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When I wrote a few months ago about the enduring legacy of Blessed John Paul II, in particular the World Youth Day that he began to hold every three years around the world during his pontificate, several posts that followed were severely critical, writes

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This is a marvellous, British-French, animated movie, based on a script written in 1956 by the famed director and actor, Jacques Tati. It was Tati, who gave us the comedy cinema classics of Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday (1953), Mon Oncle (1958), and Playtime

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Today is International Youth Day and Fr Chris Riley's Youth off the Streets has called on Australians to remember the 36,000 homeless children in Australia. The website carries details of special programs the organsiation has planned to mark

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Cardinal George Pell --- Sydney's Cardinal George Pell will address a pro-life festival next week, organised to coincide with the World Youth Day in Madrid, reports LifeSiteNews. "Cardinal Pell is a world renowned pro-life leader, who has long been an

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Image of youths on www.madrid11.com/en --- The first people to arrive for World Youth Day, from Zimbabwe, have reached Toledo, south of Madrid, reports the Vatican Insider from the L'Osservatore Romano. The six young people were

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The South Australian government is to crack down on serial graffiti offenders, with the harshest penalties planned for those who deface memorials, cemeteries or places of worship and religious significance, AdelaideNow reports from the

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 A Colombian court has ordered the Church in the country to pay the parents of two children abused by a priest $240,000, a first in the devoutly Catholic country, said an AFP report in the West Australian. The Church has appealed the judgment handed

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Bishop of Sale, Christopher Prowse has annouced a Vatican judgement in a long-running case --- A long-running dispute in Victoria between a Morwell priest and his former bishop over the running of the parish has ended with the Vatican judging in favour of

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A rendering of the Memorial at night, from www.911memorial.org --- A group representing atheists in America says the installation of a cross-shaped beam at the September 11 museum is unconstitutional, according to an AP report in the Washington Post. The

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A new chapter in the history of Joseph Ratzinger this will be revealed in September when a book about the pope by his brother, titled My Brother, the Pope, will be published, reports Zenit. The elder Ratzinger spoke with the historian Michael

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Australia, a founding signatory to the Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, and Malaysia, a long time sceptic of international human rights instruments, have now signed an agreement under which unvisaed asylum seekers heading for Australia by sea

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As well as being a charismatic actor, Robert Redford is a talented director. Several of his films address political and social concerns, not always successfully. But his latest film, The Conspirator, is a finely wrought, memorably cinematic Civil War

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The text for the Masses and Liturgy for the Feast of St Mary MacKillop next Monday, August 8, are now available on her website. http://www.marymackillop.org.au/  

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Nearly 44 years after priestly ordination, Archbishop Denis Hart says: "I have never ceased to wonder at the nearness and love of God and what He asks us to do. I am conscious of His protecting and forgiving love, as I have sought to be the instrument of

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Taking from the rich and giving to the poor isn't too popular these days. The Gillard Government's plan to compensate low-income households for the impact of the carbon tax draws cries of anguish from the self-appointed representatives of aspirational

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Which five days of war, in which August?  The answer is early August, 2008, when Russia and Georgia were involved in a short war over the region of Southern Ossetia and whether it belonged to Russia or to Georgia.  The Russians invaded – and

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Keen pilgrim walkers from across the Archdiocese are invited to try out a new and improved version of the “Australian Camino”. The Western Australian route, titled the Camino Salvado, is less physically demanding than its Spanish inspiration,

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The "digital age" generation flocking to Madrid for World Youth Day in a couple week's time will be made aware of one of the darker sides of digital culture: the flourishing business of Internet pornography, reports Zenit.  Thanks to an award-winning

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An anti-Genetic Modification alliance of concerned citizen groups has published, through Greenpeace, a paper on field trials of Genectically Modified (GM) wheat underway in most Australian States. The paper is well argued and referenced – important

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This sci-fi, adventure film is based on a comic book character that dates back to the 1940s. Captain America was the first Marvel Comics character. He was created from Steve Rogers, who fought as a soldier in World War II, and was found decades later frozen

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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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