Many lectors lack confidence or read too fast, Wollongong Bishop Peter Ingham told the Bible Synod, and should learn to emulate radio announcers and TV presenters. "If the Liturgy of the Word is to be given the chance to arrest the attention of

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An international partnership formed by Church Resources, Jesuit Communications Australia and New Jersey based Paulist Press yesterday launched CathNews USA modelled on its Australian counterpart. The CathNews USA daily service is like its

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Melbourne's elite Xavier College has cancelled classes for three days for all 250 Year 12 students after a student was injured in what is described as an unruly game of "jockball". News.com.au reports the boy, 17, was taken to the Epworth

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Soeur Emmanuelle, the Belgian born sister who devoted her life to "ragpickers" and slum dwellers in North Africa has died in France aged 99. The International Herald Tribune reports that Sandrine de Carlo, a spokeswoman for the association

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Rather than demolish St Dominic's Cathedral in Fuzhou, China, engineers have moved it 75 metres from its original position and turned its accommodation for priests 90 degrees. Part of the 1,500 tonne church building was taken 75.6metres from its

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Hugh Lunn is a man of many words. He is a successful author and award winning journalist but his latest book was probably the hardest thing he has ever written. It is about his best friend, Australian tennis great Ken Fletcher. The two grew up together on

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Last week was the week of global action against the debt crisis facing third world countries. Jubilee Australia is part of a worldwide movement to abolish the enslaving capacities of debt. It includes a coalition of churches, aid agencies and community

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After last week's stinging commentary from The Religion Report presenter, Stephen Crittenden on the "decommissioning" of the program from the Radio National line-up in 2009, many listeners will be tuning in to tomorrow's program to support the

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The successful tend to believe in the present order of things and become insensitive to weakness and failure; the powerful often hurt people without intending to do so. They often find it difficult to understand why the weak just cannot "get their act

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Vinnies head Dr John Falzon says the Society is staying optimistic despite being swamped with calls for assistance in the wake of the economic crisis. With unemployment tipped to rise as a result of the financial slowdown, Dr Falzon says government

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Parramatta Bishop Kevin Manning has added his voice to calls not to cut the ABC's The Religion Report as host Stephen Crittenden was suspended following his on-air protest against the program's axing. The ABC has taken religion reporter Stephen

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Xavier College principal Chris McCabe has branded a break-up rampage by Year 12 students as disgusting and disgraceful and says that culprits who are identified will be expelled. Mr McCabe broke his silence yesterday over Monday's chaos in which students

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Congregation for the Clergy psychiatrist Dr Manfred Lutz has described celibacy as "a permanent protest against collective superficiality" and a "provocation" to a world that does not believe in life after death. Writing in L'Osservatore Romano, Dr

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Only 31 World Youth Day pilgrims have overstayed their visas, the Department of Immigration and Citizenship has reported, while another 186 people have applied for protection visas.   DIAC officials said by the end of September, they had received 186

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The Women shows the undermining effects of gossip mongering, but it is also a celebration of female camaraderie and ultimately the positive power of love. True to the first film and the play, there are no males anywhere to be seen. It's a strong cast,

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The financial crises have provided an opening for some Christian commentators to take cheap shots at the institutions of capitalism and economists. I'm not saying there are no problems with either, but to deal with the problems we need serious theoretical

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A few months ago I received a surprising and moving email from Lt. Col. Darrel Vandeveld, a military lawyer who has been prosecuting detainees at Guantanamo for over a year. He had, he said, "grave misgivings" about what was happening at

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The Society of Catholic Teachers Australia (SCTA) is primarily a group of lay Catholic teachers from across Australia seeking to follow the teachings of the Church through the vocation of teaching. The oganisation's website has a strong focus on not

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Catholics in Virginia, USA now have access to a "pro-life pharmacy" that claims to offer superior pharmaceutical care "in a family oriented, pro-life environment, free of contraceptive products and anti-life messages." Opening

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The Bible Synod has narrowed its list of proposals to 53 from an initial list of 254, including a suggestion that every member of the faithful be encouraged to have a bible. Synod relator-general Cardinal Marc Ouellet and his team of working group

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

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