Put simply, marriage is a contract. The problem is the existing contract is a civil and religious institution in one. Everyone's contract is the same, but some religious civil celebrants require extra obligations in return for overseeing entry into the

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Leading American Franciscan priest Richard Rohr will be the featured guest on this week's edition of Sunday Nights with John Cleary. Fr Rohr has been touring Australia and is well known as an international and inspirational speaker on spirituality and

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Friends and family have farewelled Perth businessman Nathan Verity and Austrade official Craig Senger, who were killed in the recent Jakarta bombing, in services on opposite sides of the country. Mr Verity's funeral was held at the St Patrick's

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Human rights campaigner Fr Frank Brennan has rejected the former Treasurer Peter Costello's assertions that the national human rights charter would in effect curtail religious conscience or practice. "As a Catholic priest who abhors trendy laws

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NSW Education Minister Verity Firth will unveil a plan to select 50 high performing schools as hubs linked to education faculties in universities, and to about 200 schools in remote areas, to improve overall teaching quality. Ms Firth said schools

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A video featuring Archbishop Mark Coleridge, seminarians, Missionaries of God's Love sisters, a novice Marist brother and a married couple talking about their vocations has been produced to mark National Vocations Awareness Week. It provides a

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With today (July 31) being the feast of St Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus, it is perhaps appropriate to feature the website of the Australian Jesuits. The website highlights the ministries and works of the Province and also

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Earlier this month, after several weeks of heated debate and background maneuvering within the Vatican, L'Osservatore Romano published a statement from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), reaffirming the Church's absolute prohibition on

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Diocese of Sandhurst

The Catholic Diocese of Sandhurst takes in significant tracts of Victoria and has its cathedral and main administration centre in Bendigo.

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According to initial estimates, the Catholic Church produces as much global warming trigger carbon emissions as the Australian Government, minus defence operations. The Church is starting a carbon audit of thousands of churches and parish buildings,

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Despite being enclosed in a cast from a broken wrist, Pope Benedict raised his right arm with apparent ease to greet a crowd of well wishers in the northern Italian city of Romano Canavese, reports said. "Let's hope it will be a complete

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John Paul II Foundation for Sports president, Eddio Constantini, has severely criticised the International Soccer Association Board (FIFA) for seeking to stop players expressing their faith during matches. FIFA president Joseph Blatter's action came after

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A 56 year old nun was fined for doing 180 kilometres per hour on an Italian freeway. She told police she was anxious to be by Pope Benedict's side after his fall. The Guardian reported the three Salesian nuns had jumped into the Ford Fiesta from Turin on

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Before the final verdict was aired on TV for MasterChef Australia, Julie Goodwin was saying a little prayer with her family and enjoyed time with her family and friends from her local Catholic Church on the NSW Central Coast. "All of us have

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Churches, religious leaders, parents and private schools said they will defend discrimination based on faith in the face of a review of Victoria's Equal Opportunity Act and its exemptions, a news report said. The parliamentary review, covering all

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Jim Stynes was in a gentle, reflective mood when I called on Saturday morning. You could tell his mind was off on another track, as it now has to be. What Jim calls "the journey" has changed course. Jimmy Stynes' parents were a big influence

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Australia's first spouse, Therese Rein, attends church most Sundays to take communion and enjoy "some quiet time for me", but during the week her faith inspires prayer and sometimes a song. Religion is integral to her calling, her

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With profound sensitivity Edmund Campion has crafted a biography that reveals the essence of Ted Kennedy, a man who touched the lives of many and left an indelible mark on the Redfern community. Campion paints a portrait of a fiercely passionate yet

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With well over 2 million visitors the Shround of Turin website would be one of the most viewed Catholic websites in cyberspace. The site contains the latest news and information about the Shroud, including its upcoming public exhibitions. The site

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Melbourne based historian Helen Doyle said she will submit to Heritage Victoria that Crossley's St Brigid's church and hall were important to the country's social and cultural history, according to research she's carried out. "Crossley represents

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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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