The number of top HSC recipients in Catholic schools has almost doubled in recent years, with 80 students making the honours list in 2009 compared to 45 in 2005. An analysis by the Sydney Morning Herald also showed that in the Catholic diocesan

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The recent decree by Pope Benedict XVI advancing the sainthood of Pope Pius XII is another serious blow to Catholic-Jewish relations. Pius’ record during the Shoah remains a legitimate historical question and is, as well, the subject of a long-time

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This website, created by the Sisters of St Joseph, features in-depth coverage of Mary Mackillop’s life story. It has photos of Australia’s first saint and of those touched by her, details of pilgrimages, and other aspects of her role in

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Even if you are not into political satire, you might well enjoy this fast-paced look at spin, international pressures, civil service activities and inactivities, gossip and rivalries. The film also sends up official bullying and badgering of

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The Haiti catastrophe has reignited Australians' generosity after the "compassion fatigue" that followed the overwhelming response to Victorian bushfires, says UNICEF. Meanwhile, Caritas Australia said aid work is progressing despite tough

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Kevin Rudd---Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has denied the government is favouring private over public schools, saying some Commonwealth funding was based on enrolment. Education Minister Julia Gillard said Labor had stuck with the Howard Government's system

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The Toowoomba primary school principal who was sacked in a child sex abuse case has lost hope of getting his job back, despite the Queensland Independent Education Union launching an unfair dismissal claim on his behalf. The union held a conciliation

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A church in Sydney's Redfern neighbourhood has become the battleground for a clash of traditions, following a row over a baptismal font and removal of chalk writings referring to an "Aboriginal Christ". The row reflects a deeper clash

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Each era experiences natural catastrophe after its own fashion. And in the manner that we react to other people's disasters we reveal more about ourselves than we might wish. The ancient Roman magistrate Pliny turned his first-hand account of the eruption of

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The 120-year-old Aya Triada church, Istanbul's largest Christian Orthodox house of worship, has delicate icons lining its walls, a ceiling painted with colourful frescoes depicting scenes from the Bible and enough room for hundreds of the faithful.

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A leading Scottish bishop has accused the Devon-based Benedictine monks of betraying Christian values, blaming their Buckfast fortified wine brew for alcoholism mong the wider population. The Right Rev Bob Gillies, Bishop of Aberdeen and Orkney in the

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The Malaysian government has said that it is allowing the use of the word "Allah" in the Malay language by Christians in its Christian-majority Borneo states. The apparent concession is seen as a damage control move, as Christians in the states

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An exhibition about the contribution of nuns to American life is now on at the Smithsonian in Washington and this website allows you to take a virtual tour. It includes rare artifacts and photographs from more than 400 communities are on view to

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This is a beautifully made film which offers so much to reflect on.  It is a pity that it won't appeal to a wide audience who may not be attracted by its post-apocalyptic scenario, by its grim quest as a surviving father and son make for the coast.

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President Obama has spoken of how his faith guides him and the importance of hard work to mark the birthday of Martin Luther King at a Washington church. "Folks ask me sometimes why I look so calm," he said last weekend at Vermont

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In December the Venerable English College in Rome revealed that it had uncovered a mysterious parchment. According to the College, it suggests that Shakespeare spent "missing years" in Rome and that the Bard was a recusant Catholic for most of his

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An American military contractor is supplying rifle telescopic sights inscribed with bliblical references, for use by US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and for training Iraqi and Afghan soldiers. The maker of the sights, Trijicon, has a $660 million

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Mehmet Ali Agca --- Mehmet Ali Agca, 52, who attempted to kill Pope John Paul II in 1981 has been freed from prison. A military hospital checkup has showed he has a psychiatric disorder, his lawyer said. Agca was a 23-year-old militant

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India's West Bengal state former Chief Minister Jyoti Basu --- Kolkata is mourning the death of veteran Marxist leader and former West Bengal Chief Minister, Jyoti Basu, who is said to have had a special association with Blessed

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Some details of the case under investigation regarding a possible miracle attributed to Venerable Pope Pius XII have been made public, and the story involves Pope John Paul II, the Catholic News Agency reports. Vatican journalist Andrea Tornielli

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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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