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Germany's Catholic and Protestant churches have reacted with outrage to businessman Frank Oynhausen's plan to sell "Sweet Lord" chocolates in the shape of Jesus. Frank Oynhausen set up his "Sweet Lord" chocolate Jesus making business

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Catholic Social Services and other faith based social service organisations will today present a discussion paper highlighting the expected impact of the global economic crisis on the poorest groups. ABC News reports the social services and welfare

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Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Giuseppe Lazzarotto has called on Australian Catholics to keep alive the spirit of World Youth Day through creative initiatives to foster and renew pastoral youth ministry. Addressing the opening session of the ACBC's

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This website showcases the work of the Sisters of St Joseph in Timor-Leste where they are supporting the people with health education, advocacy, compassionate care and literacy initiatives. It includes a media exchange, online donations facility and a

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Making his first visit to Australia, author, retreat master and teacher, Fr William Meninger OCSO will visit Melbourne to present a public lecture on the contemplative prayer known as "Centering Prayer". It is being practised worldwide with Fr

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Islam, like Judaism and Christianity, worships the same God who spoke to Abraham. It shares many of the same prophetic revelations, especially that there is but one God. The holy Qur'an refers to 25 prophets, and considers, Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus and

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I've always wondered what happened to the man who had been committing the adultery with woman in the famous bible story. Did he hide behind the door or under the bed before the mob burst in? Or did he manage to ride into the sunset and back to the arms

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Da Vinci Code director Ron Howard has hinted that he defied a ban on filming in Vatican City churches during the shooting of the prequel Angels and Demons. PR Inside reports after the controversy surrounding Howard's 2006 adaptation of Dan Brown novel

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A US Court of Appeals judge has ruled that a law suit may proceed against the Vatican alleging that Church officials should have warned of child sexual abuse by priests. The Australian reports the Vatican had tried to block a class action alleging that

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Former Apostolic Penitentiary Archbishop Luigi de Magistris this week told Vatican Radio that Italian Communist Party founder and philosopher, Antonio Gramsci, returned to the Church on his deathbed in 1937. Those claims, however, were swiftly denied

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The New South Wales government exceeded its World Youth Day budget by six times, the state Auditor-General has found. The Sydney Morning Herald reports the event ran $100 million over budget. As a result, the NSW Auditor-General is calling on

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Major church providers have called for a crisis and recovery fund from the Australian Government to ensure people who are doing it tough due to the impact of the global financial crisis are not further disadvantaged. A Taskforce of eminent Australians

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Pope Benedict held his first "ecological audience" yesterday, L'Osservatore Romano, said as the Vatican flipped the switch on its massive electricity generating solar panels. As the Pope addressed the 9,000 faithful, 2,400 solar panels on the

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The Pontifical Council for Culture is considering publishing the full record of the heresy trial of Galileo Galilei as part of the process of rehabilitation of the astronomer. Monsignor Gianfranco Ravasi, head of the Pontifical Council for Culture, said

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For many of us, our attitude to St Paul has been formed by images from the history of Christian art, from school textbooks, films and TV programs. Some people view him primarily as the one who tells women how to behave in church and in the home. The Pauline

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This website is but one response from the Melbourne Archdiocese to the post WYD question "where to from here?" The Archdiocesan Office for Youth was re-formed after this watershed experience for young Australians to ensure all young Catholics are

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Encounter this week explores the conundrum of why Japan is the home of spiritually rich practices like the tea ceremony and martial arts, many architecturally grand temples as well as a vast array of colourful religious festivals, yet curiously,

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The thing that gets me about religion is the pomposity and self righteousness that goes with so much of the territory. The defenders of religion preface their entire argument upon the acceptance of their position on blind faith. Now most children will until

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Bishops are inviting Australian composers to submit musical works to go with the new translation of the Roman Missal. The call comes after the Holy See granted official recognition to the Order of the Mass in the new translation, an ACBC media statment

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Australian bishops have approved a blueprint adopted by the National Youth Leaders Gathering which identified the need for catechesis as well as avenues for empowerment for young people in leadership and ministry. In approving the blueprint for the

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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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