This year's Jesuit Lenten Podcast Series looks at "Reversals", finding God in times of crisis and change. The five podcasts will feature stories of people who have sought God in the midst of turmoil or helped others seek answers through their

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St Patrick holds the Irish in a powerful emotional thrall. As schoolchildren we were told that he refused to come down from a bleak mountain in County Mayo which still bears his name, until the Almighty promised him that the Irish would always be faithful

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The recent decision to lift the ban on Federal funding of embryonic stem cell research in the US will have far reaching consequences both for the US and the global research effort in this area. The original decision by the Bush government led to waste and

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An event for the long term calendar. The Australian Catholic Historical Society will hold its 2009 conference with the theme Catholics in Australian Public Life since 1788. Topics covered will include church-state relations; the place of the churches,

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Wagga diocese's Vianney College seminary is at full capacity, Rector Fr Peter Thompson says. The Wagga Daily Advertiser reports the "house full" sign can go up at the seminary where 22 young men are currently preparing for the priesthood.

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The rabbi of Jerusalem's Western Wall, Shmuel Rabinovitch, has said that it would not be proper for Pope Benedict to wear a cross on his forthcoming visit to the site. The pope wears a cross in all public appearances and is slated to visit the Western

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Victorian Premier John Brumby says that Tabcorp betting on Good Friday is not appropriate but if it does go ahead the company should donate a substantial portion of its profits to charity. "I don't think it's a good idea, I don't think it's

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Parents at a St Joseph's primary school, Riverwood in New South Wales are at loggerheads with parish priest, Fr John Walter, over his refusal to allow a shadecloth to be erected because of the risk of children suffering vitamin D deficiency. For more than

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Who of us has not walked into a meeting, a boardroom, a church assembly, a family dinner, a social situation, or a gathering of some kind and, not unlike the mass murderers at Columbine or Virginia Tech, subtly sprayed bullets of jealous anger around the

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Tabcorp invokes the secularist mantra of people have a choice as to what they do on the day and how they wish to spend it. Quite right. And the choice of so many is to spend Good Friday as a day quite different from any other day.It is a day of reflection. It

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eRENLAI is an internet magazine which is not just attempting to build its readership but also a network of project builders and a new generation of independent "information mediators" contributing to a Pan Asian community.eRENLAI

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The movie going public will enjoy the thriller aspects of Duplicity. The pace is swift; the plot has copious twists; and, for most of the time, it is hard to know who is really winning and why.Despite the entertainment draw power of the movie's major

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Many male teachers are abandoning public education to work in the Catholic or independent system, new Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show. WA Today reports the ABS figures show the number of male teachers in government schools has fallen by more

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AIDS cannot be solved by "advertising slogans" or with condoms that "risk worsening the problem" but by a twofold response based on assisting the suffering and spiritual renewal, Pope Benedict told journalists as he began his visit to

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Israel's Ambassador to the Holy See, Mordechay Lewy, has moved to allay fears over a statement by Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitch that Pope Benedict would not be allowed to wear a cross on his visit to the Western Wall. Catholic News Agency reports that Mr

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Three teenagers who spent the night on a drinking binge have pleaded guilty in Parramatta Children's Court to an axe and machete attack on Trinity Catholic College Auburn in Sydney's west. The Daily Telegraph reports that Parramatta Children's Court heard

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Trinity Catholic College, Lismore has pleaded guilty in the NSW Industrial Court to charges that it failed to ensure the health and safety of persons on the school grounds after five year old Gabriel McBurney was killed in 2005 by a 100kg school gate. The

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So let me stick up for Benedict. He declares that the Church's historic teaching that chastity outside marriage and fidelity within it would prevent the spread of killer diseases such as AIDS. Whatever your views on the subject, that simple statement is

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The mood in Ireland in these days seems to be less that of Lenten sackcloth and ashes and more that of discontented and often righteous indignation. At first, people seemed almost in denial about the prospect of recession, then bewildered by the pace of the

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This year's Melbourne Palm Sunday Peace Service and March has the theme Lets Make Peace Possible: End the Waste of War. Palm Sunday - April 5, State Library of Victoria. 2.30pm Rally & Peace March 1.45pm Ecumenical Christian

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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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