Visa cheats will not stand a chance at using World Youth Day to become illegal citizens after the Sydney Archdiocese and the Federal Government agreed to weed out "fake" pilgrims in exchange for the waiving of visa application

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Liturgy is made up of more than words and music alone. Liturgical body language unifies the assembly and communicates respect for the liturgy, the community and for God. Through our gestures we are totally involved - body, mind and spirit - in the act of

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As sad and heart-breaking as was Jesus' death, those who loved him experienced it as something which gave them deeper life, let them breathe more freely, and freed them from feelings of guilt. That is an incredible paradox but not without parallels

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Two fluffy lambs were given a holy blessing in an ancient tradition to mark the feast of St Agnes. Pope Benedist blessed the little animals - which are raised by Trappist monks - yesterday whose fleece will be shorn to make the palliums that are given

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World Youth Day organisers have released a parish version of the official Mass Setting commissioned by George Palmer. The official Mass Setting will be performed during the major WYD08 Masses. The Parish Setting is available on the WYD08 website for

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Christians and Muslims gathered in the Philippines to pay their respects to slain priest Fr Jesus Reynaldo Roda, in an united front of mourning. Fr Roda was killed by suspected Islamic militants last week after a botched kidnapping

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Ecumenism is a movement of prayer, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity president Cardinal Kasper said as the 100th Week of Prayer for Christian Unity concludes this week. Cardinal Kasper spoke on Vatican Radio announcing the theme of this

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Tens of thousands of supporters gathered en mass in St Peter’s Square on Sunday, to show solidarity for Pope Benedict after staff and students from a Rome university last week protested a visit by the Holy Father. The visit to La Sapienza

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Fears Pope Benedict wants to abandon liturgical reform are unfounded, a Vatican liturgist has said. Catholic News Service reports the comments were made by Master of Papal Liturgical Ceremonies Msgr Guido Marini (pictured) in an interview on Vatican

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In a world that is increasingly ready to see our current situation as a winner-takes-all struggle between two incompatible civilizations, A Common Word is a welcome reminder that there is an alternative and that we can still try to envision a common

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The new thinking is that nuclear power is a growing industry that is safe and secure and has the technology to deal with its wastes. The view is that it is critical to the diversification of energy supply and it is essential to combating climate change.

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After meeting with bishops from Arab regions on Friday, the Pope has called upon all Catholics to help Arab Christians to remain in their countries. Catholic News Agency reports that the bishops who spoke with Benedict XVI are from the Conference of

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Pope Benedict XVI has decided to reformulate a Good Friday prayer in the 1962 Roman Missal that was offensive to Jews, according to an Italian newspaper. Catholic News Service reports that Il Journale says the new prayer will drop all reference to the

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The newly elected Superior General of the Jesuits, Fr Adolfo Nicolas told an Australian Jesuit publication last year that the Church in Asia has much to offer the whole Church and that it ''had not taken the risks'' that it should have. In an

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The Society of Jesus have elected a Spanish born academic who has spent the past five decades in Asia as its new Superior General. The province website of the Australian Jesuits has reported that 71 year old Fr Adolfo Nicolas was elected on the second

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For those who are unreflective, sex can be just another meal in the fast food mall of life. The problem is not sexual immorality so much as it is the inability of young adults to relate to one another in ways that allow sexuality to give them what they

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We make too many concessions to the world, as a result, we condemn ourselves and those around us to mediocrity. We are to distinguish ourselves from others by means of our Christ-like character. The first Christians had the audacity to be different and

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Singing seminarian Robert Galea has launched a new album and will perform at World Youth Day during the Stations of the Cross procession. The fifth year seminarian and singing sensation – who hails originally from Malta - recently transferred

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St Peter’s Square was transformed into a mooing, squaking and neighing barnyard as the Feast of St Anthony the Abbot was celebrated in the peaceful confines of the Basilica. Catholic News Service reports Cardinal Angelo Comastri blessed several

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Catholic Social Services (CSS) has welcomed news that Catholic welfare agencies will be involved in 13 of the 25 new Family Relationship Centres announced by the Federal Government yesterday. CSS Australia Executive Director Frank Quinlan said the

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From St Mary’s, North Sydney. The first Mass of the day on YouTube

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Live streamed from Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral, Waitara

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