Pope Benedict XVI has completed his second encyclical, a meditation on Christian hope, Vatican sources have said. The text, tentatively titled "Spe Salvi" ("Saved by Hope") comes from St. Paul's letter to the Romans, in which he

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Bishop Julian Porteous, auxiliary bishop of Sydney believes a new pastoral plan is just what the pastoral and apostolic works needs to make a "fresh start." Bishop Julian told the Catholic Weekly that the document, Starting a Fresh with

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The Sophia Network of Catholic Women welcomed Archbishop John Dew’s sanctioning Sr Joan’s visit to the Archdiocese. Joan chastises the decisionmakers in the church for their emphasis on masculine images of God, when there are many feminine

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Church vote?

15-Oct-2007

The conflict that defines the 21st Century is rather one of religious fundamentalism. It might be a crude oversimplification to say that East versus West has in effect become Middle East versus West, but that is nonetheless how the equation has been

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Most girls dream of walking down the aisle of a beautful candelit church, adorned with flowers, to the sound of organ music and complete with confetti on the church steps. However, these dreams are being replaced by a wedding at a beach, garden or

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The Columban Missionaries say the biotech industry which promotes GM food as a solution to global hunger is trying to get GM food crops into Australia. In a statement for World Food Day today, the Sydney-based Columban Centre for Peace, Ecology and

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The Broome Diocese has hit out at the Prime Minister over the "posturing" that is intended to have Australians "believe that he is now on the same road to Reconciliation as people like Pat Dodson". Br Shane Wood of the Diocesan

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A five-person Vatican delegation is in Sydney this week to review preparations for World Youth Day 2008. Archbishop Stanislaw Rylko leads the delegation from the Pontifical Council for the Laity (PCL), the body that oversees World Youth Day

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The Vatican is reproducing copies of the investigations of the trial of the Knights Templar, almost 700 years after they were suppressed by papal edict. The trial into the alleged misdeeds of the Knights Templar took place in Rome between 1307 and

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Pope Benedict has issued an appeal for the release of two Catholic priests who were kidnapped in Iraq. The Syrian Catholic priests were kidnapped in Iraq on Saturday, October 13, Catholic World News reported. There were conflicting reports on whether

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As a funeral arranger, Patsy was to go into the homes of many grieving families. But one experience really affected her - the calm acceptance she witnessed in a Catholic family who had lost their teenage son. "It was their faith that supported them.

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The imminent beatification of Spanish missionary Gabino Olaso Zabala is causing some consternation. According to written testimony from the victim, Olaso participated in the 1896 torture of a Filipino priest. But the Church teaches that even great

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A Mexican priest ended up behind bars after punching a policemen who caught him drink driving. Priest Manuel Raul Ortega, who was not wearing clerical dress but was clutching a prayer book when he was pulled over, launched himself at the traffic cop

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Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart from Australia, New Zealand, Peru and Ireland gathered at St Joseph’s Baulkham Hills on Sunday, October 14, for their 25th General Chapter. Bishop Kevin Manning presided at the liturgy and prayed that the

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The Vatican has suspended a senior priest in the Holy See who acknowledged homosexual relations in a supposedly anonymous television interview, but he now insists he is not gay. Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said Monsignor Tommaso

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The race has begun to see who will lead Australia as the next Prime Minister, but it seems as if the current government is not only fighting the Opposition, but the country’s religious leaders. With the Federal election only 6 weeks away, Tony

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Kevin Andrews devoted his early political career to a crusade on the sanctity of human life. These days he finds himself accused of demonising some of the world's most marginalised with words that have appalled critics and astonished friends.

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I have been described as a ‘Spanish noble’ but even as a child I found religion more interesting than nobility. I enjoyed reading the lives of the saints, and playing at being a hermit in the garden. When my mother died when I was 12, I

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A Catholic worker at Manchester Airport was suspended after hanging an image of Jesus on a staff room wall. Gareth Langmead, 40, was sent home from his job as a car parks supervisor after a complaint from a Muslim colleague. He was off work for

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Polish Police have evicted 65 rebellious ex-nuns and arrested the mother superior and a monk who had been illegally living in a convent for two years. The women had taken over the building in a rebellion against the Vatican, which had ordered 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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