At least six Coptic Christians and a security guard are dead after a Christmas midnight mass shooting attack in southern Egypt. The shooting came as worshippers left the church in Naj Hammadi on Coptic Christmas Eve, the BBC reports. A car

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A billboard depicting Joseph and Mary in bed, aimed at provoking discussion of the Christmas story, has been defaced and torn down. The church that erected the sign won't be replacing it. Since it went up last week, the sign had been defaced with

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The Australian bishops have completed their final canonical vote regarding the approval of the texts for the new English translation of the Roman Missal, The Catholic Weekly reports. Archbishop Mark Coleridge, the Chairman of the Bishops Commission

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Although there was general disappointment as the UN climate talks wrapped up in Copenhagen on Saturday, the Holy See urged for a positive outlook, Zenit reports. Archbishop Celestino Migliore, the leader of the Vatican delegation in Copenhagen said

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Blessed Mary MacKillop will soon enter the Canon of Catholic Saints with a second miracle now officially attributed to her, authorised by Pope Benedict, the Catholic News Agency said. Mary Helen MacKillop will become Saint Mary of the Cross,

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Pope Benedict XVI declared Pius XII and John Paul II as "venerable", moving them closer to canonisation. The beatification process of Pius XII, who was Pope during the Second World War, has been a source of tension with some Jewish groups,

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Across the Middle East, a Christian population that stood at 20 percent a century ago has now sunk to under five percent. Yet the rise of radical Islam is not the only factor. In the Occupied Territories, Christians suffer alongside Muslims from Israeli

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This is a sci-fi fantasy that has been long awaited and is widely available in 2-D. Interest in its release has been less about its content, than about how was it made. The movie is a revolutionary rethink of animation know-how and stunningly recasts its

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The first of 78 Sri Lankan asylum seekers rescued by the Australian Customs ship Oceanic Viking have left Indonesia, with two granted resettlement in Australia and 13 others likely to be settled in Canada. The two being granted an Australian visa and

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Like Padre Pio, Fra Elia did not ask for these spiritual gifts, and he uses them only to direct people to Jesus. As wonderful as it was to be with and pray with a man like Fra Elia, the Jesus whose wounds Elia experiences, never leaves us. We do not have to

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The Centre for Catholic Jewish Studies is a significant initiative of the Florida based St Leo's University and the American Jewish Committee. The Centre concentrates its efforts to promote interfaith dialogue on contemporary problems and to address

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Cardinal George Pell --- Archbishop of Sydney Cardinal George Pell reportedly told ABC Television that terminal illness such as cancer can be cured by prayer, albeit by a "very long shot". He said such cures, like the

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Prime Minister Kevin Rudd distanced himself from claims by a Labor senator that Tony Abbott wants compulsory Bible study in schools, The Australian reports. "Over the last two days, Mr Abbott has twice suggested that all Australian school

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Pope Benedict XVI --- Citing concerns over unauthorized use of the Pope's name and image, the Holy See has issued a declaration seeking to protect the "figure and personal identity of the Pope". "Recent years have

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The Friends of St Brigid's officially took over the township's church and hall precinct from the Church on Friday, concluding a long running fight to keep the buildings in the community. The group's committee member Michael Lane describing the

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Parents of Mike Tannous, a 17 year old who died in a car accident, claim that their son is helping heal people through the use of a "mysterious oil" that weeps from his bedroom walls, The Daily Telegraph reports. "Mike is a messenger

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Bangladeshi formerly conjoined twins Krishna and Trishna, who underwent an intricate 32 hour operation to separate them five weeks ago, finally left the Melbourne Royal Children's Hospital on Monday. "For the first time they are allowed to be out

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MacKillop's sainthood has some worrying attributes. The worst is the miracles anointed by her promoters to justify her candidacy. Now as an atheist, one would expect that I would be disparaging about all claims of the miraculous. But that is not my point.

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Santa's image is almost universally recognised as one of our most enduring and popular legends. Yet as most Christians know, the holly old gentlemen with his bag full of toys, steering his reindeer and sliding down the chimneys is a relatively modern one.

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In the mystery of the gentle breathing of an unborn baby and in the mystery of the Baby breathing in the manger we are reminded that God breathes anew in the darkness of our lives. The birth of Jesus and of all babies is an incarnational event. 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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Daily Prayer

Daily Prayer

All your daily readings, reflections and prayers can be found here... 

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