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Since 2004, Christians in Iraq have suffered severe persecution: threats, kidnapping and even death itself. The Christian community, which is deeply rooted in this country since the beginning of the first century, today has dwindled in number from 800,000 to

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The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has stated its support for Pope Benedict's removal of the Bishop of Toowoomba, according to a report in the Australian and a letter from its president, Archbishop Philip Wilson. After a seven-day

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Screenshot from video, The Church in China, uploaded to YouTube --- A total of 17 "underground" churches in China have signed a petition appealing to China's lawmakers to provide legal protection of religious freedom, said Reuters and AFP reports in The

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The Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn has advocated a thorough review of the community's approach to prostitution, including a legislative overhaul, plus education campaigns to change the behaviour of men who go to brothels, in its submission to an

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The Malaysian Prime Minister has met church leaders in a bid to ease tensions stoked by a report in a government-linked newspaper that minority Christians wanted to replace Islam as the official religion, said an AFP report in the West Australian. Church

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Pope Benedict --- The newly-elected Pope Benedict had considered but rejected the instant canonisation of Pope John Paul II, a Vatican correspondent says, according to a Catholic News Agency report. Andrea Tornielli wrote in the Italian newspaper La

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Sister Maria Cunningham RSC OAM --- A new award created by Catholic Health Australia (CHA), to recognise those who have given extraordinary service to the Church's health and aged care ministry, has been presented to a Sister of Charity who was

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Sharing Aussie mateship was the order of the day when more than 80 refugees from south of Brisbane were invited to a day at the beach on the Gold Coast recently, reports the Catholic Leader. The Burleigh Heads parish Infant Saviour Conference of the St

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Screenshot from a Rome Reports video, John Paul II is officially beatified, on YouTube --- Pope Benedict beatified his predecessor, Pope John Paul II, in Rome on Sunday in front of a million people, said an AFP report in the Sydney Morning Herald. A

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Bishop William Morris, image from The Official Directory of the Catholic Church in Australia --- The Bishop of Toowoomba in Queensland, William Morris, has stunned parishioners by retiring after falling out with the Vatican and Pope Benedict XVI, reports

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Screenshot from the SBS report --- Up to 1000 people gathered at St Mary's Cathedral in Sydney to watch the beatification of Pope John Paul II, watching the ceremony live via a large screen on Sunday evening, said an AAP report on SBS. The live cross

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Cardinal George Pell --- Cardinal George Pell is certain Pope John Paul II will become a saint, possibly within five years, according to an AAP report in the Herald Sun. Cardinal Pell said he believes canonisation is likely to be conferred within

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Bishop Christopher Saunders --- The head of Australia's Catholic Social Justice Council says the Government must create jobs to reduce welfare dependency in remote indigenous communities, reports the ABC. The Federal Government is expected to make

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As historical figures, saints are complex people. Their legacies, however, often can be expressed in a fairly simple idea: St. Francis of Assisi as a lover of the earth and all its creatures; Mother Teresa as the servant of the poor, writes John Allen in NCR

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The Christian Brothers in North America, who run schools around the US, have filed for bankruptcy, becoming the second Catholic order in the US to do so because of sexual abuse claims, said a report in the Sydney Morning Herald. The order did not say how

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It’s 30 years since Dudley Moore was the cheerful, alcoholic ne’er-do-well, Arthur, the New York billionaire.  It’s 30 years since John Gielgud’s Oscar-winning performance as Arthur’s butler and nanny, Hobson.  No

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This is the Catholic Diocese of the Australian Defence Force which has been charged with the pastoral care of the uniformed members of Australia's navy, army and air force, their families and of the civilians employed by the Department of

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In March, a couple of football teams of Costigans gathered at Currajeen to mark the 80th birthday of Michael Costigan and to remember his twin brother Frank (pictured). There was a lot of talk about Collingwood but much else besides. For a Queenslander like

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It is the type of advertising slogan whipped up by the 1960s ad men from Mad Men. In Sister Mary Corita Kent's 1966 artwork, For Emergency Use Soft Shoulder, however, it has been cheekily appropriated to sell spirituality. For the artistic nun who created the

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Film review - Rio

02-May-2011

Rio is a lively animated entertainment that should reach across all ages.  It is full of energy and colour and a nice contrast between the cold of Minnesota and the warmth and rhythms of Brazil. The film has ecological undertones for 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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Daily Prayer

Daily Prayer

All your daily readings, reflections and prayers can be found here... 

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