Over the past two decades there has been a massive encroachment of work into family time. An increasing number are juggling the demands of work with their family commitments. Perhaps it is time to put work in its proper perspective. Can we reawaken the

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Limbo: In or out?

30-Apr-2007

The Vatican's International Theological Commission last month released its long-awaited document, The Hope of Salvation for Infants Who Die Without Being Baptised. The document has sparked a lot of controversy but Commission member Sr Sara Butler says

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Pope Benedict yesterday appointed Melbourne priests, Salesian Fr Timothy Costelloe and Msgr Peter Elliott as bishops for Australia's biggest diocese. Archbishop Denis Hart has welcomed the appointments. "I welcome with much joy and gratitude

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Genoa Archbishop Angelo Bagnasco, who has been leading the Italian Church's campaign against same sex marriages, has received a bullet in the mail together with his photo with a swastika cut into the paper. Vatican Radio reported said that the bullet

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Australian Columban ecologist Fr Charles Rue, who was one of 80 invitees to a Vatican climate change conference, says that sceptics shot themselves in the foot during the event with "their litany of objections" and the "absurdity" of

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Forty Sisters of St Joseph from both "black" and "brown" branches moved towards closer ties and greater collaboration during a meeting described as "historic" last week in Hobart. According to a congregation statement,

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Catholic Social Services chief Frank Quinlan has welcomed today's launch of the Federal Government's Pregnancy Telephone Counselling Helpline. In a statement, Mr Quinlan (pictured) said Centacare Sydney, one of Catholic Social Services Australia's 64

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The famous bells of St Stephen's Vienna are being fitted with sensors to determine the secrets of their chimes - as well as their projected life spans. The Age reports that Europe's second largest bell, nicknamed Pummerinand weighing 21 tonnes, is

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Recently, a friend came to me and showed me an invitation her son had received to attend his 14-year-old friend's birthday party. At the bottom of the invite was written "BYO alcohol". My friend was in a quandary. She did not want to condone

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Helping to lift Africa out of poverty appeals to the idealist in many of us. But for Gemma Sisia, a teacher from regional Australia, it's real life. She is changing the lives of hundreds of school children in east Africa through her School of St Jude

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The European Parliament has passed a resolution criticising politicians and religious leaders for "discriminatory comments" on homosexuals and allegedly "fermenting hatred and violence". Zenit reports that the resolution, which

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With up to 120,000 overseas pilgrims expected for World Youth Day next year, there will be "just too many to come into Sydney", Cardinal George Pell said yesterday, adding that many pilgrims will need to fly into other east coast

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Griffith police are investigating allegations of child prostitution in the southern NSW town that have been reported by a local paper and backed by Youth off The Streets founder, Fr Chris Riley. Local paper The Area News reports that teenage girls in

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Western Australian police say that they will not pursue a criminal investigation of donations collected by a Rockingham woman to view an alleged Weeping Madonna statue at her home. IBN News reports that major fraud squad detectives released a

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Responding to a new Mexico City law legalising abortions in the Mexican capital, the country's bishops have called on doctors to refuse to perform abortions. Sign on San Diego reports that the church has vowed to continue its anti-abortion campaign

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An Irish medical missionary Sr Elsie Furlong has died from the bite of a hunting spider last week while working in northern Kenya near the Sudanese border. Independent Catholic News reports that Sr Rosetta (Elsie) Furlong of the Medical Missionaries

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Last weekend, Sri Lankans huddled together around TV sets to cheer their team battling unsuccessfully for the Cricket World Cup. But nationwide panic following Tamil Tiger attacks on Colombo shattered the momentary euphoria of togetherness even amid

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Philosopher's gold

30-Apr-2007

A few years ago, I mentioned to an older friend that I was thinking of pursuing philosophy as a "career". "That's interesting", he said, "but don't you want to be able to support a family?" His impression was that there

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British Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor and an international group of bishops have challenged Group of Eight leaders to redouble their aid efforts for Africa. Independent Catholic News reports that Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor (pictured), the President of

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Pope Benedict has asked for prayers for his upcoming trip to Brazil beginning next week with a battle over abortion expected to figure on the pontiff's agenda. The International Herald Tribune reports that the pope will make his first pilgrimage to

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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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