Helping to lift Africa out of poverty appeals to the idealist in many of us. But for Gemma Sisia, a teacher from regional Australia, it's real life. She is changing the lives of hundreds of school children in east Africa through her School of St Jude

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The European Parliament has passed a resolution criticising politicians and religious leaders for "discriminatory comments" on homosexuals and allegedly "fermenting hatred and violence". Zenit reports that the resolution, which

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With up to 120,000 overseas pilgrims expected for World Youth Day next year, there will be "just too many to come into Sydney", Cardinal George Pell said yesterday, adding that many pilgrims will need to fly into other east coast

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Griffith police are investigating allegations of child prostitution in the southern NSW town that have been reported by a local paper and backed by Youth off The Streets founder, Fr Chris Riley. Local paper The Area News reports that teenage girls in

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Western Australian police say that they will not pursue a criminal investigation of donations collected by a Rockingham woman to view an alleged Weeping Madonna statue at her home. IBN News reports that major fraud squad detectives released a

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Responding to a new Mexico City law legalising abortions in the Mexican capital, the country's bishops have called on doctors to refuse to perform abortions. Sign on San Diego reports that the church has vowed to continue its anti-abortion campaign

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An Irish medical missionary Sr Elsie Furlong has died from the bite of a hunting spider last week while working in northern Kenya near the Sudanese border. Independent Catholic News reports that Sr Rosetta (Elsie) Furlong of the Medical Missionaries

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Last weekend, Sri Lankans huddled together around TV sets to cheer their team battling unsuccessfully for the Cricket World Cup. But nationwide panic following Tamil Tiger attacks on Colombo shattered the momentary euphoria of togetherness even amid

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Philosopher's gold

30-Apr-2007

A few years ago, I mentioned to an older friend that I was thinking of pursuing philosophy as a "career". "That's interesting", he said, "but don't you want to be able to support a family?" His impression was that there

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British Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor and an international group of bishops have challenged Group of Eight leaders to redouble their aid efforts for Africa. Independent Catholic News reports that Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor (pictured), the President of

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Pope Benedict has asked for prayers for his upcoming trip to Brazil beginning next week with a battle over abortion expected to figure on the pontiff's agenda. The International Herald Tribune reports that the pope will make his first pilgrimage to

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Mercy Sisters owned media agency Fraynework has taken out a series of prizes at a leading international interactive media awards competition. The Horizon Interactive Awards, a leading international interactive media awards competition, announced the

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The Australian Catholic University has won a $423,000 contract from the Australian Government's AusAID program to train educational leaders from South East Asia and East Timor. An ACU statement says that a total of 11 current and aspiring leaders

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A Catholic-linked hospital in Kumamoto, south-western Japan, is testing the country's first baby hatch where mothers can anonymously drop off newborn babies. The Age reports that Jikei Hospital has built an incubator-like hatch with access from the

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Nuns, priests and a seminarian have joined a group of Catholic farmers in southern Java, Indonesia, to promote organic food crops and assist the farmers to commercialise their products. UCA News reports that nine nuns, two priests and a seminarian

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In Federal Parliament last year, Senator John Faulkner argued there was once a minority religion in Australia that threatened the fabric of our society, whose members bred faster than the rest of "us" and whose poor and uneducated were taught

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In the 1980s, I bought my first house, a fibre cottage situated on the Woronora River in Sydney's Sutherland Shire. The Woronora River is better known for the site of the Lucas Heights Nuclear Reactor than its delicious rock oysters, leaping mullet and

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Christians, Muslims and Jews have come together for a "landmark" Middle East peace congress organised by Australia's bishops - but controversial Sheik Taj el-Din al Hilaly was not invited. Key people from the three major Abrahamic traditions

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Head of emergency at Sydney's St Vincent's Hospital, Dr Gordian Fuldem, has praised a $150 million Federal Government plan to combat the "ice" crystal methamphetamine epidemic. The Federal Government's pledge to tackle the epidemic

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Speaking to the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, Pope Benedict has identified the environment as well as respect for human dignity and recognition of spiritual values as three major challenges for humanity today. In a message to the Pontifical

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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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