Pope Benedict has confirmed his first papal visit to the UK with an unprecedented attack on the government's equality legislation, telling British bishops it threatened religious freedom and conflicted with natural law. Speaking at the Vatican to

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From February 15-20, the faithful will be able to venerate the mortal remains of St Anthony displayed in the Chapel of the Relics of the Pontifical Basilica of the Saint in Padua. The body will soon be transferred to the recently restored Chapel of

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The spiritual lives and teachings of Fr Henri Nouwen and Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta – both of whom died more than a decade ago – continue to inspire and produce a healthy literary legacy. Beloved: Henri Nouwen in Conversation with the

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In Reading Jesus, Mary Gordon attempts to understand the rise of fundamentalism by engaging the Gospels herself as a reader. The volume that resulted from this challenge is a compelling blend of meditations, reflections and memories on her own faith life

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A week ago, two potentially life-changing events took place. One was the announcement of Apple's iPad computer reading tablet, and the other was the launch of the Federal Government's MySchool website. Immediately Apple afficianados sought to

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Those charged with the administration of the law must meet both the needs of society and the dignity of the human being, Archbishop Mark Coleridge has told the annual Red Mass in Sydney. "Within the logic of crime and punishment, the penalty must

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Senator Barnaby Joyce --- Opposition finance spokesman Barnaby Joyce has drawn criticism for suggesting that Government funds pledged to the World Bank should be partly redirected to reducing food costs in Australia.

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Bishop Kevin Manning --- Bishop Kevin Manning, who has looked after parishes from Parramatta to Penrith and beyond since 1997, retires next month at the age of 76. He is a bit sorry to be leaving, but looks on it as a new phase in his

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Women wearing burqas in Afghanistan --- The Catholic Church in France has warned against government plans to ban full veils on Muslim women in the country, urging mutual respect between faiths. "If we want Christian minorities

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The British government has abandoned proposed reforms that would have forced religious groups to abide by anti-discrimination laws, including the hiring of gay people. The amendments, voted down in the House of Lords last week, drew

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A massive hydroelectric dam project in the heart of the Amazon would trigger "unforeseeable consequences" among the region's indigenous people, according to Erwin Krautler, the Bishop of Xingu in Brazil. "These people will cry, they

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Torun, a medieval city in central Poland, is a split-screen picture of the wider country. On one side of the city is Radio Maryja with its daily rants about the threat that Jews, gays and the liberals in the European Union pose for Poland. Across

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Invictus focuses on Nelson Mandela’s involvement in the 1995 Rugby World Cup held in South Africa, depicting the unifying effect of the rugby game on a divided people and carries a stirring message. Morgan Freeman plays the part of Nelson

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February is usually the launch pad for the new year of grace and endeavour. The Catholic year begins fittingly with the Presentation of the child Jesus in the Temple, mirroring the crowds of young parents presenting their new entrants at schools.

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Cardinal George Pell --- A spokesman for Archbishop of Sydney Cardinal George Pell has denied "rumours" that the cardinal "had a heart turn" while in Rome. The Australian reported that the Catholica.com.au website

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This website has a collection of snippets, inspirational stories, jokes, poetry and anecdotes from around the world to give followers a daily boost whenever they need it. www.keepingitcatholic.org/scrapbook  

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  "St Valentine kneeling in supplication" --- A national initiativas been launched by the Church to "reclaim St Valentine's Day", focus on the true meaning of the feast day and the importance of romance in

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Dr Robert Long --- The Church needs to provide more clarity in youth ministry leadership roles to prevent confusion and a "role crisis", says a youth affairs consultant. School teachers and welfare workers

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The 10 Americans who were detained at the Dominican border with 33 Haitian children said God wanted them to help the children and their "hearts were in the right place". Even as Haiti's crippled government asserted itself in the name of

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Harry Knox --- Harry Knox, a member of an advisory panel to US President Barack Obama, said Pope Benedict XVI is "hurting people in the name of Jesus" through comments about the ineffectiveness of condoms against AIDS in

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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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All your daily readings, reflections and prayers can be found here... 

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