In the original television series, Maxwell Smart was a likeable dead-pan hero, who was an adept deliverer of witty one-liners, desperately trying to look secure in a world constantly creating chaos around him. He was assisted by an adoring Agent 99 who

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The problem for stem cell scientists and their boosters, is that the embryo is clearly human. It has the full human genome and barring any mishaps, it will someday become successively a foetus, a baby, a child, and an adult. It is a human being in an

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It's time to take the pity out of aid. The aid industry – from celebrity "humanitarians" to professional aid agencies - needs to stop trading on the pornography of poverty and start thinking more creatively. Objectifying poverty and pressing

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Pope Benedict's plane will stop in Darwin for refuelling on the way to Sydney for World Youth Day and locals are hoping that the pontiff will step out to greet Territorians. The Northern Territory News quotes World Youth Day sources as saying the

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American Catholics are organising a July appeal to the Vatican and Northern American bishops to have female figures from the New Testament such as Mary of Magdala re-included in lectionary texts from which they have been deleted. Organisers of the

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Robinson was talking about the aura of the sacred that surrounds the celibate priesthood, which Popes have encouraged for 1000 years by sticking with the celibacy rule, despite a good deal of evidence that mandatory celibacy creates what Robinson calls

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Several Catholic priests have been assaulted and at least one Catholic house has been burnt down by pro-Mugabe supporters in Zimbabwe election violence. St Anthony's mission house in Zaka, in the Masvingo Diocese, was home to a few priests before it

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New CEO for NCEC

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Dr William Robert Griffiths has been appointed as the new CEO of the National Catholic Education Commission, Australia's bishops have announced. Bishop Gerard Holohan, Chairman of the Bishops' Commission for Catholic Education, made the announcement

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Gunmen thought to be terrorist rebels shot and killed a Salesian missionary, Fr John Prakash, in Nepal yesterday as well as throwing bombs as they left. UCA News reports masked men barged into the Salesian residence in Sirsiya at about 2 am and locked

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Ex-gangster, Briton, John Pridmore, will appear with Pope Benedict during the evening vigil service at Randwick racecourse. The Pope will hear the former criminal describe how God dramatically changed his life, a Fruit of the Vine media release

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When Jesus overturned their tables and threw the money lenders out of the temple it could have been described also as "a senseless act of vandalism".  I imagine that it was a common fate of the prophets to have been labelled as mad. From the

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This week's program looks at how the "patient" (the Church) is doing as World Youth Day approaches? American author and journalist Robert Blair Kaiser author of A Church in Search of Itself: Benedict XVI and the Battle for the Future, does

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The Holy Spirit Province of the Blessed Sacrament congregation is an Australian community of priests and brothers who, inspired by the mystery of the Eucharist, live their lives in the footsteps of the order's founder, St Peter Julian Eymard. Their

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Cairns Catholic Bishop James Foley has joined leaders of others faiths in supporting the construction of a mosque in the North Queensland resort town. Cairns.com.au reports leaders from across the religious spectrum have thrown their support behind a

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Debate raged yesterday over WYD regulations threatening $5,500 fines for "annoyance" to pilgrims with Jesuit Professor Frank Brennan condemning the regulations while NSW WYD Minister Kristina Keneally insisted the regulations were similar to those

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At a meeting with two Brazilian Indians yesterday, Pope Benedict pledged his support for their struggle to defend their lands. Survival International reports Pope Benedict met with the Indians at the Vatican yesterday, saying "We will do

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Victoria's Coalition parties have promised an aditional $400 million in funding for Catholic schools which say that they are increasingly underfunded by the state Labor government. The Age reports that in an early election pledge, Coalition

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Lourdes rector and treasurer, Fr Raymond Zambelli, is under investigation for fraud after more than $700,000 in funds was discovered in his personal bank account. The Daily Mail reports Fr Raymond Zambelli is suspected of embezzling hundreds of

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YouTube has pulled a pro-life video that exposes another documentary film project as a pro-abortion initiative. Zenit quotes a Catholic News Service report that the video sharing site pulled "The Decency Gap/Eve Reinhardt", which shows a

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Cardinal George Pell has laid the foundation stone for a new Sydney seminary to be set up by the Neo-Catechumenal Way for the archdiocese. The Catholic Weekly reports a foundation stone blessed in the Vatican by Pope Benedict was set in place at

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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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