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Here is what the New York Times reported to its readers on November 21, writes George Weigel (pictured) in Ethics and Public Policy Center: "Pope Benedict XVI has said that condom use can be justified in some cases to help stop the spread of

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As a young man, James Maher of Maitland could often be found at a piano keyboard. His peers knew that he could play almost any song they might request and he was a popular fixture at parties. Some years later, and via a circuitous path, James is back at the

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So much storytelling is fact told as fiction. With reality TV and the post-Blair Witch Project genre, so many films are really fiction told as fact.  The same here. While it does have one eye on The Exorcist and its story of demonic possession of a

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Archbishop Mark Coleridge --- Australians can learn from those in Africa who know that money and technology will not fix the HIV/AIDS crisis, Archbishop Mark Coleridge says on the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn News website. Commenting on media

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Ethics classes will struggle to grow and it will be difficult to find long-term volunteers to teach it, expects Robert Haddad, director of the Sydney Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, The Catholic Weekly reports. "I believe the review process was well

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The Catholic weekly's image of Bishop Anthony Fisher meeting the young people at a youth Mass --- The Bishop of Parramatta, Anthony Fisher OP, who coordinated the World Youth Day in Sydney two years ago, wants to bring young people back and closer to

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Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin said that the Church in Ireland needs "urgent" renewal, according to reports in Zenit and Catholic Culture. "The Church in Ireland is on a path of renewal," he said, in published notes of a homliy commemorating the

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Pope Benedict calls for the release of the Pakistani Christian woman, Asia Bibi, in a recent Rome Reports video --- A lawyer says a Pakistani court has barred the country's president from pardoning a Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy,

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Pope Benedict --- Pope Benedict has launched a new body known as the "Vatican Foundation: Joseph Ratzinger - Benedict XVI" which will promote cultural and academic scholarship and will initially be financed by the pope from his author's rights income,

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NCLS Research is a world leader in research focused on connecting churches and their communities. Decades of rigorous and thoughtful research has been based on millions of participants. Co-operating denominations, including Catholics, Anglicans and

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Today is World AIDS Day and the theme for this year is "Take Action. No Discrimination." The aim is to encourage all Australians to be aware of the prelavence of HIV/AIDS; to take action to reduce the transmission of HIV by promoting safe sex practices; and

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It is 30 years this week since Dorothy Day died. She was a quirky woman who lived on the margins of Church and United States society. But her life bears reflection if we look for directions to take in our different circumstances, writes Andrew Hamilton in

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Pope Benedict XVI's statement on condoms - that in some circumstances using a condom to prevent the spread of HIV-AIDS could be a step toward moral responsibility - is not likely to have a huge impact on Catholic programs for the prevention and treatment of

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Screenshot from Rome Reports video, Wikileaks reveals Benedict XVI's election was a surprise for U.S. --- US diplomats were "shocked" and "speechless" at Pope Benedict's election, because they had not expected him to muster the necessary support for the

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The Sydney Morning Herald image of the former priest, outside court --- Former priest Brian Spillane, who left the priesthood and married in 2004, has been found guilty of nine counts of indecent assault, said the Sydney Morning Herald. He faces a further

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The Sydney Morning Herald image of the ecumenical Franciscan community's Laurel Lloyd-Jones and her husband, Edwin --- A member of an ecumenical Franciscan community, facing defamation charges over a letter accusing the mayor of Bega Valley in NSW of

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Catholic Community Services is adopting practices toward consumer-directed care, and ramping up consumer participation strategies for achieving this, said the organisation in an article on the Aged Care Insite web page. Tina Magennis, service innovation and

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The Church has "no authority" to ordain women, Pope Benedict reiterated in the new book featuring interviews with him, reports the Catholic News Service. He rejected the idea that the rule was formed only because the church originated in a patriarchal

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Scientists have the right and a moral duty to be "stewards of God" by genetically modifying crops to help the world's poor, the Vatican's scientific advisers said this week, according to a report in New Scientist. In a statement condemning opposition to

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The controversy over condoms has overshadowed many extraordinary things Benedict XVI says in Light of the World, writes Damian Thompson in the UK Telegraph. Earlier this week I read the book from cover to cover and it didn’t change my view that 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

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

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