Sharing "the outrage, betrayal and shame" felt by Irish Catholics over cases of clerical sexual abuse and the way abuse claims were handled by Church leaders, Pope Benedict will outline initiatives that would include public services of repentance.

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An atheist movement plans to erect billboards on buses that tell New Zealanders: "There's probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life", according to an AAP report in the Herald Sun. The organiser, Simon Fisher, says he's sick of

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More than 100 local residents from the Aspinall Action Group rallied on Saturday against the development of Church owned bush in Golden Square (near Bendigo), Victoria. The Church lodged an application with the City of Greater Bendigo to create 78

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NSW Premier Kristina Keneally is in "utter agreement" with the teachings of the Catholic Church but wants female priests, the vow of celibacy relaxed and believes abortion "should be safe, it should be available ... and it should be

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More than 8000 motorcycle riders travelled from Glenelg to Hahndorf Oval in South Australia to make Christmas present donations to St Vincent de Paul, to be distributed to disadvantaged children, The Advertiser reports. About $250,000 worth of toys

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The Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity invite you to enjoy their Advent meditation: "O Come, O Come Emmanuel" which is part of the "Franciscanised World" vocation page. Established in 1869, the order serve in Catholic health

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For me Christmas and Midnight Mass had been inseparable celebrations going back to my childhood days. Somehow going out at night with the starry heavens above, the singing of countless carols and visiting the crib after Mass and before returning home to

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The conflict between Archbishop John Bathersby and Fr Peter Kennedy's St Mary's congregation was passionate and public. This valuable book illuminates the dispute, setting it into a human context that is both much smaller and larger than that offered by the

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Something seems to have been happening in the Catholic Church over the past few decades as many priests have started mimicking or even idolising the lay lifestyle while in many parishes it is the laity which increasingly populate the sanctuary. The time may

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There is no doubt the Catholic Church would receive a fillip from its first Australian saint. Mary MacKillop stands alone as a figure of popular adoration among ordinary Catholics and offers all Australians a role model for selfless service in an age when

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Following months of legal wrangling in the judge's chambers and disruptions, court hearings finally began in the case brought by the Church in Malaysia to assert its right to use "Allah" for God in its Herald Malaysia weekly. Counsel for the

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Bishop William Morris --- Toowoomba's Bishop William Morris said the situation surrounding the sex abuse case at one of the Catholic primary schools in his diocese shows that stricter protocols are needed. "I believed our systems,

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Mary MacKillop will be approved as Australia's first saint on Saturday, the Sydney Morning Herald cites a senior official of the Vatican Congregation for Saints saying. Pope Benedict's approval of her case is regarded as certain, the report said.

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Kevin Rudd --- Opposition Leader Tony Abbott is accusing Prime Minister Kevin Rudd of exploiting for political gain the possible canonisation of Mary MacKillop, while the Anglican Bishop of South Sydney criticised Mr Rudd for affecting

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The Taliban can be admired for their conviction to their faith and their sense of loyalty to one another, the UK's new Anglican bishop for the Armed Forces was reported saying. Reverend Stephen Venner called for a more sympathetic approach to the

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Actor Sam Elliott, who plays the role of an ally to the heroine in the movie The Golden Compass blamed pressure from the Church for scuttling Hollywood plans for the final two instalments of His Dark Materials. Studio bosses have shelved plans to

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While the arrest shook the school community, it is the revelations about what was known by the principal and senior officials in Catholic Education, and their apparent inaction, that should have seismic significance to the foundations of the modern Catholic

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After the intensity of Sam Mendes' earlier films American Beauty and The Road to Perdition and even Revolutionary Road, the light touch of Away We Go comes as something of a pleasant surprise. It's as if the British director decided it was time, after his

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The recently launched As One Voice website aims to serve those who use AOV or those who are looking for music for use within the parish or school. It currently contains a complete list of every song contained within Volumes 1 and 2 of the hugely

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Phil Glendenning --- The Edmund Rice Centre, which is in attendance at the UN climate summit at Copenhagen, issued an appeal calling Australians to make known to the Rudd Government the need for "urgent and drastic action" on

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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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