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Brisbane Archbishop John Bathersby is considering whether the controversial St Mary's parish at South Brisbane "is in communion with the Catholic Church" after a parishioner protested to the Vatican over a Buddha-like statue.   A member

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Catholic Earthcare chair and Wilcannia-Forbes Bishop Chris Toohey says that it is urgent for Australians to get involved in addressing the degradation of the Murray-Darling basin. The restoration of the health of the Murray, Murrumbidgee, Darling and

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Son of Rambow is a very entertaining story of two young boys and their friendship, though it raises the perennial questions of how much movies influence behaviour, attitudes and desensitising because of violence. You know it is going to have a

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State appointed Bishop Joseph Li Shan said yesterday that there are "big developments" in relations between China and the Holy See and that he is hoping for a visit by Pope Benedict. "We strongly hope that Benedict XVI will make a trip

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If you want to remind yourself of what websites looked like before they adopted visually appealing design features, then this site is one you should visit. Its visual deficiencies though may have something to do with the massive number and diversity of

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The suffering we experience when we are drawn out of our safe place by trust and then abandoned to fall into pain became evident in small ways on the faces of so many people. This tragedy of abuse has in fact been built into a wall at which many are

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Anyone who's ever learned a foreign language knows that perhaps 50 percent of a language is predictable according to its own rules, and the rest simply is what it is, the product of history and culture rather than logic. Try explaining to an ESL student why

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Son of a Habsburg Austrian archduke and later a ten pound Australian immigrant, silversmith Christoph Altenburg was buried this week after a funeral at St Bede's Church in Braidwood, New South Wales. Altenburg started life as Austrian royalty and

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The Holy See has published a prayer composed by jailed medieval Knights Templar in which they lament being "unjustly imprisoned" and appeal to the Virgin Mary to persuade their enemies to abandon "calumnies and lies". L'Osservatore

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State MP Matthew Guy says tail docking a dog and boiling a lobster will be illegal but abortion up to six months will be legal if legislation before the Victorian Parliament is passed. The Herald-Sun reports that Upper House Victorian Liberal member

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Hundreds of Hanoi parishioners have occupied a disputed Church owned site to oppose a planned city government building project. The Thai Hai Redemptorist parish has also officially petitioned the city government to oppose the building project, UCA

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Few theological subjects are more likely to provoke a good argument among Catholic theologians than the interpretation of the Second Vatican Council. While there is much in this book that is useful and timely, I had hoped for far more overt discussion of

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My friend, Elkie Taylor and I have been corresponding for almost ten years. Elkie is an African-American on death row, in Texas and I began writing in answer to an appeal from Amnesty International. I don’t know the reason for his sentence, but I do

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It was one year and two days ago that the Principal of St Aloysius College in Sydney announced that along with Loreto College, Kirribilli the two schools were breaking away from Amnesty International over the organisation abandoning its neutral platform on

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There is no question that victims must be appropriately cared for as long as they require it. Settlement money can buy helpful therapy. Systems must be put in place to deal with specific accusations and all must remain vigilant to prevent today’s

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Two men convicted of killing American activist Sr Dorothy Stang have been granted weekend leave for Father's Day by a Brazilian court. A judge ordered Clodaldo Batista and Amair Feijoli da Cunha freed for five days to spend the Sunday holiday with

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An ancient manuscript says that Jesus played a bat and ball game that a Jerusalem scholar believes resembled cricket. The Age reports an ancient Armenian manuscript reveals that Jesus may very well have played a game similar to cricket. Dr

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ACU nursing graduates are caught up in a dispute between the university and the NSW Department of Health over nursing qualifications. The Sydney Morning Herald reports at least 50 nursing graduates from the Australian Catholic University cannot be

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Bishop Chris Toohey, a keen astronomer, says he thought he had died and gone to heaven when Pope John Paul II appointed him to the clear sky diocese of Wilcannia-Forbes. At first his amazement was focused on the fact that the Pope had

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Seventeen American Vietnamese Catholics were killed on Friday when their bus skidded off the highway on the Texas-Oklahoma border. The Sydney Morning Herald reports the unlicensed bus carrying 55 members of a Vietnamese Catholic group from Houston to

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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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