An Indonesian court has ruled that a South Australian born ex-priest may be extradited to Australia to face abuse charges. The Jakarta court found that Charles Alfred Barnett's testimony of the contributions he has made to society was not a good reason

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Kuala Lumpur Archbishop Murphy Pakiam applied to the Malaysian High Court yesterday for a judicial review of a ministerial decision to disallow a Catholic newspaper from referring to God as "Allah" in its Malay language section. Malaysiakini

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United States pro-life activist Professor Helen Alvare was one of only six non-Europeans among 24 new appointments to the Pontifical Council for the Laity announced by Pope Benedict last week. The nominations included 18 Europeans, three South

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The shrine of Our Lady of Madhu in Sri Lanka has been given back to the diocese of Mannar after the army seized control of the area from the Tamil Tiger rebels.  Asia News reports Sri Lankan state television station yesterday showed images of the

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Victorian bishops have issued a pastoral letter calling for abortion to be retained as an offence under the Crimes Act rather than being moved under the Health Act. Zenit reports that in a pastoral letter signed by six prelates and an apostolic

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Controversial Sydney Muslim cleric Taj al-Din al-Hilali says that the Koran and the Bible make similar demands on women to dress modestly with the Bible "mandating" the wearing of the veil by Christian women. Writing in a new book, Sheik

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Pope Benedict went further than expected in the way he dealt with the issue of sexual abuse of minors by Catholic priests in America, and earned much praise for it. But questions remain, some of which touch on the Pope's own role in the Church's response to

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The Middle East is sometimes called the "cradle of Christianity". But from the time of Herod that cradle has been desecrated, violated and soaked in the blood of Innocents. In former times, though, the reaction of Christians was different to our

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This website was launched last month and is another from the award-winning, Sisters of Mercy run, multimedia company, Fraynework. It was produced on behalf of the Victorian Catholic Education Commission with the intent of enlivening the organisation's

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Controversial biologist Professor Richard Dawkins is at it again this time taking on the "New Age" and occult industries of astrology, tarot, psychics and alternative medicines. In the first of a two-part series, Dawkins battles spirit

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Wollongong Bishop Peter Ingham features in a YouTube video to promote an Australian bishops' pastoral letter warning on the opportunities and dangers of using the internet. The nation's bishops employed traditional and 21st century communication

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A Catholic-run soup kitchen and social service outreach program in the north-western Queensland mining town of Mt Isa is costing the local parish $80,000 to maintain as demand for its services increases following the federal government's intervention

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  More than one million devotees over the next 18 months of the Italian mystic St Padre Pio are expected to view his exhumed body, which is on display for the first time since his death nearly 40 years ago. Agence France Presse (AFP)

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Today it takes a strong, inner-anchored act to go to church on Sunday. We live in a moral and ecclesial diaspora and experience a special loneliness that comes with that. We have few outside supports for our faith. The culture no longer carries the

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The moment the lights went out in the St Vincent's College dormitory, the pillow fights would begin. Food, forbidden inside the dormitory, was eaten and hidden under bedcovers when the sound of footsteps and rustling rosary beads signalled the approach of

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The producers describe this film as a comedy. There are two problems with this. First the setup has to be funny. It's not. Second, for us to laugh along with this dysfunctional bunch we need to like the main characters. While the unhappy nuclear family are

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A schoolhouse in the South Australian country town of Penola is where it all began for Mary MacKillop and Fr Julian Tenison Woods in their quest to provide a free Catholic education for the rural poor. As we all know, it was the start of much

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Predominately Catholic country, Austria, is asking itself what is going wrong with shocking revelations of another sexual abuse and abduction case this time involving a father imprisoning his daughter for 24 years and fathering seven children with

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Staff in St Vincent de Paul Society shops across New South Wales have become the first employees of a charity in the state to be offered 14 weeks' paid maternity leave. Fairfax outlets, The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald report that under a

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Interfaith pioneer Rabbi John Levi has been awarded a professorship at the Australian Catholic University (ACU). The Australian Jewish News reports the Rabbi will use the position to "build even stronger bonds between the university

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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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