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The Australian Catholic bishops Conference has now launched its own Facebook page. This wide-ranging page features photos of leading priests, events of interest, reviews and other aspects of Catholic community life.

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The Catholic Diocese of Albany in New York launched its needle exchange program last week, saying the decision came down to choosing the lesser evil. Illegal drug use is bad, but the spread of deadly diseases is worse. The medical evidence is

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Blessed Mary MacKillop --- Cardinals will meet in the Vatican's Apostolic Palace on Friday to vote on the pending causes of canonisation for six candidates, including Australia's Blessed Mary MacKillop, according to the Holy See's

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Police have charged a 13 year-old Brisbane boy with murder after the fatal stabbing of his 12 year-old schoolmate in a fight at St Patrick's College. Queensland Premier Anna Bligh said security at schools would be reviewed following the tragedy, the

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Tony Abbott --- Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott, has dismayed welfare services by declining to match the Rudd government's goal to halve homelessness by 2020, saying governments cannot stop people from being homeless "if that's

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Cardinal Sean Brady, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland --- Pope Benedict XVI has begun talks with a delegation of Irish bishops over the culture of child abuse by the country's clergy, unearthed in the Irish Government's

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The Beatles --- The Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano has published a list of its top ten pop and rock albums of all time, including works by the Beatles, Pink Floyd and U2. L'Osservatore said the 10 albums were the perfect

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René Descartes --- The French philosopher René Descartes was poisoned by a Catholic missionary in Stockholm, who wanted to prevent Descartes's ideas derailing an expected conversion of the monarch of protestant Sweden, claims

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One thing should be clear: when violent conflict breaks out in northern Nigeria between Christians and Muslims, it is never Christians who provoke it. Regrettably, however, the Muslims have so far proved quicker off the mark to tell their version of

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This is really a two-hour movie equivalent of Valentine's Day cards, posters and romantic gifts, roses and chocolates and dinner dates. In fact, it is the date movie par excellence. It was made for the romantic audience at the multiplex for a

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The philosopher John Locke was famously intolerant of atheists. "Those are not at all to be tolerated who deny the being of God," he wrote in A Letter Concerning Toleration. His reason – "promises, covenants, and oaths, which are

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There are only three physical examples of God's unconditional love which we can access here on earth: the love from one's mother, the love from one's grandmother and the love one receives from a very large dog. Only a large dog will suffice. It has to

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Over the years, the Catholic Church has been in the forefront in providing practical assistance and guiding principles in ministering to people on the move.  The motivation for this direct and positive involvement stems from the words of Jesus,

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Catholic Regional College student David Galea has won first place in an MTV art competition for a T-shirt design. He took the $5,000 top prize, beating almost 500 other entries. The 16-year-old will soon be seeing his designs on the streets of

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The 13-year-old boy charged with murdering 12-year-old fellow student Elliot Fletcher has been denied bail by the Brisbane Children's Court, as a Facebook tribute to the murdered boy was desecrated. A Facebook site dedicated to the memory of the

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Fr Frank Brennan SJ --- The proposal for a human rights act for Australia has little prospect of being adopted because it faces widespread opposition over a potential shift of power from the executive to the judiciary. "Put it

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Thousands of Sydneysiders brought parts of the city to a halt yesterday in a flashmob freeze co-ordinated by Caritas Australia as it called for the Australian government to 'Stop Global Poverty'. At least 400 participants froze simultaneously at

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Pope Benedict XVI has called the Irish child abuse scandal "heinous" in a statement issued after a two-day meeting with the bishops of the Irish Church. However, doubts remain about the church's openness after the papal envoy in

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Vatican theologian and biblical scholar, Monsignor Pietro Principe, has warned that veneration of relics is running the risk of replacing authentic faith with irrational superstition. The warning came as pilgrims began queuing to pray before the

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Caritas is a Latin word for love, and love was clearly evident in the work that Caritas Australia is doing to support some of the poorest of the poor in Cambodia. Our group flew into Phnom Penh on a rainy afternoon last November. The bustling

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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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