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The Australian Catholic Social Justice Council (ACSJC) has urged the Australian Government to step up international efforts to ensure a ceasefire among Israelis and Palestinians is lasting. With the prospect of an end to hostilities in the Gaza Strip,

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In a video address, Pope Benedict told thousands of participants at the World Meeting of Families in Mexico that only an "undissolvable marriage between a man and a woman" ought to be at the heart of a family. The Pope told more than 22,000

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World Youth Day is successful because it is a profound faith experience within a community of prayer that also allows young people to enjoy being alive, ACBC President Archbishop Philip Wilson has told Rome students and seminarians. Archbishop Wilson

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Bombala (NSW) parish priest, Fr Mick Mac Andrew, has issued an alert over the high cost of funerals advising people to contact reputable funeral directors about "funeral bonds" before taking out funeral insurance cover. In a media statement,

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United States Conference of Catholic Bishops President, Cardinal Francis George has written to incoming President Barack Obama proposing "an agenda for dialogue and action" listing areas of concern and possible cooperation. In January 13

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The Catholic Church has succeeded in blocking a plan to put British inspired atheist slogans on buses in Italy. The Telegraph reports the campaign, which follows a similar one in Britain, had caused controversy in the deeply religious country. Advertisements

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Few stories in Australian history are as compelling and morally confronting as Alexander Pearce's. In 1822 the Irish shoe thief escaped with seven other convicts from Sarah Island, a notoriously brutal prison camp in Van Diemen's Land, fleeing into

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There is an insidious refrain heard in some parts of the Church that the Second Vatican Council undermined the firm edifice of Roman Catholicism and began the unravelling of religious life in favour of secular pursuits. The counter-chant asserts the Council

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It was probably only a matter of time before an enterprising Catholic combined one of the greatest prayers, the Rosary, with physical exercise. The Rosary Workout advertises itself as a unique program to care for the body and soul together, blending Rosary

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There seems to be a sterility in part of the contemporary Jewish community. For many a primitive nationalism about Israel has replaced a religion they can no longer follow wholeheartedly. Others have immersed themselves in that old time religion. Others

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Venezuela's bishops have blamed supporters of President Hugo Chavez over a tear gas attack on the Holy See's diplomatic mission in Caracas. Associated Press reports that unidentified attackers hurled tear gas canisters at the Vatican mission, at

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Dunedin-raised Melbourne priest, Fr Nicholas Dillon, has returned to his New Zealand hometown to give an organ concert at St Joseph's Cathedral. The Otago Daily Times reports Fr Dillon was introduced to the organ when he was 14, becoming organ scholar

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After a break of nearly 40 years, a monthly Latin Mass is back on the agenda at St Mary's parish, Bundaberg in Queensland's sugar belt. The Bundaberg News Mail reports the latest craze being taken up by youths like 19 year old Jessica May is not a

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Australia's Catholic Mission is backing a centre established in one of Vietnam's poorest dioceses to look after unwanted babies most of whom would otherwise have been aborted. Sr Mary Nguyen Thi Than Mai is in charge of the Charitable Home Centre in one

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Italian Bishops Conference spokesman, Fr Domenico Pompili, has warned against the "hidden perils" and "networked individualism" fostered by Facebook and other social networking websites. "The relationship with the web has grown but the question

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English Premier League club Chelsea's beleaguered manager Luiz Felipe Scolari has survived another week after friends in his native Brazil organised a series of 24 hour vigils to Our Lady of Carravagio.  The ThaiIndia reports that devout followers of

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In a new example of Holy See cooperation with Israel, the Vatican has announced the publication of "Hebrew Manuscripts in the Vatican Library: Catalogue". Among those participating in the event will be the Vatican archivist Cardinal Raffaele

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Flagging a Holy See study on the viability of a bilateral committee to develop relations with Iran, Pope Benedict  urged the central Asian nation to play a role "as a bridge between the Middle East and subcontinental Asia." The Pope said

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Pope Benedict has sent a message to newly inaugurated US President Barack Obama urging him to seek "understanding, co-operation and peace" among countries. "I pray that you will be confirmed in your resolve to promote understanding, co-operation and peace

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We all know that megalomaniacal Adolph Hitler took his own life as Allied soldiers were closing in on his Berlin bunker in 1945, so it is no surprise that 15 attempts to assassinate him, the last of which is the subject of this film, failed. But not so

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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

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