This year’s Christmas will be a special one for the Simba family, their first in their new home country of Australia. For the last five years, they have been living in Kakuma Refugee Camp in northern Kenya. But hope came in February this year, when

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Luke 1:26-38 depicts Jesus' steadfast waiting for God's word of peace. Every day during Advent, we can take time to sit in silence and solitude, in contemplative prayer, and listen for God. When we do, oddly enough, we notice once again the violence

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A new CD brings together the music of Melbourne Jesuit Fr Christopher Willcock, and the words of writer and artist Michael Leunig. The newly-released recording Southern Star is Fr Willcock's take on an Australian Christmas and features the Choir of

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Muslims on the western outskirts of Jakarta have successfully protested the legality of a Church, forcing its closure and putting a halt to further religious activity. Christ’s Peace Church, which has been active since 1968 and has over

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Pope Benedict has reminded the faithful that Christianity’s roots lie deep in the Old Testament, and that it is not a European export. Catholic News Agency reports the Pope, speaking at his weekly address, reflected on St Ephrem the

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A Vatican official has sparked headlines by saying Palestinians have the right to return to their homeland, a controversial issue which has dogged Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts. The comments of Cardinal Renato Martino have come at a timely

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Pope Benedict has reached out to AIDS victims saying he feels “spiritually close” to them. He went on to reinforce the Church's position that fidelity, chastity and abstinence are the best defence against AIDS. Reuters reports that in

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St Vincent de Paul Society National CEO Dr John Falzon has welcomed Kevin Rudd's decision to address homelessness as one of his government's top priorities. Dr Falzon says current homelessness services are unable to meet the needs of Australians as

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Fr Joseph Nguyen Ngoc Thich of Cai Mon in southern Vietnam has provided graves for the poor from space made available by rich people relocating big graves built in the past that occupy much space and were not arranged efficiently.

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If a nation is not governed by reason and by values, but only expresses the power to do as the government wills, then international commitments, respect for the rights of smaller nations, and international aid, would be vacuous rhetoric. Hitler's invasion

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Talking Jesus toys, bearded Moses models, and muscle-bound Goliath figures are part of a range of faith-based action toys being marketed by a US company. Independent Catholic News reports that One2believe's products are designed to offer an

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A series of “radically pro-woman” symposiums aimed at helping women to embrace pregnancy and motherhood is part of the Australian Bishops' strategy to counter abortion. Project officer Angela Lecomber said one of the key reasons behind

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World Youth Day 2008 organisers have announced Sydney 2000 Olympics Cauldron designer Michael Scott-Mitchell as the Set Designer for the Stations of the Cross production. One of the major events during WYD, the Stations of the Cross will be televised

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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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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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