The close connection between faith and reason is based on the belief God created humans and is always near, Pope Benedict says. Catholic News Service reports the Holy Father used his weekly address to continue his talks about St Augustine who did not

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For many young women, their sense of Mary, mother of Jesus, is relatively one-dimensional. They recall a humble, pious woman who was submissive to both her husband and her God. The modern female, it might seem, would have little in common with a woman

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Any type of activity that advocates personal ability to dissent to the teachings of the Catholic Church based upon freedom of personal choice or opinion is the result of very seriously malformed and misintentioned consciences. - Hugh McNichol

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NSW Judges and magistrates were the first to preview World Youth Day celebrations during the traditional Red Mass at St Mary's Cathederal yesterday. The Catholic mass for the opening of the law term, held to seek divine guidance for the courts, will

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A Canberra Catholic school was the target of cruel vandals who killed a number of farmyard animals raised by children with learning disabilities. AAP reports several ducks and chickens were attacked on the grounds of MacKillop Catholic College in

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The illegal trade of organs in the Philippines has compelled the country’s Catholic Bishops to urge the government to impose tougher regulations on organ donation. Reuters reports the Bishops are worried over abuses which have been a result of

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Evacuations of Catholic personnel from the diocese of Nakuru in Kenya have been stepped up following the recent murder of a priest. Independent Catholic News reports the diocese was moving priests and other chuch workers from 10 parishes where

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Catholic and Anglican relations in NSW are warming up with the impending signing of a formal covenant in a step towards "healing" between the two denominations. Christian Today reports Anglican Archbishop of Newcastle Dr Brian

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Because we have lost a commitment to the common good, politics is failing to solve the deepest crises of our time. Real solutions will require our best thinking and dialogue, but also call us to transformation and renewal. - Jim Wallis

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It is not always easy to engage with deeper questions about truth. The new Jesuit Superior General's speech illuminates this conversation. His own style is self-deprecating and straightforward, that of a man talking to his equals. He also remarks on the

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Retiring ACU Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Sheehan AO has been appointed as the new Chair of the Queensland Catholic Education Commission. The widely respected academic and educational administrator, Professor Sheehan retires on February 1 after

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Greece’s Catholic Bishops have offered their condolences for the leader of the Greek Orthodox Church, Archbishop Christodoulos, who died aged 69. Catholic News Service reports Archbishop Christodoulos died yesteday after a battle with

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With the start of the new school year this week, fees are under the spotlight as parents are paying increases more than inflation to educate their kids at Catholic schools. The Sunday Telegraph reports more than a third of families spend up to half

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Newly elected head of the Society of Jesus Fr Adolfo Nicolas has met with Pope Benedict in a private audience on the weekend, denying any contradiction between the Jesuits and the Vatican. Catholic World News reports a statement released by the Jesuits

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Catholic school teachers across Victoria have threatened to strike unless their demands for more money, smaller class sizes and better conditions are met. The 24-hour strike has been planned for March 7 – only three weeks after 25,000

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Pentecostalism has long been viewed as the religious choice of the poor and backward, a motley band of ''hillbilly holy rollers.'' Today's research contests that view. Some experts say Pentecostalism should be understood as the most visible expression of

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It seems that the new atheists' real problem is with dogma, and specifically with the dogma of religious faith - with the belief that it is acceptable, even admirable, to believe propositions without logically sound reasons based on good evidence. They

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Catholics in Vietnam are challenging their country's communist government in a bold, yet quiet move calling for Church land to be returned. AP reports Church leaders and faithful have been gathering daily in front of the old Vatican embassy in Hanoi

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Pope Benedict has urged the media to practice "info ethics" saying the media is often used to create reality rather than just report it. Reuters reports the Pontiff, in a message celebrating 42nd World Day of Social Communications, said the

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A high ranking Church leader in Gaza has spoken out about the horrors of the Palestinian strip describing the escalating humanitarian crisis as "almost as bad as hell". Total Catholic reports Msgr Manawel Musallam has condemned the Israeli

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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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