The dreams of a local Church had been unwittingly reduced to a tribal Church. As people became more mobile, they abandoned the reserves of the colonial era and settled elsewhere in the country, but the Catholic Church they encountered was one in which they

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The Australian and New South Wales governments are set to fork out $76 million towards the hosting of World Youth Day. AAP reports documents obtained under Freedom of Information (FOI) show the Federal Government will contribute $35m towards the cost

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Students abused in two Canberra Catholic schools have been offered psychological counselling to be paid for by the Church. AAP reports Catholic Church Insurances has agreed to pay for each plaintiff to attend psychological counselling with the professional

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Sydney Archbishop Cardinal George Pell had once again affirmed his opposition to civil unions saying it is in society's best interest to protect hetrosexual marriage. Speaking on Radio New Zealand National during a visit to NZ on the weekend to boost

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Stricter rules for Mass including disallowing taking Communion in the hand and time limits on homilies may soon be initiated by the Vatican. DPA reports that Secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship Archbishop Albert Malcolm Ranjith Patabendige

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The Catholic Church in Italy has accused the national medical association of playing politics over abortion joining the debate in the lead up to parliamentary elections in April. Reuters reports while most of the outgoing centre-left coalition supports

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Qatar will have it's first church in 14 centuries - and just in time for Easter. Independent Catholic News reports the Gulf state of Qatar's Catholic community is getting ready to inaugurate the Our Lady of the Rosary Church on 14 March. Costing $15

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This week, Encounter is off to Ballarat in country Victoria, where delegates have gathered from around the world for a conference on children's spirituality. In a program called The Divine Spark, meet educators, health workers, and psychologists - some with

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I continue to wonder how modern attitudes reflect old ones, especially when people enter Aboriginal communities with a set of ready-made answers around employment, health and education. I am reminded of a mind-set that seeks to change people's lives for the

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Some years ago a friend of mine was dying of cancer. She was a woman, still in her forties, who had both a faith and depth that made her stand out in a spiritual crowd. In the last months before she died she did a remarkable thing. She wrote a long,

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Parramatta Bishop Kevin Manning joined a 4,000 person strong protest outside the gates of Parliament House in Sydney yesterday to oppose the Government's plans to sell off the electricity retailers and lease out the power generators. Speaking at the

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Pope Benedict has called for carers of the terminally ill to be granted "death leave" as he reaffirmed the Church's strong opposition to euthanasia. News.com.au reports the Pontiff said those caring for the dying should be afforded similar rights

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A recent survey by the National Joint Secondary Principals Associations has revealed job related stress is a real problem for principals. The survey of 1,100 public and private schools shows many principals feel overwhelmed by their workload. To tackle

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More than 200,000 people have requested tickets to see the Pope when he visits the United States in April. USA Today reports the two archdioceses where Pope Benedict will celebrate public Masses in April have received double the amount of requests than

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The Catholic Church in the Philippines has given President Gloria Arroyo a brief reprieve by not calling for her resignation over the kickbacks scandal but has strongly urged her to to allow officials to assist corruption inquiries. The allegations consist

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Young Polish priests have been accused of plagiarising their homilies from the Internet. Catholic News Service reports prominent Polish priest Wieslaw Przyczyna, co-author of the book To Pinch or Not to Pinch says it is "unethical" and illegal if

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The Review is the journal of the Catholic diocese of Rockhampton in Central Queensland. Several of the coastal and hinterland towns of the region, including Mackay, Rockhampton and Emerald have recently experienced floods which are well covered in

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Jesuit Lenten Seminars 2008 take place in Melbourne on March 5 and Sydney on March 6. The topic is Climate Change: Who Pays the Price? Speakers include Don Henry (Melbourne), Michael Raper (Sydney) and Sr Maryanne Loughry who will focus on the impact of

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I have a deep regard for the worth of each human person, and wherever possible I take time to appreciate the unique fruits to be derived from the passage of their lives. Consequently, I have adopted the practice over many years now of looking back on the

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This is what happens when we pray: Jesus reveals himself to us. This is what happens when we sit with Jesus in meditation: Jesus tells us who we are and who he is. This is what happens when we engage in spiritual conversation with one another: we

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

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