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Franciscan Friars have been involved with Australia almost since the start of its European history. When the French explorer La Perouse sailed into Botany Bay just a few weeks behind the first fleet, he had Friars on board working as chaplains and

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Middle Eastern churches are seeking a common Easter and Christmas time for the various Christian traditions in the region, as a step to greater communion between Christians in the region. In all Christian traditions, the Easter holiday changes from

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A coalition of 13 peak education bodies, including Catholic teachers and principals, has criticised the national school curriculum, saying it lacks a rationale and is unclear in its aims. The Australian Curriculum Coalition, in a letter to all education

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"Christian And Muslim Playing Chess", from Wikimedia Commons --- Two Syrian bishops living in Lebanon told a Vatican meeting of bishops that Catholic-Muslim dialogue projects did not work and may never lead to real understanding - but a third urged for

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A seminar will be held in Melbourne tomorrow night titled Not Much God, The Spirituality of Teenage Boys. The evening will feature two keynote speakers, Michael McGirr and John Marsden (pictured), who will talk on their wide-ranging understanding

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The new social study Moving from the Edge is not a welfare tale of woe. It is a celebration of lives that have "come good". Individuals and families have spoken in a basically human way about their transition from being "outsiders" to social

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The bucolic setting of a cemetery belies the intense challenge to operate such an enterprise. This is most certainly the case for Catholic cemeteries. Like other Catholic organiSations, Catholic cemeteries struggle with their mission and their

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'bad-cyberbully', on Flickr --- A Queensland alliance including Catholic, state and independent schools wants cyber-safety taught in class, and has called for every school in the state to be audited for anti-bullying measures. Recommendations

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Sydney's St Vincent's Hospital palliative care unit, Sacred Heart Hospice, has had to close seven beds - bringing the number down to 39 - and will no longer be able to accept country patients. ''St Vincent's has had to reduce its palliative care

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Image from the Hills Shire Times report --- More than a year since starting on a project of 32 works for the Church, artist Paul Newton describes it as the "most monumental in size and monumental of jobs" he has ever undertaken. Newton, who is from

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'Auschwitz - Birkenau - Gates of Hell - barbed wire', on Flickr --- In his maias den speech to Federal Parliament, the new Liberal Party member for inner-Melbourne seat of Kooyong hpaid homage to a great aunt who escaped death in Auschwitz and

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Pope Benedict XVI --- Pope Benedict said peace is possible in the Middle East, and that "we must never resign ourselves to the absence of peace". "Peace is possible. Peace is urgent," the pontiff said at the closing Mass for the two-week Synod of

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'Debate between Catholics and Oriental Christians in the 13th century', from Wikipedia --- The Synod of Bishops for the Middle East has proposed a change to Vatican rules that technically prohibit the Eastern Catholic churches' ordination of married

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Australia’s first saint, Mary MacKillop, was a woman who devoted her life to the poor and speaking out against injustice. Known as a progressive woman of action, her canonisation has just been celebrated in Rome. But for Zoo magazine, it doesn’t

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Forty-six years ago in a small French village, the Canadian Catholic philosopher Jean Vanier (pictured) invited two intellectually disabled men from a local institution to come and live with him in a spirit of friendship and equality. He named their home

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The Vatican Information Service has full transcripts of Pontifical messages and those by the recent Synod of Middle-East bishops, plus a broad range of other similar information. It also contains links to details of Papal trips, audiences and other

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One bishop and a small parish in Folkestone have independently announced that they will leave the Church of England for the Roman Catholic Church and be the first into the ordin­ariate offered to them by Pope Benedict XVI a year ago. The exodus has

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A Greens' euthanasia bill, to allow the Northern Territory and ACT governments to legalise euthanasia, will be debated in the Senate tomorrow. ABC reports that the bill would re-instate powers to the territories to make the laws - which were overturned in

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St Mary of the Cross --- Sydney's Randwick Council has quashed an idea to place Mary MacKillop's name at a memorial in the seaside suburb of Coogee dedicated to Australians killed in the Bali bombings. The proposal was voiced at a recent meeting while

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Image from the Sydney Morning Herald, of Sarah and baby Aerin Murdoch --- Friends and family of Lachlan Murdoch and his wife Sarah gathered at St Mary Magdalene Catholic Church in Rose Bay, Sydney, yesterday for the baptism of their daughter,

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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

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

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