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This American film is an adaption of the novel, Winter’s Bone, by Daniel Woodrell, which was published in 2006. It won the Grand Jury Prize for a Dramatic Film and best Screen Play at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. It tells the story of a group of

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Xt3.com will launch its third annual Advent Calendar on the first Sunday of Advent, 2010. The highly popular Advent Calendar is an online resource with daily reflections and features, well suited for youth groups, parishes, schools, or for your own

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Bust of St Mary of the Cross, from the CathNews Gallery on Flickr --- St Mary MacKillop's canonisation has boosted enquiries at Australia's Catholic Enquiry Centre by 63 per cent in the past year, reports The Catholic Leader. The Catholic Enquiry Centre

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Bishop Julian Porteous --- Homosexual marriage would fundamentally change our understanding of marriage as a life-giving and sexually complementary union, to one that is personal, romantic, without true communion or connection to procreation, Bishop

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Screenshot from the ABBA official website --- Students from Sydney's Cammeray Public School will perform an ABBA song after they were encouraged by a teacher not to refer to God or Jesus in their end-of-year concert, reports The Mosman Daily. A teacher,

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The Record's image of new Domus Australia Rector Fr Anthony Denton --- Former Melbourne Archdiocesan vocations director Fr Anthony Denton has been named inaugural Rector of Domus Australia, charged with the mission of turning Australian tourists in Rome

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Wikimedia Commons image of St Martin Duomo in Italy, inscription reading: Demone vexatum salvas Martine beate ("Blessed Martin, you are saving a man vexed by a devil") --- Over 100 US bishops and priests attended a conference on exorcism, hosted by the US

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A meeting of European churches has adopted a "Budapest Call for Climate Justice", calling for social and ecological values to be a central goal in policy-making among industralised nations, the Independent Catholic News reports. Some 80

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Image from The Catholic Weekly report --- Parishes across Sydney will hold a World Youth Day 2011 Madrid "awareness weekend" this weekend to alert parishioners and encourage registration, reports The Catholic Weekly. "The archdiocese is expecting to send

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The Victorian coalition has promised a $240 million package for Catholic and independent schools, to fund their students at 25 percent of their state school counterparts if elected next week, says an AAP report in the Sydney Morning Herald. Opposition Leader

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Screenshot from Rome Reports' video Vatican condemns illegitimate ordination of bishop in China --- Legitimate Chinese bishops were reportedly being forced to participate in an illicit ordination by China's Communist Goverment, with the Holy See

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The God of Jesus Christ does not send people pain, tragedy and suffering, and people who are hurting need to know that, said Jesuit Father Richard Leonard. The Australian Jesuit wrote the book, Where the Hell is God? after becoming convinced that his

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I was at Boston College during the US 2004 presidential election, trying to make sense of when it was or was not appropriate for a priest to deny communion to a Catholic political candidate usually on the basis of his or her views about desirability or

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For all the longstanding belief that Ireland wore its history on its sleeve, it is now a nation shaken by its present and uniquely uncertain of its future. And cometh the hour, cometh the book, writes Gerard Windsor in The Australian. Thomas Bartlett's

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Image from the Forbes.com website featuring "The World's Most Powerful People" --- Pope Benedict is in the top five of Forbes Magazine's list of "The World's Most Powerful People", and is the highest ranked religious figure on the list of 68, said a

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Edmund Rice Centre director Phil Glendenning and Indigenous leader Patrick Dodson with delegation that went to Kiribati in September --- A delegation from the Edmund Rice Centre and the Pacific Calling Partnership is attending a major climate change

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North Shore Times image of Gore Hill Cemetery Trust secretary John Flint with Saint Mary's statue --- With visitor numbers expected to rise after the recent canonisation, Mary MacKillop's original resting site at Sydney's Gore Hill is set for a huge

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Along with millions quitting cigarettes and fathers acquainting themselves with nappies, one of the signs that people really can change for the better is the waning of Christian sectarianism, writes Malcolm Knox. As a Protestant child, exactly what was meant

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The ten Australian seminarians staying at the Pontifical North American College (PNAC) in Rome witnessed an estimated 8,000 of their countrymen descend on the Eternal City with something approaching a sense of wonder last month for St Mary MacKillop’s

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Derek Hastings’ book, Catholicism & the Roots of Nazism, should be read by anyone interested in the history of the Christian churches, Nazism and the Shoah, writes Eugene Fisher in the Catholic News Service. Hastings studies in depth the events,

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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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