At a time when we are lobbying the State Government for equity of funding with government schools for capital works and students with disabilities, it is not helpful to have uncertainty on a federal level. The current SES funding model for non-government

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This Sunday's edition of Compass is titled In our Name and looks at the moral ambiguities underlying contemporary attitudes to torture. Strictly prohibited under international law, the use of torture today is widespread and since 9/11 increasingly

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The Catholic Church in Australia will become a net energy producer within 25 years if a project to green church communities is successful. The Age reports the goal of the Greening Communities project, launched by Church Resources last week, is to

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World Youth Day organisers are constructing what they describe as a "mini-city" in the Barangaroo precinct in Sydney's East Darling Harbour. Organisers are describing the new 22-hectare Barangaroo site at East Darling Harbour as a mini-city, ABC

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Edmund Rice Centre director Phil Glendenning says the suicide of a Chinese man forcibly returned to China by  immigration authorities reveals serious errors in Australia's treatment of asylum seekers. The tragic death of the man known as Mr Zhang

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The Catholic organisation Human Life International has launched a call to priests to sign a "pledge of assent" to the teaching of Pope Paul VI's encyclical Humanae Vitae. Fr Thomas J. Euteneuer, president of Human Life International (HLI)

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At the first chapter of their newly created Oceania province this month, the Christian brothers will look to deepen their spirituality and commitment to the charism of Edmund Rice as well as studying how to engage more in interfaith relations and with

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The Rome diocese has banned filming for the Da Vinci code prequel Angels & Demons from two churches in the Eternal City. The Belfast Telegraph reports Church officials have told the producers of the Ron Howard directed film that they cannot use

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Never before did a pope descend to the Vatican gardens to greet a national leader as Benedict did for Bush, returning the unprecedented deference that the president showed in meeting the pope's plane at Andrews Air Force Base in April. More than mutual

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The wowsers are against big celebrations, take fright when they are coming, carp endlessly about the cost or inconvenience, and generally seem annoyed at the thought that so many people will have such a good time. Some have made a lot of money or mileage by

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This is an Australian movie that has been a firm audience favourite on the Festival circuit, wherever it has been shown. Filmed on location at an old homestead in Beaudesert, Queensland, the movie tells the story of a reclusive outback farmer, John Woldring

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Ozcare is a Queensland based health and community services provider which derived from the former St Vincents Community Services. It operates over 210 services from Port Douglas in the far north, across to Mt Isa in the west and down to Burleigh Heads

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Having an orgasm is like going to heaven, according to a Polish Capuchin monk, who has set up a website to assist couples in improving their lovemaking. Metro reports Fr Ksawery Knotz's lover's guide on www.szansaspotkania.net gives graphic lovemaking

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Catholic Social Services Australia chief Frank Quinlan says proposed government changes to tax laws will hit low paid charity and church workers who could lose up to $50 a week in net salary benefits. "This is a very substantial impact on people

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In a Refugee Week statement, Catholic Religious Australia (CRA) have called for a "bold transformation" of the country's immigration laws. Australia’s Catholic Religious have called on their fellow Australians to boldly transform this

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The Holy See yesterday launched commemorations for the 50th anniversary of the death of Pope Pius XII but a Vatican spokesperson says that there is "no direct connection" between the events and the beatification process already under way for the

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The anxieties unleashed by the rise of Islam in Europe is basically cultural in that the erstwhile cradle of Christendom could find itself transformed into the global "house of Islam." More recently, worries have surfaced that a secular backlash

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On behalf of the South Australian government and churches, Premier Mike Rann formally apologised in parliament yesterday to state wards who were sexually abused. The Herald Sun reports Mr Rann read a shared apology, signed by the government and the

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Preparing for World Youth Day 2005 I had my reservations. The idea of praying together with hundreds of thousands of others is not something you can easily get your head around. Yet being there was one of the most dramatic experiences of my life. As I look

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The best selling and critically acclaimed memoirist and poet, Mary Karr, and the Pulitzer Prize winner Franz Wright, struggled for many years with severe depression and drug and alcohol abuse. But for both writers, their struggles ended in large part

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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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