This Friday December 12 marks the Foundation Day of the Sisters of Mercy. On this day 177 years ago Venerable Catherine McAuley, Mary Anne Doyle and Elizabeth Harley made their profession as Sisters of Mercy in the Presentation convent in Georges Hill in

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Not a fan of the original Madagascar (too many in-jokes for the voice stars undermining the cartoon capers), I approached this sequel with some trepidation. However, I found it far better and funnier (and less "in") than the first film. Maybe,

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The introduction of the new English translation of the Latin Missal edged another step closer, with a November secret ballot by Australia's bishops giving the required canonical approval to a number of liturgical texts.  The vote took place at the

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The Federal Government has appointed Jesuit ACU Professor Frank Brennan to head a public consultation on whether Australia needs a human rights charter. The Age reports that Attorney-General Robert McClelland will launch the consultations on the issue

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Another Catholic school, this time in Campbelltown in Sydney's south west, has suffered extensive damage in a major fire that police say appears to have been deliberately lit. The Campbelltown-Macarthur Advertiser reports that some historic records

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Citing dropping church attendances and the growth of multiculturalism, Oxford University Press has confirmed that its editors have removed a number of words associated with Christianity from the latest junior edition. Catholic News Agency cites a Daily

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Food is the most basic of human needs. After all the extras are cut out, and then the necessities - clothes, shelter, education - only food is left. Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights enshrines the right of every person to have

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French Catholic philosopher Jacques Maritain was one of the original drafters of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The University of Notre Dame in Indiana, USA, has dedicated a research centre to his work. The website contains an interview

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Today we mark the 60th anniversary of the UN Declaration of Human Rights. Reflecting on the anniversary earlier this year, the Irish poet Seamus Heaney observed: Since it was framed, the Declaration has succeeded in creating an international moral

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This gathering is being convened by Interfaith Forum ACT in association with United Ngunawal Elders Council, ACT Indigenous Community and ACT Palliative Care Society Inc. There will be Welcome to Country, readings or stories from spiritual

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Former Anglican priest Bavin Clark, a married father of four, is to be ordained as a Catholic priest for the Brisbane archdiocese. The Wynnum Herald reports the novice deacon is living proof times are changing, when he becomes the third married

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The Australian Services Union has accused Jesuit Social Services (JSS) in Melbourne of contravening the Occupational Health and Safety Act by dismissing a youth worker who was a workplace health and safety delegate. Crikey reports that JSS

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Five students will face court in March on charges of causing $40,000 worth of damage in a muck up day at Catholic Regional College, Sydenham in Melbourne's west. The Brimbank Leader reports the attack forced a VCE celebration breakfast for hundreds of

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Telstra and Church Resources are piloting a video conferencing and IT system at four aged care facilities in NSW and Queensland that it is hoped will help connect residents to medical specialists. IT News reports Telstra is one of several partners in the

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Church Resources and the Australian Catholic University have launched a project to make available online a series of papal documents which will be translated and interpreted in their historical context by ACU National academics. The documents, created in

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Archaeologists from Jerusalem's Studium Biblicum Franciscanum have discovered first century vases of perfumed appointment from a site in the ancient Palestinian town of Magdala. The UK Telegraph reports that the Italian team have been digging for several

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Golden Years is a wonderful resource for reflecting on Catholic life over the last 60 years. Its focus is on the 15 short years during which Fr Jerry Golden was chaplain to the Newman Society in the University of Melbourne. The former members of the Newman

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The Discalced Carmelites of the Australia-Oceania region have just launched a new website. The order based on the Carmelite tradition, was founded by St Teresa of Avila in 1562. The term "discalced" means barefoot and comes from the practice

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During my second year in Kiunga, the Diocesan Women's Service developed a program to educate women and to advise them of their rights. At this program, I heard women talk about their experience of abuse. One woman said she was not free of abuse until her

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In spite of his imperfect and fragile humanity, a priest is a visible extension of Christ Jesus, invested with power and authority by none other than God himself. Consequently, there is no more important human office than that of a Catholic priest. This is

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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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