With the Vatican-approved Year of St Paul about to commence in days, this website run by the Missionary Society of St Paul has all the information about the year in addition to the plenary indulgence available during the commemorations for the 2,000th

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Pope Benedict has moved quickly to deny an apparently light hearted demand by divorced and remarried Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi for the Church to loosen regulations on receiving communion. The Age reports Mr Berlusconi sat in the front

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As organisers confirmed that predictions of more than 200,000 World Youth Day pilgrims will be met, contractors yesterday raised the roof structure for the altar for the papal mass at Randwick Racecourse. ABC News reports the Catholic Church says it

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Described as the woman to whom the late billionaire Kerry Packer could not say no, Sr Bernice Elphick has died and will be buried today after a funeral at Sydney's Sacred Heart Church, Darlinghurst. The Australian reports Sr Bernice Elphick, the

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The Marist Brothers have apologised to victims of sexual abuse by a former Canberra-based brother who was jailed yesterday for two years on charges dating to the 1980's. ABC News reports John William Chute will spend two years in jail for molesting

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New definitive statutes for the Neo-Catechumenal Way approved by the Holy See prohibit the taking of communion seated around a table - a traditional practice in the community. Chiesa reports the new statutes also prohibit passing the chalice from hand

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The Archdiocese of Glasgow has received an award as Scotland's first diocese to meet Fairtrade standards for its its hot drinks. Fife Councillor Mark Hood congratulated the archdiocese saying the Council should take its lead from the Church and show

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On the eve of the northern hemisphere holiday season, the Vatican has issued a set of guidelines for tourists on making their vacations more environmentally friendly. Reuters reports the Vatican has issued a set of suggestions to help tourists minimise

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The body of the daughter of a Vatican employee who disappeared 25 years ago was thrown into a cement mixer after she was murdered, a new witness claims. The Times Online reports olice this week re-opened the inquiry into the disappearance of Emanuela

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The Church would be wrong to put all its eggs in the World Youth Day basket. It needs another bout of self-examination of the sort it has done sporadically through the centuries. Now it is time to try a touch of democracy. Some relatively simple reforms

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Joseph Chamie, a former director of the United Nations Population Division now working in migration research is worried. He finds himself caught in the abortion bind. On the one hand he supports a woman's right to choose to have an abortion while on

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Some people think Adam Sandler is funny. Then there is the rest of the civilised world. The first group may see You Don't Mess With the Zohan as a riotously funny spoof of Middle Eastern racial conflicts, with Sandler playing an Israeli counter-terrorist

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LiturgyHelp.com is a commercial website offering a subscription based service for parishes, schools and other Church agencies for Lectionary based liturgical and catechetical resources. Its service claims to assist key ministries to better prepare for

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A Singaporean woman who claims to be suffering from post trauma stress disorder following an exorcism has sued a priest for damages over the affair. Today Online reports the long running saga resumed in Singapore's High Court after a seven month

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Vatican art critics want to see more images of Mary breastfeeding the baby Jesus as a sign that God "truly became flesh". The Daily Mail quotes an article in L'Osservatore Romano as declaring that it is time to undo four centuries of Church

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The Holy See has offered the Society of St Pius X founded by the late Vatican II rebel Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre the possibility of its own personal prelature if it accepts five conditions for a return to communion with Rome, European reports say.

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Stands selling liturgical lace, incense and bibles are sharing floor space with others spruiking heated pews and confessionals at a Sacred Expo in Poland this week. From communion wine to cassocks, rosaries to pews, marble altars and life size statues

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Taiwan's foreign ministry enlisted the help of the Vatican this week to "correct" the name of Taiwan which is reportedly listed as a "province of China" on the World Youth Day website. According to Radio Taiwan International,

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The problem for the Labor Government is they have inherited a community sector facing many challenges. Demand for services has never been higher. Competition for staff has never been greater. The long term impact of competitive tendering during the past 20

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As he grew up, Mugabe got his sense of who he was from mother. She left him in no doubt that he was to be the achiever who rose above everyone else; the leader chosen by God Himself. She may also have viewed him as a substitute for her own failure to serve

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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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