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Saying parents cannot afford to raise and educate children on $750 a week, Australian Catholic Council for Employment Relations chair Brian Lawrence has called for a boost in the federal minimum wage. With the Australian Fair Pay Commission (AFPC)

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Jordanian archaeologists have uncovered what they believe to be the world's first church dating from 33 to 70 AD. "We have uncovered what we believe to be the first church in the world, dating from 33 AD to 70 AD," the head of Jordan's Rihab

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After consultations with Catholic and Protestant authorities, the Swiss canton of Glarus is to rehabilitate a woman executed in 1782 on witchcraft charges. Anna Goeldi, the last witch executed in Europe should be rehabilitated because she was a victim

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An Italian bishop has informed a paraplegic young man that he cannot marry in the Church because he is impotent even though his fiancee is fully aware of his disability. AFP reports that Salvatore de Ciuco, spokesman for Bishop Lorenzo Chiarinelli of

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After serving more than ten years as the founding chairman of Church Resources, respected business leader Tom O'Brien has retired from the position.   Appointed in 1997 as chairman of the newly established Catholic Telecommunications, Mr

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Inner city Sydney residents are reported to be up in arms over the possibility that trees may be bulldozed to provide better access for pilgrims to Randwick Racecourse. The Sydney Morning Herald reports a group of Surry Hills residents have vowed to

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Perth Archbishop Barry Hickey has called on Catholics to pray, study and meditate on the life and teachings of St Paul during the Pauline year 2008-09 to be launched this month. In a pastoral letter, Archbishop Hickey says a greater appreciation of St

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More than 800 people have signed a petition calling on Melbourne's Catholic Education Office to reverse a decision to close the 142 year old St John the Evangelist school in East Melbourne. The Age reports the Catholic Education Office told families

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Immaculate Conception Parish in the Melbourne suburb of Hawthorn is launching a new series of breakfast talks aimed at giving adults something to reflect on as they begin their working day. Parish priest Des Dwyer has dubbed them "God's Business

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Many people thought Kevin Rudd rash when he demanded that public servants work day and night. But should the public servants obey him? There are good grounds for saying that overworking is morally unjustifiable. In old-fashioned Catholic terms it may be a

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When you truly love each other you realise that having sex outside marriage is not a loving thing to do because you risk putting the other through emotional or spiritual hurt. This statement, made with firm conviction by young married couple Christine and

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Marymount College on the Gold Coast is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. The systemic school was the first Catholic co-educational college in Queensland and now has the largest enrolment of any school in the Archdiocese of Brisbane.

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Sydney Cardinal George Pell yesterday launched a new Catholic social networking site, xt3, with the title referring to Christ in the 3rd millennium. The Daily Telegraph reports the site which is based on the models of Facebook and

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A Chinese couple whose wedding photos outside a mountain seminary chapel were cut short by the Sichuan earthquake say that the experience has drawn them closer. Xinhua reports newlyweds Deng Li, 28, and Huang Fang, 25, had asked photographer Wang Qiang

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Hobart Archbishop Adrian Doyle has called for greater emphasis on rehabilitation of prisoners and adoption of restorative justice practices to reduce recidivism among criminals. Archbishop Doyle made his comments in a statement following the recent

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A brigadier-general and three other Rwandan army officers have been arrested on charges of murdering thirteen Catholic priests including a bishop during the 1994 genocide. The Age reports the four were arrested after the prosecutor general of the

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I looked down upon this man, stunned at what I heard and too startled to respond. Yet as I looked at him, I didn't see a cold, heartless killing machine. I saw a poor, broken man carrying around a great guilt and shame for what he had done. To lessen the

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Opposition frontbencher Tony Abbott says that Pope Benedict risks being seen but not heard by a "relentlessly secular" Australia during next month's visit for World Youth Day. In an article to be published in Saturday's Australian, Mr Abbott

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This is a remarkable book, the story of a couple as they encountered and moved through the debilitating phases of Alzheimer's disease. It is a story of courage and despair, hope and doubt, rage and circumspection, dignity and compassion. Above all it is a

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The deepest, widest sexual scandal in the Church has nothing to do with priests. It’s the scandal of lay people who themselves indulge in the sexual excesses so prevalent in our day, or who train their children to, whether by example, timidity or a

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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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