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Pope Benedict yesterday urged a teeming World Youth Day final Mass crowd estimated at up to 400,000 to become prophets of a new age to bring faith to a "spiritually barren" world. The Pope's challenge echoed over a vast sea of Catholics

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Pope Benedict this morning met three victims of clerical abuse after the pontiff apologised Saturday for the "shame which we have all felt". In breaking news, the Sydney Morning Herald reports that the Pope this morning met three victims of

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Pope Benedict has prayed for hospitalised former Vatican colleague, Cardinal Edward Cassidy, as well as visiting retired Sydney Cardinal Edward Clancy and 92 year old Catholic lay pioneer, Rosemarie Goldie. The Australian reports Pope Benedict has

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In a speech to Muslim and Jewish leaders in Sydney, Pope Benedict called for all religions to unite against terrorism and to resolve conflicts peacefully. "In a world threatened by sinister and indiscriminate forms of violence, the united voice of

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Three women to be ordained in the USA overnight separate themselves from the Church by their own actions, the Boston archdiocese says. The Age reports the three women were to be ordained as priests on Sunday in Boston one of America's most Catholic

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Over 1,000 priests were hearing confession at any one time during World Youth Day, organisers say. AsiaOne reports at World Youth Day one of the biggest queues was for confessing sins with more than 1,000 priests at any moment hearing sins and

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Now we have seen the splendid and varied reality of World Youth Day, it is worth reflecting back upon the controversies that accompanied it. The principal points at issue were the support given by the State to a Church event, the laws introduced to cover

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Thirty years ago this week the world's first IVF baby was born in Britain. It was a landmark day in our relationship with technology: the natural process of creating life through love was challenged by one which assembled life for a profit. From a

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Australian Catholic University (ACU National) Melbourne Campus (St. Patrick's) will host a public lecture on Pope John Paul II's new evangelisation by visiting research professor Dr Richard Rymarz on Thursday 24 July. John Paul II's New Evangelisation:

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In a significant foreign policy decision, the Australian government has appointed former Nationals leader and Deputy Prime Minister Tim Fischer as Australia's first resident ambassador to the Holy See. The West Australian reports Prime Minister Kevin

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Before leaving Australia yesterday, Pope Benedict thanked 8,000 World Youth Day volunteers while Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said the Pope's visit had left an indelible mark. The Age reports Pope Benedict took time to thank volunteers and organisers,

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Two victims of clerical sex abuse who took part in a private Mass celebration with Pope Benedict yesterday welcomed the meeting saying they were moved by the pontiff's compassion but other victims condemned the event as a staged publicity stunt. The Age

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WYD costs totalled

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The Catholic Church's portion of the costs of hosting World Youth Day may be more than anticipated but will not result in extra levies on parishes or dioceses, Sydney Cardinal George Pell says. The Sydney Morning Herald reports out-of-pocket expenses

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The US Catholic Church is set to expand its use of the so-called "Anglican Use" provision instituted by Pope John Paul II which allows communities of Anglicans to join the Catholic Church as a bloc while retaining some of their traditions.

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Paintings by Arthur Streeton and Tom Roberts helped inspire Dural artist Paul Newton's new St Mary's Cathedral painting of Our Lady of the Southern Cross Hills News reports the Archibald Prize finalist's painting wowed World Youth Day pilgrims when

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This whole sequence of events was similar to the experience in the United States. And it doesn't surprise me that it was repeated in Australia. The Vatican says it happened after World Youth Day so it wouldn't be mixed up with celebrations. Fair point. But

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There's a sense of daring in this explosive Batman film, in which we constantly feel on edge, aware of impending risks and the fact that there is something to lose. Writer director Christopher Nolan is as firmly in control of this stupendous blockbuster

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St Andrew's Catholic College is situated in the Redlynch Valley in the northern parts of Cairns. The P to 12 college was closed yesterday after a suspected deliberately lit fire destroyed a science block and the smell of smoke permeated the other buildings.

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The secularist-religious debate that has been raging – or perhaps smouldering – over the last few years, has produced some interesting fruits. One of these fruits has been the resuscitation of an idea, that ethics, how one lives one's

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An Italian animal rights group has launched an internet petition calling on Pope Benedict to stop wearing fur during religious ceremonies. Lorenzo Croce, chairman of the Italian Association for the Defence of Animals and the Environment (AIDAA),

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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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