The obstetrician who was instrumental in introducing the abortion pill RU486 said the acquittal of a Cairns couple last week on abortion-related criminal charges has effectively decriminalised its use by doctors in Queensland. Professor Caroline de Costa

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Catholic and other human rights organisations have welcomed the Gillard government's plan to move hundreds of asylum-seeker children and families from detention centres into the community. The government will open two new onshore detention centres, and

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Homer Simpson is Catholic, and The Simpsons program takes religious faith seriously, if irreverently, said the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano in an article marking the 20th anniversary of the show. The show's "sceptical realism" does not lend

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Pope Benedict XVI has reaffirmed the need for priests and pastors in the face of widespread religious indifference and the moral failings of clergy and sexual abuse. In a papal letter to seminarians, which the Catholic News Service reports is "an

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Image from Flikr, of a church in Nazareth --- A meeting of bishops in the Middle East has called for an ecumenical response to the "horrible tragedy" of Christians in Iraq and the Church's situation elsewhere in the region. Pope Benedict XVI

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A great tide of joyous anticipation surged into the Piazza di San Pietro on Sunday, reaching its peak with the invocation of all the saints before sounding the thunderous three-fold "Amen!" and "Alleluia!" But while it might seem well-nigh impossible to

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This week is Anti-Poverty Week, which has two aims. Firstly: strengthen public understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty and hardship around the world and in Australia. Secondly: encourage research, discussion and action to address

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Resident Evil is a computer game movie that led to sequels and by this fourth instalment, the first in 3D, it has become a franchise – especially, since we are given the opening scenes for Resident Evil 5 at the end of this one. It is only for the fans

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Anita Flores grew up in what used to be a Columban-run parish in the northern suburbs of Lima. Her barrio was first settled by migrants from the provinces in the 1960s. From her family and hernpersonal life experience she learned about poverty, solidarity

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World Food Day last weekend shines a light on the struggle to overcome global hunger. This year's theme is: "United against hunger, chosen to recognize the efforts made in the fight against world hunger at national, regional and international levels. Uniting

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NSW is expected to adopt a proposal to offer ethics classes to students as an alternative to scripture by next year. In an exclusive report, the Sydney Morning Herald said that the state's Minister for Education, Verity Firth, will today release the

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Moving children and vulnerable families out of immigration detention centres into community-based accommodation is a major step forward in giving asylum seekers a 'fair go', says Catholic Religious Australia. Father Tim Norton SVD, Acting President of CRA,

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A celebration of "epic proportions" will be held today at Port Macquarie on the NSW mid-north coast in honour of Australia's new St Mary of the Cross. The Port Maquarie News said the Port Macquarie Regional Sports Stadium will host a crowd of up to 5000

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Monsignor David Cappo --- South Australia's Social Inclusion Commissioner Monsignor David Cappo has begged the state to embrace Adelaide-bound asylum seekers headed for the facility at Inverbrackie proposed by the Federal Government. Monsignor Cappo

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Image of the Pope and Lord Sacks in the Catholic Herald report --- Britain's Chief Rabbi has described his meeting with Pope Benedict XVI during his visit last month as "an epiphany". The Chief Rabbi, Lord Sacks, met the Pope at a meeting with religious

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Catholic News Service image of Baghdad's Syrian Archbishop Athanase Matoka --- The tiny minority of Christians in Iraq continues to leave largely because of fears for their safety and to a lesser extent, economic difficulties. Kidnappings for

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"And, in the dawn, armed with an ardent patience, we shall enter magnificent cities.'' (Arthur Rimbaud) There's something disquieting about quietness imposed from above in the heart of a democracy. Something eerie, writes John Falzon, CEO  of St Vincent

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Victorian sculptor Louis Laumen has cast his own miracle, creating a bronze statue of Australia’s first saint, Mary MacKillop, in record time. Saint Mary was canonised at the Vatican on Sunday, a week after Mr Laumen’s statue was unveiled by

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This edition of Compass investigates support and opposition to the growing number of chaplains in our state schools. Since the Federal Government’s National School Chaplaincy Program (NSCP) was announced in 2006, the number of chaplains in government

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Sinead O'Connor --- Singer and activist Sinead O'Connor said Mary MacKillop will become "very important" in Ireland because she stood up to persecution linked to the reporting of abuse by a priest. ''Mary MacKillop is going to become a very important

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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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