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Former British Prime Minister and Catholic convert Tony Blair says that he married his wife Cherie against the wishes of his staunchly Protestant dying grandmother. The Times of India reports that 55 year old Blair said that his grandmother Sarah

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In a decision described by a Catholic politician as the "first state homicide", Italy's highest court has authorised doctors to switch off the life support system for Eluana Englaro who has been in a coma for 16 years. ANSA reports the

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Through the revelation of discovering my faith, I am shocked at how much I had been dragging myself through the mud into a bottomless pit of unhappiness, not fulfilling my true potential as a human being and as a woman. I am continually dumbfounded by

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This Sunday's edition of Compass features Bishop Chris Toohey. He is acutely aware of climate change as his western NSW diocese of Wilcannia-Forbes is the size of France and in the grip of deep drought. Bishop Toohey chairs Catholic Earthcare.

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De La Salle Brother Peter Bray from the District of Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea has been appointed Vice Chancellor of Bethlehem University. Br Bray will take up the appointment at the specific request of the De La Salle Brothers' Head

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Family planning isn’t something that we talk about on a daily basis. There’s a "yuck" factor involved talking about bodily fluids. The idea of not using birth control or condoms for family planning is often derided as silly and

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The Digital Nun is a website and blog run by Sr Judy Connor, a Sister of the Divine Providence congregation in the United States. The site mainly features the personal reflections of Sr Judy but it also receives comments on her contributions. The main

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Indigenous leaders from Australia and the Pacific have called on Australia to show leadership on climate change and Australian religious leaders are also mobilising on the issue. At a Sydney conference last week, the indigenous leaders called on

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Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has opened the new Vinnies sponsored Ozanam Learning Centre in Woolloomoloo, Sydney, which aims to empower and equip homeless people in a transition back to "sustainable independent living". Mr Rudd says a new

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Canberra Archbishop Mark Coleridge has hosted a send off for new Australian ambassador to the Holy See, former Deputy Prime Minister Tim Fischer. He might be just as comfortable in a country pub, but Mr Fischer can expect a drastic change of scenery

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The newly formed Conference of Josephite Leaders has held its first meeting along the way to a "healing of the separation of their history." The Sisters of St Joseph have been engaged in the healing of the separation of their history for many

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ACBC immigration spokesman Bishop Joseph Grech has called for a review of immigration procedures following a government decision to deny a German doctor permanent residency because his son has Down's Syndrome. Bishop Joseph Grech said the case had

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Marist College Rosalie in Brisbane's inner west which is to close at the end of this year after a controversial decision by Archbishop John Bathersby will be transformed into a teachers' training centre. It was the first Marist Brothers' school in

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Brisbane priest Fr Tim Harris, who has just visited two former parishioners, convicted drug mules, Scott Rush and Michael Czugaj, says that the death penalty is not the answer for drug traffickers or for the Bali bombers. Fr Harris said that the Rudd

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Caritas Internationalis has launched an appeal for peace and for aid to be delivered to the crisis torn east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Independent Catholic News reports the humanitarian crisis there has escalated dramatically in the past

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All Saints Day "rekindles the desire to be united forever with the family of saints," Pope Benedict said, citing the line "Lord how I want to be in that number, when the saints go marching in" from the New Orleans spiritual classic.

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Australia's bishops have launched a "comprehensive strategy" to support women who find themselves facing an unexpected pregnancy.  A powerful new DVD, featuring the personal stories of two young women faced with an unexpected pregnancy,

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Brisbane Archbishop John Bathersby has written to the administrator of St Mary's in South Brisbane threatening to start "a formal process" to address the situation if changes are not made by December 1. The Australian reports the parish

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Of the 30 groups who are currently members of West London Citizens, 27 are based in faith communities. Why is it that people of faith are more likely to feel strongly about and act on the issues that WLC campaigns for? London Citizens are a grassroots

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More often than not, this is the way that I find God (or God finds me). Not among the noise or the clatter of life, but in paying attention to the world that he has made. The creation always reveals something of God, just as the character of an artist is

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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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