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Caritas Internationalis president Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga has told the United Nations that a lack of leadership is delaying the achievement of Millennium Development Goals and appealed to leaders of industrial nations to lower carbon

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The Vietnamese Catholic Community in Australia has denounced the persecution of Catholic faithful in Hanoi and appealed to the Vietnamese government to return seized Church property to its rightful owner. In a media release, the VCCA reports that several

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Facing repair bills mounting to millions of dollars, the Canadian diocese of London, Ontario, has put up three churches for sale for one dollar apiece. The Windsor Star reports the move has surprised the Town of Lakeshore which recently learned that

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Catholic Health Australia will challenge the legal validity of contentious conscientious objection provisions if Victoria's abortion law bill is passed, reports say. The Australian reports the fate of the new laws, which would establish the most liberal

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Noting the 30th anniversary yesterday of the death of Pope John Paul I, Pope Benedict yesterday called on Catholics to cultivate the late pontiff's humility. Pope Benedict I dedicated his Sunday Angelus to the Pope whose reign lasted 33 days, Catholic

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Every time we run into financial difficulties we hear the old allegation that capitalism is unjust, immoral and certainly not compatible with Christianity, which is all about loving our neighbour - not about trying to put him out of business. Capitalism is

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Parents and grandparents looking for school holiday entertainment for the youngsters that isn't mind numbingly witless for anyone over 13 should bend the knee in gratitude to the Disney organisation. Beverly Hills Chihuahua is a treat, a brilliant blend of

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The longer you are homeless, the harder it is to get back on your feet. The solution lies in public and community housing, which provides people with security of tenure and is not run for profit, allowing rent to be set at a level where people can begin to

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The Pontifical Biblical Commission has published a new document entitled "The Bible and Morality" ahead of the forthcoming Synod of Bishops on the Word of God. Even when it comes to morality, Catholics are not biblical fundamentalists,

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A group of more than 100 doctors has warned that Victoria could face an exodus of health professionals if the abortion law reform bill is passed. The Age reports the group "Doctors in Conscience Against Abortion Bill" - said some health

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As Pope Benedict again called on young people to defend nature from a "correct ecological perspective", the first solar panels have been installed on the Paul VI auditorium at the Vatican. BBC News reports Pope Benedict has become the first

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As hundreds of Christians marched in protest against new election laws, Archbishop Louis Sako of Kirkuk has launched an appeal to the new Iraqi government and to the United Nations for the protection of Christians and other minorities in the troubled

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Despite opposition from the nation's Catholic bishops, Ecuador's voters have approved a new constitution proposed by President Rafael Correa. ABC News reports leftist President Rafael Correa, a practising Catholic who was once a lay missionary,

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India's Orissa state government has been accused of failing to take action against the perpetrators of the gang rape of a 28 year old Catholic nun. The Hindu reports the Orissa government has failed to take any action against those who committed the

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Crikey contributor Greg Barns has alleged that I have issued an authoritarian edict regarding the Victorian abortion bill. I have done no such thing. My still unmatched challenge to civil libertarians, including those who support abortion on demand, is to

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To be human is to be inadequate, by definition. Only God is adequate and the rest of us can safely say to ourselves: Fear not you are inadequate! But a God who made us this way surely gives us the slack, the forgiveness, and the grace we need to work with

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The Crossroads Initiative is for a Church in the western world which it claims is at the crossroads. The Initiative feels the choice is clear: maintain the status quo and stand on the sidelines or mount an offensive of love, reaching out to the nominal,

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Vatican Gendarme Corps chief, Domenico Giani, has announced that the corps will join Interpol. The Vatican gendarme corps will become the 187th member of the international security force Interpol, Zenit reports. The Interpol general assembly will

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The number of marriages is growing, the Australian Bureau of Statistics says, but the overall marriage rate is down and church weddings continue to decline as a proportion. Australians increasingly want to tie the knot, News.com.au reports.

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Future pope Joseph Ratzinger "did not attend Hitler Youth meetings", his brother Monsignor Georg Ratzinger, says, and his family suffered economically as a result. In an interview by Andrea Tornielli for the Italian newspaper Il Giornale,

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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

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

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