St Mary's Jindera --- The community in Jindera, near Albury in NSW is being urged to weed out vandals who smashed religious statues, threw over the altar and caused other destruction over the weekend at the town's Catholic church and

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Instead of the "entirely ridiculous assumption" that abstinence is the way to go, young Australians need to be better taught about safe sex, the Sydney Morning Herald quoted the Lowy Institute's Bill Botwell saying. The number of Australians

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The Anglican Bishop of Croydon in England, Nick Baines, says traditional Christmas carols are misleading, embarrassing and twist the birth of Jesus into a commercialised fairytale. "Some of the traditional carols perpetuate images of Christmas

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Bishop Peter Elliot with hearing impaired Janelle Scobie --- In a letter to mark the International Day of People with Disability, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference Bishops' Delegate for Disability, Peter Elliot, urged

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Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin --- Saying that he had no authority to ask anyone to resign, Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has told bishops implicated in the Irish government report into child sex abuse to look into their

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A total of 16 leaders of Christian Churches in the UK, including the Archbishop of Westminster Vincent Nichols and the Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, will join in a service to call on world leaders to act against climate change. The

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Once you are convinced that you alone hold the truth, whether your god is Amun-Ra or Marx, you slough off self-doubt and self-examination. You build rich hierarchies of obedience, surround them with impressive ritual and illogical rules, and then circle the

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December 1 is World AIDS Day and the Australian AIDS Fund is a charity offering information resources, practical responses and a number of initiatives in Australia, Africa and across the globe to assist HIV/AIDS sufferers and their families. In

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As we meditate on Advent, the humility of God holds the mirror up to us. If Christ gives up his honour, his dignity, his omniscient view, and immerses himself in the mess of this world, what are the implications for me? Because surely if Christ is incarnate

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The film is a psychosexual drama with a focus on psychological disturbance and therapy. Of its nature, this leads into areas that are private to individuals or to couples. Nevertheless, there is always room for case studies. Von Trier has often been

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Archbishop Giuseppe Leanza --- Ireland's Papal Nuncio Archbishop Giuseppe Leanza denied he showed contempt for the institutions of the State by not responding to the Commission of Investigation into the Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin.

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The range and depth of participants' experience of the impact of the abuse indicated that they carried a deep anguish and heaviness of heart; and also a deep desire to be freed of its ongoing effects. Whilst some participants had already initiated steps

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Bishop William Morris --- Toowoomba Bishop William Morris said he would be thoroughly considering the implications of a court decision clearing a Catholic school principal of wrong doing in a case concerning students who complained about

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For the three kings, every day must have been lived in anticipation of night and seeing the star of Bethlehem rise in the night sky. That in the light of that star, everything which was usually ordinary, boring even and uninspiring, became extraordinary - the

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Right to Life Australia says it is excited that Tony Abbott, who has said on record that abortion should be reduced and is a stain on Australia's national character, is leading the federal opposition. "He hasn't promised us anything for sure but

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Sister Joan Chittister --- Faith communities can influence changes to public policy and empower marginalised women, said Sister Joan Chittister. She said two-thirds of the world's hungry, illiterate and poor are currently women.

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The ABC's coverage of the Parliament of the World's Religions has begun with the commencement of a blog - Talking of Faith. Encounter producer Margaret Coffey will contribute analysis, commentary, reportage and photos from this huge gathering. The

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Tony Abbott --- When Tony Abbott decided to run for the opposition leadership, he rang his "somewhat retired" Jesuit mentor, Emmet Costello, The Australian reports. Costello was formerly the chaplain at St Ignatius College

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About 128,000 Sri Lankan civilians who have been held in state-run camps since the end of the country's separatist conflict in May have been released, Nine News cited from an AFP report. "Today more than 1,000 families consisting of about 6,000

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Catholic Communities Night is an event that will be held as part of the Parliament of the World's Religions in Melbourne in order to welcome interstate and international Catholic visitors to Melbourne. Archbishop Denis Hart will be present, and 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

Mass Online

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Live streamed from Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral, Waitara

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