The Holy See said its finances are improving after the problems caused by the global economic crisis. Top prelates met last week and found that "economic and financial trends ... despite the continued difficulties of the general situation, show a

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Pope Benedict XVI is turning out to be ecumenically audacious. For this he has faced criticism, misunderstanding and accusations of insensitivity. But Pope Benedict and Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church seem now to be making progress in

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Once notorious for drink, drugs and violence, Australia’s largest urban Aboriginal community in the Sydney suburb of Redfern is today on the cusp of a momentous transformation. The story of how it got there involves a Catholic priest and a family of

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George Clooney has hosted a benefit concert for Haiti earthquake victims featuring A-List names such as Madonna, Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt and Jay Z. Other acts who appeared in the two-hour Hope for Haiti telethon included Bono and Rihanna, who

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Rockhampton's Bishop Brian Heenan is visiting India this week to find priests who would consider moving to central Queensland, due to the drop in the number of Australians choosing the priesthood. He said there are a number of reasons why young

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Indians protest in Melbourne --- The Catholic Bishops' Conference of India has welcomed a call by Australian Anglican Bishop Philip Huggins for Australians to repent for the attack on Indians. "We welcome the

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Tony Abbott's recent speech on immigration policy provides helpful material for Australia Day reflection. He simultaneously argued for a larger immigration policy and for strict controls over asylum seekers who arrived by boat. Although he expressed

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Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard has been accused of compromising teachers by urging disgruntled parents to front them armed with new information published on the Government website, My School. "We would expect parents to have robust conversations

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The British House of Lords has defeated the Government's plan to change the law on who churches and other faith groups can employ. Peers voted by a majority of 38 to strike out the so-called Equality Bill, the BBC reported. "Where are the examples

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Italian designer Riccardo Tisci says he looked to his Catholic roots for inspiration for his Givenchy fall-winter 2010-2011 menswear collection. "Religion is a big part of my DNA and this collection was about my Catholic(ism) and every other

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Tony Abbott --- Opposition Leader Tony Abbott hass urged women to regard their virginity as "a gift" that should not be given lightly. He suggests men and women should try to adhere to "the rules" when it comes to

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Father Peter MacLeod-Miller --- Father Peter MacLeod-Miller, the new rector of St Matthew's Church in Albury says church should be "enjoyable and fun" rather than "uptight and judgmental", and hopes to put it in practice

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Catholic Health Australia says the Federal Government could cut 89,000 people from elective surgery waiting lists in a year by adopting a Queensland model which contracts private hospitals to treat public patients. CHA said Queensland's Surgery

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Inter-faith contacts are proliferating in local communities but dialogue at a scholarly level makes special demands. Encounter presents voices of experience in this most historically compelling form of dialogue. Chris McVey is an American-born

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Across the Tiber and down river from the Vatican lies Rome's Great Synagogue, at the heart of what was for centuries Rome's Jewish ghetto. There, at the Tempio Maggiore, John Paul II prayed alongside the Chief Rabbi of Rome in 1986, becoming the first pope

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Joel Schorn's book Holy Simplicity presents us with the lives of three women of our times who achieved great holiness by doing things “the little way” of simplicity, total love for God and the people around them. Mother Teresa,

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General Peter Cosgrove's Sunshine and Shade Australia Day address last week could represent a turning point in our maturity as a nation if we can join him in admitting the existence of a 'strand of racism' in Australia. Officially racism ended with

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Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard --- Tony Abbott said he wasn't intending to offer sexual counselling to the nation by asking men not to act in ways that "demean others" and telling women not to "give themselves away

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Christmas Island detention facility --- Father Frank Brennan says conditions on Christmas Island now resemble those during worst days of the Howard era, and has urged the Rudd Government to transfer asylum seekers to the mainland. His

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Pope John Paul II regularly whipped himself with a trouser belt that he kept in his wardrobe, and wanted to step down as pontiff in the event of incurable illness, said Vatican postulator, Monsignor Slawomir Oder. The practise has now been confirmed by

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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

Daily Prayer

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

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