sr lucia

Pope Benedict has decided to fast-track Fatima visionary Sr Lucia’s road to sainthood waiving the obligatory five year waiting period to start the canonisation process. Catholics World News and Catholic News Service reports the decision by the Pope

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pine gap 4

Christian pacifists, known as the Pine Gap Four, were taken into custody in the Northern Territory on Wednesday to serve short sentences for not paying fines imposed last year. In their on-line blog, it stated the foursome were convicted last year under

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alger archbishop

A Catholic priest in Algeria has been sentenced to a year in prison for praying with Christians in Cameroon. Zenit reports Fr Pierre Wallez is the first victim of legislation approved in March 2006 prohibiting directing a religious ceremony in a place

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jesus cosmetics

A cosmetic line which received complaints about being “disrespectful” to Jesus, has been taken off the shelves in Singapore. The Independent reports the tongue-in-cheek range, named Lookin' Good for Jesus, upset Catholics, who said the line

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bowl ashes

Lent is not a period of guilt laden introspection, but a joyful walk towards the great season of Easter, a progression in the Church toward the summit of the liturgical year. - Elizabeth Harrington SOURCE Liturgy Lines

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kenya

Sacrifices will have to be made in the quest for power in order to keep this country together. There is so much suffering, some of which has been expressed in the media and some not. The immediate priority is to bring the country together. This country is

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Leading into World Youth Day in Sydney this year, the Marist Brothers of the Sydney Province have taken the opportunity to host a gathering of Marist young people. This four day festival (9-13 July) is being organised in cooperation with the General Council

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mary bluett

Victorian Catholic school teachers are set to discuss whether they will go on strike next month - alongside their government school counterparts - in a sign of solidarity against the state government's 3.25 per cent wage rise offer. While Catholic school

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council women

Catholic parishes are being invited to celebrate International Women's Day on Friday 7 March with the assistance of a kit to help parishioners pray for all women who contribute to the Church. In the welcome letter to the kit, Chair of the Council for

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exorcism painting

  A "spiritual oasis" which some have billed as  Europe's only centre dedicated to performing exorcisms is being planned to be built in Poland. Catholic News Agency reports Fr Andrzej Trojanowski, the priest leading the project

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Bishops in the Philippines have urged to for "communal action" after details emerged exposing government corruption. Catholic News Agency reports the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) have called for non-violent

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In the lead up to World Youth Day celebrations, a group of young people will meet this weekend to focus on the meaning of the event and the spirit of Australia's only saint. The group of 30 Josephite school leader, aged from 16-18, will travel from

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A 72-year-old former priest has been found guilty of sexual abuse in a Launceston court. ABC news reports Roger Michael Bellemore, who was a priest and teacher at Burnie's Marist College, abused three boys who were students in the 1960s and 70s. The

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ramos horta

Shot East Timorese President Jose Ramos Horta is "out of danger" and recovering in a Darwin hospital. AFP reports Mr Ramos Horta - who was shot in the stomach by rebels yesterday - is on a ventilator after having a bullet in his lung

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lourdes

More than 55,000 people descended into Lourdes for an outdoor mass to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Our Lady's apparitions and to celebrate the World Day of the Sick. Catholic News Service reports Bishop of Lourdes and Tarbes Jacques Perrier said

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school girls

Revelations that half of the country's Catholic and private schools are set to receive $2.7billion in overpayments over the next four year has prompted the Federal Government to will review the controversial funding model inherited from the Howard government.

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In a complete about-face, the retired Archbishop of Dublin Desmond Connell has withdrawn an appeal in which he sought to stop the release of documents on the archdiocese's handling of sex abuse cases. Catholic World News reports Cardinal Desmond

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malta

The Grand Master of the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and Malta, Fra' Andrew Willoughby Ninian Bertie, has died in Rome. The funeral of the Grand Master, who died last Thursday will in Rome on February 16 at

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vinnies homeless

  The Catholic Church will offer up property worth hundreds of millions of dollars throughout Victoria in a radical plan to provide cheap rental properties for the state’s most needy. The proposal – which is also backed by

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Catholic Education Office of Western Australia Western Australia's Catholic education system is unique in comparison to those of the eastern states. The Catholic Education Commission is administered by the Catholic Education Office of Western Australia. A

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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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