Sydney's Hills district has been alive with the sounds of the "Von Griffin" family preparing a Sound of Music revival with a 150 strong team including 100 former World Youth Day volunteers. Phil and Julie Griffin fell in love on an amateur

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Much Catholic media work is done by volunteers, the National Catholic Media Census has found, with nearly half of the survey respondents reporting that they had five or more volunteers in their organisations.  The Bishops Commission for Mission

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In a Christmas message evoking the current economic crisis, ACBC President Archbishop Philip Wilson said Jesus was not born into wealth or prestige yet "had a profound impact and continues to be present in people's lives." "One thing we do

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Creating "new" human rights risks promoting "mere desires" that may in turn "become a source of discrimination and injustice and the fruit of self serving ideologies," Vatican observer to the UN, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi says.

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A tongue in cheek "study" by the British Medical Journal claims to have identified a statistical link between the success of Welsh rugby teams and the mortality of recent popes. Pope Benedict faces a 45 percent risk of dying by the end of

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My theory about the elimination of Christmas is more subtle than just prejudice or bigotry, which also exists. You cannot celebrate something for no reason. All holidays were originally holy days. Celebrations could not be something simply "man

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Pacquiao's matches are surely a diversion to many people, not just Filipinos. His bouts relieve the stress of a faltering economy and provide national entertainment on a humdrum weekend. They have even led to truces among warring camps and a drop in crime

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The Australian branch of the Royal School of Church Music is holding an International Festival of Sacred Music in Brisbane from January 3 to 11. Interested participants are encouraged to come along and share with others their passion for this special music.

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Brisbane Catholic Education, through national youth advocate Fr Wally Dethlefs, has committed considerable research and resources in recent years to marginalised students in Catholics schools across the Archdiocese of Brisbane. This website has been created

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A young father with 15 years experience in youth ministry around Australia has been appointed to take up the new position as Senior Youth Ministry Projects Officer with the Bishops Commission for Pastoral Life. Malcolm Hart, who is currently working in

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Northern Territory pioneer, Missionary of the Sacred Heart Brother Ed Bennett, who worked for the famous Kidman cattle empire in his youth, and who attempted to warn Darwin of approaching Japanese bombers in 1942, is dead at 95. The ABC reports that

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Australia's non-profit sector will hold a "historic" meeting at Parliament House in Canberra today to discuss mechanisms for effective national representation of the nation's 700,000 non profit organisations. Decision makers representing

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Brisbane's Mater Health Services has sold, for one dollar, a 1.8 hectare block of land to the state government for the new Queensland Children's Hospital with an option to buy back the land in 90 years, also for a dollar. The Courier-Mail reports the land

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Pope Benedict has told Vatican media workers that they must unite their efforts to provide packages of word, sound and images to proclaim the Gospel to modern internet users. "Today the internet calls for a growing integration of written, audio and

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This icon was inspired, surely, by the belief that God really did become man, that he came into the world as a child, and that he did so to show us that we are loved as individuals. With all our differences and failings, each one of us is infinitely

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Archbishop of Canterbury's Lent book is an influential annual focus for devotional reading by thousands of Anglicans, used by both individuals and parish study groups. Rowan Williams' open-hearted invitation to Timothy Radcliffe to write the Lent book for

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The website of the Fair Trade Association of Australia and New Zealand lists details about fair trade labelling and products and internationally accredited fair trade organisations. Perhaps importantly for this time of the year, the site provides links and

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Advent, explains the Pope, is a time of expectation, characterised by a movement of the human heart reaching out to the God who responds in the incarnation with that incomparable gift of which we are certain, the gift of hope itself fulfilled in the coming

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CathNews wish all our readers a Happy and Holy Christmas and a Peaceful and Prosperous New Year. We will be having a short break following our edition on Friday December 19 and will commence our daily publication on Monday January 5, 2009.

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Pope Benedict has appointed Toledo Spain Cardinal Antonio Canizares Llovera as the new Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments following the retirement of Cardinal Francis Arinze. Announcing the changes, the Vatican said

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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

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

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