There are many forces that can blind us to the reality around us. One such powerful force can be culture. The challenge is always to identify our own limitations and the prejudices that are deeply hidden within us. These prejudices can blind us to

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This week's edition of The Religion Report takes a further look at one of the most controversial figures in the twentieth century Church. For many people, Pope Pius XII is better known for his failure to speak out clearly on behalf of Jews during the

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The Daughters of St Paul are a Catholic order of religious women and part of the "Pauline Family" of religious congregations. Their specific mission is to use the most effective and suitable means of communication available to proclaim the

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In the wake of a scandal in which blenders were used to cover up illegal late term abortions, Spanish priest, Fr Joan Manuel Serra, has petitioned King Juan Carlos not to sign a royal decree that would legalise the use of "baby crushing machines".

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Pope Benedict XVI yesterday backed the beatification of World War II Pope Pius XII, saying he spared no effort in "the defence of the persecuted, with no distinction of religion, ethnicity, nationality or political affiliation."  Pope

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As Mother Teresa's successor, Sr Nirmala met with the Orissa chief minister, police announced they have arrested five suspects over the rape of an Indian nun. The crime occurred on August 25 in K Nuagaon area of Kandahmal district when the post

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The Vatican is to drop Eucharistic prayers for children from its authorised Missal, at least for the time being, US bishops liturgy committee Bishop Arthur Serratelli has reported. The controversial prayers have been criticised by some who believe

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An online vocation guide website, Vocation Match reports that nearly 7,000 people interested in religious vocations have requested information meanwhile Catholic marriage matchmaking site, MeetaCatholic, is expanding in Australia. Nearly 7,000

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Pope John XXIII quickly won the hearts of Catholics and the admiration of many non-Catholics. According to one historian of the papacy, he is the "most beloved pope in history." It helped that he was such a contrast to Pius XII.   He had

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The SBS program First Australians takes us back to some of those early contact places and relationships. It offers striking photographic images of those people, now seen through further historical evidence and a prism of current Aboriginal and

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First of all, what is IVF? It is the fertilisation of the female egg in a glass dish or test tube in a laboratory, rather than in the woman's body. The Church’s rejection of this means of conceiving children is based in great measure on an important

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Centacare in the Archdiocese of Brisbane is one of the most diverse Centacare organisations in Australia with its involvement in social welfare programs in over 200 locations across south-east Queensland. Its website reflects this significant presence

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Order of Australia recipient and Newcastle priest Fr Peter Brock was yesterday charged with 22 offences dating back to the 1970s. Fr Brock who is a high profile priest and music conductor is accused of repeatedly taking a young boy to a house and

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Mourners at St Canice's Church in Kings Cross yesterday farewelled Sydney homeless man, John O'Connor, who was reputed to have cost the state up to a million dollars in welfare payments and services. After 20 years of being homeless, Pal, as he was known,

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Victorian Liberal MP Bernie Finn addressed Victoria's Upper House for five hours yesterday in a bid to stave off a vote on the abortion law reform bill while Sydney Cardinal George Pell condemned the bill's conscientious objection provisions as

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National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Ecumenical Commission (NATSIEC) chief, Graeme Mundine, has called for the Rudd Government to "rollback and rethink" the Northern Territory intervention. Mr Mundine told the Federal Government

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Saying that he has been trying to memorise biblical passages from the daily Mass ever since his episcopal ordination, Korean Bishop Vincent Ri Pyung-Ho called on the Bible Synod for more "by hearting" in the formation of priests. "I

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People today see wrong doing solely in terms of outcomes. The private sphere is mine to command exactly as I like and in the public sphere I have only to avoid harm to others. In so far as they are seen as key actions that harm others then the Seven Deadly

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After the grim excellence of No Country for Old Men, what would the Coen Brothers do next? They haven't taken very long to show us: a Washington DC drama that moves into comedy that revels in spoof. Most audiences are going to find it very funny indeed.

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Since John Paul's death, and considering the appropriate statistics, we have descended much further down that slippery slope of the vampire cult in our consensual belief that people are ends in themselves, and can be used as a means to an end. John

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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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