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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An American biology professor has called on people to send him consecrated hosts that he plans to publicly desecrate. The Washington Times reports an anti-religion Minnesota biology professor expects to receive dozens of consecrated Communion wafers

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Investor and founder of the religious equivalent of the Nobel Peace Prize, Sir John Marks Templeton, has died aged 95. Sir John died on July 8 of pneumonia at Doctors Hospital in Nassau, Bahamas, according to the John Templeton Foundation website,

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Countless young people throughout the world have rediscovered their faith through a World Youth Day experience. There are also many who have found their vocation—either to marriage, the priesthood or religious life. My hope and prayer is that similar

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Will WYD change Australian Catholicism? Personally, I doubt it. It will do nothing to confront the deep seated problems that Australian Catholicism faces. Fundamental structural change doesn't happen through big events but through deep reflection, careful

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The Catholic Bushwalking Club of NSW has over 400 members and marked its 65th year in 2008. The club holds regular weekend and mid-week walks and like Catholic bushwalking groups in other states, its purposes vary from fostering an appreciation of a

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On the occasion of Pope Benedict XVI's World Youth Day visit, Geraldine Doogue in a two part Compass special examines thorny issues facing the Catholic Church in Australia: the crisis in the priesthood, and the role of women in the Church. In the first

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//Over 1,500 responses to a recent CathNews reader survey was an amazing result and a ringing endorsement of the service provided by the newsletter to Australian Catholics, according to the Executive Director of Church Resources, Fr Michael Kelly. Fr

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"No western country is producing enough babies for a stable population," Sydney Cardinal George Pell said yesterday. The Sydney Morning Herald quotes Cardinal Pell as saying that Australians were tempted to believe they could have a strong,

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Brazilian liberation theologians Leonardo and Fr Clodovis Boff have split after the latter published an article critical of what he describes as "the principal error" of liberation theology. Chiesa reports the first blow fell a few months

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Adelaide Archbishop and ACBC President Philip Wilson says that the effects of climate change are clear to pastors in his diocese and that action is needed so "we learn to live in this land". "We're not looking to enter into the debate

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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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