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There is a long tradition of American films about boxing, as a sport, as an industry and the repercussions for individuals and family.  Champion, The Set Up, Somebody Up There Likes Me, Requiem for a Heavyweight, Raging Bull, Cinderella Man. The

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This movie is a film version of the American fantasy hero and masked vigilante, The Green Hornet, who was first created in 1936 for radio. Britt Reid (Seth Rogen) finds himself thrust into serious responsibility after his wealthy father, a newspaper owner,

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The Coen brothers’ True Grit is a film to savour, a masterly adaptation of Charles Portis’ 1968 novel of the same name about murder and retribution set in the post-Civil War American frontier in the late 1870s. No effort has been spared in

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What happens when the "virtual" world of the Internet collides with reality is the subject of Catfish, a fascinating video-verite documentary which, if it was not a true story, could be viewed simply as an implausible but clever scam in much the same

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Another fine Mike Leigh portrait of real human beings, one of his best. When Mike Leigh says ‘Another Year’, we surmise, rightly, that he does not mean a happy new year.  It is for some, not for others.  In fact, one of the characters

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When the bishop of Green Bay, Wisconsin in the US, recently recognized a series of Marian apparitions from 1859, it marked the first time apparitions in the United States received official approva, reports the Catholic News Service. That's quite an

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The speed of Pope John Paul II’s beatification (as well as other, predictable criticisms) has led to a wave of opposition which I find deeply depressing, predictable or not, writes William Oddie in the Catholic Herald. The late

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Father Ferruccio Romanin celebrated 50 years as a priest last month at St Ignatius Church in Richmond, Melbourne. The flock who came to celebrate streamed through the squeaky roller doors speaking English, Italian, Polish or

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The musical arts of the Roman Catholic Church rank among its greatest contributions to contemporary culture. It was the Catholic Church that first truly cultivated the art as we know it. In the service of praising God, it fostered a number of

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Image from the Northcote Leader report --- Parents at a Catholic primary school in Thornbury, Victoria, plan to boycott a new $105 annual building levy introduced by the local parish priest to help fund a major government development project at

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Margaret Mary Flynn ibvm --- Margaret Mary Flynn ibvm, CEO of CentaCare in Western NSW, has been appointed as Provincial Leader, Loreto Sisters Australia, according to  report on the Loreto Sisters Australia website. Margaret Mary established

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The Vatican has launched a Courtyard of the Gentiles initiative to promote dialogue between believers and non-believers, reports Zenit. As part of the plan, the Pontifical Council for Culture is planning three colloquia and a youth party in Paris. The

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The Vatican's social communications website carries a treasure trove of news, forums, documents, film and video archives, and links to other media, including newspapers. http://www.pccs.va/

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For the last four years, Father Gary Thomas (pictured) has served at the Sacred Heart parish in Saratoga, California, a bucolic suburb of San Jose. But the 53-year-old Roman Catholic priest does a lot more than say Mass and listen to confessions, reports

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For the past three years, Pope Benedict has used his annual message for World Day of Social Communication to emphasize the crucial importance for the Church to evangelize by means of cyberspace, writes Fr Roger Landry in Catholicity. In 2009, he called

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Screenshot of Archbishop John Hepworth, from an interview uploaded onto YouTube --- Up to 50 clergy and laity will gather for the first time nationally on the Gold Coast for three days from tomorrow to discuss the Australian Anglican ordinariate -

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Screenshot from the ABC report --- A wedding ring lost shortly after the canonisation of Mary MacKillop has been returned to its owner in Albury, NSW, thanks to the help of Tim Fischer, Australia's Ambassador to the Holy See, said a report in

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The Sunday Telegraph image of the artist Paul Newton and his painting --- A newly-completed, larger than life-size portrait of Mary MacKillop is destined for pride of place in Domus Australia in Rome, which is to be opened later this year, reports the

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The Canberra Times image of the young adults --- The Catholic Church has taken the unorthodox approach of advertising for the final member of a Catholic Youth Ministry Team, with an invitation for a young Catholic male to join three young women in a share

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Forty years ago, Pope Benedict signed a joint statement suggesting that the church consider modifying the laws on celibacy, reports the Irish Times. In 1970, Joseph Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict) and eight other leading theologians signed 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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Daily Prayer

Daily Prayer

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

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