More than 150 parish leaders from around the country will gather for the 2009 National Conference of Pastors and Pastoral Associates beginning today at Shoal Bay, NSW, to reflect on challenges facing contemporary church life. "I think the

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Queensland's Independent Education Union is expected to lead disgruntled members in stop work action next month over pay rates for Catholic school teachers after a ballot vote is held in the coming weeks. Although the union is calling for

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A US $2.3 trillion "ecological debt" is owed by industralised nations to poorer countries, said a University of California study, and it should be assessed and penalised by an international court, an ecumenical gathering heard.

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Church leaders in the Northern Territory are calling on Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to act on a UN expert's findings on indigenous rights. The UN's special rapporteur Professor James Anaya has called for the reinstatement of the Racial Discrimination

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The number of couples tying the knot reached a 20 year high, figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) showed. Divorce rates also dropped in 2008 to the lowest in a generation. The latest ABS figures reveal that celebrants now officiate

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An anonymously written Italian pamphlet called Anti-Ratzinger is set to be translated, published and released in the Czech Republic just ahead of Pope Benedict's visit to the country scheduled for later this month. It allegedly examines Pope

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Healthy relationships allow people to be who they truly are, their essential selves, stripped of affectation and ambition, the false adornments and layers we build in trying to become what other people want. It is about being authentic, where the outer

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We cheat ourselves of meaning whenever we treat scripture, the creeds, and the dogmas of our faith as simple statements of history, newspaper accounts in literal language. They have a historicity and they are true, but the language surrounding them is not

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The Broken Bay News is available each month and is the official publication of the Diocese of Broken Bay. It comes in both online and hard copy versions, with the latter distributed free to more than 24,000 families throughout the diocese's 31 parishes

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For those people who missed last Sunday night's Encounter program on Radio National on East Timor featuring the work of Caritas and the Mary MacKillop Mission in East Timor, they may like to listen online to the program or view a transcript of the

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Journalist, editor, television producer and author Christine Hogan, with a career in media that spans more than 30 years, has joined Church Resources as its new Communications Manager. "We are delighted that Christine, who has worked at the

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More than a decade since the publication of the orignial collection of contemporary church music, Willow Publishing has released the As One Voice - The Next Generation songbook, crafted with young people in mind. "People involved in liturgy and

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A fragment of the world's oldest Bible, the Codex Sinaiticus, has been uncovered hidden underneath the binding of an 18th century book in an Egyptian monastery, news reports said. British based Greek academic, Nikolas Sarris, spotted a previously

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The London based Catholic Truth Society has published a Prayer Book for Spouses complete with a prayer to prepare for sex. The prayer implores God to place within us love that truly gives, tenderness that truly unites, self offering that tells the

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Archbishop Denis Hart --- Parishioners of St Joseph's in Melbourne's Collingwood have written to Pope Benedict, appealing him to intervene and save their gutted church building from being demolished because they say local church leaders

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International Catholic youth congress Convivio will be held in Sydney this weekend for participants in their final three years of secondary school, to reflect on contemporary challenges and present Christ as the "essential answer". The

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It sometimes feels as if there is a seek and destroy mission by sections of the medical profession in which the targets are women and their unborn babies. Women deserve better than abortion. We are on the threshold of change in Queensland with the

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As dawn breaks in downtown Kuala Lumpur, calls to prayer blare out from speakers that sit atop the minarets of the city's mosques, blanketing the ring of bells from neighbouring Hindu temples. In the background, churches and Buddhist temples quietly come

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Emmaus Journey's mission statement says the organisation endeavours to help non-practicing Catholics, occasional Catholics, and nominal Catholics experience conversion to Christ, transformation in Christ, and mobilisation for Christ as Catholic disciples

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This is a comedy drama about the relationship between dairy farmer, Charlie McFarland (Paul Hogan) and his son, Boots (Shane Jacobson) that carries some heavy emotional punch. Charlie has just lost his wife tragically, and misses her deeply. Boots realises

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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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