How did we arrive at a circumstance in which a 56-year-old man is convicted in the NSW District Court this week of sexually abusing eight children aged from 12 months to 14 years, videotaping thousands of unspeakable crimes, and barely a comment is

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Australia's World Cup campaign has not been without its low points. Its hard to get lower than 4 goals down. However over the weekend we appeared to have achieved just that, although this time off the field. On Friday Fairfax press broke the story that

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Refinement is not the first, second or even hundredth word that springs to mind in reviewing Get Him to the Greek. Rather, this is one of those raucous American comedies where there is potential to offend sensitive audiences as well as potential to

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Melbourne's Archbishop Denis Hart issued a Pastoral Letter at the weekend in response to the recent international focus on the issue of sexual abuse."The number of proven reported cases of abuse occurring in the last ten years here in Melbourne have declined

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Former teacher and priest John Sidney Denham was sentenced to almost 20 years in jail for "sadistic", indecent and sexual assault on young boys. Sentencing Denham in the NSW District Court, Judge Helen Syme said the offences often involved "significant

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A Wollongong church official is adopting a wait-and-see stance to an assessment of the trial ethics classes in NSW public schools by a South Australian academic. "We are glad there has been an appointment to the independent evaluation," said

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Bodies of victims --- The local parish priest has described as "apocalyptic" the scene where more than 200 people died after a fuel tanker exploded in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Fides cites Father Paul as saying

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More than 600,000 pilgrims from outside Spain have registered for the World Youth Day 2011 celebration in Madrid, organisers said. So far, 120,000 Italians, 70,000 French, 50,000 Poles and 25,000 North Americans have signed up for the event that will

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Melbourne's punting priest Joe Giacobbe, St Francis' Church parish priest Father Tom Knowles and Victoria's energy and water ombudsman Fiona McLeod are allegedly conspiring to stop his bar opening, claims owner Jerome Borazio. Mr Borazio has questioned

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Museum image of a public school in Pyrmont, Sydney --- Outstanding national literacy and numeracy test results are contributing to higher enrolments in public schools in NSW. The Daily Telegraph reports other factors including rising birth

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St Vincent de Paul National President Syd Tutton is urging Prime Minister Julia Gillard to "show true leadership" on the issue of asylum seekers. Mr Tutton said in a statement that Australia hosts only 0.2 percent of the global refugee

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A nationwide search is on for actors for the new Australian musical MACKILLOP. Sr Sheila McCreanor, the Secretary General of the Sisters of St Joseph will launch the search today at Mary MacKillop Place in North Sydney, along with the composer of the

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Archbishop Adrian Doyle --- Archbishop Adrian Doyle of Hobart has raised concerns about a euthanasia bill that appears to have the State Government's endorsement. Archbishop Doyle has urged respect for "the sacred nature of human

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Director of the Australian Institute of Family Studies Alan Hayes has said the mothers of more than a third of babies born in 2008 were unmarried, an increase from 8.3 percent in 1970."For many children it's been a good revolution, but it depends on the

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Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone---Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone has warned against elevating the economy as an absolute good, adding that an economic model that supports human development is needed.The cardinal noted that Pope Benedict's

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The Winslow family move from Kansas to Orange County in search of a better life. Phil and Debbie together with their children Barbara and Brian pack up their possessions and their dog, Marmaduke, and Carlos their cat and head to California. Phil gets a job

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This is the third in the series of films based on the popular series of novels by Stephenie Meyer.  The books and films have a niche audience of females, younger and some older, and they play to their audiences.  Somebody mentioned the

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To celebrate the centenary of Mother Teresa, the Tablet online magazine has published a collection of previously unseen paintings of one of the world's greatest missionaries. http://www.thetablet.co.ukpage/exhibition

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Government policy on asylum seekers must focus on protecting the vulnerable, rather than on the elimination of people smugglers, according to Jesuit Refugee Service Australia."International agencies like JRS recognise that Australia needs an adequate process

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The Federal Magistrate's Court in Melbourne has ruled that a Jewish mother cannot let her children participate in religious ceremonies until they choose to, or their Catholic father agrees to it. The separated parents, known as Mr and Mrs Macri, asked

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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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