Archbishop Robert Zollitsch --- Archbishop Robert Zollitsch, the head of the German Bishops Conference, has admitted that the Roman Catholic church consciously covered up cases of sexual abuse by priests. In a widening probe into

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The Vatican began tweeting over the weekend with the launch of its own Twitter account, with a feed in six languages. The English channel is named news_va_en. The other languages are Italian (news_va_it), Spanish (news_va_es), French

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In a deal to ensure the passage of the US healthcare bill, President Barack Obama has agreed to sign an executive order to prevent abortion funding. Assured by President Barack Obama that no federal dollars will be spent on

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Here is the full text of the Pope's Letter to all of the faithful of Ireland: 1. Dear Brothers and Sisters of the Church in Ireland, it is with great concern that I write to you as Pastor of the universal Church. Like yourselves, I have been deeply

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The Secular Franciscan fraternities in Oceania includes Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Singapore and Sabah. Members of these fraternities join over 400,000 Secular Franciscans world wide who try to live the Gospel in the spirit that St.

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Separation City is a well-written comedy of manners that is witty, entertaining, and memorably acted. But best of all, it speaks to our times, offering a salutary take on the old adages that "the grass is always greener in the other paddock", and

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Among the seekers at inquiry sessions and the candidates and catechumens in weekly RCIA classes, one’s Personal Faith Journey is currency. It is asked for and shared like a business card whenever new faces attend, or even when the old ones feel

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In Bethlehem David was anointed king by the prophet Samuel and the Son of God was born of David's line. The infant Christ was proclaimed by a chorus of angels over the Bethlehem hills to simple shepherds, who were the first to come and

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Catholic Health Australia chief executive Martin Laverty said neither the Prime Minister Kevin Rudd nor Opposition Leader Tony Abbott had detailed how their health reform plans would be implemented in their debate yesterday. He said the government

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Only 43 of Queensland's 288 Catholic schools will be affected by a strike planned for today, according to the Queensland Catholic Education Commission. News reports in the Sydney Morning Herald and the Nine News website said Catholic school

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The Church in Central Queensland is looking at ways to make Indian priests feel welcome in the region, with three priests from the subcontinent likely to move to Rockhampton, Mackay or Bundaberg by July. "The important thing is that they

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While the Church in Europe is being hit by a wave of sex abuse allegations and investigations, similar complaints in the US are tapering off. The number of abuse victims, allegations and offending clergy in the United States dropped in 2009 to the

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An English supermarket billionaire has put A$786 million - nearly all of his fortune - into a Catholic trust, to fulfill a promise to God. Founder of the UK's Kwik Save supermarket chain, Albert Gubay, has put nearly all of his

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The federal Labor MP for Macquarie, Bob Debus, says he supports a proposal to develop a new private hospital in Bathurst to replace St Vincent's which is set to close. A group of doctors, from an organisation called Day Procedures Australia,

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First of all we have an eruption of accusations of child sexual abuse by Catholic clergy in the United States. This is seen by the Vatican in general and the then Joseph Ratzinger in particular as "The American Problem". In other words, the

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Hollywood seems to have had great affection for films about battling couples who rant at and wrangle with each other but who, underneath all the squabbling, turn out to really love one another. Think Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy in Adam’s

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The Vatican launched its own Twitter page over the weekend. This is the English version, one of six languages. Click on it to follow current events and engage in the world's latest social networking format for quick and open discussion with

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THE evil of sexual abuse has no place in the Catholic Church and no one should doubt Benedict XVI's resolve to see it eradicated. His unprecedented pastoral letter to the Catholics of Ireland reflects his deep compassion for the victims of sexual

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The goosebumps Mariana Passeggi Romagnoli said she felt during World Youth Day week in Sydney, 2008. are certain to return when she joins the WYD pilgrimage to Spain in 2011. Mariana is planning the trip with her youth group, Baruch 4, based in

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An Equal Opportunity Bill debated in the Victorian State Parliament could force religious institutions and schools to secularise or disband, some religious groups fear. "This sets up the (Equal Opportunity Commission) to be judge, jury and

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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

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

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