Thirty Sydney Catholics gathered last night outside the studios of Channel Ten to protest against what they called "the filthiest show on television". They were angered by the US series Californication. Protest leader Fr John Fongemie

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Pope Benedict has said "courageous choices" are required to restore "a strong alliance between man and earth before it is too late". He was addressing an audience of 300,000 at a youth festival at Loreto in Italy. In his homily,

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At the end, it was just a few lines in a newspaper - the death of an 88-year-old woman near Beagle Bay, apparently after becoming disoriented while out for a walk. But a few lines could never do justice to the commitment of Sister Bernadette O'Connor, a

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Fatherhood today

03-Sep-2007

It has been interesting to watch the changes in attitude to men and fathers in Australia over the last seven years. Hollywood is releasing movies with strong positive fatherhood themes at an incredible rate of knots. The music world is doing much the

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A British Catholic school has reserved a desk, coat peg, and locker for Madeleine McCann. Madeleine is the four year old who disappeared while on vacation in Portugal with her parents earlier this year. The case subsequently received blanket media

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Catholic organisations are mobilising to request clemency for a 17 year old Sri Lankan Muslim maid. UCA News reports that 19 year old Rizana Nafeek was sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia after a baby died in her care. Caritas in Sri Lanka has been

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Controversy has broken out over an entry in the Blake Religious Art Prize depicting Our Lady dressed in a burqa. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that another entry blends the face of Osama bin Laden with that of Jesus. The head of Australia's

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Organisers of an online petition calling for married clergy have said current trends point to the availability of only one priest for every three parishes. Catholica Australia has published the comments of one of the petition organisers, author and

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Philippine church officials have called for government intervention after villagers were injured in protests against an Australian owned mine. The Philippine Inquirer reports on clashes with paramilitary forces. Sister Maria Eden Orlino of the

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NSW Premier Morris Iemma has ruled out moving the World Youth Day closing mass venue from Randwick racecourse. The Age reports that security and logistical issues are behind his resolve. His statement came yesterday, which was being described as

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I feel blessed

27-Aug-2007

I feel blessed for many reasons. It is a blessing to be born in Bethlehem from a Christian family. My father hails from a Lebanese-Syrian Maronite (Eastern Catholic) family. Living as part of a Christian minority in a predominately Middle Eastern Muslim

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Within the Catholic Church the power of the rock, the pope, has held the Church together. Its weakness, however, is that all the divisions do not go away, but are contained within the Church. Outsiders frequently have the idea of a monolithic Church,

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Airport officials in France have refused to allow Catholic pilgrims to bring Lourdes holy water on board an aircraft. Inspectors at Tarbes-Lourdes airport said holy water is a security threat just like any other liquid. However the Vatican organisers

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An Indigenous artist from northern WA has won this year's for the $15,000 Blake Prize for Religious Art with a traditional ochre painting of the Stations of the Cross. ABC News reports that Shirley Purdie's work was selected out of a record number of

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Opposition Leader Kevin Rudd has promised more money for Notre Dame University's teaching, medicine and nursing faculties. The Catholic Weekly reports that made the promise on a recent visit to the university's Sydney campus. He said:

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The NSW Greens have joined the racing industry in calling for World Youth Day celebrations to be moved from Randwick Racecourse. Greens MP Lee Rhiannon said the racing industry already in difficulty following the spread of equine influenza in NSW. But

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Labor Health spokesperson Nicola Roxon says the Opposition will consider a voucher scheme proposed by Catholic Health Australia. The vouchers would provide $1000 for anyone needing out-of-hospital care. The proposal also supports a Commonwealth

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No Roman summer would be complete without a Catholic soap opera, and this year it has been provided by Fr Sante Sguotti, a priest of the Monterosso diocese near Padua. Sguotti has acknowledged falling in love with a 40-year-old local woman, separated

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I moved to Peru with my family in 1966 when I was 5 years old. Three months after our arrival, Peru was shocked by one of its historic earthquakes. Four years later, when I was 9, Peru suffered one of its most devastating quakes in May 1970, which killed

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A British priest will hear "eco-confessions" at a Greenpeace fair at the weekend in a bid to raise awareness of the need for an examination of conscience on environmental issues. Fr Anthony Sutch will be donning special green robes for the

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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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