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Pope Benedict has made two changes in canon law, regarding marriage for those who have formally renounced the Church, and clarifying the ministry of deacons. The changes came in a "motu proprio" entitled "Omnium in mentem" (In the

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The poor Oklahoma farm boy who popularised the idea of a "prosperity gospel", and one of most recognisable US televangelists, Oral Roberts, died on Tuesday, the Los Angeles Times reports. He was 91. Roberts died of complications of pneumonia

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Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart, founded by Blessed Mary MacKillop, said they believe their 24 hour prayer vigil during the surgery on conjoined twins Krishna and Trishna aided their miraculous success. Sister Bernadine Guinane said the

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Australians apparently prefer a traditional Christmas to a politically correct one, with people liking religious carols, but going to church for Christmas isn't as popular. Research commissioned by the Centre for Public Christianity, found that 91

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A billboard featuring a dejected Joseph in bed with Mary, with a caption reading "Poor Joseph. God is a hard act to follow", will be raised at an Auckland church, aiming to challenge and provoke discussion about the Christmas story. The

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The Malaysian High Court has set December 30 to deliver its decision on an application by the Church challenging a government ban on using the word "Allah" to refer to God in the Malay language in its Herald weekly newspaper. High Court

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Here is a news flash. Individuals, even really worthy religious ones, are not capable of curing terminally ill patients by using their God-like powers. This is even less likely after that individual has died. It is a nonsense, and a transparent

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In the dark days after she was excommunicated by her local bishop in 1879, not even the devout Mary MacKillop would have dared to dream of the possibility that she would one day be poised on the brink of sainthood. The woman about to be recognised as

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Eureka Street has produced the first of what is planned to be regular videos for its readers and its website. The inaugural one features Hans Kung from the Parliament of World's Religions recently held in Melbourne. The publication has appointed

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The Fulton Sheen website was created as an avenue to promote the cause for canonisation of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen who was renowned worldwide for his effective and accessible television programs, which offered faith instruction in the mid-20th century.

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The Pope is set, in the coming days, to declare late pontiff John Paul II as "venerable", paving the way for a beatification ceremony in Rome next year, according to an Agence France Presse report in the Sydney Morning Herald. A beatification ceremony

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Pope Benedict officially accepted the resignation of Bishop of Limerick Donal Murray, over information in Ireland's recent Murphy Report that showed Bishop Murray had failed to properly respond to allegations of sexual abuse. Bishop Murray's name was

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St Vincent de Paul reported a 15 percent drop in donations to its Christmas appeal, while the Smith Family Christmas appeal response is at least a third short, leaving the charities stretching to help needy families. Smith Family executive director

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The Sunshine Coast Council defended its decision to exclude the word "Christmas" from its 2009 corporate Christmas cards, saying it was simply being "mindful of people's different backgrounds and beliefs." Mailed and emailed cards wish their

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The Church welcomed the Federal Government's announcement it will move ahead with plans to filter out violent and pornographic websites containing material which has been refused classification. Australia's Catholic Bishops' said in a statement that

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An international team of archaeologists and scientists says it has, for the first time, found pieces of a burial shroud from the time of Jesus in a tomb in Jerusalem but the weave is different from that of the Shroud of Turin. The researchers, from

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This Mary MacKillop is the tough minded, astute political operator, struggling against patriarchal city based Church authorities to assist the poorest of the poor in Australia's most remote corners. She was no passive bystander in her fate. After being

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Pope2You is a website which was launched by the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Social Communications in May 2009. It is now offering web users the capacity to send online Christmas greetings to Pope Benedict XVI. People can also choose to include a

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The principal lines of attack launched by the current wave of atheist polemicists are that religion has nothing to be said in favour of it as a system of beliefs and much to be said against it as a set of attitudes, combining fearfulness and intolerance. In

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Despite the current fear of possible setbacks, Catholic-Jewish relations have happily come a long way, thanks to declarations like Nostra Aetate from 1965 and the commitment of many fine individuals and groups to the task of dialogue. When we look back, it

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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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