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Thirty-seven priests, nuns and missionaries were killed worldwide in 2009, nearly twice as many as 2008 and a record high for a decade, the Vatican's news agency has reported. The report, published on the Fides website, lists 30 priests, two nuns, two

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Wes Anderson and Roald Dahl? Rushmore, Steve Zissou and Willy Wonka? Yes, Anderson has directed this version of Dahl's Fantastic Mr Fox. The animation is rather old-style and direct. The plot has been added to and amplified. The context is now the US

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AN anthropologist will tell you that the most interesting aspects of somebody else's culture are those too obvious and taken for granted to require explanation. Indeed, they are so taken for granted that when called on to explain them, we are lost for

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Bishop Mariano Crociata --- A leading Italian Bishop has criticised Sunday homilies as boring, uninspired and unpalatable. Bishop Mariano Crociata urged priests to pay more attention to their homilies, acknowledging that the minds of

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The costs of education have risen broadly across states on the Eastern seaboard, with expenses in Melbourne soaring by up to 75 percent in a decade. In addition, fees at top Tasmanian private schools will rise this year by up to 8 percent,

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Nowhere Man was a popular Beatles' song. Nowhere Boy is the story of the boyhood and adolescence of John Lennon. The appeal of this film probably depends on your interest in John Lennon's personal story as background to his music, his writings

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In the Autumn of 1987, during one of his many meetings with the Jewish community, Pope John Paul II gave an important speech on the Roman Catholic Church and the Holocaust. Recalling “the strong, unequivocal efforts of the Popes against

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A row has erupted between two Roman Catholic leaders over a visit to the controversial Medjugorje shrine to the Virgin Mary in Bosnia. Bishop Ratko Peric of Mostar in Bosnia has criticised Cardinal Christoph Schonborn, the Archbishop of Vienna, over a

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Rockhampton Bishop Brian Heenan is standing by a public appeal to raise $6 million for restoration work on the city's Saint Joseph's Cathedral. "I don't believe it's a waste of money but I respect people not supporting the project," he was

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The practice by some ultra-Orthodox Jews of spitting at priests, nuns and other Christian clergy has been denounced in a statement by the Israeli Embassy to the Holy See. The Jerusalem Post recently quoted Rabbi David Rosen, a veteran of

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Last year more than 2.24 million people spent time with Pope Benedict XVI in one form or another. The total figure included those who attendied a weekly general audience with Pope Benedict XVI, or a special audience with him, being present at

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Inside a plain stone building that was once a Catholic convent in the centre of Epinay-Sous-Senart, a dozen black-robed seminarians struggle over French theological phrases. The nuns are long gone, their Catholic crucifixes replaced by Russian

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The Catholic Book Club on the America magazine online site contains well-written and thoughtful reviews on subjects ranging from rethinking Jesus to the future of the Church. www.americamagazine.org/content/catholic-book-club.cfm

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Around 2,500 Chinese Catholics have braved freezing conditions to pay their last respects to "underground" Bishop Leo Yao Liang of Xiwanzi, who had spent almost 30 years of his life behind bars. Vatican-approved Coadjutor Bishop Yao, whom

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South Australian Social Inclusion Commissioner Monsignor David Cappo has called for a revision of the Federal Government's approach to homelessness. The commonwealth's plan to reduce homelessness by 20 percent by 2013 and halve the problem by

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Ballarat Bishop Peter Connors has given a directive that priests can cancel weekday or weekend masses when the Country Fire Authority issues a catastrophic fire danger warning. The Ballarat diocese is believed to be the first in Victoria to

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Representatives from the Baptist World Alliance have hold annual meetings with counterparts from the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. Last year's meeting, held in Rome in December, took up the question of

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Father Bob Maguire --- Melbourne priest Father Bob Maguire and suburban youth worker Les Twentyman are urging the person behind the stabbing murder of Indian student Nitin Garg to surrender to them. "We could act as

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Jacques Mesrine (the s is silent and Mesrine became upset when people pronounced it wrongly) was a famous criminal in his time, the 1960s and 1970s in France and in Quebec. However, these two companion films about him - Killer

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The Malaysian Catholic Herald weekly has agreed not to  use the word "Allah" for God in its Malay-language pages until a government appeal on the matter is finalised. The decision follows a request by the country's Attorney-General

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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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