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In a bid to ensure the World Youth Day Stations of the Cross will not incite anti-Semitic feelings and appeal to all Christians, organisers have dropped six traditional stations which have no scriptural foundation. The Sydney Morning Herald reports

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Shareholders of oil company Exxon have rejected resolutions submitted by Dominican Sisters in the United States which would have required the company to adopt formal greenhouse gas reduction targets. The International Herald Tribune reports

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The Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has confirmed the excommunications of six members of a Missouri parish board who refused to turn over Church property to the archdiocese. St Louis Today reports the Holy See has upheld St

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Talks between Israel and the Holy See have made "substantial progress" to resolve outstanding financial and legal issues, according to a joint statement by the parties. The Middle East Times reports a permanent bilateral working committee

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McVerry's book is a Gospel centred lead-in to the mystery of Jesus' crucifixion that builds up chapter by chapter, like episodes in a series of reflective talks at a retreat for non-specialists, taking his listeners through the scripture passages. The

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Grief, loss and depression are subjects that men find hard to talk about. But in political life where a thick skin is mandatory for doing the job, keeping a stoic face in public life can come at great personal cost. Throughout his civic life, John

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Even those who know the Society of Jesus well, including its opponents, frequently have trouble "placing" the order. While its core members vow to accept any project the Pope designates, it is still not easy to say precisely how the order fits

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Skipping the intro on the website for Westminster Cathedral would be one of those rare times in cyberspace when doing so is not a good idea. It depicts an illustration of the inside of the cathedral leading to a panoramic colour view. Built a little

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Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart has rejected a Victorian government report proposing various models for decriminalising abortion and called for a full parliamentary inquiry into the issue before introducing legislation. According to an archdiocesan

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Women who are ordained as priests will now incur automatic excommunication according to a new decree published by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Adelaide Now reports the decree was published in the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore

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Against the advice of police, Pope Benedict will stand in the open on the steps of Sydney's St Mary's Cathedral during the Last Supper reenactment of one of World Youth Day's highlighted events, the Stations of the Cross. Both the Daily Telegraph and

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An educational emergency is pervading much of the world's youth and it required educators who could be credible witnesses to give young people more meaning on which they can build their existence, according to Pope Benedict. AsiaNews reports the

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Sydney Cardinal George Pell has praised organ donation as a "noble act" of "generous solidarity" but condemned organ sales as "morally unacceptabl." The Catholic Weekly reports Cardinal Pell quoted Pope John Paul II

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Rangoon Archbishop Charles Bo has issued a plea to the international community to sustain concern for suffering cyclone survivors saying "Myanmar cannot be forgotten again." "We are deeply touched by the poignant show of compassion on

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Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony has banned controversial Bishop Geoffrey Robinson from speaking in the archdiocese but the controversial former Sydney bishop has hit back at criticism of his book by the Australian bishops. The Age reports Bishop

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Austrian missionary sisters who bought the original Sound of Music villa from the Von Trapp family have relinquished the building to entrepreneurs who plan to give visitors the chance to sleep in the famous family's former bedrooms Reuters reports the

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The Holy See has fulfilled its obligations under two international conventions to protect the ozone layer, a Vatican official has announced. Holy See permanent observer to the United Nations, Archbishop Celestino Migliore, this month deposited a

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Lara Bingle's jeweller Nic Cerrone is working to create Australian diamond encrusted chalice and communion vessels for Pope Benedict's World Youth Day visit in July. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that society jeweller Nic Cerrone and a team of his

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Adelaide archdiocese has reversed a decision by a staff member to deny a Catholic media award to a community radio station for a program highlighting problems of ageing gay people and women with HIV. Adelaide Now reports the move came after enquiries

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Reading the Gospels from our vantage point of faith and 2,000 years of tradition, Jesus' miracles are impressive but I wonder how impressed the powerful and even the middle class of Jesus' time were with a few poor, lame and blind people being cured?

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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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