Ageing religious sisters and diminished financial resources have forced a Sisters of Mercy Parramatta decision to cease funding and operation of St Mary's House, a community support centre in Campsie, NSW leaving the facility on the brink of closure.

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Melbourne Archdiocese vicar general Bishop Les Tomlinson said Easter is a "season of the spirit" and reiterated the Church's stance that the Australian Football League should omit playing games on Good Friday. "It's not just about the

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Protests erupted across Vietnam this week after two Catholic priests were beaten brutally allegedly by plain clothed police and pro-government thugs. One of them is in a coma. Fr Paul Nguyen was beaten by a group of men when he intervened to save

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Islanders from the tiny coral atolls of the Carteret Islands in the Pacific have begun to evacuate to neighbouring Bougainville, and are being described as among the world's first climate change refugees. Their decision to relocate followed years of

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The human rights industry begins with grand promises and ends up intervening in non-problems. We are led to believe that the purpose of these charters is to stop arbitrary arrests, guarantee a free press and guard against dictatorship. What does it

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To understand why secularism is good for you and why you want it, you have to know something about rights, civil and human, in a democratic and pluralistic society. Many folks think of democracy as "majority rule". That's a big fail right there.

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Solar panels are being installed on Pope Benedict's private home in Germany. It will feed electricity into the German power grid and raise money for a society that offers scholarships and trade training to disadvantaged youths. Pope Benedict approved

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This Compass profile of Paul Stewart's life explores his close connections with East Timor, from his brother Tony's death in 1975 as one of the "Balibo Five" to his work with The Dili All-Stars, a band he formed to help highlight the plight of

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The Catholic Diocese of Sandhurst takes in significant tracts of Victoria and has its cathedral and main administration centre in Bendigo. It has a long and proud history by Australian standards and actively continues the work of the Church in schools,

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The Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams said the Anglican church may have to accept a "two-tier" or "two-track" communion for believers to remain united while in disagreement over matters such as gay clergy. He wrote on his

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Ireland's Children's Minister Barry Andrews revealed a 99 point plan to strengthen the country's child protection system, including obligating those who deal with children, such as teachers to report suspected abuse. The measures were a response to

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A Facebook profile of Mexico's Cardinal Norberto Rivera that portrays him as a friend of controversial celebrities and political groups is a fake, the Archdiocese of Mexico City said this week. "Someone with perverse and evil intentions has

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Pope Benedict thinks his "guardian angel" was clearly acting "on superior orders" when he was allowed to fall and break his wrist earlier this month, news reports said. The pope thanked law enforcement officials as he prepared to

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The launch of Tony Abbott's book, Battlelines, has given Abbott the chance to neutralise his reputation negatives, especially the "Captain Catholic" label he was given when, as health minister, he made the reasonable point that Australia's

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Catholic Super finished in the top ten of the SuperRatings table for having generated the best relative financial returns in the last financial year. The table was topped by industry superannuation funds CareSuper and REST. The top 10 funds in the

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The Labor Party welcomes debate on gay marriage and "respects the integrity of same sex relationships" but isn't going to change its opposition to same sex marriage, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has said. The issue will be discussed at the

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What's On - Y Walk

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Y Walk is a city pilgrimage in the footsteps of holy people from Brisbane's past. This year auxiliary Bishop, Joseph Oudeman will lead the pilgrimage which will focus on her deep faith, courage and vision as she sought to give witness to the Gospel through

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If I was thinking of running away this would be a good week to do it as the circus has set up in our local park. Since the circus arrived I have been seeing some parallels between the circus and mission. When I was growing up there were a couple of

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The Catholic Leadership Institute is a US based association committed to developing Catholic leaders using the model of Jesus Christ across that country's dioceses. Its main program is titled, Good Leaders, Good Shepherds. The Institute's website

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Professor Anthony Kelly, Professor of Theology at Australian Catholic University (ACU National), has been appointed by Pope Benedict XVI to the International Theological Commission for a further five years. The commission, which helps the Holy See

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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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