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Vatican Cardinal Giovanni Lajolo has blessed the headquarters of the city state's newly created Department of Health and Welfare. Catholic News Service reports that Cardinal Lajolo, president of the commission governing Vatican territory, presided

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In most cases, suicide, like any terminal illness, takes a person out of life against his or her will. The death is not freely chosen, but is an illness, far from an act of free will. In most instances, suicide is a desperate attempt to end unendurable

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Movies make us laugh with their inanity, shock us with their brutality and impress us with their ability to transport us to another time and place. They also, as Catholics in the Movies seeks to demonstrate, can serve as historic signposts that mark the

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I am not lauding the 1800's as a paradise for women. Nor do I think any girl should be silent about herself or her feelings. What is disturbing, however, are the constraints under which girls struggle to develop and flourish today. Many girls now seem

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Catholic Church Television Australia (CCTVA) is an office with the Australian Catholic Office for Film and Broadcasting. It is mandated to produce, schedule, administer and develop television programs for Aurora Community Television. Its

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After Australian authorities refused visas for most Iraqi pilgrims, the country's Chaldean Catholic bishops decided to organised their own World Youth Day program in northern Iraq. Catholic News Service reports the bishops organised processions,

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Melbourne priest Fr Anthony Guelen says that the media has unfairly linked the large majority of innocent priests with child abuse. The Dandenong priest who is celebrating 50 years as a priest said he was glad that Pope Benedict XVI this week

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A sex abuse assessment and treatment facility which has treated over 1,000 clergy is now down to a single volunteer after funding was cut. The Sydney Morning Herald reports the Catholic Church's Encompass facility this month consists of one volunteer

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A Victorian Supreme Court has authorised the sale of the well known Limerick Arms hotel in South Melbourne which was part of an estate left to Catholic orphanages in 1937. The Herald-Sun reports the hotel in Clarendon St, South Melbourne was left to a

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Schools have come to the rescue of Papua New Guinea pilgrims stranded on the Gold Coast. The Gold Coast Bulletin reports that 200 World Youth Day pilgrims stayed at Marymount Catholic College on the Gold Coast. The pilgrims were due to fly home

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The glorious indigenous drawings of the Stations of Cross spread throughout this website, is a reason enough for a visit. They are simply beautiful. Drawn by artist Richard Campbell, they are literally the backbone of this new site for the Aboriginal

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The Savages is about middle aged children coping with their father's decline, the problems of moving him into a care institution, how to overcome their past hostilities, spending time with their father while coping with their own problems. Many people face

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New fighting and bombing in northern Sri Lanka has forced tens of thousands of refugees to seek shelter in the jungle and the local Catholic Church has again moved the statue of Our Lady of Madhuto the local bishop's house. AsiaNews reports the

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Aboard his recent flight en route to Sydney Pope Benedict XVI in response to a question about the issue of sexual abuse by Australian clergy, referred to three dimensions of the issue, one of which concerned a failure in the education of clergy. Here

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Cardinal Pell has recently drawn our attention to what he perceives as a crisis in the Western World. He feels falling fertility, increasing divorce rates and serial monogamy threaten the social, economic and religious viability of societies like

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Catholic Social Services head, Frank Quinlan, says last week's $21.66 Federal Minimum Wage increase will merely cover recent CPI increases for minimum wage workers but other workers will receive a much less significant increase. In a submission to the

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Following a mid-flight media conference in which he exhorted young people to take responsibility for the environment, Pope Benedict arrived in Sydney yesterday after a brief stopover in Darwin. The Sydney Morning Herald reports in an Italian language

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The USA once again topped contributions to the annual Peter's Pence collection in 2007 but the weak American dollar led the Vatican to a $US14.3 million operating loss. MacedoniaOnline reports that almost a quarter of the $US79.8million worth of

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Chaldean Iraqi Bishop Philip Najim has accused the Australian government officials of "mistrust and bureaucracy" in approving only 30 out of over 170 visa applications for World Youth Day. Catholic News Agency reports the Australian

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A 73 year old US nun, Sr Barbara Markey, has been sentenced to three years jail for embezzling up to $800,000 from the Archdiocese of Omaha. Douglas County District Judge Thomas Otepka sentenced Sr Markey to three to five years in prison after she

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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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