six months. An adolescent psychologist says the Federal Government needs to invest more in

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Euthanasia campaigner Philip Nitschke was detained for an hour and questioned at Auckland airport in New Zealand, a news report said. Dr Nitschke said he was in New Zealand to hold public meetings and to launch a euthanasia drug test kit in the

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Almost 500 years ago John Calvin led the most cataclysmic revolution in the history of Christendom. Could it be that the organisation which today most closely reflects Calvin's vision is the church he sought to destroy? If so, who would be more shocked?

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The Catholic Diocese of Bunbury has launched a new website and it is a welcome surprise. It is a website with a purpose to serve as a unifying means of communication for its parishes scattered across the south-western portion of Western

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Caritas Australia said it is "alarmed" by the killing of Caritas aid worker Ricky Sukaka in Congo, and points to the growing number of victims in the African republic from increased activity of the country's army and rebel groups. Sukaka, 27,

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A man who attempted to rob the St Kevin's Catholic Church in Dee Why in September has been charged by police. Parish priest Fr John Mello (photo), who walked in on the robber, was stabbed in the arm. On Tuesday, police arrested a 33 year old Cambridge

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Actress Uma Thurman plays a Catholic nun in her latest movie "Girl Soldier", the true and tragic story of 140 Ugandan girls who were kidnapped and enslaved in 1996. According to Variety, "Girl Soldier" is based on Kathy Cook's

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Fiji's millitary regime detained key members of the country's Methodist Church, a day after a few leaders were held for questioning and released, over an annual Church conference planned for August. Commodore Frank Bainimarama's interim government

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Perth Archbishop Barry Hickey said the official opening and re-dedication of St Mary's Cathedral, Perth, will take place on Tuesday December 8, 2009, coinciding with the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. "It is expected that many Bishops from

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Catholic Superannuation and Retirement Fund (CSRF) has boosted its exposure to credit as it also looks to expand into private equity, awarding $90 million to three investment managers. The managers Colonial First State, Banquo and Wellington Asset

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The Pope is basically right about Africa.There's no evidence at all that condoms have worked as a public health intervention intended to reduce HIV infections, at the "level of population." It may well make sense for an individual to use condoms

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Idealism often leads people who belong to idealistic groups to live and work among the marginalised. In time they often feel marginalised and are seen as marginalised within the organisations to which they belong. They are said to "go native".

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Social Policy Connections and the Yarra Institute for Religion and Social Policy invite people to a forum to hear Australian moral theologian Professor Brian V Johnstone offering a Moral Reflection on the Iraq War. Professor Johnstone lectured at

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Edmund Rice Education Australia was launched by the Christian Brothers in 2007 to administer the 40 schools and colleges owned by the congregation in Australia. The move coincided with the Brothers focusing on other non-education ministries and

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Former US president Jimmy Carter and The Elders group of global leaders want an end to "harmful and discriminatory practices against women and girls" within religions, such as the exclusion of women in priesthood. "Religion and

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Using a hairdryer labeled "Reason", some American atheists are going through a "de-baptism" ceremony followed by a "de-sacrament" of crackers with peanut butter. Jennifer Gray of Columbus, Ohio, considered herself "a

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Tasmania's Archbishop Adrian Doyle is calling on Tasmanian parishioners to lobby against the Dying With Dignity Bill, saying he will make a submission to the parliamentary inquiry examining the bill. He is urging other Catholics to do the same, ABC

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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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