Brandon Sheehan (far right), a relative of Mary MacKillop, with sister Kiana and school principal Mark Geerligs --- Twelve-year-old Catholic school student, Brandon Sheehan, who is a descendant of Mary MacKillop, will travel to Rome for her

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Does the Governor-General have a conflict of interest when she is called upon to make a judgment about which party should be called upon first to form a government? It is an ethical matter fundamentally, rather than one of legal technicality, writes

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The new Roman Missal, which was authorized last week for use in the United States beginning in Advent of 2011, will pose significant challenges to both the musicians performing music based on new Mass texts and the congregations expected to learn them. "The

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Having established a screen presence with Rocky and Rambo, Sylvester Stallone is branching out into a new character. His name is Barney Ross, and he is the leader of a squad of mercenaries who, had they been employed by the US military might have stopped the

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Two Brisbane churches will host the relics of St Pio of Pietrelcina, which have in recent weeks made a tour of Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and New Zealand.Capuchin Father Ermelindo DiCapua, one of the few people to be close on a daily basis to then

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Image from The Record.com.au showing Deacons Frank Birrell (Broome Diocese), Emmanuel Valentine Dimobi, Daniel Boyd, Cyprian Shikokoti and Anibal Leite da Cunha (Perth Archdiocese) prostrating themselves during the ordination to the Diaconate, at Mary

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Mother Teresa, a shot from a tribute film --- A year of celebrations for the birth centenary of Mother Teresa has been launched at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and Blessed Teresa of Kolkata in India. The cathedral was

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Image from the report in The Australian ---Paul Hogan has been banned from leaving Australia until he pays a multi-million-dollar tax bill.Hogan, now permanently based in the US, returned to Sydney to attend the funeral of his mother, Florence, on Saturday,

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Church organisations say they see opportunities and risks in the Federal Election results. Catholic Social Services Australia (CSSA) executive director Frank Quinlan said the shape of the new Federal Government after last weekend's election "was

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In the wash-up to the federal election, many commentators are bemoaning the lack of values, vision, principles and conviction among our major political parties, writes Anne Derwin, President of Catholic Religious Australia. With neither Labor nor the

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The Holy See has given its final approval to a new English translation of the Roman Missal for the US. "There is a tremendous, tremendous, tremendous amount of work still ahead of us" before publication of the missal that will go into use on

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An Independent Entitlements Commission to recommend the level of payments that provide a basic income is needed, said Catholic Social Services Australia."We think that's one way of avoiding payments getting out of balance because political parties would no

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Shot from the film Mother Teresa: The Legacy, on Gloria.tv --- Marking the birth centenary of Mother Teresa, Pope Benedict lauded her as "an exemplary model of Christian virtue" who showed the world that an authentic love for

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Image from Mary MacKillop Penola Centre --- Mary MacKillop's canonisation is going to be a massive event in the tiny South Australian town of Penola, where she established her first school. Amid speculation that up to 20,000 pilgrims

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Four hundred years after Caravaggio’s death, the artist’s work and restless life continues to capture the eye and the imagination. Countless tourists and art history students flock to see his paintings, but his work also draws less savoury characters: art

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The American Leadership Conference of Women Religious met in Dallas last week under scrutiny from Rome and with a cloud hanging over its head, writes Joan Chittister. What shall we think about such a time as this when the women religious who have built,

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The Vatican's website, which has 500,000 pages, is to be redesigned. The newlook site will include documents from pre-20th century popes and pages on the Holy See’s diplomatic activity, as well as a page of videos of Pope Benedict’s talks. More visitors

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On Friday, Fair Work Australia heard an Australian Services Union claim regarding wage rates for the social and community services sector, writes Frank Quinlan, executive director of Catholic Social Services Australia. It heard that community sector wages

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Strictly for the young brigade, this is the third Step Up film built around the “art” of street dancing, which is in vogue in urban USA. In an earlier time, the moves the kids execute would have been covered by the term gymnastics, not dance. But then, in

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The world's first water cremation centre on the Gold Coast is offering a liquid alternative to cremation and burial, using a process it hopes will revolutionise the funeral industry - and the process has been approved by the Catholic Church. Aquamation

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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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