The Christmas experience highlights that more than 130 years after the original 1872 legislation set up the first "secular, compulsory and free" state schools in Victoria, the role of religion in government primary schools is still not fully

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Since its founding in 1980, Home Hospice has provided support and knowledge to people facing an expected death to die in their homes. The organisation exists to provide a voice for these people, their carers and their personal community and family,

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Fr Joe Giacobbe and Ron Taylor have a lifelong love and understanding of thoroughbred horse racing and their book, The Spirit of Racing, beautifully illustrates this. Stories of courage, persistence and luck abound in these pages and remind us that they can

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We should not be overwhelmed by the secularisation of Christmas. The birth of Christ was very mixed with the secular. He was born in the midst of mire and muck, in a stable. People at the time had no room for him, not even in an inn, a little bit like now.

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There will be no registered nurses for nursing homes by 2025 if the current rate of decline is not addressed, a Catholic Health Australia statement has warned. According to a report released two weeks ago by Minister for Ageing Justine Elliot, at the

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Catholic groups have reacted with concern and even outrage over the Federal Government's decision to rule out deep cuts to Australia's greenhouse gas emissions before 2020. Ninesmsn reports that green groups have universally condemned the government's

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NSW police have released Vincentian leader, Fr Greg Cooney, pending further enquiries after he was arrested over events his lawyer said were alleged to have occurred while he was overseas. The Daily Telegraph reports Fr Cooney, 60, was freed pending

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The Vatican Council for Social Communications has approved an iBreviary application created by Italian priest Fr Paolo Padrini for the iPhone. Infomobile reports it brings complete missal and principal prayers in Spanish, French, English, Latin and

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The lawyer for former Iraqi foreign minister and Saddam lieutenant, Tariq Aziz, has appealed to Pope Benedict to seek his release especially over the Christmas break. "The Pope should be interested in the issue of Tareq Aziz and ask for his

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Call me old-fashioned, but my idea of community is one that welcomes, embraces and supports, not a place which feeds off its poisoned prejudices, fear and ignorance. Perhaps those who are worried about the sanctity of their back yards should take a good

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The whole truth is that this particular story is embedded in a struggle that is much larger than Roy Bourgeois. It is the story of how the Church itself will, this time, deal with the birth pangs of conscience and consciousness that mark any society in the

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City of Ember is the stuff of science fantasy and futuristic tales. It seems to be aimed at the younger audience but adults fond of this genre may well enjoy it. There is always something for the eye in the film. Children are the heroes of City of

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In an effort to bring believers "back to our senses", the Faith Ecology Network (FEN) has released a document marking the 40th anniversary of the famous Earthrise photo taken from the Apollo 8 spacecraft. "At the 40th

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Children's Daily Prayer Under the Southern Cross is an annual book of prayer for primary schools which follows the Church's liturgical year. It provides a model of prayer for school days throughout the year and students learn the liturgical year and the

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Geelong deanery has opened the Wing And A Prayer chapel, bookshop and pastoral information source in a major local shopping centre in what local priest, Fr Kevin Dillon, believes may be the first faith hub of its kind in Australia. The Geelong

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Parish priest Fr John Dobson of Caloundra on Queensland's Sunshine Coast has cancelled Midnight Mass for Christmas this year citing nuisance drunks, ageing priests and sleeping neighbours. Fr Dobson hopes his decision to stop Midnight Mass will have

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Travails for Vietnam's Catholic community continue with the Hanoi city government saying it wants to expel Redemptorists from the capital while nuns in the southern city of Vinh Long are facing a battle to save their monastery. Viet Catholic reports

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Pope Benedict XVI has announced the themes for the next three World Youth Days in order to help young Catholics better prepare for the next international gathering in Madrid in 2011. WYD 2011 will take place from August 16 to 21, 2011, in Madrid, Spain,

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The Catholic Church in Adelaide has organised a "reconciliation meeting" between the family of killed Sudanese teenager Daniel Awak and one of his alleged attackers. Lawyer, Greg Mead, asked for his client the 14 year old accused be released

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GodTube is a free video sharing website, similar to YouTube, but which specialises in Christian themed videos. It was launched in 2007 by evangelical business people from the southern states of the United States. The site motto is "find your

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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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