Today it takes a strong, inner-anchored act to go to church on Sunday. We live in a moral and ecclesial diaspora and experience a special loneliness that comes with that. We have few outside supports for our faith. The culture no longer carries the

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The moment the lights went out in the St Vincent's College dormitory, the pillow fights would begin. Food, forbidden inside the dormitory, was eaten and hidden under bedcovers when the sound of footsteps and rustling rosary beads signalled the approach of

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The producers describe this film as a comedy. There are two problems with this. First the setup has to be funny. It's not. Second, for us to laugh along with this dysfunctional bunch we need to like the main characters. While the unhappy nuclear family are

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A schoolhouse in the South Australian country town of Penola is where it all began for Mary MacKillop and Fr Julian Tenison Woods in their quest to provide a free Catholic education for the rural poor. As we all know, it was the start of much

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Predominately Catholic country, Austria, is asking itself what is going wrong with shocking revelations of another sexual abuse and abduction case this time involving a father imprisoning his daughter for 24 years and fathering seven children with

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Staff in St Vincent de Paul Society shops across New South Wales have become the first employees of a charity in the state to be offered 14 weeks' paid maternity leave. Fairfax outlets, The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald report that under a

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Interfaith pioneer Rabbi John Levi has been awarded a professorship at the Australian Catholic University (ACU). The Australian Jewish News reports the Rabbi will use the position to "build even stronger bonds between the university

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I am not suggesting that following Christ is cost free. Nothing good in life comes without some price. The pagan saying "no pain, no gain" contains much truth. Following Christ is a long term investment and it takes time and effort to curb our

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Sunday Nights with John Cleary is a unique weekly program on ABC Local Radio exploring the issues, events and people driving developments in religion, ethics, spirituality, popular culture, values and beliefs in our country. This week's program

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With around 100 religious brothers worldwide, the international website of the congregation of the Presentation Brothers bats well above its numeric weight. Founded by Edmund Rice, the order's site has a strong focus on vocations. Predominately

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Sydney Cardinal George Pell has rejected proposals for an Australian bill or charter of human rights warning that American style "culture wars" could be the result. The West Australian reports Cardinal Pell says human rights are best protected

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New York Cardinal Edward Egan says that former city mayor and presidential candidate Rudolph Giulani should not have received communion during a mass with Pope Benedict because of his open support for abortion rights. The International Herald Tribune

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Samoan police have arrested two dozen students and three teachers from a Samoan Catholic school after an incident in which molotov cocktails and metal bars were used to attack students from a rival school. The Herald Sun reports the violence broke out

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Philippines Catholic bishops have backed a government decision to prohibit kidney transplants on foreign patients as part of a bid to regulate sales of kidneys and other human organs. GMA News reports the Catholic Church last night threw its full

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Four Japanese bishops have travelled to Rome for a meeting with Pope Benedict to seek Holy See intervention to resolve what they describe as a "serious problem" with the methods of the Neo-Catechumenal Way movement and its seminary in a Japanese

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Broken Bay diocese's Catholic Schools Office has won a prestigious national award for best workplace for health and safety management systems. The CSO was named as winner of the Best Workplace Health and Safety Management System category at the

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Australian Catholic Social Justice Council chair Bishop Christopher Saunders has called for greater vigilance over the working conditions of migrant workers who are helping "fill the gap" in job vacancies but who are often vulnerable. In a

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  Victorian Catholic agency, Sacred Heart Mission, has launched an innovative three year program which aims to end the vicious cycle of homelessness for adults and open the path to social inclusion. The three year model called A Journey to

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Pope Benedict will visit Australia from July 12-21 for World Youth Day, the Holy See has announced while organisers say the event is on track for 123,000 international visitors. The Sydney Morning Herald reports the 81 year old pontiff will make

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There are some worrying signs that the Labor Government will interpret, or has already interpreted, the grassroots campaign against WorkChoices, involving unions, churches, and community groups, in the most conservative light possible. The Rudd

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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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