A police video interview with Dante Wyndham Arthurs, who is soon to face charges of raping and strangling eight-year-old Perth Catholic schoolgirl Sofia Rodriguez-Urrutia, could be thrown out of court owing to alleged questionable police tactics. The

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Police in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu have arrested a prison ministry nun on charges of smuggling marijuana to a prisoner suffering from AIDS. Police say they arrested St Anne Sister Anastasia, 63, on May 14 after finding 18 grams of marijuana in

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May is the month when Catholics generally show special devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. This concentration on her helps us better understand her participation in the mystery of the Incarnation, for no one exemplifies better a total commitment to

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Last month, playwright Tommy Murphy's adaptation of Melbourne-born actor Tim Conigrave's memoir Holding the Man was short-listed for the NSW Premier's Literary Award. If there's anyone left in Sydney's theatre community who hasn't heard of Murphy after

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Reacting belatedly to an Easter letter by Zimbabwe's Catholic bishops, President Robert Mugabe has warned that the bishops have chosen a "dangerous path" but Archbishop Pius Ncube says that it is time for Mugabe and his "corrupt"

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In a bid to renew "serene dialogue" between cultures and to promote peace in the Middle East, Pope Benedict has met with Iran's former President Seyyed Mohammad Khatami. According to a Holy See statement, the pope and Khatami discussed

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A Couples for Christ lay movement leader, Roger Francisco, who was one of seven men kidnapped and beheaded by Abu Sayyaf militants in the Southern Philippines, has been honoured as a Filipino "Braveheart". UCA News reports that mourners at

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A British man has been jailed for the rape and murder of a Polish student at a Glasgow Catholic Church whose parish priest also admitted to a sexual relationship with the victim. International Herald Tribune reports that Peter Tobin, 60, a former

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In a first for a Vatican tribunal, a former administrative worker at the Holy See has been convicted and given a suspended jail sentence for cocaine use. The Houston Chronicle cites an Italian newspaper La Repubblica reporting that the man was

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An argument over the participation of women in a football match between Muslim and Christian clergy in Norway has led to the cancellation of the "friendly" encounter. The BBC reports that Muslim Imams had refused to play against women

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There was a terrible road accident on the Great Western Highway in the Blue Mountains, less than 600 metres across the short valley that separates us from the highway. All of us, at some stage of our lives, become caught up in accidents like this. A

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In the early 1980s, when Pope John Paul II wanted to clamp down on liberation theology, he turned to a trusted aide: Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger. Now Cardinal Ratzinger is Pope Benedict, and when he arrives here tomorrow for his first pastoral visit to

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Tonight's federal budget should be a statement of values for Australia, according to St Vincent de Paul Society chief Dr John Falzon, who says the budget should also alleviate housing stress and ensure that climate change costs are shared

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On the eve of Pope Benedict's departure for Brazil, supporters of liberation theologian Fr Jon Sobrino have published a letter of solidarity for the disciplined Spanish Jesuit and issued a call for reform of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the

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A former Sandhurst priest, Fr Adelrick D'Cruz is reported to be facing 13 sexual offence charges including three counts of rape and ten counts of unlawful indecent assault on a girl. The Bendigo Advertiser reports that Fr D'Cruz, 77, was ordained in

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Archbishop Fernando Sebastian Aguilar of Pamplona has stirred up a storm with comments that two far right Spanish political parties, the Falange and Spanish Alternative, are "worth a vote" because they "want to be faithful" to Church

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Former federal minister Fred Chaney, theologian Fr John Thornhill, aged care advocate Susanne Macri as well as former NSW public servant Gerald Gleeson make up a swagful of Australian Catholic University honorary doctorate recipients this

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Portuguese archaeologists digging in the cloisters of a 17th century Franciscan convent have found thousands of fire-scorched human bones indicating the "hellish time" that resulted from the great Lisbon earthquake of 1755. AP reports that

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One issue we will face in our lives, sooner or later, if we are serious and honest about spirituality, is the issue of limits. The story of The Fall reminds us of limits: Adam and Eve seeking out the "tree of knowledge" that will allow them

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During Pope Benedict XVI's trip to Brazil, I'll once again be travelling on the papal plane. I'm often asked about the experience of travelling with the pope. First of all there is no "papal plane" in the sense of a jet owned by the Vatican

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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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