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Hundreds of Sydney Catholics will be among 2000 people gathered at the Sydney Town Hall on September 15 to celebrate a new force in the city’s public life, reports the Catholic Weekly. They will pledge to tackle racism, inadequate community care and

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This is a good opportunity for Brendan Gleeson to strut his stuff.  And that is what he does as Gerry Boyle, a member of the Garda in Connemara.  He is really a small fish in a small pond.  But that does not take away anything from his sense

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In June 2010 Martin Laverty, CEO of Catholic Health Australia, appeared before a senate committee to give evidence about COAG health reforms. He drew attention to a lacuna in the public discussion and policy planning, writes Fr Frank Brennan in Eureka

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St. Patrick's steeple, in Baltimore. Image by Joe Thorn on Flickr --- Historic US churches in Washington, Maryland and Virginia were among buildings with the most serious damage after an unusual magnitude 5.8 earthquake shook the region this week, reports

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Image from on Flickr --- An Irish priest blamed in the Cloyne report for his failure to report cases of alleged clerical abuse to the authorities has defended his actions - but also said he should have resigned from his position, reports the Catholic

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'Love', on Flickr --- A new study has found that children born to co-habiting couples fare even worse than children from divorced families, said a Catholic News Service report on the National Catholic Reporter. Despite a drop in the divorce rate, "family

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Cristo Redentor statue in Rio de Janeiro ---  The Catholic population in Brazil is dropping, with numbers gathered between 2003 and 2009 showing it at the lowest recorded in 140 years of statistical research, reports the Vatican Insider. Between

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Image from The Catholic Weekly --- Father Chris Sheehy, parish priest in the Sydney suburb of Rosebery, Judicial Vic­ar of the Regional Tribunal of Sydney (NSW and ACT) and director of the Tribunal of the Archdiocese of Syd­ney, was mourned at a

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Image from www.thomasweinandy.com --- Theologians can be a "curse and affliction upon the church," according to the US bishops' top official on doctrine, if their work is not grounded in church teaching and an active faith life, and ends up promoting

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As pilgrim Mark Horn mingled among hundreds of young people in an auditorium full of priests and women and men religious, the words he had just heard from Father Robert Barron cascaded through his mind, reports the Catholic News Service. It is through

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Some years ago I had the great fortune to live and work with young Vietnamese women who had arrived in this country alone. These teenagers, that is, ‘unaccompanied minors’, arrived by boat having escaped from their war-torn country with little or

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The Bishop of Parramatta, Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP, speaks about the Australian World Youth Day (WYD) Gathering in Madrid on August 16. http://www.parra.catholic.org.au/ The website also ahas  link to a podcast of an interview the

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Almost 50 years ago there was the absurdly specific title, Santa Claus vs the Martians.  That was quite a juxtaposition. Now we have the A-budget, A-cast entertainment that takes the old conventions of the western and the old convention s of those

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Pilgrims in Madrid at a concert by Australia-based Fr Rob Galea, featuring Gary and Natasha Pinto, photo supplied --- The Independent Catholic News has publised the World Youth Day 2011 financial data, showing a spend of around $69 million which it said

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Archbishop Timothy Dolan --- The best way to maintain a strong faith is to acknowledge that it is weak, New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan told pilgrims gathered for World Youth Day catechesis, reports the Catholic News Service. "When we admit our

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'Behind The Barbed Wire Fence', on Flickr --- The Government should listen to public sentiment and scrap its Malaysian and Manus Island deals before more refugees suffer needlessly in mandatory detention, the St Vincent de Paul Society National

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Screenshot from the Geelong Advertiser --- Police are investigating 10 more cases of alleged abuse by convicted and jailed Christian Brother Robert Best, who taught at St Joseph's College in Geelong, Victoria in the 1980s, reports the Geelong

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A new report is expected to reveal how 20 priests abused hundreds of children in a diocese in Ireland's County Donegal over 40 years, reports the Irish Examiner. However, a bishop has said reports that an audit has uncovered some of the most shocking levels

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An ACT man accused of defrauding his former employer, the Catholic Education Office, of more than $1 million, is facing 153 criminal charges, reports The Canberra Times. The formal charging of Timothy Patrick Cousins was postponed on Wednesday because

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Sport barely needs the attention of documentary filmmakers. Modern sport is so widely and eagerly broadcast, dissected and then replayed that viewer fatigue sets in before a filmmaker can come along and make any sense of it, reports the Australian. A new

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

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