Image from www.tonyabbott.com.au --- Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has indicated the Coalition will hold the party line against gay marriage, and Coalition MPs may have to cross the floor to exercise a conscience vote, said an AAP report in the

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Screenshot from the Melbourne Times Weekly --- The Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne will appeal to VCAT after Yarra Council rejected its application to demolish the heritage-listed St Joseph's Church in Collingwood, reports the Melbourne Times

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The Northern Star --- Three young men will dedicate their lives to the faith during an ordination ceremony at St Carthage's Cathedral in Lismore, borthern NSW, tomorrow night, reports the Northern Star. Roland Agrisola, 27, Shelwin Fernandez, 25, and

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An image from Flickr --- The gambling lobby has enlisted the support of the renowned western Sydney youth worker Father Chris Riley in its battle against the Gillard government's proposed poker machine reforms, reports the Sydney Morning Herald. The

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St Peter's Square in the Vatican, on Flickr --- A judge in Portland, Oregon has declined to order face-to-face questioning of Vatican officials in a lawsuit claiming that the Vatican was the employer of an abusive priest in the 1960s, said a Catholic

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An image of 'election time', from Flickr --- Catholic leaders in Egypt have voiced surprise and alarm at the success of Islamist groups in the first round of Egypt's parliamentary elections but stressed that the process is still in an early phase, reports

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She was the youngest of eight children growing up in McKeesport, Pennsylvania. Her brother Bill, closest to her in age, invited her to play baseball with the local kids in a nearby field - and she was hooked. Now 80, Mercy Sr Mary Bride Diamond recounted

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Today the church in America much of the country is contracting. Schools have closed, hospitals merged, novitiates shuttered - moments rarely captured on film. With priestly and religious vocations and Mass attendance in decline, the church can no longer do

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We remember the Aardman Studios for their wonderful animation short films, especially those with Wallace and Gromit.  More recently they have made feature films, Chicken Run and The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.   This time, they have been

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In February, the Vatican's Secret Archives will show a 100 of its prized documents. Among them, is the original parchment that holds the dogma of the Immaculate Conception. It's titled the 'Bolla Ineffabilis Deus.' It dates back to 1854 and it's signed by

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Any change to federal law to allow gay marriage was likely to be challenged in the High Court of Australia, according to Father Frank Brennan, reports the Courier-Mail. Labor backbencher Stephen Jones will bring a Private Member's Bill to Parliament in early

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Screenshot from the Sydney Morning Herald --- Father Chris Riley, the latest face in the clubs' campaign to block pokies reform, accepted $50,000 for a youth centre operated by his charity from Len Ainsworth, the founder of Australia's largest gaming

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Image courtesy of The Irrigator newspaper of Leeton, NSW --- Wagga Wagga priest Father Michael Kennedy has been appointed Bishop of Armidale, following the resignation of Bishop Luc Matthys who has reached the age limit, the Australian Catholic

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Screenshot from the ABC --- The ACT Government has defended new health service agreements signed yesterday with the operators of Calvary's public hospital, after years of tussling over the future of Calvary, reports the ABC. The Government failed in

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Screenshot from The Catholic Weekly --- The Manly Catholic Social Justice Group's hope of a happy outcome in its support for a fee-paying Indian student held in immigration detention for nearly 18 months has nose-dived, reports the Catholic Weekly. The

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Universities' conference reportedly challenged Church teaching A conference series hosted by two Jesuit universities in the US appears to have questioned and undermined Church teaching on sexuality and marriage, according to a report by the

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In late October, on the day an unseasonal snowstorm broke weather records and almost shut down parts of the American Northeast, something else happened that was perhaps unprecedented: A Catholic university hosted a daylong formal discussion on the

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Preaching is not a highly esteemed activity. When people are accused of preaching they are held to be boring, moralising and bullying. Those qualities presumably were found earlier in sermons preached in church. They may also perhaps be discerned in articles

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Of course, this title is intended as provocative.  It reminds us of the book and film of the 1970s, The Cross and the Switchblade.  Both are stories of personal conversion leading to active Church service in an American evangelical Church. Message

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The Washington Post On Faith portal has a gallery with images of faith from around world. www.washingtonpost.com/national/on-faith/decembers-photos-of-faith/2011/12/07/gIQALt19eO_gallery.html#photo=1  

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Mass on Demand

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From Parish of Our Lady of The Way, North Sydney & Lavender Bay. 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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