A gathering of women such as this one has the potential to change the world for women everywhere if we will only try, if we will only persist, if we will only risk raising the questions and concerns that remain unasked and unattended to by systems that

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Thousands will attend the Iona Passion Play which will be celebrating its 50th anniversary this month. The Catholic Leader reports the first performance in 1958 attracted 10,000, a number this year's organisers hope to repeat. Running next week on

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Australian Catholic University has appointed Rabbi John Levi AM and Dr Daniel Madigan SJ as Adjunct Professors to the Asia-Pacific Centre for Inter-religious Dialogue (APCID) based at the university's Melbourne Campus. Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor

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The Black Balloon was accepted into competition at this year’s Berlin Film Festival. A low budget production, it does not spare the viewer from imagining how any of us would cope with having a son on the cusp of manhood, who is autistic and has ADD.

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Pope Benedict and Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople have met and prayed in private in small chapel of the Vatican. Catholic News Service reports the visit - the first for the patriarch's since Pope Benedict's election was not a

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Bit by bit over the last 30 years or so we have had the heat progressively turned up when it comes to sexualising our culture, particularly in the public domain. It seems to me that if we do not start to effectively speak out now and challenge what is

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Deeply rooted in the origins and early traditions of Lent are the two intertwining themes of preparation, through fasting and prayer, for the sacred rites, and of healing of our sorrow for sinfulness so that we can truly rejoice in the feast of the

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aid to church

Aid to the Church in Need is a Catholic international charity with a prolific approach to its support of poor and persecuted churches, and their peoples, across the globe. It undertakes over 10,000 projects annually and raises more than $70

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In 2008 Caritas, through its Project Compassion, has a special focus on the Philippines. These three short films look at the wonderful ways peoples generosity is put to work in not only relieving the poverty of the poor in that country, but also

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Archbishop of Westminster Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor has dismissed the entire board of directors of a London Catholic hospital after two years of disputes over the hospital's failure to comply with a code of ethics. Catholic News Agency and Catholic

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Division over whether the Federal Government should continue its controversial funding arrangements for half the country's Catholic and independent schools has emerged among private school lobby groups. The Sydney Morning Herald reports a secret

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A retired Catholic priest will serve 63 months behind bars for stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars to support his secret family in the Philippines. AP reports Rodney Rodis, 51 plead guilty to money laundering and mail frauds for theft of more

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A Canberra court has heard how convicted sex abuser and former Marist Brother Kostka was allowed to continue teaching even after his abuse was made known. The Canberra Times reports the 75-year-old to continued working with boys at the Pearce school

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Caritas Australia has come to the rescue of more than 3000 families in Bangladesh, providing food supplies for the next four months, after they were swamped by a rat plague. South-eastern Bangladesh has been inundated with a fearsome ‘rat flood'

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The "Pine Gap Four" have been acquitted by the Northern Territory Court of Criminal Appeal. The Christian pacifists were convicted last year under the untested Defence (Special Undertakings) Act of 1952 for entering the prohibited zone of

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Ozanam Industries is a Special Work of the St Vincent de Paul Society which employs over 100 Australians with varying forms of disabilities in a supervised and supportive work environment. It has a dual role to firstly fulfil the complex needs of

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This high-wire action movie is a film ostensibly about hubris and about what happens when a person has the power of God. Not much it seems. The premise gets lost in there somewhere, along with plotting. But the scenery is terrific. - Jenny MacMillan,

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Everyone knows what it is like being caught short with no toilet in sight. While this may be out of the ordinary for many, it is the daily reality for millions of people. In fact it's much it is worse than that. Sanitation is vital for human health yet

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The dreams of a local Church had been unwittingly reduced to a tribal Church. As people became more mobile, they abandoned the reserves of the colonial era and settled elsewhere in the country, but the Catholic Church they encountered was one in which they

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The Australian and New South Wales governments are set to fork out $76 million towards the hosting of World Youth Day. AAP reports documents obtained under Freedom of Information (FOI) show the Federal Government will contribute $35m towards the cost

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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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