Pope Benedict’s second encyclical, on the virtue of hope, will be released on Friday. Catholic World News reports that the document, titled Spe Salvi, will be formally introduced to the media at a Friday news conference by Cardinal Georges

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The Vatican sent a high-level delegation to yesterday's one-day peace conference in Annapolis, Maryland, to help broker peace between Israel and the Palestinians. Headed by Mgr Pietro Parolin, the Holy See delegation joined other world leaders to

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Emily Seebohm, a student at St John Fisher College in Brisbane’s northern suburbs, is one of the youngest members of the Australian swimming team. With a warm smile and a bubbly nature, this easy-going teenager takes her commitments in her stride and

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Our dream of glory

26-Nov-2007

We all nurse the secret dream of glory. Partly this is healthy, a sign that we are emotionally well. But this is meant to mature so that eventually we will begin, more and more, to envision ourselves as standing out, not by talent, looks, muscles, and

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Soon to retire High Court judge Michael Kirby has accused Cardinal George Pell of making it difficult for people to adopt a more tolerant attitude to gays. Speaking on Justice Kirby revealed says only some of his colleagues have accepted his

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Religious education academic, Dr Richard Rymarz, has looked into the impact of World Youth Day with a 12 month follow-up of Under 18 Australian participants in the 2005 event in Cologne, Germany. Dr Rymarz conducted a series of interviews asking what

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Catholic Social Services Australia and Jesuit Social Services (JSS) have welcomed the ALP's release of its Social Inclusion Agenda. The Agenda is aimed a breaking the cycle of disadvantage by integrating social inclusion principles across mainstream

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Brisbane's Catholic Justice and Peace Commission has urged the new Prime Minister to commit to fresh partnerships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, to end "gross Indigenous disadvantage". The Commission's Executive

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Pope Benedict will not meet the Dalai Lama when he visits Italy next month, despite earlier reports the two religious leaders had planned a meeting. Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi said "no audience is planned" between the Holy

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Australia's Catholic Bishops have offered their prayers and congratulations to Kevin Rudd and the ALP, following the party's landslde victory in Saturday's Federal Election. Urging the incoming government to commit to governing in the interests of

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Art for the Soul

26-Nov-2007

Melbourne artist Veronika Dimac recently reached new creative heights when she was invited by Bishop Joseph Grech to exhibit her work in the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Bendigo from 3-9 December 2007. Bishop Grech said the Diocese of Sandhurst’s

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The debate surrounding the atheist philosopher Antony Flew's alleged admission of the existence of God has resurfaced with the publication of his latest work, There is a God. Juornalist Mark Oppenheimer wrote: "Depending on whom you ask,

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After the excitement of Saturday night's election results – which could most probably see the ex-Journo steal former Prime Minister John Howard’s beloved Bennelong – Ms McKew spent Sunday on her knees thanking God for answering her

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A working group is seeking help youth ministers in its efforts to compose a vision statement that will help meet the expected surge in interest after World Youth Day. Working group leader Karen Lunney said World Youth Day will leave a lasting impact

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The Australian Catholic Students Association has pledged its loyalty to Pope Benedict XVI on women's ordination, despite calls for discussion of the issue by signatories of a recent petition from Australian Catholics. The petition was organised by

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An international writer on Genetic Modification has applauded the initiative of Catholic schools in bringing GM case studies into their curricula. Speaking at Parliament House, Jeffrey Smith said for some American writers, Genetic Modified Organisms

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Pope Benedict has asked the new cardinals he consecrated at the weekend to make work for peace their priority. The consistory ceremony saw 23 new cardinals from 14 countries inducted as the Pope’s closest "advisers and collaborators" of

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Inhumane trade

26-Nov-2007

Good Shepherd Sister Magdalena Barsan Bilibok, 28, of Romania is studying in Italy. She participates in a street outreach group in Rome that befriends exploited women. "The girls get in the car, and when they come back, most look completely gone,

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When Opera Australia's Jonathan Welch gathered together a group of homeless people for the Choir of Hard Knocks (ABC TV last night), he did more than get them singing. I don't know what Jonathan Welch's religious background is, but he reached out to

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When people find out you have lost a baby through miscarriage they usually have one of two responses. The first is that they say nothing at all except for awkward small talk about every other aspect of our life with the exception of the startling obvious

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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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