In the Good Weekend magazine earlier this month, journalist Fenella Souter wrote a piece entitled “Divine Intervention?” in which she critiqued the Gospel accounts of the birth of Jesus. I found the article lacking on many fronts, writes

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Every December Jean and Peter Ridley hook up their "Caravan of Hope" to bring Christmas cheer and joy (and toys for kids!) to the people of the bush.The Ridleys have been Salvation Army Chaplains for 30 years, including six years as missionaries in Papua New

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This year marks the 30th of the worldwide satellite telecasts of Papal Christmas celebrations. The broadcasts “in Mondovisione”, as they are also known, began officially in 1974. The Vatican website has full details of this year's

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Pope Benedict has asked Christians to highlight the real, religious meaning of Christmas in their celebrations, reports the Catholic News Service. "Celebrate a truly Christian Christmas," he said, one marked by "the joy of knowing that God is close and wants

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Screenshot from the Sydney Morning Herald --- The federal government will investigate abuse of the multibillion-dollar Job Services Australia program and enforce ''more stringent evidentiary requirements'' on thousands of employment agencies claiming fees

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'Adoration of the Magi Triptych, 1512', on Flickr --- An ancient document found in the Vatican archives casts new light on the story of the Nativity and the Three Wise Men who came to offer gifts to the infant Jesus, according to researchers, reports the

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Papua New Guinea's Sir Michael Somare --- Papua New Guinea's influential Catholic Church is the latest group to call on Sir Michael Somare to resign, ABC Radio Australia reports. The veteran politician continues to insist that he is the legal leader of

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'Cross', on Flickr --- A Catholic prelate in Ireland has said the church would arrange for victims of clerical sex abuse in one diocese to meet the bishop who was in charge of it when hundreds of abuse complaints were kept secret, said a New York Times

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Screenshot from ucanews.com --- Religious leaders in South Korea extended condolences to the North over the death of Kim Jong-il this week, saying that religious exchanges across the border should continue, reports ucanews.com. Archbishop Hyginus Kim

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The European Values Survey has found a strong correlation between happiness and religion, reports MercatorNet. When the researchers ran statistical tests looking for correlations between happiness and religion variables, there were six main findings. 1.

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A virtual tour of the Church of the Nativity, the  birthplace of Jesus, has been opened by Bethlehem town authorities this Advent. Those of us unable to make a pilgrimage in person, will also be able to see all the major attractions: the churches,

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Pope Benedict has pointed to the traditional Christian family as a key agent in the New Evangelisation, saying heterosexual marriages open to having children provided “the human space for an encounter with Christ” in our world, writes Robert

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This is a computer-generated film produced by Dream Works Animation. It tells the story of the adventures of Puss in Boots before his first appearance in Shrek 2 (2004). Accompanied by Humpty Dumpty and Kitty Soft-Paws, a black female cat, Puss is pitted

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A Sydney Morning Herald report alleges that the Church's employment arm has been systematically rorting the taxpayer-funded welfare-to-work program, one of a number of employment agencies that are exploiting loopholes in the $4.7 billion Job Services

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Vicar General Bishop Les Tomlinson --- The Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Melbourne has responded to articles in the Age on December 3 and 6 which reported allegations of sexual abuse against a Marianist Brother. In a statement posted on the

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Archbishop Philip Wilson --- More Sunday evening masses will attract young people and families back to the church, Archbishop Philip Wilson believes, according to the Advertiser. Speaking to the paper to mark 10 years as head of the Adelaide Archdiocese,

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Screenshot from The West Australian --- In the Bible, shepherds and wise men paid homage to the newborn baby Jesus, and in Venezuela Hugo Chavez turned up in the manger, too, said a Reuters report in the West Australian. A Nativity scene in Caracas

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Pope Benedict has reminded Christians not to be dazzled by the shopping lights of the Advent season but to keep focused on the coming on Jesus Christ, reports the Catholic News Agency. "The external environment offers the usual commercial messages, even

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Two medical professionals have told the Catholic News Agency that an article, about the use of the Pill to lower the risk of breast, ovarian and uterine cancers among religious sisters, is flawed. Karen Brauer, president of Pharmacists for Life

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A group of reclusive nuns in New South Wales has unexpectedly joined activists protesting against the coal seam gas industry, reports the ABC. The Carmelite nuns, whose monastery is in south-western Sydney, have told a New South Wales Upper House inquiry

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Mass on Demand

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From Parish of Our Lady of The Way, North Sydney & Lavender Bay. 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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