'NSW District Court, Sydney', on Flickr --- A former pastor of St Stanislaus College in Bathurst, NSW has been sentenced to 15 months' jail after pleading guilty to four counts of gross indecency, reports the Central Western Daily. Father Kevin Francis

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The Vatican will shortly circulate a letter to bishops worldwide with guidance on combatting child sex abuse within the Roman Catholic Church, said an AFP report in the Sydney Morning Herald. Cardinal William Levada, Prefect of the Congregation for the

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Archbishop Fernando Filoni, screenshot from the Catholic News Agency report --- Pope Benedict has appointed the Vatican's deputy secretary of state as the new head of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, reports the Catholic News

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Bali drug mule Scott Rush has had his appeal against the death sentence upheld. Father Tim Harris is the family's Catholic parish priest in Surfers Paradise and has been their backbone since 2005. Here he speaks on ABC radio about his response, and that of

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When Pope Benedict XVI used the word "infallible" in reference to the ban on women's ordination in a recent letter informing an Australian bishop he'd been sacked, it marked the latest chapter of a long-simmering debate in Catholicism: Exactly where should

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Suffering is part of the history and the very being of the Haitian people, says Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Lafontant. This devotion and the Haitian faith were revitalized and strengthened in the wake of the January 2010 earthquake, reports Zenit. A year

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Mrs Carey’s Concert is a fly-on-the-wall documentary about inspirational teaching at one of Sydney’s premier girls’ schools. Every two years, staff and students at Methodist Ladies’ College rally behind Mrs Karen Carey of the

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Screenshot of Bishop Bill Morris from a recent video uploaded to YouTube --- An internal report leaked to the Australian media "offers a unique glimpse into the workings of the Vatican's disciplinary process" and indicates the Vatican had tried since late

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Screenshot of the St George and Sutherland Shire leader report --- The former MP for Oatley in NSW will head a new Catholic Education Foundation, which aims to make a Catholic education accessible to all Catholic families regardless of their financial

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Screenshot from the report on the Sydney Morning Herald --- Arnold Schwarzenegger's decision to return to movies was the last straw for wife Maria Shriver, who had struggled about ending her 25-year marriage to the former Californian governor, said a

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Screenshot from the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church website --- The head of the Irish church's child protection watchdog said he considered resigning over his irritation at a lack of church co-operation, reports the

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Catholic schools and teachers have welcomed the additional resources for students allocated in the Budget, the Director of Catholic Education in the Archdiocese of Melbourne said in a statement. Students with a disability will receive an extra

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The Vatican said it will release on Monday the text of a letter to bishops' conferences around the world related to policies and guidelines for dealing with cases of abuse, said a report in the Catholic Herald. US Cardinal William Levada, prefect of the

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Since Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced the introduction of a carbon tax in late February this year there has been much debate on the pros and cons of the policy, writes Sr Annette Cunliffe (pictured), in the CRA newsletter. Across the country, there

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This French documentary film tracks four babies from birth to one year old. Two of the children (Ponijao, and Bayar) are from rural areas (the village of Opuwo in Namibia, and Bayanchandmani in the Tov province of Mongolia). The remaining two children (Mari,

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Caritas Internationalis is about to mark its 60th anniversary. The website carries a rich array of stories and other material looking back on its work, its plan to celebrate the anniversary and future projects. www.caritas.org/

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Since 2004, Christians in Iraq have suffered severe persecution: threats, kidnapping and even death itself. The Christian community, which is deeply rooted in this country since the beginning of the first century, today has dwindled in number from 800,000 to

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The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has stated its support for Pope Benedict's removal of the Bishop of Toowoomba, according to a report in the Australian and a letter from its president, Archbishop Philip Wilson. After a seven-day

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Screenshot from video, The Church in China, uploaded to YouTube --- A total of 17 "underground" churches in China have signed a petition appealing to China's lawmakers to provide legal protection of religious freedom, said Reuters and AFP reports in The

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The Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn has advocated a thorough review of the community's approach to prostitution, including a legislative overhaul, plus education campaigns to change the behaviour of men who go to brothels, in its submission to an

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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

All your daily readings, reflections and prayers can be found here... 

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