Catholic women's organisations in the Asia-Pacific will focus their energies on empowerment for women, a regional conference in Seoul has decided. UCA News reports the 6th Asia-Pacific Regional Conference of the World Union of Catholic Women's

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Churches have created profiles on social networking sites such as Facebook or MySpace, as well as on Christian networking sites. Many churches now also have their own Internet pages, with video clips, podcasts and blogs. It's an indication of how

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Earlier this week a new body emerged from among Australian religious organisations to highlight and suggest solutions for tackling climate change. Australian Religious Response to Climate Change draws together people of different faith traditions and

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Statistics show that New Zealanders are very tribal in their voting patterns, the majority do not change their vote from one election to the next. To engage in the process set out by the Bishops means that every Catholic should be potentially a

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Dying Breed

There ought be a special G rating for films like this, not G for General Exhibition but G for Gore, for Gruesome, for Grisly and for Guts, simulations of which are spread around rather liberally. Fearsome iron mantraps, axes, a pick and a crossbow are

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Catholic boarding schools catering for indigenous students in Queensland and the Northern Territory may lose up to 30 percent of their grants if legislation currently before Federal Parliament is passed. The Australian reports that schools

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Campbelltown Catholic Club in south western Sydney is on a NSW government list of 50 "problem venues" and will be subject to 2am lockouts and plastic glasses after midnight. Other conditions to be enforced include last drinks called 30

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Pope Pius XII, who declared the dogma of the Assumption, witnessed Fatima like "miracles of the sun" four times, the pontiff's handwritten notes reveal. Zenit reports this information is confirmed by a handwritten, unpublished note from Pope

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Incoming US President Barack Obama has won back a significant proportion of the Catholic vote previously lost to George Bush, electoral analysts say. The International Herald Tribune quoted several religious experts saying that the swing in the

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The Vatican returned a fragment of the Parthenon Marbles to Greece yesterday in a move that may increase pressure on the British Museum to return the so called Elgin Marbles. The fragment, returned for a one year loan is one of three in the Vatican

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Readers moved by religion, poetry and their effects on people's lives may be fascinated by this almost day to day account of English priest-poet Gerard Manley Hopkins. It's by an American poet who is also a biographer of American poets. Verse that was

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On a number of occasions Pope John Paul II pointed to what he called "a culture of death" in our Western society. The outlook of Jesus, and therefore of the Christian, is the opposite to this. As Christians we should be concerned to act for the

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More than most deaths a suicide leave deep wounds in the family. Some members torture themselves, others are angry at the "selfishness" of the suicide. Some blame each other, magnifying incidents, colouring the past, uncovering "signs"

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The Christian Brothers have announced the appointment of their former Western Australian leader, Br Kevin Ryan, as the new director of a national disability services network in Papua New Guinea. Fifty eight year old Br Kevin Ryan will head Callan Services

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Former priest, Michael Francis Reis, who taught at several Catholic girls schools in Queensland and Victoria, has been jailed for six months for indecently touching young girls. Reis, 66, pleaded guilty yesterday in the Brisbane District Court to five

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The election of a black Pope is "certainly possible", African-American Archbishop Wilton Gregory said, after describing US President elect Barack Obama's victory as a "great step forward for humanity". "If Obama at the White

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Pope Benedict stressed the importance of religious freedom to Muslim scholars yesterday while a joint statement from this week's meeting of Catholic and Islamic scholars included a call for an ethical world financial system. "We call upon believers

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Russian police have detained a suspect in the killings of two Jesuit priests brutally murdered in Moscow last week. Russia's Investigative Committee under the Prosecutor General's Office says the 38 year old Russian citizen was detained in the capital on

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This is the first feature film for its director Rob Schneider and it is a comedy that entertains. In essence, Big Stan is a prison movie parody that is a better comedy than most, and it manages to maintain a serious tone well in its second half. The

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Despite Obama's victory, the nation remains divided on moral and religious issues. Debates on abortion, gay marriage and euthanasia polarised the electorate and drew the Catholic bishops into the political fray. But the fierce denunciations of Obama and the

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

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