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Ten days ago marked the 36th anniversary of Roe v. Wade and the legalisation of abortion in the United States. There aren’t very many other days in the United States that manifest such division. I can’t think of any other anniversary that

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A couple of years ago former hard rocker Paul Stewart was dying of liver failure in a Melbourne hospital. His life of excess had finally caught up with him. One night, which he thought might be his last, a nun appeared at his bedside. She promised to

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In the 1930s, a young Catholic professor at Oxford University began writing stories to read his children at Christmas. They were tales full of well-known magical creatures -- elves, dwarfs, knights, wizards, witches - but what made them unique was a

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This American-based site considers the moral implications of climate change, what Catholics can do and how communities should respond. It applies virtues such as prudence, poverty and the Common Good to the challenges of global warming. For those

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Pottery shard with ancient Hebrew writing --- An ancient Hebrew inscription on a shard of pottery, deciphered by an Israeli academic, shows that the Hebrew Bible could have been written hundreds of years earlier than previously believed.

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A "40 Days for Life" campaign, scheduled to begin on Ash Wednesday and run until March 28, is calling for support. The campaign will focus on fasting, community outreach and prayer - with a "prayerful vigil" running

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Australians top the list as the world's most envious people in a global tally of the seven deadly sins. They also score highly for the other six, making Australia the "most sinful nation" on earth, according to a BBC magazine show. While

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First-century Roman building work has been uncovered beneath the Domus Australia (Australia House) pilgrim centre being created for Australians in Rome. Cardinal George Pell and the ambassador to the Holy See, Tim Fischer, yesterday

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J.D. Salinger -- Jewish-Catholic writer J. D. Salinger, author of the celebrated novel The Catcher in the Rye, has died at the age of 91. Salinger, who died on January 28, was born in 1919 in Manhattan, lived in

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The drift from public to private schools has slowed, according to new figures from the the Australian Bureau of Statistics. The ABS  preliminary schools data show that independent school enrolments grew by almost 10,000 between 2008 and 2009,

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One reliable way to gauge the impact of a papal message is the amount of energy that pundits invest in analyzing, dissecting and recasting it. The more spin a statement breeds, the more important it probably is. By that test, Pope Benedict

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Many years ago there was a joke doing the rounds of the pubs and clubs about two Irishmen on pilgrimage in Rome who ask at a bar near the Vatican what the Pope likes to drink. Upon being told he likes Crème de Menthe the two intrepid drinkers order

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It is so easy for the supercilious smile and patronising nod to be bestowed on those silly, sentimental people who think that small, furry creatures have any claim on one's lofty thoughts. Such is the reaction that we in the animal ethics field find in

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Tony Abbott --- One of Tony Abbott's most controversial initiatives as health minister - funding a pregnancy hotline to minimise abortion - will be scrapped within six months. According to a report in The Australian, the

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At least five families have now started legal action against the Catholic diocese in Toowoomba over the handling of sex abuse allegations at a local school. Three sets of parents lauched a legal suit last month. The Toowoomba Chronicle said two more

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January 13 - “I have just returned this morning. I found priests and nuns in the streets, without homes. The Rector of the seminary survived, as did the Dean of Studies, but the seminarians are under the rubble. Everywhere, you can hear cries from

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Mary MacKillop statue outside St Francis Xavier's Cathedral, Adelaide.  --- A special tourism forum by the Wattle Range Council will focus on the local impact of the impending canonisation of Blessed Mary MacKillop, including an

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Port-au-Prince has become a multi-denominational open-air church as differences between faiths collapse under the weight of tragedy in Haiti, according to the Washington Post. Tens of thousands now live in the street together, scraping for food

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Catholic Earthcare Australia's mission is to help promote understanding among people that Creation is sacred and endangered, and must be protected and sustained for present and future generations yet unborn. This website is a useful hands-on tool for

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Pope Benedict XVI --- Pope Benedict XVI has told an audience at a Rome synagogue that the Vatican "itself provided assistance, often in a hidden and discreet way" to Jews during persecution by the Nazis in World War

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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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