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One of the intriguing qualities of Pope Benedict XVI is his intellectual style, writes Andrew Hamilton in Eureka Street. He consistently uses large theoretical constructs, such as secularism, to reflect on the condition both of Western societies and of the

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The headline on the introduction to a new report on the generation of people aged 18-29 encapsulates its conclusions as "the peculiar profile of millennials on abortion," reports NCR Online. Peculiar also might describe how it looks that a significant

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Refugee Week runs from June 19 to June 25, to coincide with World Refugee Day, which was yesterday. This website carries a range of news, events, ambassadors and links. www.refugeeweek.org.au/

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The action of this film takes place over a couple of hours.  A music teacher finishes a class and drives home to his country house.  He is attacked in his home by a masked group who attempt to kill him. As they speak and act, we hear some

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'Behind The Barbed Wire Fence', on Flickr --- Christians must promote respect and dignity for the human person in the current national debate on Australia's policy on asylum seekers - in which both sides of the political divide are willing to "'export"

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Screenshot from the Rome Reports video, Domus Australia holds pre-opening celebratory Mass in Rome --- Cardinal George Pell has celebrated the first Mass at the newly-refurbished chapel in the Domus Australia pilgrim centre in Rome, with many of the

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Screenshot from The Australian --- The Church of England will allow celibate gay men to become bishops, acknowledging the impact of the Equality Act in requiring an update of its rules on the advancement of homosexuals, said a report by the Times in the

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The Church should pay compensation to victims who were sexually abused while in its care in the Netherlands, Reuters reports from recommendations by an independent commission. The Dutch bishops' conference had sought the recommendation of the independent

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Screenshot from newmatilda.com --- The beating of a human rights activist in West Papua last week was the latest in a long pattern of public violence by the Indonesian military, said a report on Ucanews, citing a story from newmatilda.com. "You can mess

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Screenshot from the World Youth Day 2011 website --- Nearly 20,000 priests are expected to accompany the young people attending World Youth Day 2011 in August, reports the Catholic News Agency. "To accompany young people in this great celebration with

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I was watching an edition of ABC's Q&A television program last month when, during a discussion about the government's proposal to send "boat people" to Malaysia for processing, a Tweet at the bottom of the screen caught my eye: "My

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History is in the making in Latin America. The ferment of change is everywhere but one watches sadly as both the leaders of church and state in Europe and the United States seem badly informed and out of touch, reports NCR Online. The secular state of

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At 7.30pm tomorrow night, June 23, Bishop-elect Vincent Long Van Ngyuen will be ordained at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Melbourne. The service will streamed live on www.cam.org.au  

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The Diocese of Broken Bay held its first Synod gathering earlier this month. The Diocese's website has a wrap-up of the Synod, plans for the future and photos from the gathering. http://www.dbb.org.au/ourdiocese/synod/Pages/default.aspx

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Charities may be hit by a move that may eventually see the phasing out of cheques, which represent about 60 percent of their donations, reports the Sydney Morning Herald. A spokesperson for the St Vincent de Paul Society said a ''significant amount of

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Screenshot from Derryn Hinch's website --- Broadcaster Derryn Hinch - who once spent time in jail for naming a priest on trial for child sex offences - has been given home detention for after he was found guilty of contempt of court for publicly naming

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'iPod Touch', on Flickr --- The Vatican is lending iPods to pilgrims in a pilot program aimed at lowering the noise level from tour guide chatter - and raise appeal to the young, said an AP report in the Washington Post. From a tiny booth in the back of

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Screenshot from the Blacktown Sun report --- Most parents, teachers and pupils in a Catholic primary school in Blacktown in Sydney's west are pleased with the results of  the switch to a new open learning space, reports the Blacktown

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Screenshot from the report on www.earnedmedia.org --- A US-based fragrance company, Excelsis, has created a new fragrance for Pope Benedict to mark the 60th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood on June 29, said a Christian Newswire report

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Image of a refugee woman and children, on on Flickr --- A Vatican official in charge of migrant care said refugees faced a "hardening of attitude" from countries they flee to, in an interview with Vatican Radio on the 60th anniversary of the founding of

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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

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Live streamed from Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral, Waitara

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Daily Prayer

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

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