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This week the Vatican announced it would give Nicolas Copernicus a headstone on his grave. The wikipedia entry for the famous Polish astronomer provides a portrait of the life and times of a radical scientist whose insights took the Church and wider society

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Caritas Australia said its mission is to deliver emergency assistance and long-term aid to the needy - but it also needs to engage the Australian public to the cause. The Adelaide Advertiser cited unnamed charities organising black-tie dinners for

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Parents have called on the NSW government to speed up the sacking of underperforming teachers following a report that said principals were failing to do anything about poor teachers. The president of the NSW Federation of Parents and Citizens

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Father Julian Tenison Woods --- A crowd of over 300 people travelled to Penola to watch the unveiling of chainsaw-carved wood sculptures created as a memorial to Father Julian Tenison Woods by artist Kevin Gilders. Fr Woods was the

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The Bank of Spain has taken control of CajaSur, based in the southern city of Cordoba and controlled by the Roman Catholic Church, and will give it an injection of "at least" A$780 million to ensure its survival. It is the second troubled

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The Obama administration has taken the side of the Vatican in the US lawsuit that wants the Holy See to be held responsible for the sex abuse crisis in the country.In a strongly-worded brief for the United States Supreme Court, the government asserted that

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Nicolaus Copernicus, the 16th-century astronomer whose theory that the Earth revolved around the Sun was once condemned as heretical, has been reburied with honours in a Polish cathedral. He was reburied in a tomb in the cathedral where he once served

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Perth Archbishop Barry Hickeyhas  joined more than 800 pro-life activists on a march to the Western Australian Parliament House, protesting the 12 years since abortion was legalised in the state. Pro-lifers claim that since abortion became legal

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Rt General Peter Cosgrove in a former interview with ABC Radio --- General Peter Cosgrove will be the next chancellor of the Australian Catholic University, according to The Australian. "I've spent most of my working life working

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James Thomas Griffin, one of the country's best-known independent scholars, died on May 9 and was buried last Monday alongside his father and brother in Warrnambool on the southwest Victorian coast. He was 80. Jim Griffin, who grew up in an Irish

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Screenshot from a YouTube feature on Of Gods and Men --- Of Gods and Men, a film about a group of martyred French monks, has taken the second highest honour at the Cannes Film Festival. The movie by the French director Xavier Beauvois

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The Italian Bishops' Conference has ruled out setting up a special commission into child abuse despite the high number of cases. The Church has dealt with some hundred paedophile priest cases during the past decade and even a single case is always too

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An interview with Camille Eid, journalist, author and observer of middle East Churches.Iran is over 99% Muslim and Islam is the state religion. The Church’s roots in Iran are very old going back to the 2nd century. Is Christianity the oldest religion in

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The Vatican has entered a joint initiative with international bio-pharmaceutical company Neostem to research adult stem cell therapy and explore the use of the cells in regenerative medicine. Neostem and the Pontifical Council for Culture will combine

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This French film, about a group of French Trappist monks who were kidnapped and beheaded in Algeria, won the 2nd highest prize at this year's Cannes film festival. This entry on wikipedia has details and background the film, plus links to reviews and other

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Geoff Chapman was flying a glider in Britain when he suddenly realised the importance of a telephone call he had received earlier from a journalist friend in Rome: the late Pope John XXIII had left a diary. Chapman hastily landed, caught the first available

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Nick Giannopoulos (as Steve) and Vince Colosimo (as Frank) return in this sequel after starring in the original, The Wogboy, which was enormously successful. The movie, filmed on location in Melbourne and Greece, as well as the previous film, have capitalised

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Stairs to St Mary's Cathedral Crypt---An exhibition featuring art and writings of students from more than 50 Catholic schools in the Sydney archdiocese is to be held in the St Mary's Cathedral Crypt. The exhibition, called Our Priest, to mark the conclusion

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Small and not-for-profit pathology providers could soon be muscled out by a few mega-providers, Catholic Health Australia (CHA) has warned. In a submission to the Department of Health and Ageing's Pathology Funding Review, CHA said the prospect of

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West Australian Premier Colin Barnett does not support a Liberal backbencher's call to make women seeking abortions first undergo 3-D colour ultrasound imaging and view the foetus. Mr Peter Abetz, who made the proposal at an anti-abortion rally at

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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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