Many people thought Kevin Rudd rash when he demanded that public servants work day and night. But should the public servants obey him? There are good grounds for saying that overworking is morally unjustifiable. In old-fashioned Catholic terms it may be a

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When you truly love each other you realise that having sex outside marriage is not a loving thing to do because you risk putting the other through emotional or spiritual hurt. This statement, made with firm conviction by young married couple Christine and

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Marymount College on the Gold Coast is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. The systemic school was the first Catholic co-educational college in Queensland and now has the largest enrolment of any school in the Archdiocese of Brisbane.

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Sydney Cardinal George Pell yesterday launched a new Catholic social networking site, xt3, with the title referring to Christ in the 3rd millennium. The Daily Telegraph reports the site which is based on the models of Facebook and

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A Chinese couple whose wedding photos outside a mountain seminary chapel were cut short by the Sichuan earthquake say that the experience has drawn them closer. Xinhua reports newlyweds Deng Li, 28, and Huang Fang, 25, had asked photographer Wang Qiang

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Hobart Archbishop Adrian Doyle has called for greater emphasis on rehabilitation of prisoners and adoption of restorative justice practices to reduce recidivism among criminals. Archbishop Doyle made his comments in a statement following the recent

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A brigadier-general and three other Rwandan army officers have been arrested on charges of murdering thirteen Catholic priests including a bishop during the 1994 genocide. The Age reports the four were arrested after the prosecutor general of the

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I looked down upon this man, stunned at what I heard and too startled to respond. Yet as I looked at him, I didn't see a cold, heartless killing machine. I saw a poor, broken man carrying around a great guilt and shame for what he had done. To lessen the

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Opposition frontbencher Tony Abbott says that Pope Benedict risks being seen but not heard by a "relentlessly secular" Australia during next month's visit for World Youth Day. In an article to be published in Saturday's Australian, Mr Abbott

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This is a remarkable book, the story of a couple as they encountered and moved through the debilitating phases of Alzheimer's disease. It is a story of courage and despair, hope and doubt, rage and circumspection, dignity and compassion. Above all it is a

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The deepest, widest sexual scandal in the Church has nothing to do with priests. It’s the scandal of lay people who themselves indulge in the sexual excesses so prevalent in our day, or who train their children to, whether by example, timidity or a

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A $6 million facelift for Hobart's St Mary's Cathedral has highlighted its historic baptismal font which may be Norman and date back to the 9th century. "More than likely it's a Norman font, dating back to perhaps around the ninth century, we're not

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Sydney University has bought Australia's only copy of reproduction manuscripts of the 14th century trials of the Knights Templar that rehabilitated the order. The University of Sydney has purchased a $10,000 reproduction of a document that

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The Holy See has launched a judicial enquiry into a possible second medical miracle for an Australian woman allegedly cured of an inoperable lung cancer. The ABC reports two doctors will examine the case to determine whether it is evidence of a

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The Holy See Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life has published a new instruction on authority and obedience for religious men and women. The new instruction entitled, 'The Service of Authority and Obedience'

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Controversial Chicago priest, Fr Michael Pfleger, has apologised after parodying US presidential candidate Senator Hillary Clinton in a Sunday sermon. Associated Press reports Fr Pfleger whose comments about Hillary Rodham Clinton reignited the

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Warning that there are "elements of extremism" in every religion, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair launched his Faith Foundation at a New York news conference. The Sydney Morning Herald reports Mr Blair unveiled plans for an

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A Victorian County Court judge has fined retired Fr Adelrick D'Cruz $500 and imposed a two year good behaviour bond following the priest's conviction for indecent assault on a teenage girl. The Catholic Church acknowledged Father Adelrick D'Cruz abused

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Stalin was famously dismissive of the Pope, demanding to know how many armed divisions he could command. But Catholicism has outlasted both communism and socialism. Although the religion's critics are right to point to the paradox of its championing of the

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One cannot understand the world without religions. The reason is that religions are capable of the best as well as of the worst: they can serve holiness or alienation. They can preach peace or war. Yet it is always necessary to explain that it is not 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

Daily Prayer

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

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