The Catholic Superannuation Fund was among the country's top five super fund earners over a five-year period, delivering 6.1 percent returns. Global financial services giant Goldman Sachs JB Were's super fund for staff delivered a whopping 9.6 percent,

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel --- German Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet plans to establish an expert panel to deal with sex abuse allegations in the Church and other institutions. Merkel has previously said that the panel, to be

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Burn victim Arshed Masih --- A Pakistani Christian who was set alight last week for refusing to convert to Islam died in a hospital on Tuesday night. Pakistan's Catholic Bishops Conference has condemned the attack, in which

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 Portion sizes at the Last Supper table have "increased dramatically" over the past 1,000 years, based on paintings in that period depicting the meal, according to an article in the International Journal of Obesity. A study of 52 Last

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Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has told a Melbourne gay radio station he regrets his choice of words about feeling "a bit threatened" by homosexuals, adding that he would like to see same-sex relationships "celebrated, acknowledged

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Archbishop of Canberra and Goulburn Mark Coleridge has given tacit approval to further negotiations over the ACT's renewed deal to buy Calvary Public Hospital, but remains unconvinced a buy-out is necessary. ACT Health Minister Katy Gallagher

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A Pakistani man who died from burn injuries this week  self-immolated in frustration and was not set alight by Muslim extremists, according to Church officials reportedly close to the case. Earlier reports said the victim, whose name is spelt Rashid

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The union representing Queensland's Catholic school teachers will meet with employers next week in the hope of receiving a revised pay offer. Hundreds of teachers rallied in Brisbane yesterday in an effort to have their salaries raised to the same

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His videos are an internet sensation: a skateboarder in Franciscan habit performing jumps, flips, grinds and other tricks at graffiti-covered skate parks and streets in Perth, Western Australia. If the habit doesn't give it away, the soundtrack and

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In the week marking the 30th anniversary of Oscar Romero's assassination, this website makes available a precious resource bank of materials on Archbishop Romero’s life and martyrdom. It includes texts of his homilies as Archbishop between

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In this, the fourth part of the series, war correspondent Rageh Omaar examines the effect the 900-year-old Crusades have had on the world today. In the West, he argues, the Crusades are a chapter of Christian history that has little impact on our

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Pope Benedict XVI’s latest apology for the emerging global scandal of child abuse by predatory priests — an issue that the Roman Catholic Church should have engaged years ago — is strong on forgiveness but far short of the full

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Mysticism is dying, and taking true religion with it. Monasteries have dwindled. Contemplative orders have declined. Our religious leaders no longer preach the renunciation of the world; our culture scoffs at the idea. The closest most of us come to real

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Richard Dawkins --- The process leading to canonisation is "pure Monty Python", Family First senator Steve Fielding is more stupid than an earthworm, while "Pope Nazi" and "fundamentalist wingnuts" are all the

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The federal government is unlikely to push for removal of a ban on baby gender selection when a five-year moratorium on the issue expires this year, says Health Minister Nicola Roxon. The five-year ban has limited exceptions such

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South Australia's Association of Independent Schools is seeking legal advice on the banning of creationism or intelligent design in the science curriculum, saying it has concerns over government intrusion. "There was very strong support for

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Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi says attempts "to personally involve the Holy Father in the question of the abuses" in Germany have failed. He said the pontiff supports the German bishops in their plan on how to respond to abuses:

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The Catholic Church in Switzerland is investigating 60 claims of sexual abuse by priests, and intends to advise victims to take action. Abbot Martin Werlen of the Benedictine Abbey of Einsiedeln told the newspaper Mittelland-Zeitung that the church is

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Rio de Janeiro's statue of Christ with outstretched arms is getting $4.35 million refurbishment this week to repair damage caused over the years by the elements. Heavy rains have eroded portions of the face and hands of the statue. It has also

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This film is based on a book by journalist Rajiv Chandrasekaran, Imperial Life in the Emerald City, itself based on war in the Green Zone, Baghdad. It is an action thriller set in Iraq, following the invasion of that country by America in 2003. It

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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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