Today is the Feast of the Assumption of Mary. This Youtube video presents a tribute and story of this Feast. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4Qz5F4KZUc

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If two people do deeply love each other, why should they not have the lifelong security marriage gives, irrespective of sex? While that is a difficult proposition to refute respectfully, it may be more rationally refined, writes James Foley, the Catholic

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Life for women religious in the United States is in labor, undergoing birth pangs from which new life will emerge. That was the message Dominican Sr Barbara Reid (pictured) delivered last week to more than 600 sisters gathered here for the annual assembly of

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Tomorrow night, Social Policy Directions presents a public forum in Melbourne on Australian Aid and its effectiveness. The forum is presented by Marc Purcell, Executive Director Australian Council for International Development. Time: 7.30pm,

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More than a million young Catholics are expected to crowd into Madrid this week to celebrate World Youth Day, ahead of the Pope's arrival on Thursday, reports the Telegraph.co.uk. The capital, usually emptied in August as residents flee the stifling heat of

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Screenshot from the Parramatta Advertiser --- Nearly 300 young people from the Catholic diocese of Parramatta are gearing up for the experience of a lifetime as they prepare for World Youth Day, reports the Parramatta Advertiser. The group will join 4000

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Image from a related story on the WYD website, The Path to Abundant Life - The Sisters of Life and World Youth Day --- Young people can find themselves at the margins in the local church, but at World Youth Day they can meet peers and reflect on how

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'The charred front wall of St. Joseph's', on Flickr --- Catholics in the Melbourne suburb of Collingwood are bracing themselves to battle to save their fire-gutted heritage church, with the Melbourne Archdiocese making a new application to pull down the

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Archbishop Barry Hickey --- Perth's retiring Archbishop Barry Hickey said he regrets not having been more outspoken on social issues because of fears grants to the Church could have been cut if it was too critical of government policies, reports the West

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Attorney-General The Hon. Robert Clark, MP, from Victoria Online --- The Victorian Attorney-General says he hopes to make a decision on whether to hold an inquiry into sexual abuse at Catholic schools in coming weeks, reports the ABC. Christian Brother

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Sometimes it is the unwelcome passage of years, or the banal paraphernalia or the unbridled consumerism of children's birthday parties today which make us dread or despise birthdays and anniversaries, writes Anna Krohn (pictured) in Catholic Women's

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At 10am today a rally in support of marriage will be held at Parliament House, Canberra. Organised by the Australian Family Assoication, the rally is being timed to coincide with a call for MPs to report to Parliament on the views of their electorate on

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In August and September, Caritas supporters right around Australia will take a stand in solidarity with the world’s poor, calling for an increase in assistance to communities living in poverty and calling on the government to cut pollution and

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Screenshot What is World Youth Day? --- More than 130,000 young people from across the world are in Spain's 65 dioceses, for the "Days in the Diocese" program that preceded the start of World Youth Day later today, reports the Catholic News Agency. "The

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Dr Dan White --- The Sydney Catholic schools system will introduce a teacher transfer program to remote schools similar to the one likely to be ditched by the state government when it gives state school principals the right to hire staff,

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Screenshot from www.sydneyalliance.org.au --- A coalition of religious, ethnic, health and community groups - whose backers include Cardinal George Pell - will be launched in Sydney next month, aiming to prevent the kind of violence that occured in London

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Cristo Redentor statue in Rio de Janeiro --- The Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro will host the World Youth Day in 2013, the Vatican spokesman has confirmed, reports the Catholic News Agency. Father Federico Lombardi said the date for the event was set a

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Irish PM Enda Kenny --- Ireland wants the Church to hand over cash and real estate towards a A$1.9 billion child-abuse compensation, said a Bloomberg report in the Sydney Morning Herald. Prime Minister Enda Kenny said the church needed to be ''truly and

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Image from related story on www.madrid.com, Are you connected? Do you have the App from WYD for your mobile? --- The average age of 480,000 students from across the globe registered for the World Youth Day is 22 and they will join at least as many

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The media coverage leading up to nearly every World Youth Day follows a pretty similar trajectory. It certainly has for each of the WYD events I’ve covered (Toronto, Cologne and Sydney), and it’s happened again with Madrid, writes Tim Drake

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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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