Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson has warned priests to pay attention to their personal security following a recent incident in which armed men broke into a presbytery. The Southern Cross reports that the incident has prompted recommendations for

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The agenda for this week's APEC meeting fails to address major climate change issues, according to Caritas Australia CEO, Jack de Groot. The Age reports that he said: "The agenda is fluff at the moment, the agenda is not actually

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It was in God's Providence that Mother Teresa's death was to be eclipsed by the tragic death of Diana, Princess of Wales. It is probably inevitable that the 10th anniversary of their deaths should repeat the same pattern, but the nun would not want

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The waters off Christmas Island are remarkable. Beneath the surface, they are alive with tropical fish and coral. From above, the sea is a blue that is at the same time translucent and deep. It was in these waters six years ago that the Tampa sailed and

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The Vatican Library has endorsed its own line of burial caskets and urns for sale through a US company called Eternal Image. In late 2004, the Vatican started negotiations with the company to incorporate images from its collection on the company's

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A Chilean prison chaplain has been charged with covering up the deaths of 28 dissidents killed or "disappeared" during the rule of former President Augusto Pinochet. The BBC reports that it's the first time a Catholic priest has been

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A distressed local bishop convinced Philippine President Gloria Arroyo to halt exploration activities by the Australian owned Oxiana mining company. The Inquirer reports that Bishop Ramon Villena approached the President and her Environment Minister

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Melbourne's major Christian churches are opposing moves by the AFL to schedule a match for Good Friday evening. Carlton and Hawthorn are pushing for a twilight match on Good Friday. This follows the success of similar matches on Anzac Day. Anglican

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Thirty Sydney Catholics gathered last night outside the studios of Channel Ten to protest against what they called "the filthiest show on television". They were angered by the US series Californication. Protest leader Fr John Fongemie

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Pope Benedict has said "courageous choices" are required to restore "a strong alliance between man and earth before it is too late". He was addressing an audience of 300,000 at a youth festival at Loreto in Italy. In his homily,

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At the end, it was just a few lines in a newspaper - the death of an 88-year-old woman near Beagle Bay, apparently after becoming disoriented while out for a walk. But a few lines could never do justice to the commitment of Sister Bernadette O'Connor, a

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Fatherhood today

03-Sep-2007

It has been interesting to watch the changes in attitude to men and fathers in Australia over the last seven years. Hollywood is releasing movies with strong positive fatherhood themes at an incredible rate of knots. The music world is doing much the

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A British Catholic school has reserved a desk, coat peg, and locker for Madeleine McCann. Madeleine is the four year old who disappeared while on vacation in Portugal with her parents earlier this year. The case subsequently received blanket media

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Catholic organisations are mobilising to request clemency for a 17 year old Sri Lankan Muslim maid. UCA News reports that 19 year old Rizana Nafeek was sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia after a baby died in her care. Caritas in Sri Lanka has been

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Controversy has broken out over an entry in the Blake Religious Art Prize depicting Our Lady dressed in a burqa. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that another entry blends the face of Osama bin Laden with that of Jesus. The head of Australia's

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Organisers of an online petition calling for married clergy have said current trends point to the availability of only one priest for every three parishes. Catholica Australia has published the comments of one of the petition organisers, author and

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Philippine church officials have called for government intervention after villagers were injured in protests against an Australian owned mine. The Philippine Inquirer reports on clashes with paramilitary forces. Sister Maria Eden Orlino of the

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NSW Premier Morris Iemma has ruled out moving the World Youth Day closing mass venue from Randwick racecourse. The Age reports that security and logistical issues are behind his resolve. His statement came yesterday, which was being described as

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I feel blessed

27-Aug-2007

I feel blessed for many reasons. It is a blessing to be born in Bethlehem from a Christian family. My father hails from a Lebanese-Syrian Maronite (Eastern Catholic) family. Living as part of a Christian minority in a predominately Middle Eastern Muslim

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Within the Catholic Church the power of the rock, the pope, has held the Church together. Its weakness, however, is that all the divisions do not go away, but are contained within the Church. Outsiders frequently have the idea of a monolithic Church,

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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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