The Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle issued an apology to all victims of abuse by Fr John Denham, who pleaded guilty to 29 sex offences yesterday, while he served in the diocese. "We offer our most sincere and heartfelt apologies for all instances

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The General-Secretary of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, Fr Brian Lucas, said Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's enthusiasm for the canonisation of Mary MacKillop was "welcome". "There is a strict and detailed protocol for

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Pope Benedict has moved the Vatican office responsible for the re-admission of four Society of St Pius X bishops back into the Catholic Church to a Curia office seen as close to him, according to a Reuters report. The commission is now under the control of

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Jesme Raphael, a former Indian nun whose autobiography raised a furore with claims of illicit sex and abuse, says legalising homosexuality in the country would keep gays out of convents and religious life. "If lesbians could seek partners

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We too feel liberated from the shackles of a failing institution caught up in dogmas and creeds that belong to another age. We felt it was time to take a stand from the constant bullying we have experienced for many years. We have been bullied for

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The hype over Michael Jackson's death and funeral has highlighted how the cult of celebrity has turned into almost religious fervour. The mass outpouring of grief and adoration demonstrates the almost god-like status some celebrities are elevated to in

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Wollongong's historic St Francis Xavier Catholic Primary School is set to close in 2012, merging with the John Vianney Primary School in Fairy Meadow. Wollongong Bishop Peter Ingham said the Fairy Meadow site would be developed to accommodate the 556

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This week's program of Sunday Nights with John Cleary explores the link between spirituality and health. Whatever your understanding of God or Religion is, a commitment seems to bring with it certain rewards. Just what they may be, and how we may benefit,

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Human Life International is the largest international, pro-life organisation in the world. It fights on the issues of abortion, contraception and sex education. It also has an objective of bringing the Gospel and evangelising many countries. The

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Research by the Australian Catholic University and Catholic Community Services has found that with sustained effort the cycle of homelessness experienced by older Australians can be broken. The organisations announced their finding as the Counting the

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A proposed amendment to Britain's Coroners and Justice Act which would have legalised aiding the terminally ill to seek assisted suicide abroad, was defeated in the House of Lords ZENIT reports. The amendment had been put forward by Charles

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Catholic Worker Movement's veteran Australian members Jim Dowling and Ciaron O'Reilly have been arrested for blockading a joint Australian-US military exercise in central Queensland. Police say the men, aged 53 and 49, were arrested on Thursday

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Parents of St Francis Catholic Primary School in Wollongong are accepting of a closure decision, but Coonabarabran's parents are furious their St Lawrence's secondary college shutdown next year won't be reversed. The new Catholic Bishop of the

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Some 14 years since her last major apparition in Ireland, the Virgin Mary is back in the lowly form of a tree stump in County Limerick, reports said. Nearly 2,000 people have signed a petition seeking to prevent the removal of the stump on the grounds

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The row over Kevin and Mary is less about substance, more about style. The Pope is robust enough, the Vatican political enough, not to be fazed by a passing politician playing to a home audience. Many Australians will feel it fair enough for the PM to be

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Pope and PM meet

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During a meeting with Pope Benedict Australia's Prime Minister Kevin Rudd presented him with a small crate of De Bortoli Noble No 1 dessert wine, a leather bound copy of the apology to Indigenous people and spoke of Australia's affection for Mary MacKillop.

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In the developed world, the great monotheistic religions which colonised the globe are dying out. In country after country, greying clerics tend to their greying flocks, while the youth have long since voted with their feet. But after so many centuries as

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Fr Richard Rutherford has been a liturgical consultant to the Archdiocese of Portland and National Conference of Catholic Bishops in the United States. His book, The Death of a Christian: The Order of Christian Funerals was published in 1990 and is the

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The National Catholic Education Commission was established during the period of the Whitlam Government by Australia's Catholic Bishops to liaise with the national government and other key national education bodies. NCEC complements and supports at the

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Youth events like World Youth Day are catalysing the rediscovery of faith among a new generation, and the new breed of priests that will be needed, according to Sydney's auxillary Bishop Julian Porteous. "I don't think it's just World Youth Day

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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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