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The absence of fathers is the biggest family and social problem in our society, Perth Archbishop Barry Hickey says in his Christmas Message for 2008.  Delivering his pre-Christmas message on Friday, Archbishop Hickey said the absence of dads was

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A massive fire has devastated St Brendan's College in Yeppoon, Central Queensland, engulfing the college's oldest building and the homes of four staff. The Rockhampton Morning Bulletin reports school principal Simon Dash, watched the school's oldest

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The Catholic Church is taking an active role to ensure the Murray-Darling does not die. On the website of the Wagga diocese there are prayers for rain. But the church's Australian bishops have also formed Catholic Earthcare to recruit their flock to the

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I believe in not hiding from our own darkness and depths but experiencing and embracing them, so as to be able to share in the Passion of Christ and become compassionate. As a geriatrician, through meditation, I am learning to listen, to be compassionate

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This short documentary looks at the art, cuisine and cultural events of towns in the region of Umbria, Italy, including the famous town of Assisi. The basilica of the church of St Francis of Assisi boasts famous frescoes and paintings and is the

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It has been a big year for Catholic Earthcare Australia, with a new director, the launch of new resources, including a CD on reefs impacted by climate change, and the coverage of Bishop Chris Toohey on Compass. The organisation's website is very

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Disgraced former Bulawayo Archbishop Pius Ncube says he will obey a Vatican order silencing him although he says he is very upset because the people of Zimbabwe are in a situation "worse than when I left." The Times Online reports that one of the most

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The ACSJC is calling on Australians to "remember the injustices we still have to address" and the Sisters of St Joseph want the Federal Government to ratify the UN indigenous rights declaration for the 60th anniversary of the Declaration of

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Bonuses to pensioners and other social security benefit recipients are welcome but are "not a long term solution to the adequacy of entitlements and pensions," Catholic Social Services head Frank Quinlan says. Catholic Social Services Australia

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Fifteen women known as the "Skirt Committee" have withdrawn a sexism charge lodged at the Paris Diocesan Tribunal against Cardinal Andre Vingt-Trois after he apologised for his choice of words over the role of women in the Church. AFP reports the

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Eight parishioners from Hanoi's Thai Ha parish have walked free after seven of them received suspended sentences for disturbing public order and damaging property in an ongoing land dispute with the Vietnamese government. ABS-CBN News reports the

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The progressive secularisation of the cultural environment and the accompanying decline in religious practice means that religious belief of any kind tends now to be treated more as a private eccentricity than as the central and formative element that it

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It says a lot about the society we now live in that the Vintners' Federation can plough money into a radio advertising campaign urging people to spend their Christmas down the pub, while an ad which suggests people buy presents from a Catholic organisation

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This Friday December 12 marks the Foundation Day of the Sisters of Mercy. On this day 177 years ago Venerable Catherine McAuley, Mary Anne Doyle and Elizabeth Harley made their profession as Sisters of Mercy in the Presentation convent in Georges Hill in

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Not a fan of the original Madagascar (too many in-jokes for the voice stars undermining the cartoon capers), I approached this sequel with some trepidation. However, I found it far better and funnier (and less "in") than the first film. Maybe,

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The introduction of the new English translation of the Latin Missal edged another step closer, with a November secret ballot by Australia's bishops giving the required canonical approval to a number of liturgical texts.  The vote took place at the

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The Federal Government has appointed Jesuit ACU Professor Frank Brennan to head a public consultation on whether Australia needs a human rights charter. The Age reports that Attorney-General Robert McClelland will launch the consultations on the issue

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Another Catholic school, this time in Campbelltown in Sydney's south west, has suffered extensive damage in a major fire that police say appears to have been deliberately lit. The Campbelltown-Macarthur Advertiser reports that some historic records

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Citing dropping church attendances and the growth of multiculturalism, Oxford University Press has confirmed that its editors have removed a number of words associated with Christianity from the latest junior edition. Catholic News Agency cites a Daily

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Food is the most basic of human needs. After all the extras are cut out, and then the necessities - clothes, shelter, education - only food is left. Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights enshrines the right of every person to have

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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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