The Salvation Army, St Vincent de Paul Society and UnitingCare Wesley say dumping fees, incurred for clearing unusable goods dumped on them, are preventing money going to help the needy. Salvos Stores area manager Ian Smith said dumping unusable items

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St Peter's Basilica --- Toowoomba's Holy Name Parish priest Father Tom Keegan will celebrate Mass with Pope Benedict XVI in St Peter's Basilica in Rome on the Feast of the Epiphany this week. Fr Keegan will be part of a group of up to 100 priests from across

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The shy, frumpish British singer who appeared on a British talent show last year has become an international celebrity. Her website, with songs, video clips and snippets about her best-selling album, captures the amazing story of how

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A California appeals court has dismissed a lawsuit against the Vatican bank seeking restitution for Holocaust survivors who said the bank stored and laundered millions of dollars worth of assets looted by a Nazi-backed regime in Croatia.

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As we begin a New Year and look towards a new decade, it’s natural for us to take a few moments to make some resolutions about what we might do to make our world a better place this year. Perhaps your resolution involves addressing an issue of

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Basil Rathbone, Jeremy Brett and most other actors who portrayed the most famous fictional detective Sherlock Holmes on screen stuck pretty close to the character as described in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories. Not so Robert Downey Jr. In the

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The Australian Catholic Film Office has awarded its 2009 Film of the Year to Warwick Thornton and Kath Shelper's Samson & Delilah. "The jury deliberated over Balibo, Beautiful Kate, Blessed, Mao's Last Dancer, Mary and Max, Samson &

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The US Postal Service has recognised Mother Teresa's humanitarian work with a stamp, as part of its 2010 program. Noted for her compassion toward the poor and suffering, Mother Teresa, who was an honorary US citizen, served the sick and destitute of

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The last bishop mentioned in a damning report on the failure of the Irish Catholic Church to deal with child abuse is facing calls to step down. Galway Bishop Martin Drennan was one of five bishops mentioned in the Murphy report, which lifted

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Thousands have paid their last respects to the former Catholic Primate of All-Ireland, Cardinal Cahal Daly, as his body was taken from St Peter's Cathedral in Belfast to his final resting place of Armagh. His Eminence Cardinal Daly, who

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The Archbishop of Westminster Vincent Nichols says secularists are "just as dogmatic as the worst religious believer and sometimes more stridently so", and has urged for "reasoned and respectful dialogue". Archbishop Nichols, who is

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The Jewish community of Rome has confirmed that Pope Benedict XVI would visit the city's synagogue as scheduled this month, despite Jewish groups' displeasure over the recent elevation of World War II era Pope Pius XII to "venerable". The

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The Canossian Daughters of Charity carry on the spirit of Magdalen of Canossa, who lived in Italy from 1774-1835. They are a group of Gospel women, living in Queensland, who strive to challenge injustice through a collective voice.

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Thirty-seven priests, nuns and missionaries were killed worldwide in 2009, nearly twice as many as 2008 and a record high for a decade, the Vatican's news agency has reported. The report, published on the Fides website, lists 30 priests, two nuns, two

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Wes Anderson and Roald Dahl? Rushmore, Steve Zissou and Willy Wonka? Yes, Anderson has directed this version of Dahl's Fantastic Mr Fox. The animation is rather old-style and direct. The plot has been added to and amplified. The context is now the US

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AN anthropologist will tell you that the most interesting aspects of somebody else's culture are those too obvious and taken for granted to require explanation. Indeed, they are so taken for granted that when called on to explain them, we are lost for

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Bishop Mariano Crociata --- A leading Italian Bishop has criticised Sunday homilies as boring, uninspired and unpalatable. Bishop Mariano Crociata urged priests to pay more attention to their homilies, acknowledging that the minds of

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The costs of education have risen broadly across states on the Eastern seaboard, with expenses in Melbourne soaring by up to 75 percent in a decade. In addition, fees at top Tasmanian private schools will rise this year by up to 8 percent,

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Nowhere Man was a popular Beatles' song. Nowhere Boy is the story of the boyhood and adolescence of John Lennon. The appeal of this film probably depends on your interest in John Lennon's personal story as background to his music, his writings

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In the Autumn of 1987, during one of his many meetings with the Jewish community, Pope John Paul II gave an important speech on the Roman Catholic Church and the Holocaust. Recalling “the strong, unequivocal efforts of the Popes against

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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

All your daily readings, reflections and prayers can be found here... 

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