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Caritas Congo has reported that a Catholic church crowded with worshippers in eastern Congo has been torched killing an unknown number of worshippers, with the Ugandan army blaming rebels for the attack. Army spokesman Captain Ronald Kakurungo said

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To carry one's solitude at a high level is not easy to do, especially inside a culture where most everything invites us take a path of less resistance. Our society, mostly invites us in the opposite direction, to take the road more travelled. Even among

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The diocese of Sale stretches from the outer eastern suburbs of Melbourne through into the Gippsland region and its Catholic Education Office looks after 33 primary schools and seven seconday colleges across the area. The organisation's website, with

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British Liberal Democrat MP Evan Harris will present a bill to parliament in a bid to change the 308 year old Act of Settlement that prevents the monarch from marrying a Catholic. BBC News reports that Mr Harris also wants to end the discrimination

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Malaysian Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar says he has asked his legal advisers "what can be done" after The Catholic Herald defied a ban on the use of the word "Allah". Datuk Syed Hamid also called for a stop to public debate on the issue

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Queensland Catholic Bioethics Centre director Ray Campbell says a new survey that reveals "bad timing" as the most common reason for women seeking abortions indicates a disturbing desensitisation towards the value of newly conceived life. The survey was

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Dutch born Sydney nativity collector, Elisabeth Van Mullekom-Cserep, has donated more than 2,300 items valued at more than $150,000, to the Marian Library at the University of Dayton in the USA. The library, home to one of the largest collections of

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Bush and Obama are both moved by deeply religious impulses but their manner of understanding the possibilities that faith affords them are vastly different. Bush, despite his lack of verbal gifts, has been a preacher. Obama, who can preach with the best of

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Successive Popes throughout the Church's 2000 year history have believed that there's something special about liturgy. Gregorian Chant, established in the Middle Ages, is a way of singing parts of the Mass in a way that elevates it to a more contemplative,

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Helping to educate 17,000 students in nearly 60 schools and with around 1,400 staff, the Catholic Schools Office of Maitland Newcastle is well serviced by this informative and effective website. Short on images yet well structured, the site covers

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This week's edition of The Spirit of Things focuses on monastic gardens. The patron saint of gardeners, St Fiacre of Donegal in Ireland, who left for France in 628, built a hospice and tended a beautiful garden for Irish pilgrims. He is one of the many

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Danish historian Peter Andersen wants to exhume the body of Tycho Brahe from his grave in a Prague church in order to determine whether the 17th century astronomer was murdered. Aktualne reports that a team of Danish scientists sent a letter of request to

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Florida priest, Monsignor John Skehan, has pleaded guilty to embezzling $A1.2million from his parish to fund a lavish lifestyle for himself and a colleague but prosecutors believe that up to $12 million may have been stolen over a 20 year period. The

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Pope Benedict is reported to be ready to revoke the excommunication imposed on four bishops ordained by the late dissident French Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre. Official sources at the Vatican would neither confirm nor deny whether the reports printed in the

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After sounding warnings on the dangers of modern communications, a conference organised by Italy's bishops on the "Church in Network 2.0" has concluded that the prevalence of the internet demands a Church presence. At the conclusion of the

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The Rudd Government has made some big promises on immigration detention, but Australia's treatment of asylum seekers continues to be a source of national shame. Children are still locked up; asylum seekers are still held indefinitely; immigration

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A new winter of discontent may be stirring based on the Vatican's strikingly upbeat approach to US President Barack Obama. The tone from Rome stands in obvious contrast to the ferment in some Catholic circles in the States. Benedict has now had three

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Film Review - Milk

19-Jan-2009

Sean Penn, in one of his best performances, holds audience attention in this long film about the San Francisco city supervisor, Harvey Milk. The film opens with Milk dictating some memories in 1978 and then moves to the announcement of the assassination of

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The Catholic Primary Teacher Librarians' Association is open not only to teacher librarians in Catholic schools but to principals, administrators and teachers from independent and public schools. It also welcomes anybody from the education community with an

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Young Catholic mum, Veronica Brooks, from the NSW Murray River town of Barooga, died after allegedly waiting for two hours for an ambulance to transport her to hospital across the Victorian border in Cobram. Brendan Brooks, a brother of Veronica

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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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