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Two victims of clerical sex abuse who took part in a private Mass celebration with Pope Benedict yesterday welcomed the meeting saying they were moved by the pontiff's compassion but other victims condemned the event as a staged publicity stunt. The Age

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WYD costs totalled

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The Catholic Church's portion of the costs of hosting World Youth Day may be more than anticipated but will not result in extra levies on parishes or dioceses, Sydney Cardinal George Pell says. The Sydney Morning Herald reports out-of-pocket expenses

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The US Catholic Church is set to expand its use of the so-called "Anglican Use" provision instituted by Pope John Paul II which allows communities of Anglicans to join the Catholic Church as a bloc while retaining some of their traditions.

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Paintings by Arthur Streeton and Tom Roberts helped inspire Dural artist Paul Newton's new St Mary's Cathedral painting of Our Lady of the Southern Cross Hills News reports the Archibald Prize finalist's painting wowed World Youth Day pilgrims when

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This whole sequence of events was similar to the experience in the United States. And it doesn't surprise me that it was repeated in Australia. The Vatican says it happened after World Youth Day so it wouldn't be mixed up with celebrations. Fair point. But

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There's a sense of daring in this explosive Batman film, in which we constantly feel on edge, aware of impending risks and the fact that there is something to lose. Writer director Christopher Nolan is as firmly in control of this stupendous blockbuster

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St Andrew's Catholic College is situated in the Redlynch Valley in the northern parts of Cairns. The P to 12 college was closed yesterday after a suspected deliberately lit fire destroyed a science block and the smell of smoke permeated the other buildings.

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The secularist-religious debate that has been raging – or perhaps smouldering – over the last few years, has produced some interesting fruits. One of these fruits has been the resuscitation of an idea, that ethics, how one lives one's

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An Italian animal rights group has launched an internet petition calling on Pope Benedict to stop wearing fur during religious ceremonies. Lorenzo Croce, chairman of the Italian Association for the Defence of Animals and the Environment (AIDAA),

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Former Coalition Foreign Minister Alexander Downer says the Rudd Federal Government's decision to appoint a full time resident ambassador to the Vatican "has merit". The Age quotes Mr Downer as saying appointing Tim Fischer as Australia's

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China is recruiting overseas priests to help say Mass for visitors to next month's Beijing's Olympics while 100,000 bibles embossed with the Games logo have also been printed. Xinhua quotes Beijing's Catholic sources as saying that the capital's major

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Model Lara Bingle and her fiancee Test cricketer Michael Clarke will attend a Brisbane Catholic school fete next weekend but some children's parents are shouldering arms at the $50 fee for a photo with the Australian batsman. News.com.au reports

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Southern Philippines Bishop Martin Jumoad says he has received a letter threatening him with harm if he does not convert to Islam or pay Islamic taxes. Bishop Jumoad of Isabela also told the Asian church news agency UCA News that he got text messages

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This week on The Ark presenter Rachael Kohn talks with Associate Professor for Medieval Studies at the University of Sydney, John Pryor about documents which shed new light on the persecution of the Knights Templar that rehabilitates the image of the

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New South Wales Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione says that Sydney's crime rate during the World Youth Day week was the lowest it has been in a long time. Zenit reports Mr Scipione attributed the drop to the presence of the pilgrims and a general

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According to the teaching of the Gospel, we are not owners but rather administrators of the goods we possess. These are not to be considered as our exclusive possession, but means through which the Lord calls each one of us to act as a steward of His

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Some baffled journalists described it as a Catholic Woodstock – the 1969 orgy of, drugs and sex and rock 'n roll which became an iconic moment for baby boomers. But 40 years later, the world has moved in an unexpected direction. WYD, the biggest youth

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Over 500 Papua New Guinea WYD pilgrims were stranded in Sydney yesterday with another 400 Solomon Islanders arriving unexpectedly in Brisbane after their flights home were cancelled. The Courier-Mail reports that 200 World Youth Day pilgrims were to

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Saying that scores of beds in suburban hospitals go empty each day, Catholic Health Australia CEO Martin Laverty has proposed a "brokering service" to ensure better use of available beds. Patients awaiting urgent care at choked hospitals

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Maltese Archbishop Paul Cremona, now in Mackay Queensland following World Youth Day, has brought with him a relic reputed to be the arm of St Paul. The Daily Mercury reports the Archbishop of Malta was the guardian of a historical relic a piece of St

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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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