As a kid, I had seen an Aboriginal woman begging milk to feed her child at the back door of a boarding school kitchen where my mother worked. I found the woman cowering in the college woodheap like a beaten dog. I saw the good brothers drive her away.

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On the brink of tears, the Catholic parents of disappeared British four-year-old Madeleine McCann yesterday met Pope Benedict who blessed a photo of their daughter. Madeleine's mother, Kate McCann, appeared to be holding back tears as she and

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NSW south coast "prophet", William Kamm, known as the "Little Pebble" to his followers, has been found guilty of sex offences against a girl aged 14 and 15 at the time of the acts. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Mr Kamm,

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Hobart Archbishop Adrian Doyle has confirmed plans for a new Catholic high school in the Tasmanian capital that would introduce a new policy requiring that at least 75 per cent of students be baptised Catholics. The Mercury reports that Archbishop

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Describing the "daily hardships and humiliations" of Palestinians as "unacceptable", Jerusalem's Christian leaders have called on Israel to end its occupation of territories and for the recognition of a Palestinian state. Catholic

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Pope Benedict has called on Palestinian factions to end clashes in Gaza and on Israel to end its armed intervention which is "provoking the bloody deterioration of the situation". AsiaNews reports that the pope appealed to Palestinian and

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The NSW St Vincent de Paul Society has emphatically rejected allegations by the Australian Services Union that the charity is becoming "corporatised". In a statement, the Society says it "absolutely rejects" the comments of the ASU

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As census figures show that the tide may be turning on church attendance, Australia's bishops are backing a new outreach initiative based on a growing recognition that religious decline is an important national issue. Archbishop John Bathersby,

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With the World Health Organisation estimating the annual number of abortions worldwide at 30-50 million, a US-initiated post-abortion support program with branches in Australia, Project Rachel, is extending its operations around the

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Three siblings from the St Martin de Porres parish school at Laverton in Melbourne's west who had been enrolled by the parish priest in a local state school will not be turned away, priest Fr Ian Ranson said over the weekend. "We are not turning

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Addressing a conference of Latin American bishops in Brazil last week, Vatican Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos has confirmed that Pope Benedict plans to loosen restrictions on the celebration of the old Latin Mass. Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos, who

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Tony Blair is still in office; but the carefully orchestrated transition to his post-Downing Street incarnation has begun. When his longed-for departure actually does at last take place, even his most severe critics (wishing to be seen as fair or

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A scene from The Root of All Evil?, a two-part ABC series on religion shows Richard Dawkins accusing the evangelical pastor the Reverend Ted Haggard of running worship sessions in the way the Nazis ran their rallies. To the scientist Dawkins, a room

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Zimbabwe has a population of 12 million and used to be the second most prosperous country in the continent after South Africa. Today economic life has collapsed as President Mugabe becomes increasingly corrupt and despotic. As a master promoter of

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Cardinal Claudio Hummes seems too young for someone who will be 73 in August. But he is unlikely to be collecting a pension cheque for a long while. Last October Benedict XVI offered the then-Archbishop of Sao Paulo a new and entirely different job by

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Concluding his tour of Brazil, Pope Benedict has described South America as a "continent of hope" while denouncing drug dealers and warning against drug use and sexual infidelity. An estimated 150,000 pilgrims greeted the pope as he arrived

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Endorsing comments by Pope Benedict, a spokesman for Perth Archbishop Barry Hickey has said that any Catholic doctor performing an abortion is excluded from communion. News.com.au reports that spokesman Hugh Ryan said that that any Catholic

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Addressing 40,000 young people in Brazil, Pope Benedict has called for "greater commitment" to fighting environmental devastation in the Amazon basin that threatens indigenous peoples in the region. "The devastation of the environment

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Bishop Dong Guangqing, the first Chinese government appointed Catholic bishop, has died in the central city of Wuhan at the age of 90. Malaysian paper The Star cited a Xinhua News Agency report that Bishop Dong Guangqing, who died Saturday, was a

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Visiting Fatima for the 90th anniversary of the 1917 apparitions of the Virgin Mary to three Portuguese children, half a million pilgrims prayed for the safe return of British toddler Madeleine McCann who disappeared at a coastal resort early this

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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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