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A US Court of Appeals judge has ruled that a law suit may proceed against the Vatican alleging that Church officials should have warned of child sexual abuse by priests. The Australian reports the Vatican had tried to block a class action alleging that

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Former Apostolic Penitentiary Archbishop Luigi de Magistris this week told Vatican Radio that Italian Communist Party founder and philosopher, Antonio Gramsci, returned to the Church on his deathbed in 1937. Those claims, however, were swiftly denied

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The New South Wales government exceeded its World Youth Day budget by six times, the state Auditor-General has found. The Sydney Morning Herald reports the event ran $100 million over budget. As a result, the NSW Auditor-General is calling on

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Major church providers have called for a crisis and recovery fund from the Australian Government to ensure people who are doing it tough due to the impact of the global financial crisis are not further disadvantaged. A Taskforce of eminent Australians

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Pope Benedict held his first "ecological audience" yesterday, L'Osservatore Romano, said as the Vatican flipped the switch on its massive electricity generating solar panels. As the Pope addressed the 9,000 faithful, 2,400 solar panels on the

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The Pontifical Council for Culture is considering publishing the full record of the heresy trial of Galileo Galilei as part of the process of rehabilitation of the astronomer. Monsignor Gianfranco Ravasi, head of the Pontifical Council for Culture, said

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For many of us, our attitude to St Paul has been formed by images from the history of Christian art, from school textbooks, films and TV programs. Some people view him primarily as the one who tells women how to behave in church and in the home. The Pauline

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This website is but one response from the Melbourne Archdiocese to the post WYD question "where to from here?" The Archdiocesan Office for Youth was re-formed after this watershed experience for young Australians to ensure all young Catholics are

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Encounter this week explores the conundrum of why Japan is the home of spiritually rich practices like the tea ceremony and martial arts, many architecturally grand temples as well as a vast array of colourful religious festivals, yet curiously,

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The thing that gets me about religion is the pomposity and self righteousness that goes with so much of the territory. The defenders of religion preface their entire argument upon the acceptance of their position on blind faith. Now most children will until

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Bishops are inviting Australian composers to submit musical works to go with the new translation of the Roman Missal. The call comes after the Holy See granted official recognition to the Order of the Mass in the new translation, an ACBC media statment

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Australian bishops have approved a blueprint adopted by the National Youth Leaders Gathering which identified the need for catechesis as well as avenues for empowerment for young people in leadership and ministry. In approving the blueprint for the

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Indian bishops and Pope Benedict have condemned Mumbai terrorist attacks that have killed over 125 people with local auxiliary Bishop Bosca Penha calling on Catholics "to go on their knees to pray and build bridges among religions." "We

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In the approaching Advent days, we prepare for the coming among us of the Word made flesh, Jesus Christ. In that sense, the recent Synod of Bishops in Rome, with its theme "The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church", was an Advent

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Scary and full of surprises, shocks and a sense of dread, Quarantine is not for the squeamish or fainthearted. Fans of the horror genre will appreciate it, as will those interested in the evolution of this genre. The most admirable element of the

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A reflective stillness lies at the centre of Advent. Quietly, but insistently, it awakens our hope and invites us to wait upon the Lord who will fulfil his promise. It assures us that we will not wait in vain. Advent calls us to renew and deepen our

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Saying that indigenous groups had not been adequately consulted, Broome Bishop Christopher Saunders has called for a "stay of execution" over the development of a gas processing hub on Western Australia's Dampier Peninsula. ABC News reports

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The Edmund Rice Centre has backed a petition calling for a Royal Commission into the events surrounding the death in custody of Palm Island man Mulrunji Doomadgee. Fr Claude Mostowik said the Edmund Rice Centre for Justice and Community Education

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In a bid to reflect Britain's multicultural modern society, Prince Charles is proposing to adopt the title of "Defender of Faith" when he becomes king instead of the traditional "Defender of the Faith". The Age reports the move

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In the latest in a series of major hospital resignations in Victoria, Melbourne St Vincent's Hospital chief executive Nicole Feely has resigned. The Age reports big hospitals have lost their fourth chief executive in as many months, with the

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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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