A former Catholic College Bendigo staff member has pleaded guilty to sexually abusing two young boys twenty years ago while a Darling Downs Catholic school teacher has been charged with seven counts of rape. Geoffrey Daryl Toomey, 38, who was described as

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Pope Benedict yesterday appealed to road users around the world "to stay sober and alert" and take extra care to avoid traffic accidents. Radio Vatican reports following the Angelus prayer on Sunday the Pope issued an appeal for road users

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A magistrate has fined Melbourne priest Fr Wieslaw Pawlowski $400 for sunbaking naked in a suburban park. The Daily Telegraph reports that Fr Pawlowski was yesterday convicted of wilful exposure in a public park next to a school. Fr Pawlowski

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The practice of compassion is central to every one of the major world religions, but sometimes you would never know it. Instead, religion is associated with violence, intolerance and seems more preoccupied by dogmatic or sexual orthodoxy. Why, then,

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There is enormous face validity to this movie. It has been created to show male versions of male distress, and where fatherhood ultimately comes into the sharpest focus, the film represents a most impressive achievement for all concerned. Not

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American bishops have been conducting a post mortem on the presidential election after calls by some of them for Catholics not to support "pro-abortion" Barack Obama were roundly ignored. Were the bishops right and is their authority now

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"One punch deaths" among young people are the consequence of not being able to deal with anger, Bunbury Bishop Gerard Holohan has warned. Announcing the launch of his 2008 Christmas Appeal for CatholicCare, Bishop Gerard Holohan said the proceeds

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Hedonistic, selfish and egocentric university educated Catholics are to blame for the crisis in the Church and the growth of secularism, a British bishop says. The UK Daily Telegraph reports Lancaster Bishop Patrick O'Donoghue has claimed that

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More than 30 percent of senior high school students are working at least 55 hours a week when school hours, homework and part time work are totalled, a survey shows. The Northern Daily Leader reports seven percent of senior high school students are

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San Salvador Archbishop Fernando Saenz Lacalle has criticised the prosecution in Spain of Salvadoran officials over the 1989 massacre of six Jesuit priests. Associated Press reports human rights activists have pushed for a trial of a former president and

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Local government forces attacked and ransacked St Gerard chapel for the second time in Hanoi's Thai Ha Redemptorist parish over the weekend. Independent Catholic News reports a large gang, backed by the People Committee of Quang precinct, attacked the

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Formation for a new generation of "lay Catholics involved in politics" is urgent and vital, Pope Benedict has said. Catholic News Service reports Pope Benedict told a meeting of the Pontifical Council of the Laity that the Church must

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The film follows the travels of Phil Glendenning, who is the director of Sydney based social justice body the Edmund Rice Centre. For six years, the passionate but soberly spoken Glendenning has travelled to some of the world's most dangerous hotspots on

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Exponents of co-education who tout it as a superior model to single sex education frequently base their reasoning on social imperatives rather than academic outcomes. They argue, perhaps flippantly, that our world is a co-ed environment for both men and

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Oddie elucidates Chesterton's journey from a comfortably bohemian childhood in liberal Kensington without relying on previous biographies, apart from Chesterton's autobiography and Maisie Ward's biography of 1944, which made use of information no

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St Peter Chanel school is based in the leafy Brisbane suburb of The Gap in Brisbane's north western suburbs. It is one of two Brisbane Catholic schools closed today as a result of Sunday's horror storm which struck the area. Usually it is a pleasant

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Harsh social security breaching laws impact on families with up to 50 percent of breached job seekers falling behind in their rent, Catholic Social Services chief Frank Quinlan has told a Senate enquiry. Mr Quinlan was addressing the Senate

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Cardinal Stefan Wyszinski declined to be nominated as pope during a 1978 conclave, proposing instead his compatriot Karol Wojtyla, the late Polish primate's journal reveals. Polskie Radio quotes historian Peter Raina's new book 1978: The Election of

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The number of tourists to Australia in World Youth Day month, July 2008, jumped by 47,000 compared with the same month last year, figures show. The Sydney Morning Herald reports the NSW Government is hailing World Youth Day as a success for

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The New South Wales Catholic Education Commission has confirmed that it has called on parents of children in Catholic schools to lobby for the scrapping of a new travel levy for students. Catholic Education Commission Acting executive director Ian

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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

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

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