Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin has announced a $10,000 funding boost for Mt Isa support services after a local Catholic parish reported an influx of homeless people from the Northern Territory to escape government intervention policies.

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Skateboarding children are believed to have started a $150,000 fire at a Gold Coast Catholic school on Sunday but the blaze could have been much worse if other children had not alerted them, firefighters say. The Gold Coast Bulletin reports children

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A French diocese has officially recognised a shrine in an alpine village where Our Lady is believed to have appeared to a 17th century shepherd girl.  Over 6,000 Roman Catholics, including bishops and cardinals, gathered for the solemn Mass at

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Boxing people makes life so much easier. We don't have to waste time with them because they don't fit into the world we inhabit, the very large box labelled "me". One of the joys of ageing is opening boxes we have built around ourselves, not

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In a submission to a Senate inquiry, Adelaide archdiocese has called for controversial chef Gordon Ramsay to be taken off air for his foul language. Reuters reports that the move comes as Australia's parliament holds an inquiry into swearing on

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It may have outsold every other book in history and continue to top bestseller lists around the world, but according to a major survey held across nine nations in the northern hemisphere, in the West these days the Bible is hardly ever opened by most

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Each of the nine lives has a chapter heading focussing on one of the women and providing them with an opportunity for a tour-de-force performance.  Each of the segments is around ten minutes.  One of them is a one take piece in a supermarket.

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After two years of planning, the Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane has just launched its new website. The website, substantially remodelled from its former organisational and news/event focus, now adds new portals for those seeking to know about Christian

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China's Philharmonic Orchestra is to play for Pope Benedict at the Vatican in a special performance that has been heralded as possibly signalling a new stage of "sing song" diplomacy between the Chinese government and the Holy See. The UK

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In a bid to prevent "posthumous rebaptism" by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Vatican Congregation for the Clergy has directed bishops' conferences to stop allowing Mormon genealogists access to parish baptism

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As the confirmed death toll from a cyclone and associated tidal wave in Burma passes 22,000, Catholic and other aid agencies are scrambling to deliver immediate relief to tens of thousands of isolated victims. A further 41,000 people are still missing

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Dismissing reports half of Sydney's iconic Hyde Park will need to close for 3 months after World Youth Day, Deputy Lord Mayor Tony Pooley said the city could not be a global city "unless we occasionally invite the bloody globe here." Cr

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A Brazilian rancher has been acquitted of the murder of Brazilian environmental activist Sr Dorothy Stang following a retrial. BBC News reports Vitalmiro Vastos de Moura was acquitted of ordering the death of Sr Stang but the court confirmed the

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Catholic teachers are "morally obligated" to join teachers from public schools at a rally in favour of higher salaries, an independent teachers' union official said yesterday. The Independent Education Union in SA yesterday notified members

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Addressing his first plenary meeting of Australia's bishops new Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Guiseppe Lazzarotto, has exhorted bishops to "discerning reflection" and "pastoral sensitivity" in exercising their ministry. Archbishop

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ACBC Secretary Fr Brian Lucas and Casino priest Fr Peter Slack have combined with Sydney lawyer William d'Alpice to publish a guide to church administration. Archbishop Philip Wilson, President of the Australian Catholic Bishops conference, officially

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A Brookings Insitution analyst has linked older white Catholics to a surge in support for Senator Hillary Clinton ahead of crucial primary battles against rival Senator Barack Obama. White Catholics have become a key base for Senator Clinton in her

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More than a dozen parishes in Sydney's south are now using security firms to pickup Sunday collections after a spate of thefts at suburban churches. Brighton-Le-Sands parish priest Fr Peter Lynch is also considering security patrols at his church after

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This week's Encounter program explores themes of faith, depression and the interaction between the two. Is there a possibility that religious faith could help people who are depressed, or does religion only make people more depressed? Are you allowed

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The idea that your spouse is your soul mate is a very individual-focused way of looking at marriage. Thinking of your marriage as a vocation within the Catholic community may offer the community support that a long term relationship needs. For

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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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