For the first time, the Vatican has joined in anniversary celebrations of the 1870 capture of Rome by Italian troops which ended the Papal States' domination of the city for more than 1,000 years. "We are here to take part in a symbolic gesture and to

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This year is the 50th anniversary of the contraceptive pill, a development that has changed Western life enormously, in some ways most people do not understand, writes George Pell.. While majority opinion regards the pill as a significant social benefit for

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The Young Catholic Women’s Fellowship to be held from January to May next year has a new promotional video on YouTube. As part of a new channel on YouTube for the Office for the Participation of Women, this video has been made to inspire and encourage

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Mary MacKillop's excommunication resulted from her reporting child abuse by a priest - against whom disciplinary action was taken, according to a documentary to e shown on the ABC's Compass program. Another grudging priest angered by the incident reportedly

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Image from the Sydney Morning Herald report --- Parishioners at St Vincent's Catholic Church in Redfern, inspired by the coming canonisation of Mary MacKillop, have defied their parish priest and returned a baptismal font to the church baptistery. It

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Pope Benedict XVI --- Pope Benedict has met the head of the Vatican bank, Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, who is under investigation by Italian authorities over alleged infringement of money laundering legislation. "It is an obvious sign of his respect and

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A lack of faith and courage among Christians is the primary block against a "Christian culture" during these times of predominant unbelief, said outspoken US Archbishop Charles Chaput. "Unbelief – whether deliberate and ideological, or lazy and

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A plan to erect a statue of St Francis of Assisi in Mosman has been redrafted following concerns over placing a religious icon on public land. About eight people turned up to a committee meeting at Mosman Art Gallery earlier this month to discuss ideas for

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A report by Catholic Health Australia shows that socio-economic status, rather than ethnicity, is a better predictor of a person's chances of dying from cardiovascular disease than blood pressure, cholesterol levels and smoking combined.   The report

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On a clear, sunny morning this month, Father Javier Igea met with a group of American Catholics in Madrid's Plaza San Juan de la Cruz. He smiled, shook their hands and greeted them, one by one, in unexpectedly good English. Behind them hung large, colorful

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Leading legal minds and human rights advocates Geoffrey Robertson and Alan Dershowitz will debate the scandal of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church on Saturday in the centrepiece event of the 2010 Festival of Dangerous Ideas in Sydney. Over two

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A retired priest from the New South Wales Hunter Valley has been charged with 14 child sex offences dating back to the 1980s. Police from the Strikeforce Georgiana, which was established to investigate child sex abuse within the Church, have arrested the

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An image of grieving, from Flickr --- Prime Minister Julia Gillard said she is "conflicted" on the issue of euthanasia, finding it "almost impossible" to conceive how there could be appropriate safeguards. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Ms

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Bishop Ross Davies --- The Anglican Church will hold a special hearing in Adelaide on charges against a South Australian bishop for bullying and emotional abuse. Bishop Ross Davies, who is facing the allegations, resigned from the Murray diocese last

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Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott --- The Federal Government and Opposition have agreed on sending a delegation to Rome for Mary MacKillop's canonisation - led by former PM Kevin Rudd, and including a Labor senator, and a

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A church in Beijing --- The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences has called for a rethink of religious policy towards Catholics, saying the country's official Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association interferes too much in the life of the Bishops'

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British Christians have launched a campaign in defence of their belief, scheduled to coincide with this year's Advent season. The "Not Ashamed" campaign said Christians of all denominations were subject to 'discrimination' in schools and work-places as a

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It seems almost an eternity ago that we heard those words, 'Game on'. We congratulate those who have been re-elected to the Parliament, says Frank Brennan in this homily delivered in Canberra to coincide with the opening of the new parliament. We express our

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The website of the Archdiocese of Canberra & Goulburn has a five-minute video on what Mary Mackillop means to people today. It was produced by Catholic Communications, which travelled across the Archdiocese to speak to Sisters of St Joseph, to relatives

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Screenshot from The Advertiser --- An avowed Penola atheist says his survival from a heart attack Mary MacKillop's constitutes "third miracle". Penola post office owner Jon Banks said he was happy to take any miracle he could get when he suffered a heart

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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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All your daily readings, reflections and prayers can be found here... 

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