Preparations for World Youth Day have stepped up a notch with a letter drop to half a million Sydney homes and the release of a commemorative colour coin of the Pope. The Australian reports World Youth Day organisers will use the slogan "the

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As conflict continues to flare in Democratic Republic of the Congo, the rape of women and young girls has long been used as a tactic by militia to force villagers from their homes and tear down the social fabric of the community. "These are the

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Robin Hood may have fired his first arrow, Vinnies head, Dr John Falzon said, welcoming a move in Treasurer Wayne Swan's first budget to overhaul a "punitive Centrelink breaching regime." "Robin Hood may have just fired off his

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A Catholic social worker credited with saving over 2,500 Polish Jewish children from Nazi death camps during World War II has died at 98. Irena Sendler was tortured by the Gestapo for her work and sentenced to death but escaped and

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Australia's largest churches have been at least 20 years behind broader society in genuinely responding to the ecological crisis, and their success in matching their deeds to their words ranges from saintly to patchy to sometimes downright slothful.

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Vatican Observatory Director Fr Jose Gabriel Funes says there is no opposition between Catholic teaching and believing in the possible existence of extraterrestrial life. In an interview titled "The Alien is my Brother "with the Vatican

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Australian Bishops' delegate for immigration issues, Bishop Joseph Grech, has welcomed the Federal Government's budget announcement that it will abandon Temporary Protection Visas for refugees. It was an important step in restoring integrity to

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South-east Asia veteran, Fr Steve Curtin, will take over in July from Fr Mark Raper as the new provincial for the Australian Jesuits. Fr Adolfo Nicolás, the recently-appointed Superior General of the Society of Jesus, made the announcement

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There is much to be celebrated in the Rudd Government's first Budget, but also many questions left to be answered. This budget may mark a turning point. It may mark a shift towards a fairer more inclusive Australia. If we are to ensure that all

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President of Sydney's Campion College, Fr John Fleming shares his "conversion" story from Anglican to Catholic priest. Be inspired by his courageous transfomation and his message to value our faith as a truth which invites deeper commitment.

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Daily Prayer Online is a website that can be used by the busy professional for just a few moments each day or by others with more time for reflection. Key features include its thought for the day; post a pray; and daily Bible readings and Gospel

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The Feast of Pentecost raises issues that can drive us to the streets to demand justice and peace. It carries social, economic and political consequences. It takes up the ultimate spiritual questions, and so deals with life and death realities. But when I

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Melbourne parish priest, Fr Noel Brady, has launched a protest against unsightly supermarket trolleys left abandoned in streets for up to three months. The Brimbank Leader reports the Brimbank Council in Melbourne's West does not have a contractor or

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Italy's highest criminal court has ordered a retrial for two former Vatican Radio officials after quashing their earlier acqittal on charges of environmental pollution allegedly caused by a transmission tower. The Court of Cassation ordered a new

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The University of Queensland's Newman Society has been placed on "probation" by the student union for displaying a photo of an eight week fetus in the womb. The Australian reports the UQ Newman Society has been gagged and threatened with

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With US lenders  threatening to repossess 650,000 homes in the first quarter of 2008, Catholic parishes are mobilising to offer assistance to mortgage distressed homeowners. AFX News reports Fr Jeffry Dillon switched from the religious to the

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Pope Benedict yesterday thanked consecrated virgins for their "total gift" to Christ encouraging them to "always irradiate the dignity of being the wife of Christ". The Australian reports the Pope thanked the women for their

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Based on a 2004 Thai film of the same name, Shutter is an American/Japanese production. If you can take the shocks and violence of this genre, this film is worth the admission price for the cinematography alone. The story here is also very good

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This is the website of one of the best known Catholic priests in the western world. Fr Rolheiser is best known through his writings and lecturing on spirituality and prising open the Word in such a clear, beautiful and heart-inspiring style. His articles

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During the transformation of Irish society from a largely rural and agricultural economy to an industrialised one there occurred a failure of imagination in the Irish Church. A new middle class elite had arisen in the Church which rejected what it

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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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Daily Prayer

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