Nativity scenes are selling in record numbers across Australia, with advertising and marketing analysts suggesting a generation of thirtysomething Christmas shoppers are starting to look skywards for some festive cheer. The Southern Cross reports a

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Advent is not ...

03-Dec-2007

Advent is not Christmas. It is only from 17 December that the readings and prayers start to refer directly to the birth of Christ. Before this, we should not even think about singing Christmas carols at Mass or putting up the nativity scene in the church.

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The Moloney children have been continually enrolled at Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School at Beresford (Maitland-Newcastle Diocese), since 1979, when Michelle, 37, first attended the school. The community farewells the family at the end of term when

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Vatican Press Office director Fr Federico Lombardi says inaccurate media reports accusing Pope Benedict of criticising the United Nations are creating unjustified tensions. Catholic News Agency reports that Fr Lombardi said published news articles

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The head of the Holy See's delegation to last week's Annapolis middle east peace conference said there remains a 'glimmer of hope' for peace between the Palestinians and Israel. Catholic News Service reports that Msgr Pietro Parolin, who led the

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The Vatican's delegation to this week's United Nations climate change conference is largely composed of Church officials and experts from East Asia. Led by Archbishop Leopoldo Girelli, apostolic nuncio to Indonesia, Zenit reports a communique stated

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Archbishop Mark Coleridge of Canberra-Goulburn has said that a "deeply restless culture" requires a "new spirituality of the Lord's Day". In his pastoral letter to mark the beginning of Advent, Archbishop Coleridge writes that the

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Murphy House, the restored presbytery that now serves as a diocesan centre within Parramatta's St Patrick's Cathedral precinct, was last month awarded the local council's Public Heritage Award. Judged by Parramatta councillors and heritage experts,

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Holy phone!

03-Dec-2007

Holy pictures in wallets and even adorning car dashboards are common place, but on your mobile phone? An Italian company has come up with an idea to make phones holy by downloading pictures of your favourite saint or even JPII. However, Reuters

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The clothes of Versace, the music videos of Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera, and sexualised childhood toys like Bratz have created an atmosphere where any woman who covers up anything is deemed a frump. Colleen Hammond, a celebrated model and TV

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When his father died in 1969, Rudd was the only child living at home. His older brother was away in the army, his sister was a novice at a Mercy sisters' convent, and his 14-year-old brother was boarding at the Marist College Ashgrove in suburban Brisbane.

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A special plenary indulgence has been authorised by Pope Benedict to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Virgin Mary's appearance to St Bernadette at Lourdes. The indulgence has been authorised in an effort to encourage faith and holiness, and

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The Catholic Church in Australia will be focused on movie-goers in this Advent and Christmas season by, with today's debut of its first ever cinema advertising campaign. The advertising blitz targets those whose thoughts might turn to God at Christmas

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A Cuban priest has described police as “barbarians” after his church was raided by undercover police who kicked down the doors, beat parishioners and used pepper spray on a group of dissidents. Five people – who were among a group

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Melbourne’s Telstra Dome has been announced as the venue for the Commissioning Mass for an expected 50,000 pilgrims who will attend Days in the Dioceses on 11 July 2008. Usually reserved for AFL matches and rock concerts, the indoor-outdoor

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Australian Catholic Bishops Conference President Archbishop Philip Wilson has responded to a petition calling for married priests. He gave an assurance that the Bishops had a discussion at last week's plenary meeting on the need to make "adequate

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New York Archdiocese is taking an innovative approach to the problem of sex abuse, using comic and colouring books to warn children about sexual predators. In the colouring books, a guardian angel heeds young children not to keep secrets from their

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When people wish you a Merry Christmas, from those serving us in the stores, television presenters and radio journalists, through to work and personal colleagues, what do they really mean? What seems to have happened is Christ has been so deeply wrapped in

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Kadavu is one of the most sought after tourist destinations of Fiji. Catholic communities live scattered among other denominations. They have no resident priest. At Christmas and Easter, a priest will come from Suva. The people look forward to their

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An appeal by Australia’s Catholic Religious has sought the ear of newly elected Prime Minster Kevin Rudd to lead the nation into more just relationships, helping all Australians become better people and forging a better

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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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