Archbishop Denis Hart, screenshot of image by Jeremy Yuen on the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne website --- Archbishop Denis Hart has led a "groundbreaking" ceremony for a new seminary buidling at the St Benedict's parish in Burwood, Melbourne,

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This film is about the Israeli Invasion of Lebanon in 1982, and is shot almost entirely from the inside of an Israeli tank. It tells the story of four young soldiers, whose task it is to clean up a Lebanese town, which has been recently bombed by the Israeli

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'Ring of love', on Wikimedia Commons --- The federal Attorney-General's Department is in the early stages of drafting legislation against discrimination on gender or sexuality grounds, and it includes a policy suggestion that is a step towards

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'Rozenkrans + Crucifix', on Flickr --- A New York woman who claims she was banned from wearing her crucifix while working for Orthodox Jews in Manhattan has filed a lawsuit against the company, according to a New York Post report in the Herald

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'Christmas Presents', on Flickr --- Some six million Australians received one or more presents at Christmas last year that they never used or later gave away, said a report in the Fairfax media's Wyndham Weekly from a new survey by the Australia

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'Praying', on Flickr --- Prayer provides personalised comfort during hard times, according to university research in the US,  reports HealthCanal.com. The 75 percent of Americans who pray on a weekly basis do so to manage a range of negative

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'The brick wall', on Flickr --- The Iraqi government is building concrete walls up to nearly three metres high around churches in Baghdad and Mosul to protect Christmas churchgoers from violence, reports the Catholic News Agency. The barriers are a

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Mary gave birth to a son, her firstborn. She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger because there was no room for them in the inn. In the Christmas story, we have always vilified and demonised the innkeeper who turned Mary and Joseph away,

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John Dirimera and Francis Conaci. Photo: Archives of the Benedictine Comm --- In 1849, two Aboriginal boys were taken to Rome to train as missionaries. Their remarkable, but tragic, story still reverberates today, writes Barney Zwartz in The

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A number of fascinating books that haven't received all that much attention, but richly deserve it, have crossed my desk in recent months, writes George Weigel in First Things. Each would make a fine Christmas gift to someone on your list who likes to think

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'Hazara Woman', on Flickr --- Australia's Catholic Bishops have questioned a reported deal - on the verge of being signed between Canberra and Kabul - to send more than 300 Hazara asylum seekers back to Afghanistan at a time when it is unclear if the

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The Catholic News Service image of the gingerbread Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington --- A hotel pastry chef in the US has created a gingerbread replica of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate

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The quality of the teaching, not socio-economic advantage, is why Catholic schools have outperformed public schools in the 2009 PISA (Program for International Student Assessment) scores, the Catholic Education Office in Sydney told The Catholic Weekly. For

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'4-day old fingers', on Flickr --- The Federal Government has announced new tender arrangements for Natural Family Planning that effectively cuts future funding for it by at least 50 percent of current funding, reports The Catholic Weekly. Federal

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American embassy officials in 2008 asked the US State Department to consider helping the Vatican deal with terrorist threats, considering "the known al-Qaeda antipathy to the Pope," the Catholic News Agency reports from a cable published on Wikileaks. The

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This “modern” version of  Jonathan Swift’s 18th-century literary classic takes Swift’s broad outline and applies it to the adventures of a mail-room worker at a New York newspaper. Lemuel Gulliver (Jack Black) has a crush on the

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'A 15th-century bishop celebrates Mass ad orientem', on Wikipedia --- Priests in Australia's new Anglican Ordinariate will celebrate mass facing east, away from their congregations, using 500-year-old liturgies, reports The Australian. Archbishop John

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The German parliament in Berlin, on Flickr --- Pope Benedict XVI is expected to address the German parliament's chamber during a visit to his homeland in September, said an AP report in the Winnipeg Free Press. The pontiff will visit Berlin, Freiburg and

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Ireland's anti-abortion laws breach European human rights law, the European Court of Human Rights said in a landmark and binding case that could have implications for other European countries, reports the Catholic News Service. The court ruled that

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Pope Benedict --- Pope Benedict has called religious freedom "an authentic weapon of peace", and said infringement on it could threaten peace and security worldwide, and stifle true human growth and development, reports the Catholic News Service. In

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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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