Even those of us who believe John Howard's stewardship of our country has diminished its character and quality admit that he is a good fighter. Yet there has been a manic element in his fighting of late - especially over those mid-September days when he

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On her Chinese language blog, the mother of the child abandoned at Melbourne's Southern Cross railway station describes herself as a Catholic who reads the Bible and tries to "be a kind, loving wife". The self-description is published in the

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Catholic Super has joined a growing number of superannuation funds that now offer their members discounted health cover. The Financial Standard reports that fund members will now have the option to sign up to Medibank Private at a discounted rate. The

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Marist Brother Ross Murrin yesterday faced a Sydney court on 21 charges of indecent assault against male students dating back to 1974. ABC News reports that the lawyer for a former Sydney Catholic school teacher says his client will plead guilty to

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An Australian Ukrainian rite Catholic theologian has criticised the "latinisation" - or cultural imperialism - of the Roman Catholic Church. Dr Andrew Kania said this disadvantages the Eastern churches that are in communion with Rome. In a

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Wilcannia-Forbes Bishop Chris Toohey has told a London conference that developed countries have "missed the plot" on the long-term future of the planet. Bishop Toohey chairs Catholic Earthcare Australia. He explained how global warming

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Sydney's Anglican Archbishop Peter Jensen has described World Youth Day as "very big, like the Olympics". The ABC reports that he wants to build on the momentum, which has registrations already topping 200,000. Archbishop Jensen told the

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Fr Michael Cleary was one of the greatest communicators the Catholic Church in Ireland has known, a man who could reach out to young people in a unique manner, the epitome of a young person's priest. He chain-smoked and told slightly racy jokes about

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Let's face it, it is easier for most of us to hold a clear but inaccurate image of what we think God is, rather than to live with the discomfort of not being able to pin God down precisely. Many a mystic has said that all descriptions of God are false

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Several Year 9 students from Bunbury Catholic College have been punished for allegedly trying to sell bags of sugar to their schoolmates that they pretended to be the drug "ice". A drug and alcohol expert says she is alarmed children as young

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Victorian priest, Fr Terrence Pidoto, yesterday thanked the judge who sentenced him to more than seven years jail. He was convicted on 11 charges including rape and indecent assault. A victim said he should have "got life". 62 year old

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Brisbane Broncos founding chairman and Marist Brothers College Rosalie old boy, Barry Maranta, has joined the fight to prevent his old school from closing. The Courier-Mail reports on the latest chapter in a long-running feud. It says the

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The mother of a boy with a language disorder is suing a parish priest and the Melbourne Catholic Education Office for discrimination. The Age reports that the boy was allegedly asked to leave a Catholic school at Laverton in the city's west. Altona

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Pope Benedict has called for intensified cooperation to build an alliance between man and the environment. Zenit reports the move is to mark the 20th anniversary of the 1987 Montreal Protocol to protect the ozone layer of the Earth's

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'Australia as a global citizen' is the theme of the Australian Bishops' statement for Social Justice Sunday at the end of the month. Catholic Social Justice Council chairman, Bishop Christopher Saunders, yesterday launched the Statement. It's titled

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I come from a family marked by faith and Catholic tradition, with a wonderful mother. Ever since I was a child, I wanted to be a missionary. I was fascinated by the Jesuit missionary preachers who came to Naples, to our parish. Unfortunately, the dream

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The Harry Potter phenomenon is big; in fact bigger than any other publishing event. The series of seven books has been translated into 66 languages with sales of 400 million copies. Why is Harry Potter so popular among all types of young people and many

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The Vicariate of Rome is now accepting requests for relics of Pope John Paul II. Zenit reports that people who want to receive a relic "ex indumentis" - from the clothing - or a holy card of Pope John Paul II, may do so by writing to the

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Portuguese police reportedly want to question a priest to whom Kate McCann turned for assistance after the disappearance of her daughter Madeleine. The Daily Mail reports that detectives will put pressure on Fr Jose Pacheco to break his Catholic vow of

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The shrinking of rural communities compounded by the drought, has forced the closure of St Joseph's Boarding College for girls at Perthville, west of the Blue Mountains in NSW. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the decision will affect 60 girls,

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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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