Catholic social service and educational institutions have welcomed the Rudd Government's second stimulus package released yesterday. "The emphasis of the announcement is on saving jobs, building social housing and infrastructure and on payments to low

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Cardinal Walter Kasper has stepped up his criticism over the Vatican'shandling of the lifting of the excommunication of SSPX Bishop Richard Williamson while German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Pope Benedict to clearly reject holocaust denial. "There

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Eluana Englaro, the woman at the centre of Italy's right to die debate has been transferred to a hospital where she is to be allowed to die after 17 years in a vegetative state. The International Herald Tribune reports Ms Englaro was moved to the north

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In his just released Lenten message for 2009, Pope Benedict says fasting is important "therapy" for modern Catholics because it helps make them aware of the deprived state in which many people live. A panel of Church officials under the leadership of

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Sydney Cardinal George Pell will today tell the Australian Workers Union's national conference that the world's economic problems are extreme and have been radically worsened by the erosion of "social capital". Cardinal Pell describes the problems as the

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Just over a year after Beijing Catholics got a new bishop, they are divided over his episcopate as more and more accuse him of betraying the Holy See. Monsignor Joseph Li Shan, 44, was ordained with papal approval. But after more than year in office his

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Recurrent themes in President Barack Obama's speeches have been the need to give adequate weight to the "common good" and to find a new balance of the "me" and the "we". To cross boundaries that divide us; to care for others;

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Changeling is unforgettable. Unforgettable for its extraordinary story; unforgettable for Angelina Jolie's haunting performance; unforgettable for its subtly beautiful cinematography denoting its 1920s setting; unforgettable for Clint Eastwood's masterful

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The Melbourne Province of the Marist Brothers covers the Australian states of Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia. It has a well established website which focuses on the programs and initiatives of the Province, including its well

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Sydney Life, Marriage and Family Centre director, Chris Meney, has attacked a push by the Parliamentary Group on Population & Development to overturn Australia's ban on using aid money for abortions as "ideologically driven". "This

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A Legionaries of Christ spokesperson has revealed the order has concluded that its founder, Mexican priest, Fr Marcial Maciel Degollado, was guilty of conduct that is "difficult to understand, and inappropriate for a Catholic priest." The

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Public schools are to receive 70 percent of nearly $14 billion in new funding for all schools if the Rudd Government's second stimulus package is passed with another 20 percent of the funds to go to Catholic schools. If the package is passed, public

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Queensland Education Minister Rod Welford has ordered an investigation into the possible failure of a Toowoomba Catholic primary school and Catholic Education to act on complaints of sexual abuse by a teacher over a year before he was arrested. Mr Welford

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The Vatican Secretariat of State has said that Pope Benedict was unaware of Bishop Richard Williamson's Holocaust minimising positions prior to lifting his excommunication and has demanded that the SSPX prelate recant his views prior to full communion.

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Showing the immediacy and the fast moving pace of social networking and the contemporary internet, LOL Saints is a light hearted website initially developed following an exchange between two users of the ever expanding, Twitter. It features a daily saint

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The Federal Government's stimulus package is staggering for its size and for the message it sends about the severity of the economic challenge that Canberra believes lies ahead, but what does it do for Australians who are already doing it tough or for those

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Character lies deeper than our values and far deeper than our philosophies, allegiances, memberships, or accomplishments. Our character is the deepest expression of what constitutes us as unique individuals. Character is our personal seal, our indelible

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Fr George W. O'Malley of Georgetown University in Washington DC is the special guest on this edition of The Spirit of Things where he examines the debates and assesses the achievements of Vatican II. He is joined by the Chair of the Council of Christians

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Palmerston North Bishop Peter Cullinane has launched a nationwide search in New Zealand for a new symbol to identify Catholic clergy. Stuff.co.nz reports the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference has adopted dress standards already used by the

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A search on Telstra subsidiary Sensis White Pages online telephone directory for a magic shop in Queensland comes up with a single answer, a listing for the Catholic Church in the Townsville diocese. A search for "magic shop" under businesses in

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

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