Hope is evident in the "intermediate state" of Purgatory. Benedict has raised the theological speculation that the "fire" of Purgatory is a cathartic encounter with Jesus Christ at the moment of judgement. Such theological

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The author brings out very well the central paradox or contradiction of Nightingale's view of nursing. On the one hand, she wanted it to be a free standing profession, independent of any religious order or discipline, and on the other she thought that

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For so long one of the bastions of the Catholic press in Australia, The Catholic Weekly newspaper has moved into the online environment with a healthy degree of gusto. In addition to strategically placing its newspaper articles onto the site, it uses its

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Sex abuse cases against former St Stanislaus College staff, Vincentians Fr Peter Dwyer, Br John Gaven and Fr Brian Spillane have been adjourned with the men's lawyer Greg Walsh criticising what he described as "trial by media". The Sydney

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Responding to the controversy over a document written by Fr Peter Dresser, Bathurst Bishop Patrick Dougherty has said that "watering down" or "emptying out" Christian teaching is not the way to go to promote Christian doctrine. 

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After eight years at Church Resources, CEO Viviana Hood has announced that she will leave the organisation in February 2009. "I have been with Church Resources for most of its life, most recently as Chief Executive, and have loved its mission, its

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Gunmen firing automatic weapons kidnapped two Italian nuns from their home in rural Kenya on Monday and drove them across the border into Somalia. Associated Press reports the sisters were working on hunger programs in the north eastern town of El

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No wonder that our churches are struggling. Churches and parishes are, by definition, communities that are not based upon private intimacy, that is, they are not made up of people who choose to relate to each other on the basis of being like-minded. Rather

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Secularism is a form of government where a nation opts for an identity that is neither religious nor anti-religious, but simply neutral. Neutrality means government disassociation from religion or non-belief. Religionists equate neutrality with hostility to

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Newcastle the movie was inspired by Newcastle the town on the NSW coast, and in the film's opening sequences - boys rowing on the river, surf shops about to open on the beach front, coal barges looming large in the harbour as they prepare to dock - there's

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In the spirit of other specially tailored websites to attract vocations to the priesthood, this effort by the Archdiocese of Brisbane is notable. Catholicpriesthood.com is well designed and intended to promote and provide information and resources for those

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More Australian family photos are needed for a giant "Mosaic of Families" that will form a portrait of Pope Benedict to be unveiled at next year's World Meeting of Families to be held in Mexico City in January. The Mosaic of the Families has

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Comparing it to playing football during an Anzac Day service, Bellerive parish priest Fr Peter O'Loughlin says he is disgusted by AFL Tasmania's plan to play three games on Good Friday next year. North Hobart Demons chaplain and Bellerive and Lindisfarne

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Dougherty resigns

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Pope Benedict has accepted the resignation of Bishop Patrick Dougherty who has reached the age limit for retirement after 25 years at the helm of Bathurst diocese. "The Holy Father has accepted the resignation of His Lordship the Most Reverend

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Cairns Bishop James Foley has slammed a nudist resort proposal to boost sagging tourism figures with swingers and sex parties. The Courier Mail reports the White Cockatoo resort in Mossman, near Port Douglas, north Queensland, is promoting an adults only

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To avoid an aged care shortfall, we need reform, and we need it now. We should change how people plan for their care, how they are assessed for entry into care, how services are funded, and how staff are trained and paid. My organisation, Catholic Health

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Where are the rites of passage that help our young men become adults in our society? Where is that moment, experience or ritual when young men realise that adult responsibilities as well as privileges have come upon them? Where is the social celebration and

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Bridget Curran is a young West Australian woman who exudes life and vitality. She's a natural story teller, using her characteristic giggle as punctuation while she tells stories she has collected for her recently published book, The Miracles of Mary:

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Micah Challenge Australia is part of a global movement of Christian agencies, churches, groups and individuals inspiring and equipping Christians to speak out against poverty and injustice. It works in support of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and

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The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has given American Maryknoll priest Fr Roy Bourgeois 30 days to recant his support for the ordination of women or face excommunication. The threat is revealed in a letter from Fr Bourgeois to the CDF

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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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