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In her latest film, Lourdes, Austrian film director Jessica Hausner paints the world as a place in which human beings grasp at scraps of meaning and hope.The film (which has not opened yet in Australia) is a distinctly secular take on the Marian shrine. The

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This official site of the Vatican museum offers a rich  experience for art lovers. It contains virtual tours of the  great treasures, news and photos of works being restored, and links to Papal Basilicas. http://mv.vatican.va/3_EN/pages/MV_Home.html

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For one sacred week, re-telling a redeeming tragedy, a treasure-trove of music has unfathomable depth and breadth. From the music of Palm Sunday to Holy Saturday, the tragic events of the Holy Week drama hold a dominant place in the canon of sacred music. For

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The Queensland Independent Education Union will today meet with employing authorities from 23 schools across the state to negotiate better wages for experienced teachers. More than 1000 teachers from 43 of the state's 288 Catholic schools stopped work

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Julie Goodwin never expected MasterChef Australia to change her life. And in fact, despite winning the three-month televised cooking contest, after which she stepped back into the world to find she’d become a minor celebrity, she confesses to Australian

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A newspaper report comparing building costs in a Catholic primary school and a public counterpart shows that the government school pays consultants twice as much. The Australian compared western Sydney primary schools Holy Family, in Emerton, and

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Archbishop Mark Coleridge at the Chrism Mass --- Hundreds of faithful gathered for at the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn's annual Chrism Mass in St Christopher's Cathedral this week for the blessing of the sacred oils. Archbishop

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Archbishop Paolo Pezzi---The Orthodox Patriarch of Moscow and the Latin Catholic Archbishop of Moscow have expressed "bewilderment" and "pain" over bomb attacks on Moscow's Metro and called for prayers.Several dozen people were killed

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This release on the website of Australia's Paddy's Markets has a list of traditional Easter foods, their symbolism and history. from which fish to egg colours, this will help steer your Easter meal in the right direction.

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Shareholders of PepsiCo should vote that the company disclose its standards for donating over $82 million in corporate assets to groups including those advocating homosexual causes, say a group of "ex-gays".  PepsiCo, Inc. is the leading corporate

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Around $283 million is needed to fund reconstruction efforts of religious sites damaged in last month's massive earthquake in Chile, say the country's bishops.About 80 percent of religious sites in the Chilean regions are in desperate need of repair,

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Easter is often celebrated in difficult times. In the Catholic Church this year shame and sadness at the disclosures of sexual abuse in the European churches are part of the background to Easter. It would be easy to see the former as a distraction from

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Archbishop Philip Wilson --- Archbishop Philip Wilson, president of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, says Easter's message of hope is especially important given the devastating recent earthquakes in Haiti and

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Church Resources would like to wish all CathNews readers a happy and holy Easter. We take a break on Good Friday and Easter Monday and will resume publication on Tuesday. Tuesday will be a special day for CathNews, as we will be rebranding as part of

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More parishes, schools and priests will be required to meet the needs of an expected 40 percent growth in Sydney's population in the next three decades, says the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC). Press reports, meanwhile, say new forecasts

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The Vatican has defended Pope Benedict XVI's handling of the clerical sexual abuse scandals, but conceded that getting the message through has been difficult. Even as Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi has said the crisis has

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Their clothes needed a good scrub, they carried mates on stretchers in the black of night and faced various rigorous army-like challenges in daylight hours. Yet 150 senior students from Padua College in Kedron, Brisbane, were the better for it.

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A priest who was convicted of child sex offences before he was ordained is reportedly working in a leadership role in Western Australia assigned to him by Perth Archbishop Barry Hickey. The West Australian newspaper said it has learnt that Father

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The Archdiocese of Sydney's auxiliary Bishop Julian Porteous has warned that generation Y risks a dangerous fascination with the occult fuelled by the Twilight and Harry Potter series. "Alternative" relaxation techniques as yoga, reiki

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The Archdioces of Brisbane's Catholic Education said there will be no strike action at the vast majority of Catholic schools in the archdiocese this week. Teachers who are members of the Independent Education Union (IEU) will strike on Wednesday at

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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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