Pope Benedict---Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Italian Monsignor Mauro Piacenza to head the Vatican office in charge of the world's 400,000 priests, and African Archbishop Robert Sarah to lead the Holy See's department for charity and relief, "Cor

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The University of Notre Dame Australia, Sydney University and UTS chaplaincies are planning "the largest youth event in Sydney" to celebrate the canonisation of Blessed Mary MacKillop. According to a media release, the gathering planned for Tuesday, October

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Bishop Anthony Fisher --- Parramatta's Bishop Anthony Fisher said euthanasia thinking can spread virally, not just between people but also within the conscience of a person. The Catholic Weekly reports him saying: "We begin by thinking that just a little

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This Sunday, CathNews will publish the first of its eight special editions to celebrate the canonisation of Mary Mackillop. The special editions, containing features exclusive to its subscribers, include exclusive reflections by

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You're at a dinner party and the conversation turns to schools. Soon good teachers are remembered. They are the teachers who have had an impact on our lives. Maybe it was academically, maybe personally through their life values, and maybe by example through

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This amiable, non-abrasive pre-teen comedy is based on the book of the same name by American cartoonist-author Jeff Kinney which spawned a series of sequels that have racked up sales of some 28 million. Its landscape is middle school, the period in the U.S

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When Pope Benedict XVI visits Spain’s most popular tourist attraction on November 6, he will consecrate the 128-year-old structure known as the Expiatory Temple of the Holy Family, and it will become a Catholic church. Since Barcelona is already

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Recently I've been asked to discuss Islamophobia on several ABC stations. This issue has come to the fore as a result of the threat of Koran-burning by a fundamentalist preacher in Florida. However, I've never been asked to talk about "Catholicophobia" or,

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When Mary MacKillop becomes Australia's first certified saint on October 17 her image will hang at St Peter's facade on a huge painted drape. Customary for new saints, it is an archaic form of celebrity promotion that acquires new force with television. But

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Little Company of Mary Health Care is a national Catholic health care organisation providing high quality values-based care and support for those who are sick, dying and in need. Its history of compassionate care was started by the Sisters of the

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A Brisbane priest fearing Southern Sudan could face similar violence to East Timor in the lead-up to a referendum for unity or secession in 2011 has backed a prayer campaign for a peaceful process. Fr Gerry Hefferan, who was in East Timor as a representative

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On a steamy Sunday afternoon, Br Paul McAuley huddled in a thatched-roof shelter with a group of college students from remote indigenous communities. The promised government meal subsidy had not arrived, and the students were out of food. There had been no

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The Australian Catholic youth Movement Convention begins on Friday at the ACU Fitzroy campus in Melbourne. This event will draw together those engaged in youth ministry from across the Catholic Church in Australia including parishes, dioceses, schools,

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Reading the vociferous and negative comments on The Last Airbender by would-be reviewer bloggers on the Internet Movie Database, I was glad that I had never seen an episode of the animation series on which this live-action film is based.  Whether it

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Screenshot of Chiara "Luce" Bodano, from a Catholic News Agency video on YouTube --- A Italian teenager whose life "exuded a love for God", despite suffering bone cancer and succumbing to the disease, will be beatified this weekend in Rome. Chiara "Luce"

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Image of a protest on Saturday, from the Wentworth Courier on the True Local website --- A local councillor has joined the proests at artist Rodney Pople's Bellini 21c exhibition at the Australian Galleries in Sydney's Paddington. About 20 protesters

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For the first time, the Vatican has joined in anniversary celebrations of the 1870 capture of Rome by Italian troops which ended the Papal States' domination of the city for more than 1,000 years. "We are here to take part in a symbolic gesture and to

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This year is the 50th anniversary of the contraceptive pill, a development that has changed Western life enormously, in some ways most people do not understand, writes George Pell.. While majority opinion regards the pill as a significant social benefit for

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The Young Catholic Women’s Fellowship to be held from January to May next year has a new promotional video on YouTube. As part of a new channel on YouTube for the Office for the Participation of Women, this video has been made to inspire and encourage

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Mary MacKillop's excommunication resulted from her reporting child abuse by a priest - against whom disciplinary action was taken, according to a documentary to e shown on the ABC's Compass program. Another grudging priest angered by the incident reportedly

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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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