The great and the good of the world's fashion industry crammed the Paris church of St Roch yesterday for the funeral of designer Yves St Laurent. The UK Daily Telegraph reports French president Nicolas Sarkozy and his First Lady, Carla Bruni, attended

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The Holy see is working on a new set of pastoral guidelines for interreligious dialogue, according to Vatican Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran. Catholic News Service reports the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue began pulling together elements

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Adelaide archdiocese has started to cancel Masses owing to a shortage of priests, reports say. ABC News report the archdiocese has already cancelled one Sunday Mass at its church at St Peter's and is considering reducing services at St Mary's church

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Describing animal rights campaigner group PETA as "occult", Bombala priest Fr Mick McAndrew has given his blessing to the act of sheep mulesing. The Bombala Times reports Fr McAndrew is on a one man "mission" to protect

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The latest snapshot of church life in Australia shows that Mass attenders are on average older, better educated and more likely to be female, married and born overseas than Catholics in general. This is the picture from the 2006 National Church Life

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This Is The Mass is a new book which explains with lucid text and beautiful photographic images the Eucharist. It takes the reader step by step through the sacred liturgy from the introductory rites to the dismissal and recessional.  The 160 page

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Pope Benedict will land at the Richmond airforce base on his arrival in Australia for World Youth Day while his security chief has given the thumbs up to preparations for the papal visit. St Monica's Richmond parish priest Fr Walter Fogarty said the

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We live in a culture increasingly obsessed with acquisition and instant gratification. When these goods are denied or when their realisation requires the longer view, there is a marked tendency to lash out verbally and often physically. Reflecting

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Depending on which way a certain Anglican group may lean, they could be described as Catholic Lite or Protestants with prayer books. Until the mid-20th century, however, most of them stayed in the middle of the road together. Anglicanism, in terms of a

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A Chinese wedding photographer captured the deadly earthquake of May 12 during a photo shoot using the Church of the Annunciation outside Pengzhou as a backdrop. The church built under the direction of French priests a century ago was a popular spot

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Three 18th century musical scores discovered in a collection at Poland's Jasna Gora monastery may be the work of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, experts say. The musical scores identified as 18th century manuscript copies "correspond to the style"

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American pilgrims are complaining of exorbitant airfares from the US of up to $5,000 to attend this year's World Youth Day in Sydney. Catholic News Service reports airline tickets are ranging from $2,000 to $5,000. Tickets also have been hard to

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After five years work, the Holy See has finally approved the canonical statutes of the Neocatechumenal Way. Catholic Online reports the decree of approval, dated the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, was solemnly consigned to the initiators of the way,

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An Oxford radiocarbon testing lab is to make new tests on the Shroud of Turin to determine whether contamination could have skewed earlier tests which indicated a creation date of the 13th or 14th century. Catholic News Agency reports University

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The Pontifical Council will organise a major conference next year to mark the 150th anniversary of the publication of Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species. The Times Online reports the Vatican is planning a special conference in 2009 that will

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Key Vatican officials have dismissed suggestions of an impending change to the practice of receiving Communion while standing despite four dozen people receiving the Eucharist on the tongue while kneeling from Pope Benedict on the feast of the Body and

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Sorry Day has a special significance this year, according to Australia's Catholic Bishops. A Bishops Committee for Relations with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders statement acknowledges the special significance of this year's Sorry Day in

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We can no longer simply say that we are a Christian country and therefore Christianity should play the lead role in public life. Such a view is rightly criticised as the desire to maintain unmerited privilege. We need, first, to observe some ground

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Though the parallel shouldn't be pushed too far, in some ways Christian-Muslim relations today might be compared to where things stood with personal computers back in the early 1980's. Everybody knew PC's were the future, but they wouldn't change the world

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Senior pastoral leader of City Impact Ministries in Perth, Bruce Downes and friends raise and discuss issues affecting Christians today, from a Catholic perspective. Special guests tell their own personal stories of what being a Christian means to them 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

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Live streamed from Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral, Waitara

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