Just as Mary MacKillop for many years was rejected by the Church for daring to question the authority of her bishop, Brisbane's St Mary's church is reflecting the true face of a caring society. Why shouldn't the Vatican close the Roman Catholic parish of St

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My hero at junior school was Edward the Confessor. Not because I knew any specific details about his reign, but because his name suggested that he had particular prowess at confessing. I fondly imagined that in order to earn such a sobriquet he must have

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This edition of Compass goes inside Kenja, an Australian cult accused of sexual and emotional abuse of its members. For 25 years Kenja has fought all the negativity the world could throw at it. Its charismatic 80-something leader Ken Dyers and his wife

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The Missionary Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception Australian website highlights a logo to celebrate the 2001 establishment of its Australian Governance Circle. Drawn up by the Sisters searching together for an appropriate contemporary

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Archbishop Mark Coleridge has ordained two Canberra men for the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter at the first Solemn Pontifical Mass following the traditional extraordinary form of the Roman Rite at St Christopher's Cathedral in years. Fr Marko Rehak and

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Former Mercy Disabled Services director, Lawrence Bodin Shaw, has pleaded guilty to the theft of over $300,000 from the organisation to fund his gambling addiction. Barrister Craig Eberhardt told the District Court in Brisbane, his client, Lawrence

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Catholic Health Australia has proposed the Federal Government should establish a one stop shop for all aged care assessment and entry processes to provide frail older Australians with more choices. Speaking at a health reform conference in Tasmania, CHA

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Addressing a Micah Challenge conference, Federal Labor MP James Bidgood has described the global financial crisis as an act of God and a sign of the "end times". The Age reports that Mr Bidgood, a first year MP from Queensland, told a function

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Dad in Ark protest

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A Queensland man has launched action in the Anti-Discrimination Commission after his four year old daughter was asked to help make a replica of Noah's Ark at the local state school. The Australian reports that Ron Williams is taking action because he did

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The cross is etched on the size 10 Nike boots with a felt marker, but the tattoo at the top of the player's right arm is a more permanent reminder that there is nothing ordinary about the commitment to the cross and how it shapes the life of the man inside

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The Church's teaching that marriage is the lifelong union of a man and a woman, who share a common life together and are open to children, is a statement of what exists, formed in the biological reality of male and female, and the means by which the human

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Tiber River is a Colorado based organisation providing Catholic book reviews and what it claims to be "authentically" Catholic information and opinions about different areas of Catholic culture. Its objective is to provide religious education via

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Although sumptuously produced, Youth Without Youth is a disappointing journey into dreams, myths and the search for ultimate knowledge, that is at times laboured and confusing. It marks a fascinating departure from this great filmmaker’s usual work,

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Guy Sebastian, Paulini and Ray Martin have joined Cardinal Pell and WYD organiser Danny Casey for the launch of Receive the Power, a 200 page record of World Youth Day Sydney 2008. The joy and deep faith of the hundreds of thousands of young people

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Thousands gathered in Nagasaki on Sunday for the beatification of 188 Japanese martyrs killed in what is described as the worst persecution in the history of the Church. For Japan's small Catholic population, the first beatification to be held in the

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Describing Liberation Theology as a "courageous" and "creative" response, Jesuit Superior General, Fr. Adolfo Nicolas, says that it needs more time to mature. Catholic News Agency reports Fr Nicolas, said this week he was

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A New Zealand woman is launching a compensation claim against the the Maitland-Newcastle diocese for alleged sexual abuse by the late Fr Denis McAlinden. The abuse allegedly occurred after Fr McAlinden was sent to New Zealand during the 1980s, The

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Pope Benedict has launched a consultation with bishops on whether to move the sign of peace in the Mass, Congregation of Divine Worship head, Cardinal Francis Arinze has said. Cardinal Arinze told the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano in an interview

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After more than 40 years, L'Osservatore Romano says that John Lennon's famous remark that the Beatles were popular than Jesus sounds like an English working class lad struggling to cope with success.  Pollstar says the Vatican has reportedly

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In Peru for the APEC Summit, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has paid a visit to an Australian Sisters of Mercy project in a Lima slum area. Mr Rudd visited Cerro Candela (Hill of Candles), one of the shanty towns on the city's outskirts where three

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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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