Caritas Australia's Project Compassion, the largest fundraising event for aid and development in the country, is underway for 2009 focusing on the theme "an environment to grow in". With that theme, this year's Project Compassion focuses on

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However well meaning his focus on social justice, peace and love, Father Peter Kennedy, like all Catholic priests, is required to follow Church teachings and rules in celebrating Mass in a Catholic Church. The Church can insist that priests and Masses

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If we compare the Church with a family, and it is more akin to a family than a business or a corporation, the most bitter and intractable divisions occur within families between spouses, among siblings, between parents and children. In religious

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The Understanding Faith website focuses on a multimedia religious education resource for secondary schools. The resource supports the various diocesan curriculums. It is designed to support and enrich learning through the ICT medium and to assist

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he first St Thomas More's Parish Forum for 2009 will feature the head of the Department of Foreign Affiars and Trade, Michael L'Estrange on the topic of "Foreign Policy and Interfaith Dialogue". The Forum will take place on Wednesday

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"We are most truly Australian, most truly Christian, and most truly Catholic when we reach out across borders of nation states and churches, giving of ourselves," Jesuit Fr Frank Brennan told the 2009 Project Compassion appeal launch. Fr Brennan

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Banning schools $42 billion stimulus package funds on airconditioners and buildings used for religious teaching is political correctness gone mad, Coalition education spokesman Christopher Pyne says.   The Australian reports the Rudd Government

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Pope Benedict will canonise Blessed Jeanne Jugan, the founder of the Little Sisters of the Poor, and Hawaii's Leper Priest, Fr Damien de Veuster are among ten new saints to be canonised this year. "We knew it was only a matter of time, but everyone

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When Pope Benedict proposed that Catholics should renew with the traditional Lenten practice of fasting he probably wasn't thinking of the carbon and Facebook fasts that enterprising Christians have come up with. The Guardian reports that the UK's

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Ireland's Caritas agency, Trocaire has joined Catholic missionary orders and other development organisations in an attack on U2 and singer Bono over the rock group's bid to shift its affairs to the Netherlands to avoid Irish tax. Protesters have

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So what possessed the maverick and now sacked Brisbane priest Peter Kennedy to even think the Church would bless his decision to allow women to take part in a Mass? Did he really expect it to turn a blind eye? Any former Catholic schoolgirl could have told

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Since Archbishop Bathersby tried to pull him into line last August, Fr Kennedy and his supporters have waged a canny public relations war against the Church, with protest banners, press conferences, blogs and the archbishop's pleading letters posted on the

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In a world where talk about AIDS is dominated by medical and sociological theories, many Africans have found that this discourse reduces them to objects of scientific study and social analysis, all with the noble intention of helping. But none of these

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The Catholic Association of Music (CAM) is a private not-for-profit associational community in full service to the Catholic Church, formed to provide religious, artistic, and professional support to both non-liturgical and liturgical Catholic musicians and

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Catholic primary and secondary schools as well as state schools in the bushfire affected areas of Victoria will close today because of the forecast extreme weather conditions. The Director of Catholic Education, Stephen Elder, said it was prudent for

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Caritas Australia is offering hungry Sydney workers a simple meal of fish and rice at lunchtime today in return for a donation to Project Compassion. Media personalities will be BBQing the fish in Martin Place, between Castlereagh and Pitt Streets

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Lawyers for sacked St Mary's administrator Fr Peter Kennedy have responded positively to Archbishop John Bathersby's offer to enter into mediation, the Brisbane archdiocese has announced. In a statement released yesterday, the Catholic communications

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Malaysian Home Minister Syed Hamid Albar has issued an order allowing Christian publications to use the word "Allah" to refer to God as long as they specify the material is not for the majority Muslims. The February 16 order is an apparent

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National human rights consultation chair Fr Frank Brennan has warned against an "evangelical fervour" for a human rights charter saying that the Victorian state model was "a device for the delivery of a soft-Left sectarian agenda".

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What we are facing is a post Christian culture which is completely illiterate when it comes to the language of the Judeo-Christian tradition. But there is a difference between deciding how to target someone with your beliefs - trying to "punch

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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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