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Pope Benedict has appointed Toledo Spain Cardinal Antonio Canizares Llovera as the new Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments following the retirement of Cardinal Francis Arinze. Announcing the changes, the Vatican said

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A newly published book of letters by Sisters of St Joseph co-founder, Fr Julian Tenison Woods, details his missionary travels around Australia and Asia, where he also witnessed the eruption of Krakatoa in 1883. Called Yours Most Aftly, the book has been

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At an Oslo, Norway ceremony the Holy See has signed the international Convention on Cluster Munitions which bans the production and use of cluster bombs. Catholic News Service reports the Vatican also appealed to the international community to ban

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Bishop on a bobcat

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Ballarat Bishop Peter Connors hopped into a bobcat at Warrnambool in western Victoria last week to jump start construction of a new Mercy Aged Care centre. The Warrnambool Standard reports that building has officially begun on the $10.4 million Hopetoun

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Russian Orthodox leader, Patriarch Alexy II has died days after church officials announced plans for an historic first meeting with Pope Benedict in 2009. The Sydney Morning Herald reports Patriarch Alexy II died aged 79. "Yes, he has

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Eighty Catholic bishops and 170 Catholic groups have called on the United Nations Climate Summit in Poznan, Poland to take responsibility for urgent climate change action reflecting the needs of the poor and developing nations. ReliefWeb reports the

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Uruguay President Tabare Vazquez has resigned from the ruling Socialist Party after vetoing a law to legalise abortion while the Grand Duke of Luxembourg will have his powers cut after he refused assent to a law allowing euthanasia. According to

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The absence of fathers is the biggest family and social problem in our society, Perth Archbishop Barry Hickey says in his Christmas Message for 2008.  Delivering his pre-Christmas message on Friday, Archbishop Hickey said the absence of dads was

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A massive fire has devastated St Brendan's College in Yeppoon, Central Queensland, engulfing the college's oldest building and the homes of four staff. The Rockhampton Morning Bulletin reports school principal Simon Dash, watched the school's oldest

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The Catholic Church is taking an active role to ensure the Murray-Darling does not die. On the website of the Wagga diocese there are prayers for rain. But the church's Australian bishops have also formed Catholic Earthcare to recruit their flock to the

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I believe in not hiding from our own darkness and depths but experiencing and embracing them, so as to be able to share in the Passion of Christ and become compassionate. As a geriatrician, through meditation, I am learning to listen, to be compassionate

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This short documentary looks at the art, cuisine and cultural events of towns in the region of Umbria, Italy, including the famous town of Assisi. The basilica of the church of St Francis of Assisi boasts famous frescoes and paintings and is the

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It has been a big year for Catholic Earthcare Australia, with a new director, the launch of new resources, including a CD on reefs impacted by climate change, and the coverage of Bishop Chris Toohey on Compass. The organisation's website is very

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Disgraced former Bulawayo Archbishop Pius Ncube says he will obey a Vatican order silencing him although he says he is very upset because the people of Zimbabwe are in a situation "worse than when I left." The Times Online reports that one of the most

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The ACSJC is calling on Australians to "remember the injustices we still have to address" and the Sisters of St Joseph want the Federal Government to ratify the UN indigenous rights declaration for the 60th anniversary of the Declaration of

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Bonuses to pensioners and other social security benefit recipients are welcome but are "not a long term solution to the adequacy of entitlements and pensions," Catholic Social Services head Frank Quinlan says. Catholic Social Services Australia

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Fifteen women known as the "Skirt Committee" have withdrawn a sexism charge lodged at the Paris Diocesan Tribunal against Cardinal Andre Vingt-Trois after he apologised for his choice of words over the role of women in the Church. AFP reports the

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Eight parishioners from Hanoi's Thai Ha parish have walked free after seven of them received suspended sentences for disturbing public order and damaging property in an ongoing land dispute with the Vietnamese government. ABS-CBN News reports the

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The progressive secularisation of the cultural environment and the accompanying decline in religious practice means that religious belief of any kind tends now to be treated more as a private eccentricity than as the central and formative element that it

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It says a lot about the society we now live in that the Vintners' Federation can plough money into a radio advertising campaign urging people to spend their Christmas down the pub, while an ad which suggests people buy presents from a Catholic organisation

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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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