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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Former AFL champion Jim Stynes, Pakistan missionary Sr Eileen Daffy and Victorian educationist Susan Pascoe were among Catholics honoured in yesterday's Queen's Birthday list. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Sr Daffy was appointed an Officer of

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Criticising politicians who "trumpet their Catholicity" but reject the Church's teaching, Sydney Cardinal George Pell has said that MPs who voted in favour of stem cell laws should "think twice before next receiving

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For death row inmate David Hammer, each bite of the New York cheesecake was doubly sweet: it was homemade and the plastic fork was his favourite colour, purple. A guard delivered the treat that Sr Camille D'Arienzo baked for him. It was another gesture by

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For the past two centuries Judeo-Christian dialogue served as the medium of a politics of social conciliation, not religious inquiry into the convictions of the other. Negotiation took the place of debate, and to lay claim upon truth in behalf of one's own

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On their recent trip to Brazil, Pope Benedict and Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone did not bring their passports, Brazilian newspapers report, resulting in airline Alitalia being fined for allowing undocumented foreigners travel to

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Describing himself as a "very dedicated Catholic", California Governor Arnold Schhwarzenegger is backing stem cell research initiatives, saying that religion should not interfere with government policy. The Star reports that Governor

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Explaining a new archdiocesan policy to boost the percentage of baptised students at Tasmanian Catholic schools, Hobart Archbishop Adrian Doyle cites studies showing a low rate of religious literacy among teenagers. The Mercury reports that

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As the United Kingdom marks 40 years since the 1967 Abortion Act, Edinburgh Cardinal Keith O'Brien has slammed the "pack of lies" behind the law saying that abortion in Scotland now kills the equivalent of two classrooms of children or two

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With Redfern parish priest Fr Gerry Prindiville taking leave from the troubled inner Sydney parish, Cardinal George Pell has hit out at "sad and shameful attitudes" by parishioners whom he accuses of mounting a "program of intimidation,

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The imams in the mosques are directing the persecution of the Assyrian Christians in Iraq. It comes from them, and it also on the other hand, comes from the Kurds. We are getting it from every side, it's not just one element, and we're isolated, with

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It is looking more and more that Labor will win, and that the present unforeseen Coalition government majority in the Senate may be lost too. That will give a Rudd Labor government the potential for winding back bad laws and correcting past injustices.

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After meeting a woman from Vietnam's central highlands who was crippled by self-inflicted burns to 60 per cent of her body, a Geelong Catholic couple arranged for her to be brought to Australia for a series of operations at the St John of God

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A national advertising campaign in major newspapers asking readers if they know what Catholics believe has attracted a quick response, Catholic Enquiry Centre director Marita Winters says. Readers of papers in every state capital and the Northern

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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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