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Pope Benedict XVI's decision last July to take control of the Legionaries of Christ was a calculated risk, writes Jason Berry in NCR Online. Amid a withering clergy abuse crisis, the pope chose an overseer to remake an international religious order

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Why is it that Catholic Social Teaching remains a mystery to most Catholics, writes Fr Michael Campbell-Johnston SJ, in Thinking Faith. As Austen Ivereigh's book, Faithful Citizens: A Practical Guide to Catholic Social Teaching and Community Organising,

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This brief but brilliant collection of five lectures on Catholic faith and life addresses the big questions, writes John Battle in Thinking Faith. They include the following: what do Catholics believe about the Bible, what is prayer, and what

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English is under threat from ignorance, inverted snobbery and deliberate 'dumbing down'. But far from being outmoded, the teaching and correct use of our language is more important than ever, argues Bernard Lamb in the Independent. The Queen's

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Ever since Larry Bossidy, a former CEO of Allied Signal and the Honeywell Corporation, raised the question of conducting interviews with lapsed Catholics, I have been giving it a lot of thought, writes William Byron in America magazine. Mr Bossidy is a

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Becoming tangled could get hairy.  Well, here it does for Flynn Rider, a Robin Hood type of sorts (who reveals that his actual name is Eugene).  He becomes ensnared by Rapunzel, she of the long and healing hair. It looks more like a traditional

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Although they have been around for under two hundred years, trains exercise a frequently mesmerising fascination for so many people. Once the adrenalin starts to kick in for the audience, the impact of this thriller is unstoppable. Trains have provided any

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When you can advertise "From the writer of The Devil Wears Prada and the director of Notting Hill", you have a guaranteed audience.  With the attractive Rachel McAdams starring and the added presence of Harrison Ford, Diane Keaton and Jeff Goldblum, then

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Last year, then education minister Julia Gillard told the National Press Club that the planned investment in higher education would bring additional employment and productivity gains to the economy to the value of $50 billion, writes Peter Quiddington in the

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Screenshot from the video Beatification of John Paul II likely in 2011 on YouTube --- The late Pope John Paul II is set to be beatified on May 1, with a decree from Pope Benedict recognising a miracle attributed to the previous pontiff, said a report from

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Catholic schools operate with far fewer resources than other non-government schools, despite teaching more students with high educational needs, the federal government's review of school funding heard, reports the Sydney Morning Herald. The National Catholic

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Image from The Catholic Weekly report --- In a reunion to mark 50 years with the order, 37 Sisters of St Joseph wore corsages of frangipani and yellow roses in honour of the crown of frangipani they wore on the day of profession, said a report in the

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The floods in Brisbane appear to have caused limited physical damage to Catholic schools, said Brisbane Catholic Education. It says the aim is to open the schools as scheduled on January 25 for Term 1. "There has, of course, been a significant impact on the

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Screenshot from the video Australian floods, there is hope on YouTube --- A special public mass was held in Rome yesterday to pray for flood victims across Australia, said the Australian Ambassador to the Holy See, Tim Fischer, Sky News reports. The

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Screenshot from the video Three ex-Anglican bishops ordained into Ordinariate for England and Wales on YouTube --- Three former Anglican bishops have been ordained to the Catholic priesthood, as founding members of the world's first ordinariate for groups

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'Bottom of my street', on Flickr --- Pope Benedict XVI recalled in prayer the victims of floods in countries including Australia, after his midday Angelus on Sunday, reports Zenit. "I would like to assure a special remembrance in prayer the people of

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The Federal Government has announced that older Australians will gain 12,272 new residential aged care places, worth more than $450 million a year in the 2009–10 Aged Care Approvals Round, reports the Catholic Weekly. Catholic Health Australia chief

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Screenshot from video Werner Arber, Nobel Laureate Medicine &Physiology 1978, Talk 2009 on YouTube --- Pope Benedict has picked a Protestant molecular biologist, who shared the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1978, to head the Vatican's sciences academy,

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Anthony Cleary, image from The Catholic Weekly report --- A Sydney Catholic Education Office official is attending an international program aiming to develop greater understanding of the Holocaust, on a scholarship from the Gandel Foundation and Yad

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Pope John Paul II --- A vial containing blood from Pope John Paul II, drawn shortly before he died, will be installed as a relic in a Polish church after his beatification, Sky News reports. Piotr Sionko, the spokesman for the John Paul II Centre, said

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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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