Biblical Hebrew is an enigmatic language. According to Jewish tradition it's the Holy Tongue, employed by God when He spoke the world into being. This edition of Encounter asks "how has the language of Torah shaped Jewish thought and what does it say

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Did Jesus ever say "Mum, I wish it wasn’t so hot?" Did He ever say "It’s too wet to go to school today?" Did He ever sleep in when He shouldn’t have? Did He ever kick his dirty clothes under the bed instead of putting

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Prayers for twins

16-Nov-2009

The sisters from Bangladesh's Missionaries of Charity were praying when conjoined twins Krishna and Trishna were wheeled into surgery at Melbourne's Royal Children's Hospital, reports the Daily Telegraph. "We prayed from 8am to 8pm," Sister

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The Seminary of the Good Shepherd serves men who are in formation for diocesan priesthood for the Archdiocese of Sydney and a number of dioceses from the province of New South Wales and beyond. It was opened in Homebush in 1996 by Cardinal Edward Clancy

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Reports say the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints has approved a draft decree for submission to Pope Benedict recognising the "heroic virtues" of the late Pope John Paul II and declaring him "venerable". The congregation's

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Dr Dan White --- Dr Dan White, executive director of Catholic schools in the Sydney archdiocese, is urging parents to consider encouraging their kids to participate in other ways than "Schoolies Week" to celebrate the end of

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A national study has found that 80 percent of secondary students from non-Anglo backgrounds and 55 percent of students from Anglo backgrounds have experienced racial vilification in schools. But students who attended a Catholic school were 1.7 times less

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Father Nguyen Van Ly --- Vietnamese priest Father Nguyen Van Ly, jailed for "anti government activities", suffered a stroke in prison and is partially paralysed, news reports cite his relatives saying. He is a known human

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Australian churches are being invited to take part in the fifth nationwide National Church Life Survey of churchgoers in 2011, which aims to help churches better connect with the wider community. The survey will take place in a variety of forms

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A woman left $40,000 worth of rare coins hidden under leaves at the Maryland National Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes at Mount St Mary's University while she left town, so the Blessed Virgin Mary would watch over her treasure. While raking leaves

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A newly restored 6th century reliquary said to hold fragments of the cross on which Jesus was crucified is going on display at St Peter's Basilica. The Vatican on Thursday will unveil the restored Crux Vaticana, a jewel encrusted golden cross

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South Australia's parliament defeated a bill to legalise voluntary euthanasia as one Liberal MP pulled out his support. The conscience vote finished at 11 votes to 9. Liberal MP David Ridgway rose just before the vote to withdraw his support and the

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Walking Nuns - The Sisters of Mercy Exhibition that celebrates the 150th anniversary of the order in Goulburn opened to a crowd of some 200 people at the Mt Carmel study hall in NSW. The exhibition is travelling to places where the Sisters of Mercy

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Family and friends gathered to mourn murdered Sydney woman Chloe Waterlow during a solemn service in St Canice's parish at Rushcutters Bay yesterday. Ms Waterlow, 36, and her father, Nick Waterlow, 68, were found dead with stab wounds in her

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To call Shlomo Sand's book "challenging" would be an understatement. The challenge begins with the English title: it goes further than a literal translation of the original Hebrew, which would be "When and How Was the Jewish People

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Tony Windsor MP --- Tony Windsor, the Federal MP for New England, wants Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to clamp down on the number of religious, not-for-profit and charitable organisations not paying tax in Australia. Mr Windsor said a

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The path to nationhood for the East Timorese people was never going to be easy. After a few centuries of oppressive colonial rule by Portugal, including Japan's occupation during World War II, the East Timorese suffered Indonesia's brutal 24 year

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Marymount Mercy Centre is a spirituality centre owned and operated by the Sisters of Mercy of Parramatta situated in Castle Hill, a north-western suburb of Sydney.Marymount provides a beautiful venue for its present purpose of sponsoring the New Life

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We must consider the impact legalising euthanasia would have on institutional, governmental and societal levels. We need to explore not only the practical realities, such as the possibilities for abuse, that allowing euthanasia would open up, but also,

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Nick McKim --- The Tasmanian MP and Greens leader Nick McKim said he will keep pushing for voluntary euthanasia legislation if he is re-elected in March, despite his "Dying with Dignity" bill being defeated in parliament last

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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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