An extraordinary minister refused communion to Victorian Attorney-General Rob Hulls at a Christmas Mass service at St Monica's parish, Moonee Ponds before parish priest, Fr Peter Kenny, intervened and gave him communion. The Herald-Sun reports

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Pope Benedict has called for a "deep revision" of the world's "dominant development model", saying "the state of the planet's environment and above all the cultural and moral crisis" are even more urgent than the financial

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At least twenty church workers were killed in 2008, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has announced calling on Catholics to pray for those who have sacrificed their lives. Publishing its annual list of missionaries killed during the year,

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Australia is experiencing a rise in conversions and vocations in the wake of last year's World Youth Day, Sydney Cardinal George Pell says. "We are registering an increase in conversions," Cardinal Pell told the the Italian bishops news agency.

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The Vatican City State will no longer automatically adopt Italian laws because there are too many of them and they conflict too often with Catholic teaching. The BBC reports Vatican legal experts say there are too many laws in Italian civil and

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St Mary's, South Brisbane, is out of communion with the Church, Archbishop John Bathersby has told the parish, citing a list of problem issues, but will wait until the end of January before making a formal decision on the parish's future. Meanwhile,

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The pill has "had devastating effects on the environment by releasing tonnes of hormones into nature," Pedro Jose Maria Simon Castellvi, president of the International Federation of Catholic Medical Associations, says. "We have sufficient

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Condemning a "refusal to dialogue", Pope Benedict has called on Israeli and Palestinian leaders to "act immediately to end the current tragic situation" in the Gaza Strip. The pope deplored the "refusal to dialogue" which

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As more than 130 countries celebrate the International Year of Astronomy, the Vatican also turned its gaze toward the heavens. The pope repeatedly has praised Galileo, calling him a man of faith who "saw nature as a book written by God." The

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In 2005 John Patrick Shanley won a Pulitzer Prize and a Tony Award for his Broadway play, "Doubt". It has been staged in most Australian capital cities since then. Set as the Second Vatican Council is well underway in 1964, the reforming and

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We have begun a New Year. These first days are a time for reflection and resolution. I have noted a deep depression in the ranks of some committed to the great human rights struggle of our age, the struggle to defend and protect the first right, the right

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Tarrawarra Abbey in Victoria's picturesque Yarra Valley is a community of Cistercian monks. Founded in 1954 by Mount St Joseph Abbey, Roscrea in Ireland, the monks of Tarrawarra belong to the worldwide Cistercian Order of the Strict Observance

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Hong Kong's Caritas Medical Centre has admitted that it had blundered by refusing to send medics to help a dying patient on the doorstep of the hospital.   Monsters and Critics reports the Caritas Medical Centre's actions sparked public outrage

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A mature disciple doesn't calculate or make distinctions as to whether God is inside of a certain situation or not, whether a person seems worth it or not, whether a person is a Christian or not, or whether a person appears to be a good person or not,

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Twenty nine year old Indian nun, Sr Meena, has identified two of her alleged attackers during an identification parade, police say. The nun, with her face covered, identified the two during the parade that lasted over two hours. "She identified the

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Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) is a United States based collection of Orthodox, Protestant and Catholic churches advocating for a region where two viable states, Israel and Palestine, live side-by-side within secure and recognised

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The idea of living in a simpler way may be viewed as an unwelcome novelty for some in the West, but it has always been promoted by the Church as a positive and life affirming choice since the days of the early Christian communities. The idea is not to make

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This edition of Compass is the middle episode of a three part series looking at the radical religious thinkers and networks pioneering new ways of believing in the new millennium. Behind the clamour of fundamentalism, a quiet revolution is taking

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Geelong priest, Fr Kevin Dillon, who treated some of the victims of the January 1969 Lara bushfires while working as an orderly at Melbourne's St Vincent's Hospital, will lead a commemorative service this Sunday for the tragic event. The Geelong

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Nearly six months after Sydney's World Youth Day, pilgrims from Baltimore, USA, are still inspired by an experience in which they felt "the Spirit move". The Baltimore Catholic Review reports Raynard Pinckney has spent the last six months

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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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