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Author Brendan Whiting whose book "The Shroud Story" rebutted scientific tests dating the Shroud of Turin to the 14th century has died in Sydney. The Catholic Weekly reports that Whiting's 2006 book renewed support for the authenticity of the

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Fifteen years ago I knew practically nothing of the Dominicans, all I knew of Aquinas was the caricature of the desiccated scholastic wondering about angels and pins, and what little theology I had studied at university I found eye-wateringly dull. Thus I

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Georgetown University in Washington DC is America's oldest Catholic university celebrating 220 years of higher learning in 2009. It was founded by the nation's first Catholic bishop, the Jesuit John Carroll. In the emerging tradition of American

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Within Catholic circles, the only people I've seen quarrelling are the kind of Jew-hating kooks one finds in the fever swamps of sedevacantism and other outposts of lunacy. In circles beyond the Church, of course, the situation is much more volatile, with

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With the death of Father Richard John Neuhaus on Jan. 8, the Catholic Church lost one of its greatest public intellectuals, a theologian who brought the light of the Gospel to the world of public life. More than that, though, Father Neuhaus made possible a

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The Queensland Anti-Discrimination Tribunal has ordered the St Vincent de Paul Society to pay $27,000 in compensation to a former local Vinnies president who was sacked because she was not Catholic. The landmark decision in the Anti-Discrimination

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Kuala Lumpur Archbishop Murphy Pakiam has accused Malaysian of acting in bad faith over its refusal to allow the publication of a Malay edition of the Catholic Herald pending the outcome of a court case on the use of the word "Allah". The

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An extraordinary minister refused communion to Victorian Attorney-General Rob Hulls at a Christmas Mass service at St Monica's parish, Moonee Ponds before parish priest, Fr Peter Kenny, intervened and gave him communion. The Herald-Sun reports

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Pope Benedict has called for a "deep revision" of the world's "dominant development model", saying "the state of the planet's environment and above all the cultural and moral crisis" are even more urgent than the financial

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At least twenty church workers were killed in 2008, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has announced calling on Catholics to pray for those who have sacrificed their lives. Publishing its annual list of missionaries killed during the year,

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Australia is experiencing a rise in conversions and vocations in the wake of last year's World Youth Day, Sydney Cardinal George Pell says. "We are registering an increase in conversions," Cardinal Pell told the the Italian bishops news agency.

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The Vatican City State will no longer automatically adopt Italian laws because there are too many of them and they conflict too often with Catholic teaching. The BBC reports Vatican legal experts say there are too many laws in Italian civil and

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St Mary's, South Brisbane, is out of communion with the Church, Archbishop John Bathersby has told the parish, citing a list of problem issues, but will wait until the end of January before making a formal decision on the parish's future. Meanwhile,

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The pill has "had devastating effects on the environment by releasing tonnes of hormones into nature," Pedro Jose Maria Simon Castellvi, president of the International Federation of Catholic Medical Associations, says. "We have sufficient

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Condemning a "refusal to dialogue", Pope Benedict has called on Israeli and Palestinian leaders to "act immediately to end the current tragic situation" in the Gaza Strip. The pope deplored the "refusal to dialogue" which

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As more than 130 countries celebrate the International Year of Astronomy, the Vatican also turned its gaze toward the heavens. The pope repeatedly has praised Galileo, calling him a man of faith who "saw nature as a book written by God." The

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In 2005 John Patrick Shanley won a Pulitzer Prize and a Tony Award for his Broadway play, "Doubt". It has been staged in most Australian capital cities since then. Set as the Second Vatican Council is well underway in 1964, the reforming and

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We have begun a New Year. These first days are a time for reflection and resolution. I have noted a deep depression in the ranks of some committed to the great human rights struggle of our age, the struggle to defend and protect the first right, the right

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Tarrawarra Abbey in Victoria's picturesque Yarra Valley is a community of Cistercian monks. Founded in 1954 by Mount St Joseph Abbey, Roscrea in Ireland, the monks of Tarrawarra belong to the worldwide Cistercian Order of the Strict Observance

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Hong Kong's Caritas Medical Centre has admitted that it had blundered by refusing to send medics to help a dying patient on the doorstep of the hospital.   Monsters and Critics reports the Caritas Medical Centre's actions sparked public outrage

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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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