This edition of Compass is the middle episode of a three part series looking at the radical religious thinkers and networks pioneering new ways of believing in the new millennium. Behind the clamour of fundamentalism, a quiet revolution is taking

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Geelong priest, Fr Kevin Dillon, who treated some of the victims of the January 1969 Lara bushfires while working as an orderly at Melbourne's St Vincent's Hospital, will lead a commemorative service this Sunday for the tragic event. The Geelong

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Nearly six months after Sydney's World Youth Day, pilgrims from Baltimore, USA, are still inspired by an experience in which they felt "the Spirit move". The Baltimore Catholic Review reports Raynard Pinckney has spent the last six months

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A New Zealand based Israel support group has condemned a local priest, Fr Gerard Burn, after he allegedly smeared a memorial to former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin with red paint during a protest in Wellington. About 1,000 people were

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Soon to retire Westminster Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor has caused a stir by telling a gathering of businessmen that "capitalism is dead" as a result of the current world economic crisis. The UK Telegraph reports Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor, 76,

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In a message read out at Jerusalem's St Stephen's Cathedral, Gaza City parish priest, Monsignor Manuel Musallam says the strip is "drowning in blood" as hospitals overflow with patients. Catholic News Service reports Monsignor Manuel Musallam,

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Irish priest Fr Michael Mernagh has arrived in Dublin after an eight day "walk of atonement" in reparation for the clerical abuse of children. The Belfast Telegraph reports that Fr Mernagh set out from St Coleman's Cathedral in Cobh on December

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As the Czech Republic takes up the rotating presidency of the European Union, Prague Cardinal Miloslav Vlk has warned that Europe is dying out demographically and on the way to becoming markedly more Muslim. "When the Irish said No to the Lisbon

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We are God's work of art. Not all art is immediately pleasing. A civilised approach tries to widen one's range of appreciation to take in a greater variety of styles. So it is with people. If we limit ourselves to those immediately compatible, our circle of

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This edition of Encounter on the cost of food is a repeat of a program that aired in August 2008, but despite the fall in petrol prices since this time, the issue of access to food and its affordability is still a major concern. With food prices rising

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The Macías Picavea primary school hardly looks like the seat of revolution. But this unassuming brick building in a sleepy industrial town has become a battleground in an intensifying war between Church and state in Spain. In an unprecedented

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Vietnamese sisters who responded to an invitation to meet with the local government last month were dismayed when the meeting turned into a press conference announcing the government would seize their monastery to convert it into a public square. Catholic

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The tide may be turning in the flow of enrolments moving from state schools in New South Wales with many Catholic schools recording a moderate or even steep drop in numbers. The Daily Telegraph reports public shools are bracing for an influx of

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NZ priest, Fr Gerard Burn, has defended his actions in smattering blood and paint over a statue of assassinated Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin while an Israeli official has criticised Vatican Cardinal Renato Martino after he described Gaza as like a

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Eighty five year old Carl Djerassi the Austrian chemist who helped invent the contraceptive pill now says that his co-creation has led to a "demographic catastrophe." In an article published by the Vatican this week, the head of the world's Catholic

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Bethelehem's Salesian made Cremisan altar wine is flowing again after Israeli authorities lifted restrictions on its export. Della Shenton, of 5th Gospel Retreats, UK importers of the wine, said the Israeli authorities had given permission for truckloads

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A Brazilian sugar cane town wants to place itself on the map by building a 39 metre tall statue of Jesus, a metre higher than Rio de Janeiro's iconic image of Christ the Redeemer. The Age reports the Christ statue in Sertaozinho, northwest of Sao Paulo

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Pacifists want to understand war as a lawless condition that should be abolished. But those who recognise that humanity won't succeed in stopping war seek, instead, to contain and "humanise" it. The medieval Popes practiced this wisdom when they

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This SBS documentary is set in the Year 2075. Climate predictions made at the beginning of the 21st century have turned out to be dramatically true and global warming of the Earth's atmosphere has now serious consequences on the every day lives of

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If we Protestants are serious about the Bible we cannot escape the conclusion that Mary is a figure to be reckoned with, even if her prominence varies in the gospels and the earliest known New Testament writer, Paul, never mentions her. It is unfortunate

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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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All your daily readings, reflections and prayers can be found here... 

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