Mystical whirling dervishes danced at the Vatican's Chancery Palace this week in a Holy See commemoration of the 800th anniversary of the Sufi poet Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi's birth. Zenit reports that the performance was organised by the Turkish Embassy

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In a wide ranging interview, Brazilian Dominican liberation theologian, Frei Betto, has slammed "vaticanisation" of the Church and held up Cuban strongman, Fidel Castro, as a model of the revolutionary "new man". In the interview

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Backing a refusal by Muslim, Christian and Jewish leaders to give national security tip offs to authorities, Melbourne Jesuit Fr Peter Norden says that no minister of religion can betray a confession without doing away with the profession. The

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Saying that cash is more effective than goods, St Vincent de Paul Society CEO, John Picot, has called for donations to a nationwide appeal by the charity for victims of the Newcastle region floods. The Society is asking for monetary donations only to

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Federal Education Minister Julie Bishop says that Catholic and independent schools have reason to be concerned about their funding under a Labor Government but Opposition Education spokesman Stephen Smith insists private schools will not miss out. The

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Amnesty International deputy secretary-general, Kate Gilmore, has accused the Catholic Church of misrepresenting the organisation's position on abortion after Holy See Justice and Peace Cardinal Renato Martino slammed Amnesty for "betraying its

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Women in drought

04-Jun-2007

In the last month or so, rural NSW has been blessed by rain - but not rain that fills bank accounts, fend off bank managers or replace livestock. It's easy to assume when we see those photographs of muddy rain dances with hats hurled high into the air

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In a week in which storms have wrought havoc in NSW and Bangladesh has been devastated by mudslides, one item has dominated the news. The big news has been Paris Hilton. We had, in quick succession, Paris in jail, Paris being excused on medical grounds,

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Seventeen-year-old South African girl Francesca Zackey is claiming to have received visions of Our Lady surrounded by bouquets of roses and pictures of the crucified Christ but church authorities remain cautious. PR Inside reports that hundreds of

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Spanish sisters who drank beer for 45 days straight as part of a medical research project are part of a growing trend to study nuns whose unique healthy, celibate lifestyle makes them ideal for such purposes. Every year hundreds of Catholic nuns are

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The Caritas Jerusalem medical centre in Gaza has closed owing to heavy clashes between Palestinian militias with snipers stationed throughout the area. In his first hand report, Dr Bandalay Sayegh, Caritas Jerusalem's Gaza Medical Centre Director,

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Latin American bishops have sent Pope Benedict the draft conclusions of their recent conference at Aparecida Brazil, retaining the traditional but still controversial "see, judge, act" format. The Pope received the document from the

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American forces have deployed Orion spy planes in the search for an Italian missionary priest kidnapped in the Philippines. The Australian reports that the US has deployed Orion spy planes and on-the-ground intelligence assistance as part of a

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Paying tribute to Hunter Valley emergency workers following this week's devastating floods, Maitland-Newcastle Bishop Michael Malone has offered his sympathy to those affected by the tragedy, adding wryly that "we can stop praying for rain for a

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The West is awash with fear of the Islamisation of Europe. The rise of Islam, many warn, could transform the continent into "Eurabia," a term popularised by Harvard historian Niall Ferguson and other pundits. Such grim prophecies may sell books,

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Is it a general human thing or a specifically Australian thing that we have the greatest difficulty engaging in civilised public conversation about the issues that matter most to us? Perhaps it is a bit of both. Whatever the cause or causes, this past week

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After 50 years baking bread, Benedictine monk, Dom Paulino Gutierrez, now 97, is still working as Master of the Olives at Western Australia's New Norcia abbey. The Sunday Times reports that in 1928, young Dom Paulino, aged 18, travelled from northern

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As Tony Blair prepares for a last visit to the Vatican as British Prime Minister, speculation is mounting that he will not only announce his conversion to Catholicism but that he may also seek ordination as a deacon. The UK Daily Mail reports that Mr

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The Independent Teachers Union in Victoria is pushing for more family-friendly Catholic schools with special rooms so breastfeeding teachers can express and store milk while at work. The Age reports that Melbourne's Catholic education chiefs are being

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In his first meeting with US President George Bush, Pope Benedict has again called for a "regional and negotiated solution" to conflicts in the Middle East. "The Holy See once more expressed its hope for a regional and

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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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