An Indian priest has bagged awards at two international film festivals in the US for his short film, The Last Appeal, based on the story of Poland's Sister Faustina Kowalska. Father Bala Shoury Udumala took the "Official Finalist Award" at the Las

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An Australian sex abuse victims group is calling for 100 others to be removed from the priesthood, in response to a story in The Age. The Melbourne Victims' Collective, a group of 27 primary and secondary alleged sex abuse victims, wants the priests

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The 41st annual Dove Awards, which recognise Christian and gospel music, were presented late last week in the United States. The official website has clips of bands and performances, and a list of all winners. http://www.doveawards.com  

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Phil and Joan O'Neill---This New Zealand couple visiting the Noosa area has a very special Anzac Day story to tell. Phil and Joan O'Neill met while he was on his way to war, fell in love but were separated by a misunderstanding over religionThe night before

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The current crisis facing the Church arising out of sexual abuse is arguably the most serious challenge since the Reformation in the 16th century, writes Bishop Pat Power. The response must in the first instance be clearly focussed on the victims of such

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Margaret McSherry, a 79-year-old widow, keeps giving $12 a week to Holy Family Church in Belfast as the investigation of pedophile priests spreads to three continents. “I am a practising Catholic Christian and I always will be,” said the retired nurse in

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The Diocese of Parramatta has a new website. It features Bishop Anthony Fisher's message for Good Shepherd Sunday (World Day of Prayer for Vocations) and extensive media gallery with video footage of the Bishop's Installation Mass in March and photos from

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The title says it all: content, style and tone. What might have been quite an amusing parody of the hero graphic novels, comics and superhero movies (and there are some amusing moments) has become something of a Sin City for a younger audience. There are

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Former Adelaide mayoress Valmai Roche has stated in her will that her daughters should be left "30 pieces of silver of the lowest denomination" from her $3.5 million estate, leaving the rest to Catholic charity Knights of the Southern Cross. Daughters

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The sentencing of former Toowoomba teacher Gerard Vincent Byrnes, who has pleaded guilty to more than 40 counts of sexual abuse of girls, has been delayed due to a late report claiming he has dementia.Byrnes, 60, last week pleaded guilty to 10 counts of

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Principals of Melbourne's top private schools fear that Education Minister Julia Gillard's new funding model could effectively freeze funds, with no new money to cover costs, and push up fees. "It could mean that going to an independent school is no

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Mining -- Following the opening of an American investigation into BHP Billiton, fresh attention is being paid to UK Caritas organisation CAFOD allegations that a partner of the mining giant had offered bribes to Filipino community

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Pope Benedict---The British government has apologised over an official document, from a brainstorming session, that included ideas for Pope Benedict to open an abortion clinic and bless a gay marriage during his state visit."For us the case is

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Scottish singing sensation Susan Boyle has been chosen to sing for the Pope during his visit to Glasgow later this year. Church leaders have asked the Britain's Got Talent star to perform in front of the 150,000 crowd expected to greet the Pontiff at

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It's a slender thread, admittedly, that runs from a 16th-century pope to the Olsen twins to a converted car dealership in San Bernardino.But it's there, hidden in the unlikely form of a new iPhone application that is dedicated to support of the Vatican

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I toured China for three weeks in late 1998. Computers hooked to the expanding Internet were being set up in hotels frequented by tourists. While public Chinese access to electronic information was still in its infancy then, and still largely restricted to

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Despite the prevalence of  swearing and coarse language, it is still not usual to begin a review of film by mentioning the language first.  However, 44 Inch Chest is a film about language, good and bad.  The bad language is enough to drive many of the

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This site includes a calendar of all special events, commemorations and Papal visits. It also has links to statements and other information relevant to the events. http://www.gcatholic.com/events/celebration/2010.htm  

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Retired Bishop Geoffrey Robinson --- Retired Bishop Geoffrey Robinson says some sexually abusive clergy did not think they breached their vow of celibacy by molesting boys. He also said that getting more women involved in church life is a

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Canberra-Goulburn Archbishop Mark Coleridge has released a statement saying the Government and the Church are significantly closer to reaching a deal over the Calvary Public Hospital.ABC reports that the archbishop made the remarks after meeting with 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

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

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