Good Sams in Bali

03-Dec-2007

Two Good Samaritan sisters have arrived in Bali to participate in the United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change, which begins today. Running until 14 December, the UNFCCC convention will host Sisters Geraldine Kearney from Sydney and

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A desperate shortage of primary school teachers in Western Australia has led to a recruiting campaign in Queensland for the 2008 school year. Catholic schools in remote areas of the state have been hit hardest, but several school principals have said

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More than 5,000 entertainers, artists and community leaders from around the world have applied to take part in World Youth Day festivities. International and Australian acts will showcase their talents over three afternoons and evenings during the WYD

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The transition to our new Labor government has come peacefully with gracious speeches from both leaders. As he departs it is time to acknowledge John Howard’s achievements. He has been, with Bob Hawke, the most outstanding figure in Australian

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Andrew Bass is preparing to be ordained a deacon in St Patrick's Cathedral, Parramatta, this Friday. His father's work in the oil industry saw the family live a peripatetic life. He says being a Christian in Saudi Arabia was a "transformative

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Pope Benedict has said the Holy See and Catholic nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) share the same passion to promote human dignity. Zenit News Agency reports that a three day forum was held between the Holy Father and 85 NGOs to discuss the best

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A new Chinese Bishop who has publicly declared his loyalty to the Vatican, will be ordained in Guangzhou today. The Associated Press reports that the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association (CPCA) confirmed Fr Joseph Gan Junqiu's ordination. Since the

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Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor in London has said a "warm welcome awaits" those who wish to return to the Church this Christmas. Catholics who have left the church are at the centre of a British campaign to bring them back to the church in

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Archbishop John Bathersby of Brisbane recently launched the John Paul II Centre for Family and Life in Ashgrove. Life Centres already exist in the Archdioceses of Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. Blessing the new centre, which is co-located with the

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The Catholic Education Office (CEO), Sydney has been recognised as a leader in the advancement of women in the workforce. Coming in as a finalist in the highly-contested annual Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency (EOWA) Business

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Nativity scenes are selling in record numbers across Australia, with advertising and marketing analysts suggesting a generation of thirtysomething Christmas shoppers are starting to look skywards for some festive cheer. The Southern Cross reports a

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Advent is not ...

03-Dec-2007

Advent is not Christmas. It is only from 17 December that the readings and prayers start to refer directly to the birth of Christ. Before this, we should not even think about singing Christmas carols at Mass or putting up the nativity scene in the church.

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The Moloney children have been continually enrolled at Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School at Beresford (Maitland-Newcastle Diocese), since 1979, when Michelle, 37, first attended the school. The community farewells the family at the end of term when

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Vatican Press Office director Fr Federico Lombardi says inaccurate media reports accusing Pope Benedict of criticising the United Nations are creating unjustified tensions. Catholic News Agency reports that Fr Lombardi said published news articles

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The head of the Holy See's delegation to last week's Annapolis middle east peace conference said there remains a 'glimmer of hope' for peace between the Palestinians and Israel. Catholic News Service reports that Msgr Pietro Parolin, who led the

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The Vatican's delegation to this week's United Nations climate change conference is largely composed of Church officials and experts from East Asia. Led by Archbishop Leopoldo Girelli, apostolic nuncio to Indonesia, Zenit reports a communique stated

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Archbishop Mark Coleridge of Canberra-Goulburn has said that a "deeply restless culture" requires a "new spirituality of the Lord's Day". In his pastoral letter to mark the beginning of Advent, Archbishop Coleridge writes that the

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Murphy House, the restored presbytery that now serves as a diocesan centre within Parramatta's St Patrick's Cathedral precinct, was last month awarded the local council's Public Heritage Award. Judged by Parramatta councillors and heritage experts,

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Holy phone!

03-Dec-2007

Holy pictures in wallets and even adorning car dashboards are common place, but on your mobile phone? An Italian company has come up with an idea to make phones holy by downloading pictures of your favourite saint or even JPII. However, Reuters

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The clothes of Versace, the music videos of Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera, and sexualised childhood toys like Bratz have created an atmosphere where any woman who covers up anything is deemed a frump. Colleen Hammond, a celebrated model and TV

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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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