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Pope Benedict has called for a new consensus on defining the moment of death and urged caution in removing organs for transplant from dying donors who might not actually yet be dead. Addressing a meeting of the Pontifical Academy for Life, Pope Benedict

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Saying "it is their choice", Federal Opposition leader Malcolm Turnbull told an Australian Christian Lobby conference that women had the right to end an unwanted pregnancy. Mr Turnbull was applauded when he talked about his Catholic faith and

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A church investigation into the handling of sexual misconduct allegations against Adelaide priest, Fr John Fleming will not be completed until next year. The inquiry begun in August by prominent lawyer Michael Abbott QC, has revealed that the diocese was

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Nottingham Bishop Malcolm McMahon, touted as a possible future archbishop of Westminster, says that with the influx of married Anglican clergy to the Catholic Church, it is unfair to maintain the rule against priests marrying. Bishop McMahon said there is

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Reaffirming his commitment to Catholic doctrine, Coonamble priest, Fr Peter Dresser, has apologised for having "unwittingly scandalised so many people" with the publication of a manuscript that he describes as "explorative" rather than

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Catholic Health Australia CEO Martin Laverty says aged care operators are under pressure because under existing regulations they can only charge around half of the actual cost of providing care.  ABC News reports that CHA has released a policy

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Pope Benedict yesterday slammed anti-semitism, recalling the "horrors" of the 1938 anti-Jewish pogrom known as the Kristallnacht or "Night of Broken Glass" launched by Hitler's Germany. Germany marked the 70th anniversary on Sunday of

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Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue head Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran says that there are now "too many Christian-Muslim initiatives" leading to the risk of "confusion". Cardinal Tauran said there is now so much interest in

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Liberation theology swept through Latin America during the Sixties, as many Catholic priests decided their faith required a commitment not just to God but also to social justice and political action. Michael Woodward was among them and, by the early

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Hope is evident in the "intermediate state" of Purgatory. Benedict has raised the theological speculation that the "fire" of Purgatory is a cathartic encounter with Jesus Christ at the moment of judgement. Such theological

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The author brings out very well the central paradox or contradiction of Nightingale's view of nursing. On the one hand, she wanted it to be a free standing profession, independent of any religious order or discipline, and on the other she thought that

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For so long one of the bastions of the Catholic press in Australia, The Catholic Weekly newspaper has moved into the online environment with a healthy degree of gusto. In addition to strategically placing its newspaper articles onto the site, it uses its

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Sex abuse cases against former St Stanislaus College staff, Vincentians Fr Peter Dwyer, Br John Gaven and Fr Brian Spillane have been adjourned with the men's lawyer Greg Walsh criticising what he described as "trial by media". The Sydney

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Responding to the controversy over a document written by Fr Peter Dresser, Bathurst Bishop Patrick Dougherty has said that "watering down" or "emptying out" Christian teaching is not the way to go to promote Christian doctrine. 

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After eight years at Church Resources, CEO Viviana Hood has announced that she will leave the organisation in February 2009. "I have been with Church Resources for most of its life, most recently as Chief Executive, and have loved its mission, its

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Gunmen firing automatic weapons kidnapped two Italian nuns from their home in rural Kenya on Monday and drove them across the border into Somalia. Associated Press reports the sisters were working on hunger programs in the north eastern town of El

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No wonder that our churches are struggling. Churches and parishes are, by definition, communities that are not based upon private intimacy, that is, they are not made up of people who choose to relate to each other on the basis of being like-minded. Rather

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Secularism is a form of government where a nation opts for an identity that is neither religious nor anti-religious, but simply neutral. Neutrality means government disassociation from religion or non-belief. Religionists equate neutrality with hostility to

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Newcastle the movie was inspired by Newcastle the town on the NSW coast, and in the film's opening sequences - boys rowing on the river, surf shops about to open on the beach front, coal barges looming large in the harbour as they prepare to dock - there's

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In the spirit of other specially tailored websites to attract vocations to the priesthood, this effort by the Archdiocese of Brisbane is notable. Catholicpriesthood.com is well designed and intended to promote and provide information and resources for those

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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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