US Anglican Bishop Gene Robinson --- US gay Anglican Bishop Gene Robinson has announced that he will resign from his diocese in two years, citing the toll that worldwide publicity has taken on his marriage, according to the Catholic News Agency. "The

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Screenshot from report and video on euronews.net --- Iraqi Christians are fearing for their safety after a string of anti-Christian bombings shook the country and left six dead, since the hostage-taking and deaths at a Baghdad about two weeks ago,

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Pope Benedict --- Pope Benedict has spoken of the need to support marriage and family, and for dialogue between religious, political and economic spheres to encourage a just society in Europe, in remarks following his recent trip to Spain, reports the

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The Tweed Daily News image from the Sisters of War --- The film featuring the story of Sister Berenice Twohill's experience as a prisoner of war during World War II is of special interest to the younger members of her family, reports the Tweed Daily News.

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Province Express image of Louise Stack with Tashi, a refugee who lives at the JRS shelter --- Jesuit Refugee Service Australia will be able to accommodate entire refugee families after opening its latest shelter, a former boarding house in the Sydney

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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, on Flickr --- A Vatican delegation is meeting with officials in Iran this week to discuss ways of strengthening interfaith ties, in an ongoing attempt by the Vatican to reach out to the largely Muslim Islamic

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HK tycoon Li Ka-Shing, on Facebook --- Hong Kong's richest man, Li Ka-shing, has been asked to brush off a priest's remarks likening him to the devil as a joke, said an AFP report in the Sydney Morning Herald. Father Thomas Law made the

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On the issue of asylum seekers, I think we have reached a point of crisis, writes Robert Manne in ABC Online. If it were up to me, and if I did not care about the wider political consequences, I would allow all asylum seekers who arrive spontaneously on

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This film is based loosely on a 1990 book, A Very Private Gentleman, by Martin Booth, novelist and poet. It begins with a seemingly idyllic scene in rural Sweden that is interrupted violently by two hit-men coming to kill Jack (George Clooney), who is with

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Thanks to Bill Mason, who not only invited me to speak this evening but also suggested the topic, knowing my interest in religion and politics, writes John Warhurst in Eureka Street. He was so keen on this topic that eventually, after failing to recruit

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Brenda Finlayson with Bishop Peter Connors. Photography: Zhenshi Van der klooster, The Courier Ballarat --- The World Union of Catholic Women's Organisation's Vice President General and Australian board member, Brenda Finlayson, has been awarded the Papal

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'Stack of books', on Flickr --- Educational leaders from all sectors of the system divide have jointly signed a letter that says NSW will not implement parts of the Australian curriculum, rejecting the achievement standards it sets for students and the

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Officials in a southern Laotian village have ordered six more Christian families to renounce their faith or face expulsion in early January, Christian Today reports from the advocacy group Human Rights Watch for Lao Religious Freedom. The Katin village chief

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Real Choices Australia

Australian social research website, Real Choices Australia, whose philosophy and practice are congruent with Catholic teaching, offers advice on a range of key life issues.

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Paul Catchlove is hopeful of "responding to God in the same way" as newly canonised St Mary MacKillop did, after following in her footsteps in Rome. The well-known Brisbane archdiocesan Youth and Children's Ministry team member and current student

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I am not on Facebook, I am not a Friendster and I do not occupy MySpace. Neither have I ever Twittered (Tweeted?).  Yes, I am antediluvian. I disclose this terrible fact just to show that one needn’t be up with all that internet jazz in order to

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Sheila Cassidy, the doctor who was tortured in Chile in the 1970s, has written another book. It is called Confessions of a Lapsed Catholic and although its title naturally depresses me, I thought it worth a blog - if only to disagree with her conclusions,

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Bishop Joseph Grech --- The community needs to show "compassion and understanding" over government plans to move asylum-seekers into new detention centres near Perth and Adelaide, says the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference delegate for refugee and

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Queensland Police badge --- Police in Queensland are investigating the case of 15 students who were suspended from Noosaville's St Teresa Catholic College over alleged marijuana use. A police spokeswoman said a drug-related incident at the college was

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Catholic parishes in central Switzerland have caused an uproar by distributing condoms as part of an HIV-AIDS awareness campaign. A report on the ABC said parishes in the city of Lucerne started handing out thousands of condoms as part of an effort to

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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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