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Rockhampton Bishop Brian Heenan is standing by a public appeal to raise $6 million for restoration work on the city's Saint Joseph's Cathedral. "I don't believe it's a waste of money but I respect people not supporting the project," he was

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The practice by some ultra-Orthodox Jews of spitting at priests, nuns and other Christian clergy has been denounced in a statement by the Israeli Embassy to the Holy See. The Jerusalem Post recently quoted Rabbi David Rosen, a veteran of

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Last year more than 2.24 million people spent time with Pope Benedict XVI in one form or another. The total figure included those who attendied a weekly general audience with Pope Benedict XVI, or a special audience with him, being present at

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Inside a plain stone building that was once a Catholic convent in the centre of Epinay-Sous-Senart, a dozen black-robed seminarians struggle over French theological phrases. The nuns are long gone, their Catholic crucifixes replaced by Russian

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The Catholic Book Club on the America magazine online site contains well-written and thoughtful reviews on subjects ranging from rethinking Jesus to the future of the Church. www.americamagazine.org/content/catholic-book-club.cfm

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Around 2,500 Chinese Catholics have braved freezing conditions to pay their last respects to "underground" Bishop Leo Yao Liang of Xiwanzi, who had spent almost 30 years of his life behind bars. Vatican-approved Coadjutor Bishop Yao, whom

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South Australian Social Inclusion Commissioner Monsignor David Cappo has called for a revision of the Federal Government's approach to homelessness. The commonwealth's plan to reduce homelessness by 20 percent by 2013 and halve the problem by

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Ballarat Bishop Peter Connors has given a directive that priests can cancel weekday or weekend masses when the Country Fire Authority issues a catastrophic fire danger warning. The Ballarat diocese is believed to be the first in Victoria to

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Representatives from the Baptist World Alliance have hold annual meetings with counterparts from the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. Last year's meeting, held in Rome in December, took up the question of

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Father Bob Maguire --- Melbourne priest Father Bob Maguire and suburban youth worker Les Twentyman are urging the person behind the stabbing murder of Indian student Nitin Garg to surrender to them. "We could act as

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Jacques Mesrine (the s is silent and Mesrine became upset when people pronounced it wrongly) was a famous criminal in his time, the 1960s and 1970s in France and in Quebec. However, these two companion films about him - Killer

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The Malaysian Catholic Herald weekly has agreed not to  use the word "Allah" for God in its Malay-language pages until a government appeal on the matter is finalised. The decision follows a request by the country's Attorney-General

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The “environmental crisis is a moral challenge” that requires us “to examine how we use and share the goods of the earth, what we pass on to future generations, and how we live in harmony with God’s creation.” Those

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Cardinal Sean Brady --- The Catholic Church in Ireland must work with civil authorities and communities to ensure the best practice, co-operation and accountability in safeguarding children, said Irish Primate Cardinal Sean

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The online religious portal of The Times newspaper features lively opinion and commentary on topical subjects, including debate about the intentions of the Susanna Maiolo, the Swiss-Italian woman who knocked down the Pope.

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Father Maurizio Pettena has been appointed director of the Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office (ACMRO), replacing Monsignor John Murphy, who has retired. "I am grateful to the bishops of Australia for their trust. In particular, I

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Following Mary MacKillop's forthcoming ascent to sainthood, there are moves to push the case for similar recognition of Caroline Chisholm, for her work among immigrants in Colonial Australia. "If Caroline Chisholm had belonged to a religious

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An "alternative schoolies immersion trip" last month to the Philippines proved to be an eye-opener for Victorian school students. Former Catholic College Bendigo student Nigel Self said the two-week trip brought them face to face

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Attackers set fire to the Protestant Metro Tabernacle Church in Kuala Lumpur early today, destroying the first floor, in the midst of growing controversy over the use of the word "Allah" by Malaysian Christians. Church spokesman

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Singer and actress Jennifer Lopez has said she would never consider in vitro fertilisation because of her traditional upbringing. Jen, the daughter of Puerto Rican parents, grew up in the Bronx, New York, and attended Catholic schools throughout her

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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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