There's no such thing as official retirement for many older Religious. Just ask Brigidine Sister Zita Barron, former chaplain at Long Bay Gaol, who turned 84 last week, reports the Catholic Religious Australia newsletter. In April this year Sister Zita

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We are now less than a week away from Christmas, so we still have time to prepare, to do what we should. I am not just thinking of those cards and presents that we still need to purchase, or the food and drink for the festivities, but of other, more important

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This website chronicles the plight of and lives of Christians living in Iraq. The site has a history of Iraqi Christians, links to bombed churches and other relevant information. www.christiansofiraq.com/

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Screenshot of Archbishop John Hepworth, from an interview uploaded onto YouTube --- The Anglican Ordinariate in Australia is expected to attract about 1000 Anglicans from churches here, according to a report in The Age. Catholics, mainstream Anglicans

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St Vincent's Health Australia was the only group able to convince the government to ignore the advice of its own health officials in creating new Local Hospital Networks, the Sydney Morning Herald reports. Citing internal documents, the Herald says the

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The AdelaideNow website image of Monsignor David Cappo --- Monsignor David Cappo has been appointed as deputy chair to the National Advisory Council on Mental Health, reports The Advertiser. He says authorities are "wasting our time" unless more money is

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The Catholic Bishops of Australia will travel to Rome in October 2011 on a spiritual pilgrimage designed to celebrate and strengthen their communion with the universal Church and the Pope. The pilgrimage is known as the Ad Limina Apostolorum visit – or

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Image of a baby from Flickr --- Pro-life groups have labelled the European court ruling that Ireland's abortion law infringes women's rights "intrusive" and "agenda driven", reports Christian Today. Youth Defence described the ruling as "intrusive,

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Church authorities covered up the activities of a former priest who sexually abused hundreds of children in Ireland over almost two decades, said an AFP report in the Brisbane Times. A judicial commission described Tony Walsh as "probably the most notorious

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While many young adults linger on beaches and in shopping centres during summer, three Brisbane sisters will be giving their time to the "very poor", reports The Catholic Leader. Bernadette, Claire and Katie Tomlin will return to their South African roots

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The scriptures should be required reading in schools, writes David Hastie in The Australian. IN this yuletide Tony Abbott went on record again as regarding the Bible as essential for all Australian schools. "It is important for people to leave school with

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The Tourist is a bland title for what turns out to be a disappointingly bland movie from director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (who made the brilliant The Lives of Others). The remake of a 2005 French thriller called Anthony Zimmer, this film's plot

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Screenshot from a Russia Today video, uploaded to YouTube --- The Vatican has urged Australia's bishops to persist with their "generous and passionate work" for people seeking asylum, and pledged its support, said a Catholic News Service report in the

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The Herald Sun image of the Abbott family picture used in the Christmas card --- Opposition leader Tony Abbott has chosen a Christmas card in a prime ministerial style almost identical to those sent by John Howard as PM, reports the Herald Sun. It has

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Some 75 per cent of respondents to a poll about the meaning of Christmas said it was about good times with family and friends, while only one in five saw it as a celebration of Christ's birth, reports the Herald Sun. The Galaxy Research poll

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An Italian judge has upheld the seizure of 23 million euros (A$30 million) in Vatican assets in a money-laundering probe involving the Holy See's bank, said an AP report on MSNBC.com. Italian authorities seized the funds in September as part of a probe

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Pope Benedict --- Pope Benedict has used a high-profile Christmas speech to Vatican cardinals and bishops to demand reflection on the flaws in the Church's message and culture that permitted a global sexual-abuse scandal, reports the Washington Post. "We

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Years of pressure by US diplomats on the Vatican for stronger public support of genetically modified foods has yielded little results, said a document released through WikiLeaks, reports the Catholic News Service. The latest batch of diplomatic cables

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This witty YouTube clip presents a digital re-telling of the Nativity narrative, and also reminds us just what impact the internet and technology has made on our lives. The video, which was made by a Portguese company called Excentric, has gone

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Pope Benedict's Midnight Mass at St Peter's Basilica and documentary titled Celebrate Christmas head the television offerings this festive season. Midnight Mass will be broadcast on the ABC and the documentary on Network Ten. FULL DETAILS IN MEDIA RELEASE

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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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