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"And, in the dawn, armed with an ardent patience, we shall enter magnificent cities.'' (Arthur Rimbaud) There's something disquieting about quietness imposed from above in the heart of a democracy. Something eerie, writes John Falzon, CEO  of St Vincent

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Victorian sculptor Louis Laumen has cast his own miracle, creating a bronze statue of Australia’s first saint, Mary MacKillop, in record time. Saint Mary was canonised at the Vatican on Sunday, a week after Mr Laumen’s statue was unveiled by

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This edition of Compass investigates support and opposition to the growing number of chaplains in our state schools. Since the Federal Government’s National School Chaplaincy Program (NSCP) was announced in 2006, the number of chaplains in government

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Sinead O'Connor --- Singer and activist Sinead O'Connor said Mary MacKillop will become "very important" in Ireland because she stood up to persecution linked to the reporting of abuse by a priest. ''Mary MacKillop is going to become a very important

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St Mary of the Cross --- The Church says it is disgusted by the Zoo Weekly magazine 'tribute' to Mary MacKillop - featuring a lingerie model wearing a wimple. The six-page article in the magazine features a series of tasteless poses with puerile

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Screenshot from a YouTube video on a "muck-up day" --- A group of Melbourne students on a muck-up day march, including those from Xavier College, have thrown lit flares in a busy shopping strip. The students, mostly from Xavier College, were being

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Susan Boyle --- Susan Boyle, who sang for Pope Benedict during his trip to Edinburgh recently, has revealed in a new autobiography that doctors had told her mother to abort her, because they thought the pregnancy was risky. Boyle soared to stardom in

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Homer Simpson --- The Jesuit author of an in-depth religious study of The Simpsons says the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano misinterpreted his writing on show. Father Francesco Occhetta, staff writer for the Rome-based journal Civilta'

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Pope Benedict XVI named 24 new cardinals at the end of his weekly general audience on Wednesday, and said he would formally install the cardinals during a special consistory at the Vatican November 20, Catholic News Service has reported. "The

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They were all there at the Exhibition Building on Sunday afternoon for the Melbourne ceremony marking the canonisation of Mary MacKillop. Up on stage were Prime Minister Julia Gillard (Australia's most famous atheist since Bob Hawke) as well as Victorian

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Youthactiv8 is a new web portal, launched by the Church in India, for young people with multimedia and social networking facilities, and claims to be the first Church site in the world to link its content to cell phones. Nuncio to India Archbishop

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The New South Wales Government on Wednesday confirmed that it intends to introduce ethics classes as an alternative to scripture in its primary schools. The introduction of the courses would be an Australian first in the public school system but it's set to

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CathNews is pleased to announce the two winners of its Pilgrim Photographer competition to coincide with the canonisation of Mary MacKillop. They are Joe Dimech and David Mann. Joe was chosen for his image of a Josephite nun seemingly dancing up the

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A fleet of 77 buses yesterday ferried more than 4000 students and teachers from Catholic schools in Hastings, NSW to and from a celebration in Port Macquarie, in honour of Mary MacKillop's canonisation. Schools from Kempsey, 50km north of Port Macquarie,

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The ABC's image of Sudanese refugee Johnson Ngor getting fitted for his Ben Hur costume --- The cast at this weekend's production of Ben Hur at Sydney's Olympic Park, which will help raise funds for a girls school in Sudan, features 22-year-old Sudanese

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Screenshot from the YouTube video, 'Live Drama Last of 33 miners rescued, Chile wild with joy' --- The president of the Chilean Bishops' Conference will celebrate a Liturgy of Thanksgiving for the successful rescue of the 33 miners who were trapped at the

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This is a film about adult issues designed for a thoughtful audience. Chloe is based on Anne Fontaine's French film of 2004 with Fanny Ardant, Emmanuelle Beart and Gerard Depardieu.  This time the wife is played by Julianne Moore, the prostitute, Chloe,

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The Pope has announced 24 new cardinals. The Fides website has a list of their names and details about their backgrounds. www.fides.org/aree/news/newsdet.php?idnews=27640&lan=eng

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When Mary MacKillop died in 1909, something most unusual happened. People were touching her body with rosaries and other pious objects, and some took home scoops of earth from around her grave. This was ready evidence that there was a Fama Sanctitatis (a

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St Peter's Basilica has the largest interior of any Christian church in the world, holding 60,000 people. It is regarded as one of the holiest Catholic sites, and described as "the greatest of all churches of Christendom". The basilica is the burial site 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

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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