The State Library of Victoria has acquired an art deco painting depicting the flagellation of Christ with a full-blown orgy occurring below. The Australian Financial Review reports that it is on the reverse side of the canvas of a portrait of the

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An Indian woman whose tumour was found to have been cured by the intercession of Mother Teresa has accused the Missionaries of Charity of abandoning her. The Age has said the sisters have abandoned her to penury. Her "miracle" cure from

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An Italian priest has announced his engagement to a woman with a one year old child. Fr Sante Sguotti has made it clear that the relationship will remain platonic. Interfax reports that he says there is no church prohibition against loving a

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Two so-called "climate refugees" will visit Brisbane next week. They are from Papua New Guinea's Carteret Islands near Bougainville, where people are being displaced by rising sea levels. The Catholic Leader reports that many of the islands'

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Feminists especially are welcoming the Holy See's approval for Canada of a lectionary that incorporates inclusive language. The country's Catholic Register newspaper reports that the move comes after 18 years of often divisive debate. The approved

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Hard of hearing NSW Justice George Palmer has composed a sung mass to be performed for Pope Benedict at the World Youth Day closing mass at Randwick next July. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the mass is titled Benedictus qui venit. It's from

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A Notre Dame University expert has said Catholic and state schools in remote regions of Western Australia are facing a crippling shortage of teachers. Education lecturer Keith McNaught said many private schools there are getting no takers for

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Ten years after her death, Mother Teresa will have a cathedral dedicated to her. Construction began yesterday in the Kosovo capital of Pristina. Kosovo President Fatmir Sejdiu said: "The cathedral will be a monument that will represent Kosovo's

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Pope Benedict yesterday sharpened his weekend Loreto message concerning the need to defend the environment. The International Herald Tribune reports that he urged the faithful at his Wednesday audience to pray and work with him for the protection of the

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Over 3000 young adults at a festival in Loreto, Italy, stood up on Monday to say they're ready to become priests or religious. Zenit reports that the rally gathered about 100,000 youth from the Neocatechumenal Way. This was a follow-up to the weekend

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Before post-war immigration brought to Australia Catholics from many other nations, within the local Church there was a distinctive emerald green thread running through the fabric of Australian Catholicism. This "greening" of the Australian

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After 11 years of obfuscation and denial, Prime Minister Howard has finally been forced to acknowledge that climate change must be acted upon and has made it a focus of APEC. Under the banner of economic cooperation, the 21 countries will come up with a

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Three American sisters have arrived in Sydney as volunteers to prepare for World Youth Day. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that they've brought with them 600 sets of rosary beads, two guitars, and a frisbee. Sister Mary Rachel, Sister Anna and

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World Youth Day Melbourne has welcomed the Victorian Government's provision of $4 million in funds for next year's events. Melbourne is Australia's largest archdiocese. It will host the largest contingent of pilgrims during Days in the Diocese, which

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Missionaries of Charity superior Sr Nirmala has said the sisters were surprised by the extent of Mother Teresa's faith crisis. It was recently reported that Mother Teresa's letters revealed she sometimes doubted God's role in the work of the

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Monash sociologist Professor Gary Bouma has said universities must go beyond secularism and incorporate a better understanding of religion into their programs. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that he told a Muslim student conference that this is

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Logging is big business near Olancho, Honduras and efforts to fight destructive practices there have been met with violence. Although few people seem to have noticed it yet, in the past few years a "liberation ecology" movement, with the church

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In the light of a number of modern public scandals involving the Church it is only natural that many sections of the media, as well as even many of the faithful should question the validity of the Church's mission and possibly even Her existence. But it

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World Youth Day CEO Danny Casey says that he is thrilled with the number of registrations for next year's event. Zenit reports that the figure already exceeds 184,000, which surpasses expectations. Casey said, "These numbers show the level of

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Chinese Bishop-elect Paul Xiao Zejiang will be ordained coadjutor bishop of Guizhou, with the approval of both the Holy See and Chinese government authorities. UCA News reports that the appointment of the 40 year old bishop-elect has received Vatican

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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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