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Catholics feel less pain than atheists and agnostics after contemplating the Virgin Mary, UK scientists have found. Reporting their findings in the forthcoming edition of Pain magazine, researchers at the Oxford Centre for Science of the Mind said

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Thirty one Sydney World Youth Day pilgrims whose visas have expired are still in Australia in a total of 974 pilgrims who have not yet left the country. There are 974 Catholic pilgrims remaining in Australia following the July festivities, with 740

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Italian media companies are preparing a cartoon and mini-series that will portray the life of Opus Dei founder Saint Jose Maria Escriva de Balaguer as the organisation marks the 80th anniversary of its launch in 1928. ANSA reports Opus Dei is taking

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Guardini's books nourished the most lively segment of Catholic thought during the 1900s. And one of his students was special, he's the current pope. When he was a student not much over the age of twenty, Joseph Ratzinger had the chance not only to read, but

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This week's Encounter program looks at an ancient Gnostic sect which honours John the Baptist. They have fled persecution in the Middle East and found sanctuary in Australia. The Mandaeans of Iraq and Iran bring with them a pacifist belief structure and

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The Broken Bay Institute (BBI) is a regular advertiser on CathNews and it has an interesting and symbolic history. BBI provides the largest offering of distance programs in spirituality and theology in Australia. It is a major activity of the Diocese of

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The families running three months late with their mortgage payments weren't gormless, greedy, or hapless victims of unscrupulous, predatory lenders. Both husband and wife tend to be religious identifiers and married, have completed Year 12 and the husband

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Former West Coast Eagles Australian football star and TV sports presenter, Chris Mainwaring, who died tragically a year ago aged 41, was remembered at a memorial Mass in Perth this week. More than 400 people filled St Joseph's Catholic Church in

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Queensland Catholic hospitals could be forced to disobey the law as a flow on from proposed changes to abortion laws in Victoria, a leading Catholic bioethicist has warned. Queensland Bioethics Centre director Ray Campbell said that if the Abortion Law

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The Society of St Vincent de Paul is building a $6 million accommodation facility on Queensland's Gold Coast that will cater mainly for single fathers. Some single parents experiencing homelessness now face a more hopeful future with the approval

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Marine archaeologists working in Alexandria, Egypt, have discovered what may be the earliest reference to Jesus with a bowl referring to Christ "the magician". A team of scientists led by renowned French marine archaeologist Franck Goddio

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Anti-terrorism laws should not be unjust or inhumane, Pope Benedict warned yesterday. Speaking to visiting bishops at the Vatican, the pope spoke of "the plague of violence and terrorism, the spread of extremism and fundamentalism" in parts

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The Catholic Church in Melbourne has received 350 sex abuse complaints over 12 years and has paid out an estimated $6 million in compensation, an investigation has found. The Herald-Sun investigation found the Church has compensated hundreds who have

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Three years ago, Geoffrey Boisi set out to improve the way the Roman Catholic Church was being run in America. The former vice-chairman of JPMorgan Chase, Boisi had become increasingly dismayed with how the Church was losing members, squandering talent, and

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This is an English production of sumptuous elegance and studied richness where not a candle, tapestry, or bouffant hairstyle is out of place. The settings and clothes are glorious to look at and the film is Oscar nomination material in the category of

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In India many couples use ultrasound scans to detect female foetuses and then abort them. Although the practice is banned, a study in the leading medical journal The Lancet has estimated that half a million are terminated every year. In some rural areas

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Since last featuring the website of the Sydney archdiocese's Catholic Education Office, the site has had a makeover and now presents a strong news and features focus which is what you may expect from an organisation representing such a large number of

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Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams yesterday made the first visit of a leader of the Church of England to the Catholic shrine at Lourdes. Dr Williams said the story of Bernadette Soubirous, the 19th century French peasant girl whose visions

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Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart has declared a Day of Intercession calling on Catholics to mobilise against the passage by Victoria's Upper House of an abortion law reform bill that would "provide no protection to lives in the womb and no support

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An unmanned aerial vehicle tracked Pope Benedict's every move during his recent visit to Lourdes, reports say. Electric Pig reports that the French military sent a Eagle-1 up into the skies to keep watch over any potential dangerous scenarios.

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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

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