Something different is happening in our Church at the moment, particularly with the surge in lay involvement and lay leadership. There was a time when our first contact with the faith was largely mediated through religious sisters and brothers in our

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Pope Benedict will confirm 14 young Australians during this year's World Youth Day events. The Catholic Weekly reports 24 year old public relations director Belinda Frame is thrilled to be one of 14 Australians who will be confirmed by Pope Benedict

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Pope Benedict has praised 7th century St Isidore of Seville, who published the world's first encyclopaedia, as a model of contemplation and action for today. Continuing his catechetical series on ancient figures in the Church, Pope Benedict devoted

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Our capacity for self-delusion is seemingly endless and never more pronounced than when it serves to distract us from the inevitability of death. We may indeed have a lovely home, a stylish wardrobe and good food on the table. Thank God for this, let us

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The second memorial lecture in honour of the work of renowned Melbourne ecumenist Fr Peter Cross who died in 2006 will feature theologian and Oblate priest Dr Austin Cooper as guest lecturer. Dr Cooper is an expert in the history of the Church in the

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The Brisbane's archdiocese's World Youth Day website recently under went a further revamp and has a strong focus on its Days in the Diocese program leading up to the main event in Sydney. A major highlight of the program is the Heart of the City event

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Pope to Ballina?

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The northern New South Wales town of Ballina is buzzing with rumours that Pope Benedict may spend his three day break there prior to World Youth Day. The Northern Star reports a friend of Pope Benedict, Vienna Cardinal Christophe Schonborn will also

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The federal government will introduce last minute legislation next week to prevent low paid Church and charity workers from losing family tax entitlements. The Sydney Morning Herald reports changes to salary sacrificing laws that were to begin on July

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Major tourist resort, Byron Bay, will be without a regular Sunday Mass from this weekend after Lismore Bishop Geoffrey Jarrett announced the amalgamation of parishes in the whole Byron shire. Byron News reports a crippling shortage of priests has

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They started slashing at everybody in the house and they assumed that nobody was still alive. It's true nobody seemed to be alive, since I was also covered in blood. Up to now I didn't know if I was dead or alive. I am beginning to feel worthless. I

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A film of quiet intensity, hard edged charm and surprising revelations, The Band's Visit straddles comedy and drama with ease as it peers into the hearts and minds of a random group of people thrown together by fate. The undercurrents of cultural difference

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Now a Catholic, Norma McCorvey, who was the plaintiff in the US Supreme Court case that legalised abortion, is to appear in a TV commercial in which she laments her role in the case. Cathlic News Agency reports in the new commercial McCorvey says,

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Some will think it crass to be counting pennies ahead of what is expected to be a joyous and spiritually uplifting event, not just for those directly involved but for the whole community. However, in this case we must serve both God and Mammon. Less

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University of South Australia lecturer, Professor Freda Briggs, will today tell a psychiatrists convention that churches have failed to learn the lesson of massive abuse compensation payouts. The Sydney Morning Herald reports pressure is mounting on

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St Vincent's College in the picturesque Sydney suburb of Potts Point was founded by the Sisters of Charity and is celebrating its sesquicentenary. It is one of the oldest schools in Australia still functioning under the same management and on the same site.

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A New Zealand Catholic agency has attacked proposals to change the law to allow couples in IVF programs to choose the sex of their child. The Age reports parents involved in IVF programs could soon be allowed to choose the sex of their child if the

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The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace has released its Ten Commandments of the Environment emphasising that "nothing in this world exists outside the divine plan of creation and redemption." Zenit reports Bishop Giampaolo Crepaldi,

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Melbourne now has more than one million Catholics and numbers are up 7 percent over the last decade according to Christian Research Association findings, but other faiths have experienced much greater rises with Hindus and Buddhists up over 100

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"Recognisably Australian" red, orange, yellow and blue banners will adorn Sydney for World Youth Day and Pope Benedict's visit, Cardinal George Pell has announced. The Daily Telegraph reports the colours which are reminiscent of the

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The Holy See is to publish an edition of the complete works of Pope Benedict including all of the major writings he produced as a theologian prior to his election as pontiff. Times Online reports Pope Benedict is proving such a bestselling author that

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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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