Catholic Health Australia has called for a new "MediLink" system to provide vouchers of up to $1000 for medical services for chronically ill patients who have been discharged from hospital. The body's CEO Francis Sullivan said: "The

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Retired Sydney Bishop Geoffrey Robinson has challenged compulsory priestly celibacy in a new book. He argues that compulsory celibacy for priests and religious has contributed to sexual abuse, and must at least be on the table for discussion. He

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A Sunday morning Mass this month at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Immokalee, Florida, Church began with a hymn called "City of God." Ten minutes from Our Lady of Guadalupe's, the new residents of Ave Maria town gathered for a Mass of their own.

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Some may feel the Catholic Church is a generation behind everyone else in attitudes to abortion. I believe the church is a generation in front of popular opinion on protecting human life from womb to tomb. The crucial question is: When does life begin?

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A Malaysian newspaper has apologised to the Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur over a front page picture of Jesus smoking a cigarette and apparently holding a beer can. ABC News reports that a Tamil-language daily provoked criticism from religious leaders and

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Chinese authorities have arrested an underground church bishop who organised meetings to distribute and discuss Pope Benedict's Letter to Chinese Catholics. AsiaNews reports that Mgr Julius Jia Zhiguo was preparing a pastoral letter as well as meetings

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The Kenyan government has ordered a fresh investigation into the death of US missionary Fr John Kaiser. Kaiser's body was found seven years ago with a gunshot wound to the back of the head. A court recently rejected an earlier finding that the

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Catholic Social Services Australia has called on the Federal Government to raise pension levels to substantially more than the current 25% of average male earnings. Executive Director Frank Quinlan cited increased living costs as the reason, arguing

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Randwick Racecourse trainers have responded with hostility to a new plan by World Youth Day organisers to "minimise disruption". The organisers' latest plan is to reduce next July's closure of the venue from ten weeks to three

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Jesuit Professor Frank Brennan has compared the new Federal Government policies for Indigenous communities with those promoted thirty years ago by the late Queensland Premier Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen. The Australian reports that he made the remarks in a

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Aboriginal Catholics have yet to take their rightful place in the Church, judging by input to the recent Christ and Culture Indigenous Theology Conference attended by more than 80 indigenous Christians at Noosaville. The "Christ and Culture

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Every day millions of Americans grab a plastic bottle of water from the cooler at a convenience store, or pull a case of it from the shelves at their local supermarket. Despite safe, clean municipal water, many consumers still choose to buy water at

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South African Bishop Kevin Dowling has said that Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe had "destroyed" the country. Catholic News Agency reports that the Bishop of Rustenberg received a standing ovation at the Southern African Bishops Regional

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Next month, the New Zealand Catholic Church will launch a new online matchmaking service with St Raphael as patron. The New Zealand Press Association reports that a website called Catholic Matcher New Zealand will help single Catholics looking for

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A report published by the Holy See Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples has described the death penalty as "cruel and unnecessary". Fides says the report reveals that 91% of all executions are carried out by only six

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Two Christian girls aged 11 and 16 have been kidnapped, forcibly converted to Islam, and married off to Muslim strangers. An AsiaNews correspondent in Pakistan's third largest city of Faisalabad says the kidnaps were completely ignored by police. A

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World Youth Day organisers have backed down on their request for 10 weeks exclusive access to prepare Randwick Racecourse for next July's Papal Mass but trainers are upset at the change. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that trainers have called the

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While this election is still there to be won or lost, Labor is rightfully the hot favourite. But John Howard was correct to point recently to the 1993 election as an example of what is always possible. On that occasion Paul Keating won the unwinnable

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The escalating chorus of voices calling for the ordination of married men as Catholic priests is missing one verse: Many married Catholic priests are already among us. Catholic churches in the East, the birthplace of Christianity, have always had married

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Indian Cardinal Telesphore Toppo has expressed dismay that he and many other clerics are computer illiterate in an age when the World Wide Web has turned human civilisation into a global village. He was speaking at a four day IT workshop for bishops

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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

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