Law professors from across the globe have asked the European Court of Human Rights to overturn a ruling that bans crucifixes from Italian classrooms. In their communications to the court, 37 professors from 11 countries cautioned that failing to

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The Italian bishops' conference has revealed that about 100 cases of alleged abuse had been handled by Italian church courts in the past decade. "In general and factual terms, there are about 100 cases relative to canonical procedures carried out

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Oblate Father Larry Rosebaugh, who was killed in Guatemala last year---The total number of Catholic priests, men and women religious and seminarians killed during 2009 was 37, the highest number in the last 10 years and nearly double the number reported in

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The Catholic Church has a special site for the World Cup, which kicks off on June 11. Already with links to South African Church groups and the Clericus Cup, a clerical version of the World Cup, the site now as a dedicated prayer for the world's biggest

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Phil Glendenning --- The Edmund Rice Centre has condemned the Coalition's newly-announced asylum seeker policy, calling it a return to the worst strategies of the past, warning that it carries potential dire consequences and that it would

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Catholic Health Australia (CHA) and Health Super will jointly conduct a study into providing Nurse Unit Managers with better support and training, to improve patient  and aged care services. The Nursing and Midwifery Empowerment Project will

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The switches flicked on last night for the Vivid Sydney Festival, with colourful visuals lighting up the Opera House and seven prominent buildings along Macquarie Street - from St Mary's Cathedral to the Conservatorium of Music.The New York performance artist

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The Church can show courageous leadership by agreeing to a Federal Government request to allow asylum seekers to be housed in its private property, a Brisbane refugee advocate has said. Brisbane archdiocese's Centre for Multicultural Pastoral Care director

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Tomorrow, May 18, the Broken Bay Institute and Australian Catholic Bishops Conference present an econference titled Mary, First Disciple. Fr Francis Moloney SDB, the key presenter, will explore Mary as disciple, woman, and mother. The conference

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Sarah-Jane Driver, a young parishioner of St Mary's, Warwick, in southern Queensland, has had the experience of a lifetime in South America. It started by asking herself: How does one make a difference in the world? "When I stopped and thought about my life

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A bronze bust of Mary MacKillop has been installed within St Mary's Cathedral's Lady Chapel. A memorial has also been commisisoned for the entrance of the cathedral. Cardinal George Pell has commissioned Australian sculptor Louis Laumen, who made the

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As in the United States eight years ago, in Ireland, Germany, India, and in Rome, steps are now being taken to institute strict accountability for the sexual abuse of minors. But direct efforts to correct and prevent abuse of minors are only the most obvious

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The Shanghai diocese has launched the Year of Matteo Ricci, to celebrate gthe 400th anniversary of the birth of the Jesuit priest who engaged with China. This website, called the Ricci Centre, has details, timeline and links about his remarkable life.

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Pope Benedict---Abortion and gay marriage were "among some of the most insidious and dangerous challenges facing the common good today," the Pope said in an address to Catholic charity and social workers in Portugal.Speaking at Fatima, Pope Benedict praised

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Israel's government has introduced a two-year ban on fishing in the biblical Sea of Galilee where St Peter and other apostles once fished at the command of Jesus. According to the Gospels, when Jesus told Peter to cast his nets into deep water, "they

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Bishop Stephen Lepcha gasps for a breath in the thin air. He trudges a few more steps along the narrow path etched into the side of the mountain, here in the craggy foothills of the Himalayas, then stops, his chest heaving. We are enveloped in an inky

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Two Australian priests have continued to work while the Catholic Church investigated sex abuse cases against them, the Sydney Morning Herald reports. A Sydney priest was found to have fondled two girls over many years in the 1980s, yet he was praised at a

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Seekers and agnostics are often looking for a clear experience of God. "If only I could experience God," some say, "then I could believe." I suggest that our very longing for God is a sign of our innate religious nature, writes

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Executive director of Catholic schools in the Parramatta diocese, Greg Whitby, has welcomed the review of the School Certificate, which he says does not reflect the current model of schooling. NSW Education Minister, Verity Firth, announced the review

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The Juliet in question is the beloved of Shakespeare’s Romeo, and the letters of the title are notes left by young women visiting the supposed Capulet house in Verona. Addressed to Juliet and seeking advice on romantic problems, the letters stuck to 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

Daily Prayer

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

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