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The Vatican will launch a Chinese language version of its website on Thursday this week despite fears by some that it could be subject to blocking by authorities in China. "Internet users from throughout the world will be able to navigate in Chinese

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Queensland Premier Anna Bligh has handed over a newly restored chalice originally donated to a Toowoomba church by her grandfather. Premier Bligh honoured her family when she returned the gleaming item to parish priest Fr Tom Keegan, the Toowoomba

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Tabcorp has announced that TAB agencies and pubTABS will be open for business this Good Friday for punters in New South Wales and Victoria. Good Friday and Christmas Day were previously sacrosanct, but managing director of wagering Robert Nason said it

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Pope Benedict has announced the Church will celebrate a special year for priests to begin on June 19, the 150th anniversary of the death of the Cure d'Ars, St Jean Vianney. Pope Benedict made the announcement in an address to the Congregation for the

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This year's Jesuit Lenten Podcast Series looks at "Reversals", finding God in times of crisis and change. The five podcasts will feature stories of people who have sought God in the midst of turmoil or helped others seek answers through their

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St Patrick holds the Irish in a powerful emotional thrall. As schoolchildren we were told that he refused to come down from a bleak mountain in County Mayo which still bears his name, until the Almighty promised him that the Irish would always be faithful

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The recent decision to lift the ban on Federal funding of embryonic stem cell research in the US will have far reaching consequences both for the US and the global research effort in this area. The original decision by the Bush government led to waste and

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An event for the long term calendar. The Australian Catholic Historical Society will hold its 2009 conference with the theme Catholics in Australian Public Life since 1788. Topics covered will include church-state relations; the place of the churches,

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Wagga diocese's Vianney College seminary is at full capacity, Rector Fr Peter Thompson says. The Wagga Daily Advertiser reports the "house full" sign can go up at the seminary where 22 young men are currently preparing for the priesthood.

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The rabbi of Jerusalem's Western Wall, Shmuel Rabinovitch, has said that it would not be proper for Pope Benedict to wear a cross on his forthcoming visit to the site. The pope wears a cross in all public appearances and is slated to visit the Western

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Victorian Premier John Brumby says that Tabcorp betting on Good Friday is not appropriate but if it does go ahead the company should donate a substantial portion of its profits to charity. "I don't think it's a good idea, I don't think it's

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Parents at a St Joseph's primary school, Riverwood in New South Wales are at loggerheads with parish priest, Fr John Walter, over his refusal to allow a shadecloth to be erected because of the risk of children suffering vitamin D deficiency. For more than

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Who of us has not walked into a meeting, a boardroom, a church assembly, a family dinner, a social situation, or a gathering of some kind and, not unlike the mass murderers at Columbine or Virginia Tech, subtly sprayed bullets of jealous anger around the

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Tabcorp invokes the secularist mantra of people have a choice as to what they do on the day and how they wish to spend it. Quite right. And the choice of so many is to spend Good Friday as a day quite different from any other day.It is a day of reflection. It

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eRENLAI is an internet magazine which is not just attempting to build its readership but also a network of project builders and a new generation of independent "information mediators" contributing to a Pan Asian community.eRENLAI

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The movie going public will enjoy the thriller aspects of Duplicity. The pace is swift; the plot has copious twists; and, for most of the time, it is hard to know who is really winning and why.Despite the entertainment draw power of the movie's major

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Many male teachers are abandoning public education to work in the Catholic or independent system, new Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show. WA Today reports the ABS figures show the number of male teachers in government schools has fallen by more

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AIDS cannot be solved by "advertising slogans" or with condoms that "risk worsening the problem" but by a twofold response based on assisting the suffering and spiritual renewal, Pope Benedict told journalists as he began his visit to

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Israel's Ambassador to the Holy See, Mordechay Lewy, has moved to allay fears over a statement by Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitch that Pope Benedict would not be allowed to wear a cross on his visit to the Western Wall. Catholic News Agency reports that Mr

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Three teenagers who spent the night on a drinking binge have pleaded guilty in Parramatta Children's Court to an axe and machete attack on Trinity Catholic College Auburn in Sydney's west. The Daily Telegraph reports that Parramatta Children's Court heard

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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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