An international convention on arms limitation should include a total ban on cluster bombs, Vatican representative Archbishop Silvano Tommasi has told a United Nations arms conference. The world community does not need more proof to realise

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Radical changes to family assistance payment proposed by Federal Family and Community Services Minister Mal Brough will result in the "effective stigmatisation of welfare recipients", Catholic Social Services Australia chief, Frank Quinlan

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A veto of congressional stem cell legislation by President George W Bush "enhances not diminishes" the chances of a life-saving scientific breakthrough, according to US bishops spokesman, Cardinal Justin Rigali. Earlier this month the US

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Patricia McKeever does not like to be photographed. She does not like people to know where she lives and prefers to communicate with the outside world by letter or email. But, from the security of her home, the 58-year-old former secondary school teacher

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Can Islam be compatible with religious freedom? I certainly hope so, but doubts are raised by a decision of Malaysia's highest court, given a month ago, preventing 43-year-old Malay woman Lina Joy, a Christian convert, from marrying her Christian

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Parramatta diocesan Executive Director of Schools Greg Whitby has been named by the Bulletin magazine as Australia's smartest and most innovative person working in education today. According to Parramatta Catholic Education, Mr Whitby was selected from

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US presidential candidate Senator Hillary Clinton has removed photos of Mother Teresa from her campaign material following a request from Missionaries of Charity sisters and criticism from Catholic groups. Indian Catholic reports that the removal of

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As the stem cell cloning bill moves to the NSW upper house, Liberal MP David Clarke defended Cardinal George Pell's intervention in the debate, telling Catholic MPs who supported the legislation that they do not know better than the bishops and

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In the wake of a "notification" concerning works by liberation theologian Fr Jon Sobrino, over 100 German theologians have backed a call for an "intelligent restructuring" of the Holy See Congregation for the Doctrine of the

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An employee of a Caritas joint project for Darfur refugees has been killed as Pope Benedict reaffirms that giving "hospitality to refugees is an obligatory gesture of human solidarity". "The death of one of our local staff in Darfur is

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Following disquiet over spending priorities in the Sydney archdiocese, Cardinal George Pell has announced that priests will receive an 8.7 per cent pay increase - their first raise in three years. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the priests,

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The flying priest

18-Jun-2007

It's not every day you see a priest tinkering his way around an aeroplane, but that has been a regular sight for the last couple of years at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Thurgoona in southern NSW. A light aircraft has been built by Fr John

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We all want to live a happy life. But what do we think of when we think of our own happiness? If asked, most of us would talk about having loving and supportive relationships with family and friends, and of having fulfilling and stimulating work, whether

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Like the bible, the modern world is full of people on the move, says Vatican Cardinal Renato Martino, explaining a set of "Ten Commandments" for drivers issued by the Holy See office for migrants and itinerant peoples. The International

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Former Catholic high school student turned party girl, Kara Douglas, is still in critical condition having lost a kidney in Monday's multiple shooting in Melbourne. Douglas, 24, from Malvern East, who lives with her close Catholic family, went to

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Nations should protect women from the violence and "modern slavery" of prostitution and punish the men who are their clients, the Vatican says in a document on pastoral care for "street women" released yesterday. The Khaleej

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An Islamic militant leader has warned that Gaza's Christians must expect that Hamas rule means "real changes" and to be "ready for Islamic rule if they want to live in peace". Israel Today reports that Gaza-based Muslim groups

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A psychologist formerly employed by the Australasian St John of God brothers has called for the order to be closed down, accusing it of being in a state of denial over abuse allegations. Stuff.co.nz reports that former complaints manager for the

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Marrickville Council in Sydney's inner west has ratified a controversial plan to form a sister city relationship with the biblical birthplace of Jesus, Bethlehem, but Jewish groups are concerned over the city's alleged Hamas links. The Age reports

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If there was a redeeming aspect to the whole Abu Ghraib affair, it was in the thoroughness and the passion of the Army's initial investigation, led by Major General Antonio Taguba. The General's investigation found "sadistic, blatant, and wanton

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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

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