Countless young people throughout the world have rediscovered their faith through a World Youth Day experience. There are also many who have found their vocation—either to marriage, the priesthood or religious life. My hope and prayer is that similar

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Will WYD change Australian Catholicism? Personally, I doubt it. It will do nothing to confront the deep seated problems that Australian Catholicism faces. Fundamental structural change doesn't happen through big events but through deep reflection, careful

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The Catholic Bushwalking Club of NSW has over 400 members and marked its 65th year in 2008. The club holds regular weekend and mid-week walks and like Catholic bushwalking groups in other states, its purposes vary from fostering an appreciation of a

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On the occasion of Pope Benedict XVI's World Youth Day visit, Geraldine Doogue in a two part Compass special examines thorny issues facing the Catholic Church in Australia: the crisis in the priesthood, and the role of women in the Church. In the first

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//Over 1,500 responses to a recent CathNews reader survey was an amazing result and a ringing endorsement of the service provided by the newsletter to Australian Catholics, according to the Executive Director of Church Resources, Fr Michael Kelly. Fr

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"No western country is producing enough babies for a stable population," Sydney Cardinal George Pell said yesterday. The Sydney Morning Herald quotes Cardinal Pell as saying that Australians were tempted to believe they could have a strong,

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Brazilian liberation theologians Leonardo and Fr Clodovis Boff have split after the latter published an article critical of what he describes as "the principal error" of liberation theology. Chiesa reports the first blow fell a few months

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Adelaide Archbishop and ACBC President Philip Wilson says that the effects of climate change are clear to pastors in his diocese and that action is needed so "we learn to live in this land". "We're not looking to enter into the debate

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In a celebration of the start of WYD, organisers last night projected images of Pope Benedict and the Australian outback on Sydney Harbour Bridge. The Herald-Sun reports a light show, made up of 20 images beamed onto the bridge's southern pylon, was

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The count down is officially over, it is here, it has arrived! WYD08, several years in the planning and billed as the biggest event ever hosted in Australia, commences today and concludes on Sunday with a Final Mass celebrated by Pope Benedict XVI and

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A bizarre melange of Eastern mysticism and ice hockey, The Love Guru is the new vehicle for Canadian comedy star Mike Myers who also produced and co-wrote it. So anyone who didn't revel in Austin Powers should exercise extreme caution. Myers is one of

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Today we are considerably more casual and careless about observing the Sabbath and we are poorer, both religiously and humanly, because of this. Much of our tiredness and sense of being over-burdened comes from not having a regular Sabbath in our lives.

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I am a young Catholic and I would like to apologise for my faith. By apology I do not mean an expression of regret. Rather, I am referring to the Greek origin of the word, meaning to defend. To modern sensibilities, Catholic moral teaching can come

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In a further sign that 19th century English convert and Cardinal John Henry Newman may soon be beatified, the Holy See has requested that his body be exhumed and placed in the Birmingham Oratory. The Vatican Congregation for the Causes of Saints has

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Cardinal George Pell told a colourful crowd of 150,000 at yesterday's World Youth Day opening Mass in Sydney's Barangaroo district to forgo "fat, relentless egos" andmake a commitment to a life of love and resurrection. The Sydney Morning

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The Federal Court yesterday upheld a challenge by two students against special WYD laws that allowed police to detain people for "annoying" behaviour. The ABC reports that No To Pope Coalition members Amber Pike and Rachel Evans took the New

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The parents of two girls raped repeatedly by a now deceased Melbourne priest are flying from the UK to confront Sydney Cardinal and former Melbourne Archbishop George Pell. The Sydney Morning Herald reports Anthony Foster, whose daughters were

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Traditionalist Scottish monks close to the Society of St Pius X have rejoined Rome after canonical suspensions on their priests were lifted. Catholic Online reports the group of monks asked for and received canonical good standing and communion with

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With participants walking and using transport to get to most venues, World Youth Day will be the lowest polluting major event per capita ever hosted in Sydney, WYD coordinator Bishop Anthony Fisher says. Zenit quotes Bishop Fisher of Sydney as saying

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From the creator of www.womeninthebible.com and www.bible-topten.com this website is a sub-site of the latter created specifically for World Youh Day. It's about young people in Bible stories, such as Jesus in the Temple, Jairus' 12 year old

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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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