Ireland is facing a major shortage of priests with the number of vocations taking a dramatic plunge. The chronic shortage could see couples sharing wedding ceremonies, some parishes not having Sunday Mass and even Funeral services shared. The

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The most effective way to tackle alcohol abuse is to raise the price, St Vincent's Hospital Darlinghurst director of drug and alcohol services says. The Catholic Weekly reports Dr Alex Wodak, who heads the service says, most of the alcohol consumed in

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Auxiliary Bishop of Sydney Julian Porteous says desensitisation to violence or sexual imagery does not promote the dignity of the human person and is not in the best interest of society. While Bishop Porteous believes the causes of violence and crime in

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The perfect space for those people interested in undertaking a retreat, course, workshop, conselling or spiritual direction. The Fullness of Life Centre is a Perth-based initiative of Celia Joyce and Marist Father Stephen Truscott. The website is simple,

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Despite its detractors, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints now exceeds 13 million members worldwide. It is one of the fastest-growing Christian churches in the United States and with more members of the Church today living outside of the

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As we mature in our spirituality, we learn that there is more to our relationship with God than the rote prayers of our childhood in which we talked to/at God. We discover that we need to listen to God in an open expectant way and respond to God’s

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Allegations have emerged the Northern Territory Catholic Education Office staged a "cover up" over the death of a nine year-old from a falling tree branch at a Darwin school. AAP reports an inquest into the death of the young boy heard that

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Brisbane Archbishop John Bathersby has debunked claims of a spike in exorcisms in Queensland. The Catholic Leader reports Archbishop Bathersby said the claims of an increase of demonic possession were a "complete surprise" to him. Speaking

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Pope Benedict will soon finish his encyclical on social issues, the Vatican's Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone has confirmed. Catholic News Agency reports Cardinal Bertone said the Pope is working on a social encyclical, which he believes

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A new director has been appointed to Catholic Earthcare Australia, Bishop Christopher Toohey announced. Bishop Toohey as Chair of the body welcomed Mrs Jacqui Remond's appointment saying she brought a deep personal and faith-based commitment to making

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The Archdiocese of Caracas was taken hostage for several hours by supporters of Venezuela President Hugo Chavez who staged a protest against the Church. Catholic News Agency reports the group of 15 Chavistas violently took over the chancery of the

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The St Vincent de Paul Society has elected Barbara Ryan as its NSW state president - the first woman to be elected in the position in the 127-year history of the society. The Catholic Weekly reports, elected by the Trustees Council on February 16, Ms

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China will attempt to heal the rift with the Vatican by renewing efforts to engage in confidential discussions and persuade Pope Benedict to the country. The Sunday Times reports the de facto head of Beijing's official Patriotic Church Liu Bainian

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Philippine Archbishop Oscar Cruz joined the chorus of growing public dissent over the Arroyo government's alleged corruption by calling the "national leadership beyond redemption" and urging the cabinet to resign. AAP reports Archbishop Cruz

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Sydney parish priests have been asked to reschedule morning Masses on the last day of World Youth Day so faithful can attend the final Mass which will be celebrated by the Pope. Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal George Pell, Bishop of Parramatta

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Australian Catholic Bishops Conference President, Archbishop Philip Wilson has recently returned from Rome where he met with a range of Vatican officials. Archbishop Wilson, who was accompanied by ACBC General-Secretary, Fr Brian Lucas, had 39 meetings

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franc rode

Priests are becoming less obedient and more worldly, a top Vatican Cardinal lamented, adding they are neglecting their duties under the pressures of secular values. Catholic News Agency and Catholic World News reports Prefect of Congregation for

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A meal and a drink in Croatia may not cost you anything except for maybe a few Hail Mary's after a parish opened up a "prayer café" in an effort to bring youths back to church. Catholic News Service reports Salesian Fr Damir Stojic

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praying

Too often people turn away from spiritual conversation. Their reasons are many. No time. Don't know how to pray. A child died. A love walked away forever. This forgetting that we share our lives with Jesus leads to heart-breaking loneliness. - Lasha

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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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