You could say that Ian Gwynne has been around the block a few times. The 57 year old has travelled the world, worked for 16 years for an oil company and is a three time cancer survivor. In 2002, he turned up in Sydney with $20 in his pocket and promptly

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Irish online bookmaker, Paddy Power, is quoting Sydney Cardinal George Pell at 16/1 for next bishop of Westminster but Melbourne Auxiliary Bishop Peter Elliott is even shorter priced at 12/1. It is unprecedented to have even one Aussie talked about

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Catholic schools, in particular, value their autonomy and, although a state mandated, secular curriculum has much to offer, we must never forget, as mentioned by Pope Benedict XVI when speaking at World Youth Day in Sydney, that the spiritual and

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Rowan Williams has now been Archbishop of Canterbury for almost exactly six years. Neither for the Anglican Communion nor for its titular leader have those years been placid or easy ones, and the author of this first full length biography of the Primate of

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The Catholic Diocese of Ballarat is a diverse and geographically extensive Diocese which covers the western third of Victoria, extending from the Murray River in the North to the Southern Ocean in the South. This diversity is highlighted on the diocese's

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A Darling Downs Catholic primary school teacher who acted as the school's "child protection officer" is now facing 46 charges for the alleged rape and sexual abuse of 13 young girls. The Australian reports police are now trawling through the

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The newly appointed commander of the Swiss Guards says that an inquiry cleared him of allegations that police previously under his command in the Swiss canton of Glarus had subjected asylum seekers to "sexual humiliation" during a raid. The

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Retired Italian Bishop Bassano Staffieri has called on parents to stop giving their children "ridiculous" names and to go back to traditional saints' names. Bishop Staffieri said that of the 500 girls born in the city of La Spezia this year,

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Caritas International has issued a call to pharmaceutical companies to develop affordable drugs specifically for children with HIV/AIDS, many of whom die before their second birthday. Lesley-Anne Knight, the secretary general of the Rome based

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The Holy See has confirmed that tentative plans are in place for Pope Benedict to visit Israel and Palestine in 2009 with May being the most likely month. Israeli sources said the most likely time for the visit would be in May, with stops in Israel and

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Holy See UN Permanent Observer Archbishop Celestino Migliore says the Vatican opposes a European Union proposal for a United Nations declaration formally condemning discrimination against homosexuals. Archbishop Migliore said the Catechism of the Roman

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Christian piety has often isolated Jesus from his historical context, placed him in opposition to his own people, and painted the Jewish people in terms of messianic rejection rather than the womb that gave life to Jesus and the Church. Vatican II faced

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Last month the world witnessed the internet version of a man standing on a ledge threatening to jump. Instead of snarling strangers yelling "jump!", digital voyeurs tapped away on their keyboards as they watched the life drain out of 19 year old

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This is the first episode of a five part documentary series on the so-called Return of the Bible Plagues. It is called Deadly Waters and focuses on the first God delivered plague to the Egyptians for enslaving the Israelites, turning the Nile into a

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Today's featured website gets into the spirit of the Advent and Christmas seasons and highlights a "sub-site" of the popular Catholic.net website which focuses on Christmas songs. A plethora of song and carol titles are ideally listed for

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Essendon parish priest, Fr John Mullaly, yesterday celebrated a funeral service at St Therese's Church for Barbara Williams, mother of Melbourne gangland killer, Carl Williams. Fifteen minutes before the service, George Williams, who is serving four

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In a message to mark the opening of Advent, Pope Benedict said that the Church also brings "good news" to the dimension of time. Advent, which opens the new liturgical year, "invites us to reflect upon the dimension of time," Pope

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Churches in the Holy Land and in Europe are facing a Christmas without their preferred Cremisan altar wine because Israeli soldiers are refusing to allow trucks transporting the wine from Bethlehem to enter Israel. Middle East Online reports the wine is

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For Lt Col Darrel Vandeveld, a devout Catholic, the twin responsibilities of religious faith and military duty led to a profound moral crisis. His resignation has led to charges against six inmates being dropped, at least for now, and called into question

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The Negros Nine refers to the three priests, including Australian Columban Brian Gore, and six lay workers on the Philippine island of Negros who in 1983 were charged with multiple murder. Over the next 14 months of trial and imprisonment they become known

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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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