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Archaeologists from Jerusalem's Studium Biblicum Franciscanum have discovered first century vases of perfumed appointment from a site in the ancient Palestinian town of Magdala. The UK Telegraph reports that the Italian team have been digging for several

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Golden Years is a wonderful resource for reflecting on Catholic life over the last 60 years. Its focus is on the 15 short years during which Fr Jerry Golden was chaplain to the Newman Society in the University of Melbourne. The former members of the Newman

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The Discalced Carmelites of the Australia-Oceania region have just launched a new website. The order based on the Carmelite tradition, was founded by St Teresa of Avila in 1562. The term "discalced" means barefoot and comes from the practice

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During my second year in Kiunga, the Diocesan Women's Service developed a program to educate women and to advise them of their rights. At this program, I heard women talk about their experience of abuse. One woman said she was not free of abuse until her

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In spite of his imperfect and fragile humanity, a priest is a visible extension of Christ Jesus, invested with power and authority by none other than God himself. Consequently, there is no more important human office than that of a Catholic priest. This is

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The Australian Catholic Students Association is preparing to welcome the Marian icon Sedes Sapientiae which was handed over to students representatives in Rome on December 8. The icon is an initiative of the Vatican Office for Universities, headed by

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Madonna's antics are lustful, a stain on humanity and offensive to God, retired Santiago Cardinal Jorge Medina has noted in comments on the singer's first visit to Chile. Madonna performed in Santiago on the Latin American leg of her Sticky and Sweet

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Some Catholics believe that "it is their mission to correct everybody else" and to develop a Church of "those who are right" rather than "a Church of mercy," Parramatta Bishop Kevin Manning has told Campion College graduates.

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In a major statement "Fighting Poverty to Build Peace" for World Peace Day 2009, Pope Benedict has attacked the "unbridled pursuit of wealth and short term profit" as the root cause of poverty and the global food crisis. In the 17 page

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"The Church is contrary to legislation that criminalises homosexuality," Holy See spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi said as debate raged over an earlier Vatican statement that same sex unions should not be decriminalised. Fr Lombardi said the

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Canberra Archbishop Mark Coleridge has ordained two new charismatic priests and a deacon for the Australian founded Missionaries of God's Love congregation. Daniel Strickland and David Callaghan, both originally from Western Australia, were ordained into

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Caritas Australia is this country's contribution to the Church's international aid and development efforts. In typically innovative style for the local organisation it has launched an Advent calendar on its website helping people to understand the real

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With 25 million books sold, novelist Stephenie Meyer seems to have struck a responsive chord with a section of the reading public. Her theme is the vampire as lust object for adolescent girls. Now debut director Catherine Hardwick has made a movie out of

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God writes straight with crooked lines. We know that expression, though we rarely apply it to sacred history or to the birth of Jesus. We should. The Christmas story is written with some pretty crooked lines. The God who wrote the beginning with crooked

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The first thing to note about education under the ALP government is that its approach to public policy is highly centralised and bureaucratic, all roads lead to Canberra. The Rudd–Gillard campaign against non-government schools represents a greater

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Placido Domingo has released a new album of songs based on the poems of Pope John Paul II, whom the tenor says he is certain "will be a saint soon". In "Infinite Love," a CD he presented at the Vatican, the Spanish born Domingo sings

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Saying that believers of different faiths had no option but to engage in interreligious dialogue, Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue President, Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran has thanked Muslims for bringing God back into the public sphere in

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US doctors say that it is too dangerous to try to separate the conjoined twin daughters of Romanian Byzantine Catholic priest, Fr Alin Dogaru. The Sydney Morning Herald reports the twin girls born joined at the head have overcome long odds, but the

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In a sign of improving relations with the Church, Cuban President Raul Castro attended the beatification of 19th century "father of the poor" Jose Ollalo on Saturday. BBC News reports the first beatification ceremony in Cuba has been held in

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Josephite Community Aid volunteers are this year celebrating the 15th edition of Hampers Day by delivering baskets to over 300 refugee families. On December 6, from 8am, 250 young vounteers will gather at the Josephite Sisters' HQ in Croydon in

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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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