Richard Dawkins --- Prominent atheists Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens have asked human rights lawyers to produce a case for charging Benedict XVI over alleged cover-up of sexual abuse. Dawkins wants to have the Pope arrested during his state visit

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A positive and negative image of the Shroud of Turin. Photo taken in 1898 by Secondo Pia (1855-1941), reportedly the first photo taken of the relic. --- The Shroud of Turin has gone on public display for the first time in a

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In his Easter message, Cardinal George Pell made an oblique reference to sexual abuse in the Church when he referred to 'Christian failures to live up to Christian standards' and 'too many scandals and many victims'. There is no doubt that most Australians

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If I said that “relationships take work,” most people would roll their eyes. That’s so obvious to all of us in 2010 that it barely counts as advice. With thousands of relationship self-help guides in print, daytime talk shows featuring advice on

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Alert to all devotees of Hagar the Horrible and his family - and wider audiences beyond. This is a very entertaining film. While the village of Berk, somewhere up there beyond Scandinavia, is not that of Hagar, it looks as if it could be. And fans of 'Another

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Posted this week by the Vatican in reponse to the church's sex abuse crisis, this guide provides a clear explanation of how the Church wants members of the clergy to deal with new cases. It sets out for everyone the degrees of complexity and judgment

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Anglican Archbishop Peter Jensen --- The Anglican Archbishop of Sydney Peter Jensen says NSW Premier, Kristina Keneally, has promised that the Anglican Church would have input into trial introduction of secular ethics classes in public

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What would pop music be without the Beatles, Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano has mused in a front-page article on the Fab Four's achievements.According to a Telegraph report in the Sydney Morning Herald, the article "Seven Years That Shook Music"

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Sporting scholarships and inducements risk turning students into little more than "commodities to be traded", said Ian McDonald, headmaster of South Brisbane's St Laurence's College. Mr McDonald wrote a letter in March under the banner of the

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Catholic Health Australia has welcomed the Federal Government's plans to simplify access to aged care but cautioned that without fundamental regulatory reform, a shortfall of beds for older Australians will keep growing. "Catholic Health Australia

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The Vatican has put online a guide to its rules for handling sex abuse charges against priests, in the face of mounting media criticism of Church leaders. The contents include that "civil law concerning reporting of crimes to the appropriate

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Continuous rainfall on Rio de Janeiro over several days has caused a series of catastrophic landslides, according to Caritas Brazil. The estimated death toll has reached 170 and countless are homeless or missing, reports the Independent Catholic

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Many factors underlie the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church, writes Rev James Martin. Here is an extremely brief summary. Improper screening of candidates for seminaries led to some psychologically sick men being ordained as priests. When

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On the same day the Vatican published a layman's guide to procedures when a priest is accused of sexual abuse, the editor of the Vatican newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, dropped into Rome's Foreign Press Club to talk about the crisis that has

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This program examines the covert Catholic ritual of exorcism in Italy where half a million people are turning to exorcists for help each year. Pope Benedict XVI recently hailed the importance of the rite and now for the first time the Vatican is

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This week the Vatican announced the members of the commission to investigate alleged apparitions of the Virgin Mary at Medjugorje in Bosnia-Herzegovina. This website has a detailed archive, and current information about the sightings and

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Anglican Bishop Glenn Davies --- The Bishop of North Sydney has urged Anglican priests to collect information from principals of public schools in their parishes about the exact number of students enrolled in religious education. The

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The house where Pope Benedict XVI was born in 1927 Photo by Alexander Z. --- A foot-high profane slogan, saying "F*** Yourselves", has been spray painted onto the facade of the house where Pope Benedict was born in

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Kevin Rudd --- Churches have criticised Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's decision to suspend the asylum claims of Sri Lankans and Afghans for three and six months, drawing comparison with the Howard Government's treatment of

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Paul Vella Critien's sculpture Colonna Mediterranea; cropped image from Metro.co.uk --- The mayor of a town near Malta's main airport wants a sculpture resembling a penis, near the road leading to the capital Valletta, to be removed

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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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