Caritas Australia's Project Compassion initiative is not only the organisation's major fundraising venture but it is also an icon across the Church and the Australian community. Running during the six weeks of Lent, this year's theme is "an

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In a call for solidarity with fellow Australians in the Torres Strait and people of the Pacific "who are watching their countries being covered by sea water," Catholic Earthcare has backed this year's WWF Earth Hour 2009. "Catholic

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Pope Benedict will celebrate the main public Mass of his forthcoming May visit to Israel in Nazareth, and not in Haifa, as originally proposed. Haaretz reports the Vatican made the decision last weekend following a visit by a Vatican delegation that met

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A suspicious overnight blaze has destroyed the performing arts centre at Tamworth's McCarthy Catholic College in northern New South Wales. Principal Kate Rayment said it would be school as normal after fire all but destroyed its performing arts

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The Vatican is taking far too long to sort out the crisis caused by the collapse of the Legionaries of Christ and their lay arm, Regnum Christi, following the revelation that their supposedly saint like founder, Fr Marcial Maciel, led a double life.

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This documentary shines a spotlight on Detroit's Shrine of the Black Madonna formed in 1967 as a kind of Christian answer to the Nation of Islam's Black Nationalism. Produced in the lead-up to last year's US election, the film looks at black

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During a period of renewal in 2008, New Zealand Marist Father, John Murphy created this website of significant places and names in the Marist foundation story. It contains resources, stories and images in addition to aids for pilgrims to the

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When The Redeemer of Man appeared thirty years ago, Redemptorists, as their name would imply, could not but be interested in its message. As we see now, looking back after these three decades, this first encyclical was to a large degree a first run at many

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Over 60 religious leaders including Oceania bishops conference president, Bishop Peter Ingham, have written to Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to express their deep concerns with the Government's "inadequate" response to climate change. The

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In the midst of the global financial crisis, "priority should be given to workers and their families," Pope Benedict has said. Addressing a group of Italian speaking workers from the Fiat factory on Sunday, he said, "I want to express

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Speaking outside a Vatican conference on Charles Darwin's Origin of Species, CDF head, Cardinal William Levada, has said there is a "wide spectrum of room" for belief in both the scientific basis for evolution and faith in God the creator.

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Melbourne Archdiocese has forwarded details on the proposed sale of Geelong's central city St Mary's Catholic Primary School site to the Vatican for endorsement. St Mary's parish priest Fr Kevin Dillon said the value of the school block meant plans for

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A proposed agreement between the Holy See and Cairo's Sunni Muslim Al Azhar University to rewrite school books to eliminate any offensive language about each others' religions has drawn fire from Egyptian scholars. "Muslims respect all other

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Founded in 1999 by Jesuit Fr Michael Kelly, CathNews, one of the Catholic world's earliest exclusively web based publications, turns ten this month. "Ten years of anything in media today is remarkable," Fr Kelly said in a Church Resources

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Italian priests have suggested that instead of giving up cigarettes and chocolates for Lent, Catholics could give up text messaging or turn off their MP3 players. Italians, who send an average of 50 texts each a month, second in Europe only to the

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New evidence has been found that Pope Pius XII ordered monasteries to shelter Jews being persecuted by the Nazis, the World War II pope's postulator Jesuit Fr Peter Gumpel says. Fr Gumpel, the late pope's official advocate in the process to have him

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I think we often misunderstand the purpose of religion. For most of us the purpose of religion is to give us easy, comfortable certainties (a fundamentalist approach). Actually religion should provoke in us deeper and greater questions but also give us the

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A one day forum with leading Australian Catholics as speakers devoted to analysis and discussion on Bishop Geoffrey Robinson's controversial book Confronting Power and Sex in the Catholic Church: Reclaiming the Spirit of Jesus and the issues raised about

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St Michael's Family Centre is a charitable work conducted by the Parramatta congregation of the Sisters of Mercy. It has a long and proud history having started as a home for boys in 1902 and now comprises a crisis care and supported accommodation program;

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The strong rhetoric of the Catholic Church on Creation-care remains largely an optional extra for its organisations, economic and institutional gains still take precedence over ecological protection in the vast majority of situations. In some dioceses a

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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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