To spell out the difference between Protestant and Catholic Christians people make jokes, write books, create aphorisms. Most of them are pretty unhelpful. But one of the more thought provoking is the insight that Protestantism is a religion of the ear,

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Our appetite for novelty is being constantly stimulated and we embrace the latest information technology with unbounded enthusiasm. Instant information can help to give us a global perspective and open us up to a greater appreciation of our world and its

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The Stations of the Cross is a prayerful re-enactment of the last days of Jesus' life, and will take place in Sydney on Friday July 18. This is one of the highlights of WYD08, a live theatrical and devotional event which will be held in the afternoon. The

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The Catholic Adult Education Centre is an agency of the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney. Its aim is to help adult Catholics grow in the understanding of their faith so as to integrate faith and life and be more effective in evangelisation. It runs

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On a visit to Mary MacKillop's tomb yesterday, Pope Benedict said she will be canonised but one more confirmed miracle is still needed. The Age reports the St Sisters of Joseph took new hope from a meeting with the Pope today that Australia will soon

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On arrival at Barangaroo, Sydney for World Youth Day, Pope Benedict praised Australia for its recent "courageous" apology to aborigines and challenged young people to take responsibility for modern challenges including the environment and the

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A survey for Catholic superannuation provider CSRF shows that younger people still share the aspirations of their parents and grandparents for a secure financial future. The recent survey conducted for the Catholic Superannuation and Retirement Fund

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Three Indian WYD pilgrims who went missing in New Zealand say that they will expose swindlers who allegedly tricked them into believing they would be allowed to stay. Three Indian men who disappeared in New Zealand while on the way to Australia to see

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Geelong priest Fr Kevin Dillon yesterday called on priests to stop trivialising sexual abuse allegations while Sydney's Fr Chris Riley says that the Church's Towards Healing process is a joke and should be scrapped. Fr Chris Riley, who heads Youth Off

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Bishops of the Anglican Communion have gathered for the Lambeth Conference, which has begun with a retreat. But the calm atmosphere of prayer and contemplation evoked by the word seems to be in strong contrast with the rancorous character of the

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Catholic Health Australia has warned that tax changes raising the threshold of the health insurance tax penalty to $100,000 will force 200,000 people who dropped their health cover back on to public hospital waiting lists. The Daily Telegraph

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It is certain that one consequence of World Youth Day will be an increase in attendance at parish liturgies by people, young and old, who have been touched by the events of the past week. How can parishes ensure that newcomers as well as regular Mass goers

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Married Life is a movie with many twists and turns and it places its characters in situations where they interweave in darkly comic ways. The film is really a period drama of manners that aims to model itself in part on Alfred Hitchcock's movies in their

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The Trading Circle is a well known "brand" in Catholic circles and is an initiative of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd of Australia and New Zealand. It aims to support women in micro-enterprises trade their way out of poverty.

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In a pontifical first, Pope Benedict will read the Bible for an Italian television show to be broadcast later this year. ANSA reports the pope will kick off the six day marathon by reading the first chapter of Genesis in Italian on October 5, the head

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Australia is one of the least religious countries in the world according to survey findings released by the German Bertelsmann Foundation. The Christian Post reports most Australians (52 percent) never or very seldom attend a church, mosque,

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A Vatican spokesperson says that Pope Benedict will meet freed French-Colombian hostage Ingrid Betancourt who attributed her release to the intercession of the Virgin Mary. The Canadian Press quotes a Vatican source saying the pope sent a

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Adelaide property industry figures have raised questions over the sale of government land to the Catholic Church for a major redevelopment project. The Australian reports South Australia's Rann Government is defying criticism over the sale of prime

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Pope Benedict may be considering further changes to the order of the Mass, an Italian magazine suggests. The weekly Panorama reports the Holy Father has asked the Congregation for Divine Worship to study the possibility of changes that would include

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Pope Benedict will rest three days at an Opus Dei run resort at Kenthurst north of Sydney after his arrival at Richmond airforce base for World Youth Day. Cardinal George Pell yesterday confirmed that Pope Benedict XVI would be taken straight to the

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From St Mary’s, North Sydney. The first Mass of the day on YouTube

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Live streamed from Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral, Waitara

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