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Social media icons, on Flickr --- New media is a means to get the Church's message across to a younger generation of Catholics, said the Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Social Communication Monsignor Paul Tighe. "The Pope said that young people

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While states should "always guarantee" respect for migrants, immigrants themselves are duty-bound to assimilate into their new home country, said Pope Benedict. In his message for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees on January 16, the pontiff

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Screenshot from a preview of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, on Warner Bros.com --- A Scottish theologian said Harry Potter should be seen as a "Christ-like" figure, rather than condemned by religious commentators, because the boy wizard promotes

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While visiting the Broome Regional Prison during the course of my usual pastoral rounds many years ago, I was called into one cell which held six inmates, writes Christopher Saunders, Bishop of Broome and Chairman of the Australian Catholic Social

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The Church has expressed disappointment over recommendations for NSW primary schools to implement ethics classes as an alternative to religious classes. The recommendation, contained in the 102-page independent report by Dr Sue Knight and three colleagues at

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Image from the Domus Australia website --- The rooftop of the new Domus Australia pilgrimage centre in Rome will be a great place to "throw another steak on the barbie", said Australia's Minister for Foreign Affairs, Kevin Rudd. Mr Rudd visited the site

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Screenshot from the cover of the survey --- Queensland members of State Parliament who vote in favour of decriminalising abortion would face an average swing of 12 per cent against them, according to a new survey. "What Queenslanders Really Think About

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Celebrations will be held this weekend in Newcastle and Wollongong in honour of the new St Mary of the Cross, with at least 6000 registered for the event in Wollongong. A liturgy is scheduled for 3pm on Sunday at Newcastle's Sacred Heart Cathedral, and will

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St Bridget of Sweden, on Flickr --- The 14th-century St Bridget of Sweden is a "powerful example of feminine sanctity" and a reminder of the spiritual power and authority of women in the Church, Pope Benedict said. St. Bridget founded a religious order

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Archbishop Leonard of Belgium, from Facebook --- The head of the Belgian Catholic Church has called for mercy for elderly priests facing child abuse allegations. Archbishop Andre-Joseph Leonard said retired priests should be spared what could be

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The Architect Antoni Gaudí i Cornet died in the Hospital of the Holy Cross in Barcelona in June, 1926. He was buried in the crypt of the Expiatory Temple of the Sagrada Familia. Since Gaudí was neither a priest nor a member of a religious

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More than 1500 people are expected to join Bishop Anthony Fisher OP, the Bishop of Parramatta, on Sunday, for a Eucharistic celebration of Australia's first saint, St Mary of the Cross MacKillop. The program, at St Patrick's Church, Blacktown in

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Journey is a multipurpose term and almost a cliché in Catholic spirituality. Our “spiritual journey” takes us from one place to another and another. But maybe the single most important thing we can do if we want to grow spiritually is to

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A survey has found that half of the respondents want the government to fund the provision of aged care, while only a small number thinks profit-driven aged care services should provide care for the elderly. Most respondents preferred Church or not-for-profit

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'Meeting the Great Grandparents', on Flickr --- Political projects that advocate the legalisation of abortion or euthanasia are a betrayal of democracy, the Pope said. "When political agendas openly or covertly contemplate the decriminalisation of

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Large copyright graffiti sign, on Flickr --- While authors have the right to be recognised and rewarded for their work, the purpose of intellectual property protection is the "promotion of literary, scientific or artistic production and ... inventive

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The reason Mary MacKillop is so widely accepted by Catholics and non-Catholics alike is that she was obviously very good but also very normal, not at all eccentric or pretentious. We claim her strengths and qualities as typically Australian, writes

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In her many letters, Mary shared her intimate relationship with God and, as she detailed her visits to them in their isolation and deprivation, inspired her Sisters to carry on: "We can all work quietly doing our best for God" (1883). As her health declined,

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  Christine Hogan takes a tour of Mary’s Rome and provides excited pilgrims with some landmarks to take in after the canonisation --- Mother Mary MacKillop, incognito and accompanied by her uncle, Alexander Cameron, set sail from Adelaide

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ADELAIDE At 11am today, 1000 students formed a human cross at Victoria Square in Adelaide. SALE At 12pm Catholic schools in the Diocese of Sale held thanksgiving rituals dedicated to Mary MacKillop.

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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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