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After 120 years of work and presence in the South Melbourne area, Loreto sisters are selling up their provincial convent in order to finance new projects in Australia and abroad. The St Vincent Place convent which was earlier a Christian Brothers

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I have heard it said that no one should have to pay to use liturgical music because composers and publishers should be happy to do God’s work for free. We would never expect a plumber to fix the leaking baptismal font or a tiler to repair the church

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German Cardinal Karl Lehmann says the Catholic Church must face up to its past after a newly published history revealed the Church in Germany used 1,000 prisoners of war and nearly 5,000 civilians as slave labourers in hospitals and monasteries during World

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Polish bishops have launched a campaign to exhume the heart of Pope John Paul II and bring it back to his home town of Cracow. The bishops want the late pontiff's heart moved to Wawel Cathedral, AdKronos International reports. Bishop Tadeusz Pieronek

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Days after the local bishop ordered the removal of a reputedly miraculous statue of Our Lady, a Sri Lanka shrine has been struck by bombs dropped from aircraft. MISNA News reports that the Church of the Sacred Heart, within the Catholic sanctuary in

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Three ex-lawyers are among this year's batch of first year students at Sydney's Good Shepherd Seminary in Homebush. Judgment day has a rather different meaning for erstwhile legal eagles, Graham Fullick of Cessnock, Chatswood's Thomas Stevens and

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Australian delegates including Federal Parliamentary Secretary for International Development Assistance, Bob McMullan, joined 200 participants at an intergovernment conference on interfaith cooperation for peace and harmony in Phnom Penh last week.

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As he prepares to leave for his first visit as pontiff to the United States and to the United Nations, Pope Benedict has sent a message to American Catholics emphasising the need to work for peace, justice and freedom "in obedience to God's law".

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This week marked a milestone for World Youth Day 2008 as it passed under 100 days to go until the event starts on July 15. With now almost a daily flow of information about WYD08 in the Australian and international media and renewed interest on pilgrim

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St John's College at the University of Sydney is celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2008. It is the oldest Catholic tertiary institution in Australia and likely that it was the first Catholic college to be established in a pre-existing non-Catholic

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At some point our procrastinating and the rationalising have to end, we have to choose, accept the painful renunciations inside that choice, and will the one-thing, God and faithful service of others, because ultimately our sadness comes from the fact that

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Sydney's Christian Brothers College Burwood will close its doors at the end of 2009 after enrolments for this year dipped below the critical 300 mark. The Catholic Weekly reports that the Sydney Archdiocesan Catholic Schools Board has decided that the

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Benedict has traveled to seven other countries since he was elected in 2005, but a papal journey to the U.S. is like no other because of the church's size and influence. In a nation founded by Protestants, Catholics comprise nearly one-quarter of the

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The Sisters of Mercy owned Fraynework Multimedia web design company has won Webby Awards - the Oscars of the World Wide Web - for two of its sites. The company was named "official honoree" at the 12th annual Webby Awards, a Fraynework media

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Liberal Party federal director, Brian Loughnane, has blamed Catholic former minister Tony Abbott's "Religious Right" agenda for contributing to the party's loss at last year's elections. The Canberra Times reports that Mr Loughnane, told the

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Queensland's Acting Premier Paul Lucas has announced that the government will move to ban sex shops near schools after the Whitsunday Regional Council said it was powerless to stop a sex shop from opening near a Proserpine Catholic school. The

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A Filipino priest has been electrocuted by a defective karaoke microphone after finishing a swim during a beach party. Earthtimes reports that the 32-year-old Catholic priest Fr Roberto del Rosario had just finished swimming in the sea on Monday

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The radical tide sweeping Latin America is moving into the obscurer creeks and backwaters of the continent. The isolated and unnoticed country of Paraguay is about to elect a red bishop as president, bringing to an end the rule of the Colorado party and its

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In Australia, a very aggressive exclusionist form of secularism has developed that views religious belief and practice with arrogant intolerance and dismissiveness and which is characterised by attempts to exclude contributions to public discussion by

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St Benedict is a "shining star" who can lead Europe out of the current "dark night of history", Pope Benedict said in his talk on Wednesday. Catholic Online reports that the pope dedicated his General Audience catechesis this week

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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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