I am not suggesting that following Christ is cost free. Nothing good in life comes without some price. The pagan saying "no pain, no gain" contains much truth. Following Christ is a long term investment and it takes time and effort to curb our

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Sunday Nights with John Cleary is a unique weekly program on ABC Local Radio exploring the issues, events and people driving developments in religion, ethics, spirituality, popular culture, values and beliefs in our country. This week's program

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With around 100 religious brothers worldwide, the international website of the congregation of the Presentation Brothers bats well above its numeric weight. Founded by Edmund Rice, the order's site has a strong focus on vocations. Predominately

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Sydney Cardinal George Pell has rejected proposals for an Australian bill or charter of human rights warning that American style "culture wars" could be the result. The West Australian reports Cardinal Pell says human rights are best protected

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New York Cardinal Edward Egan says that former city mayor and presidential candidate Rudolph Giulani should not have received communion during a mass with Pope Benedict because of his open support for abortion rights. The International Herald Tribune

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Samoan police have arrested two dozen students and three teachers from a Samoan Catholic school after an incident in which molotov cocktails and metal bars were used to attack students from a rival school. The Herald Sun reports the violence broke out

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Philippines Catholic bishops have backed a government decision to prohibit kidney transplants on foreign patients as part of a bid to regulate sales of kidneys and other human organs. GMA News reports the Catholic Church last night threw its full

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Four Japanese bishops have travelled to Rome for a meeting with Pope Benedict to seek Holy See intervention to resolve what they describe as a "serious problem" with the methods of the Neo-Catechumenal Way movement and its seminary in a Japanese

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Broken Bay diocese's Catholic Schools Office has won a prestigious national award for best workplace for health and safety management systems. The CSO was named as winner of the Best Workplace Health and Safety Management System category at the

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Australian Catholic Social Justice Council chair Bishop Christopher Saunders has called for greater vigilance over the working conditions of migrant workers who are helping "fill the gap" in job vacancies but who are often vulnerable. In a

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  Victorian Catholic agency, Sacred Heart Mission, has launched an innovative three year program which aims to end the vicious cycle of homelessness for adults and open the path to social inclusion. The three year model called A Journey to

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Pope Benedict will visit Australia from July 12-21 for World Youth Day, the Holy See has announced while organisers say the event is on track for 123,000 international visitors. The Sydney Morning Herald reports the 81 year old pontiff will make

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There are some worrying signs that the Labor Government will interpret, or has already interpreted, the grassroots campaign against WorkChoices, involving unions, churches, and community groups, in the most conservative light possible. The Rudd

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Attempts will always be made to read the gospel in ways that diminish our responsibility towards the poor. Among the wealthy this is understandable. Wealth is seductive. But the Christian God is a God who plays favourites; the Christian God favours the

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The continuing series of the St Thomas More Forum will this month host a presentation by union and political heavyweight Joe de Bruyn on the contemporary moral issues facing the Catholic politician. National Secretary of the Shop, Distributive &

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Australian Catholic University's Institute of Legal Studies was established in 2005 to foster professional education, to promote, interdisciplinary studies in law with ethics, philosophy and theology, to develop partnerships with the Catholic and wider

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"Leper priest" Belgian-born Blessed Damien DeVeuster who died after contracting leprosy from patients to whom he ministered in Hawaii is on the way to sainthood after experts attributed a second miracle to his intervention. Honolulu Bishop

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Australian born Dominican Fr Peter Murnane has been arrested following a "raid" by peace activists on a New Zealand spy communications base in which the protesters used sickles to deflate a 30 metre rubber balloon protecting radar aerials.

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Since nano-technology raises ethical questions, Catholic teaching should not shy away from the debate about nanotech's environmental and social consequences or about creating laws to regulate it. Australian legislators might well consider a

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CathSpace has a mission to evangelise and build Catholic culture. Its tagline says it does this through "connecting catholics" and in this way it is attempting to provide a Catholic-style MySpace. Like other better known social networking

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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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All your daily readings, reflections and prayers can be found here... 

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