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Quarantining welfare payments in indigenous communities fails to address the real issues putting children at risk and undermines people's sense of responsibility, according to Catholic Social Services Australia Executive Director, Frank Quinlan.

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Pontifical Council on Christian Unity head, Cardinal Walter Kasper, has warned the Anglican Church that it "must clarify its identity" and make "difficult decisions" ahead of its forthcoming Lambeth Conference. Catholic News Agency

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The Vatican website has introduced a section in Latin which will publish the official original editions of pontifical documents. The BBC reports the Catholic Church, for centuries a bastion of Latin usage, has given the ancient tongue a 21st Century

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Australian Catholic University has announced that starting in 2009 it will base its selection of students on their involvement in cultural, sporting and religious activities including volunteering as well as on academic performance. The Sydney Morning

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Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart has attacked the Victorian government for its failure to increase funding for Catholic schools while boosting support for public schools by $1.3 billion and raising state teachers' annual salaries by $5,000. The Age

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Since Pope John Paul II launched World Youth Day 22 years ago, it has become the Olympic Games of world religion, the largest and most complex spiritual event held on a recurring basis across the globe. One part worship and one part Woodstock, the youth

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Without other standards of human flourishing to counteract those communicated on billboards and in advertising, the young members of some communities are deprived of all sources of self-esteem and respect. Unable to hope for those signs of success which the

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A television program devoted to showcasing people living with a disability is indeed a rare find in our commercialised world and its quest for perfection. No Limits looks at living life to the fullest with a disability, featuring stories about workshops

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May is a month of devotion to Our Lady often best expressed through the Rosary. This website is encouraging people not just to pray the Rosary in their homes, but to take the pray with others to the street. The Australia Needs Fatima organisation is

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At least two priests and several sisters are among the ten of thousands of Burmese killed by Cyclone Nargis, a Salesian priest says, with many churches and related projects also badly damaged.  Salesian provincial for Myanmar, Fr Joaquim Ye

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As Israel nears the 60th anniversary of its foundation, Pope has recognised its legitimate security and defence needs but called on the middle eastern state to lift travel restrictions on Christians in the Holy Land. The International Herald Tribune

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Retired Sydney auxiliary Bishop Geoffrey Robinson is "uncertain" about Christ's authority and knowledge and his recently published book "casts doubt" on Church teaching, according to a statement by the Australian Catholic bishops.

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Western Australian Therese Temby has been appointed as the new chair of the National Catholic Education Commission to replace long serving Monsignor Tom Doyle who has retired after 35 years in Catholic education. "We are fortunate to have Mrs

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Three Catholic dioceses in the southern Philippines province of Mindanao are mobilising their flocks for a protest against a mine in which an Australian company is a junior partner. The Philippines Sun-Star reports the dioceses are planning another

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We only really grasp the essence of another after he or she has gone away. When someone leaves us physically, we are given the chance to receive their presence in a deeper way. And the pain and heartache we feel in the farewell are birth pangs, the

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The insertion of long acting contraceptives into the bodies of young girls does not protect them from sexual abuse. It sets them up for greater exploitation. A quick contraceptive fix does nothing to stop men who see an opportunity for easy sex with

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Then She Found Me is a modest film which keeps the focus on deeply flawed characters trying to find the secret to happiness. By the film's end it presents answers that most Christians know are popular but in the long term quite inadequate. This is a

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Toowoomba Catholic Education's website provides a range of information associated with the operations of the 35 schools and some 9,000 students in systemic Catholic schools throughout southern Queensland. While the organisation may have

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In an address marking the 40th anniversary of Humanae Vitae, Pope Benedict has reaffirmed the "intrinsic value" of Church teaching while Cherie Blair, Catholic wife of former British PM Tony Blair, has revealed that the couple's seven year old son

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Catholic Mission has thanked Australians for their continued generosity and compassion in trying economic times as it raised a record $14.1 million in the past 12 months. It is the sixth year in a row the organisation has surpassed the funds raised in the

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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

All your daily readings, reflections and prayers can be found here... 

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