I'm a traditionalist when it comes to weddings. But this idea really hit a chord with me. First, it's a nice touch on the wedding day. Second, it's a visual symbol of your commitment and marriage bonds in your house, every day. Third, it's a life-preserver

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With director Richard Attenborough at 83, we are not expecting an avant garde film. No, this is old-fashioned film-making which appeals to older audiences and those with a romantic vein. Closing the Ring boasts a good cast, a chance to see Shirley

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A confidential survey has revealed white students are leaving public schools to attend Catholic and private institutions to avoid studying with Aboriginal, Muslim and Asian pupils. The Sydney Morning Herald reports a confidential survey of school

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NZ Catholic website is an online companion to New Zealand's national Catholic newspaper, NZ Catholic, though as it points out it is not an online version of the print edition. Most of the content of the website does not appear in print and most of the

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The Bishops of the Eastern Catholic Churches in Australia and New Zealand have met in a show of unity among churches. Frs Peter Stasiuk (Ukrainian), Issam Darwish (Melkite), Ad Abikaram (Maronite) Gabriel Kassab (Chaldean) and Zakaria Gayed

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Australia's new Apostolic Nuncio has arrived in Canberra after a brief stop in Sydney. Archbishop Giuseppe Lazzarotto, who arrived in Sydney last Tuesday, March 4, welcomed by the Chargé d'Affaires of the Apostolic Nunciature, Msgr Jude Thaddeus

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On May 1, it will be ‘Angel Wings’ that will raise up Fr John Fowles from Thurgoona parish in the Diocese of Wagga Wagga, on a charity flight around Australia to raise money for East Timor. The project aims to raise a sum of $1 million to

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Two World Youth Day programs will get a plug across Sydney parishes on Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday in an effort to spread the word about the rapidly approaching event. WYD08 organisers are hoping to recruit as many people as they can for the two major

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Medieval cathedrals did more than simply inspire awe. They acted as superb resonating spaces to enhance the power of the liturgy and the human voice. In fact, sacred spaces from many traditions have acted in just this way. Our 'architectural instruments'

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The newly revised list of the seven deadly sins is indeed an announcement that makes everyone step back and consider our moral actions in terms of a much larger global perspective. Maybe this new listing of the seven “new” and improved deadly

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H2onews is a Catholic news service on a worldwide scale that creates and distributes multimedia news on a daily basis in eight languages. The news focuses on the life of the Church and on social and cultural events that directly pertain to Catholics living

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A new provincial leader has been elected for the Redemptorists for Australia and New Zealand. Fr Paul Bird CSsR, who is editor of the family magazine The Majellan, was elected to the role at the order's retreat and conference centre in Galong,

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Just under 50 people in India have gone blind after staring at the sun hoping to see an image of the Virgin Mary. The Telegraph reports alarmed health authorities in India's Kottayam district have set up a sign dispelling rumours of a miraculous image

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Relations between China and the Vatican will not improve until its citizens have religious freedom, the Archbishop of Taipei says. The China Post reports Archbishop John Shan-chuan Hung, who is currently in Rome for the meeting of a study committee on

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Grave concerns have been expressed by an Iraqi archbishop that kidnapped Chaldean Catholic Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho of Mosul is sick, injured or has been killed. Catholic Online reports nothing has been heard from Archbishop Rahho since he was

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The number of World Youth Day pilgrims who are expected to arrive from the United States has dramatically dropped from 37,000 to 20,000. The Sydney Morning Herald reports the US Conference of Bishops collated figures which show that fewer Catholic youths

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Four Caritas staff working in Pakistan have been seriously injured after two deadly bomb blasts in Pakistan's eastern city of Lahore. One of the bombs destroyed an office of the federal police, which is opposite a Catholic Church compound that includes

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Archbishop John Odama spearheaded a movement for reconciliation that captured the imagination of a war-weary public. He became a conduit for delicate negotiations between the warring parties, venturing deep into guerilla territory to pitch the case for

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A Catholic priest has had his sentence increased to life imprisonment for his part in Rwanda's 1994 genocide. BBC News reports Athanase Seromba had appealed against a 15-year sentence over the deaths of hundreds of Tutsis who had sought refuge in his

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Victoria's Catholic social service agencies met for their annual gathering yesterday to formally commission their work for the coming year. Episcopal Vicar for Justice and Social Service in the Archdiocese of Melbourne Bishop Christopher Prowse led the

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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

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Live streamed from Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral, Waitara

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