Brisbane Archbishop John Bathersby has said that sparing the Bali 9 drug runners on death row will only occur if Australia's opposition to the death penalty is consistent. Speaking at the launch of a paper on death penalty yesterday, he strongly

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In a meditation during the final days of Advent, Pope Benedict has said that celebrating Christmas without mentioning of the birth of Christ is like having an "empty holiday". He said it did not make sense not to acknowledge that God became

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Sydney's Cardinal George Pell has vehemently disagreed with the worldwide Anglican head, who has said Christians don't need to believe Christ was born of a virgin. The Australian reports that the Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams implied in

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It's been 42 years since A Charlie Brown Christmas premiered on TV. After all this time, it's striking how well the show has aged. While it gently scolds America for its exploitation of the season, it really centres on the education of its main character. By

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As individuals and as communities, we can make Christmas Masses something special and not just 'same old, same old'? Lend a hand, arrive early, be hospitable... And don't forget that every parishioner at Christmas Masses can seize this once-a-year chance to

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Australia Post joins World Youth Day as an official licensee with a range of products. Its current pre Christmas release will be followed by a range of philatelic products available in early in the new year. The products encapsulate both the first

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Cardinal George Pell has announced the winner of the Sydney Archdiocese $100,000 grant to support adult stem cell research. He named an Adelaide-based research team, led by Associate Professor Stan Gronthos and Dr Simon Koblar. The grant will enable

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The cause for beatification of Pope Pius XII has been sidetracked, according to a Roman news agency report. It says Pope Benedict has formed an ad hoc commission to investigate the controversy surrounding the wartime Pope's response to the

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The Australian Catholic Social Justice Council will today release a new paper on the death penalty, in the Brisbane parish of Bali 9 death row inmate Scott Rush. The paper is titled Confronting the Death Penalty: People, politics and

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The head of the Catholic Church in the Holy Land has rejected the idea of a religious State saying it would exclude other religions and that peace depends on Israel’s recognition that Palestinians are equal. IN his Christmas message, AFP

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Catholic Social Services Australia has appealed to the new government to make child protection a priority as both state and federal leaders come together for the first time since the election. In an open letter to the participants of the Meeting of

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One of the most unlikely women to have plotted mysterious murders was writer Dorothy Leigh Sayers, Christian apologist, dramatist and translator of Dante. "The death of the detective novelist," said her friend John Stewart, "was the birth of

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The Reserve Bank has announced that it will publish the minutes of its monthly Board meetings. It is a further step towards ensuring that the decisions made by the Board are made on the basis of evidence and principle rather than interest and influence.

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A Christmas nativity scene has been set up in the foyer of the NSW Parliament, an an initiative of the Ambrose Centre for Religious Liberty, which was founded earlier this year to promote and defend religious liberty in public life. The Ambrose

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Pope Benedict’s celebration of Midnight Mass will once again be beamed into homes, hospitals and nursing homes across Australia via an ABC telecast on Christmas Day. The Mass, from St Peter’s Basilica, will air at 11am ABC TV (which is

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Hundreds of protestors have come out in force to support a Brazilian Bishop's hunger strike to stop the environmentally destructive diversion of the country’s fourth largest river. However, the Holy See has urged Bishop Luiz Flavio Cappio to end

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Cardinal George Pell has branded a TV advertisement depicting baby Jesus hurling back gifts to the wise men as "inappropriate". He said it epitomises the commercialisation of Christmas. The Daily Telegraph reports the commercial for

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Retired Canberra-Goulburn Archbishop Francis Carroll and other Australian church leaders were concerned by the suffering of Palestinians that they witnessed during their recent visit to Israel-Palestine. Comprising nine Australian Church leaders, the

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The Vatican has dismissed condemnation by al Qaeda saying the militant group is “worried” by the historic meeting between the Pope and Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah. Reuters reports al Qaeda’s second-in-command Ayman al-Zawahri

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Jean Vanier is the French-Canadian former naval officer and academic who founded L'Arche, the worldwide organisation of small, homely communities where men and women with a learning disability live alongside –- he would rather say "in communion

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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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