NSW Premier Morris Iemma has ruled out moving the World Youth Day closing mass venue from Randwick racecourse. The Age reports that security and logistical issues are behind his resolve. His statement came yesterday, which was being described as

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I feel blessed

27-Aug-2007

I feel blessed for many reasons. It is a blessing to be born in Bethlehem from a Christian family. My father hails from a Lebanese-Syrian Maronite (Eastern Catholic) family. Living as part of a Christian minority in a predominately Middle Eastern Muslim

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Within the Catholic Church the power of the rock, the pope, has held the Church together. Its weakness, however, is that all the divisions do not go away, but are contained within the Church. Outsiders frequently have the idea of a monolithic Church,

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Airport officials in France have refused to allow Catholic pilgrims to bring Lourdes holy water on board an aircraft. Inspectors at Tarbes-Lourdes airport said holy water is a security threat just like any other liquid. However the Vatican organisers

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An Indigenous artist from northern WA has won this year's for the $15,000 Blake Prize for Religious Art with a traditional ochre painting of the Stations of the Cross. ABC News reports that Shirley Purdie's work was selected out of a record number of

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Opposition Leader Kevin Rudd has promised more money for Notre Dame University's teaching, medicine and nursing faculties. The Catholic Weekly reports that made the promise on a recent visit to the university's Sydney campus. He said:

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The NSW Greens have joined the racing industry in calling for World Youth Day celebrations to be moved from Randwick Racecourse. Greens MP Lee Rhiannon said the racing industry already in difficulty following the spread of equine influenza in NSW. But

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Labor Health spokesperson Nicola Roxon says the Opposition will consider a voucher scheme proposed by Catholic Health Australia. The vouchers would provide $1000 for anyone needing out-of-hospital care. The proposal also supports a Commonwealth

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No Roman summer would be complete without a Catholic soap opera, and this year it has been provided by Fr Sante Sguotti, a priest of the Monterosso diocese near Padua. Sguotti has acknowledged falling in love with a 40-year-old local woman, separated

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I moved to Peru with my family in 1966 when I was 5 years old. Three months after our arrival, Peru was shocked by one of its historic earthquakes. Four years later, when I was 9, Peru suffered one of its most devastating quakes in May 1970, which killed

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A British priest will hear "eco-confessions" at a Greenpeace fair at the weekend in a bid to raise awareness of the need for an examination of conscience on environmental issues. Fr Anthony Sutch will be donning special green robes for the

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In a bid to boost Holy Land visitor numbers, Israel's Ministry of Tourism is partnering with the Holy See's new charter flight service for pilgrims. Ynetnews reports that aim of the venture is to increase the number of Catholic pilgrim visitors to

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An unnamed Marist brother is facing 21 sex offence charges dating back to the early 1970s when he taught in a Sydney Catholic primary school. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the 52-year-old has been charged with 21 sex offences against primary

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Police are investigating a possible link between a recent fire at an ACT Catholic school and a blaze last year in church at nearby Adaminaby. IBN News reports that ACT Police are looking at a possible link between a fire at St Joseph's in O'Connor and

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World Youth Day may be shut out of Randwick Racecourse. Yesterday angry horse trainers vowed that they would stay put and block critical works. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the trainers passed a resolution accusing the Catholic Church of

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The Vatican's semi-official newspaper has condemned a botched double abortion that took place recently in Milan. L'Osservatore Romano's editorial put it that the laws of eugenics are asserting themselves. It said: "The culture of perfection

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Poland's shame

27-Aug-2007

Nearly two decades on from events that led, under John Paul II, to the downfall of Communism, the Catholic Church in Poland is again set to play a significant role in the politics of Europe. This time, however, it is not a Pope, nor even the Polish

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Over the years I have done a lot of talking at bioethics conferences. Commonly, I am approached after my lecture by someone, especially a young doctor or a nurse. They will have a hard question which is troubling them. It will be something like: "I

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Fire has damaged a significant painting at Rome's Purgatory Museum. The Archangel Report says the museum features artworks and relics of saints and others who are alleged to have returned from Purgatory to warn the living to repent. The damaged

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The Catholic Superannuation and Retirement Fund has decided to modify its international equities weighting in favour of emerging markets. The move follows a recent review of its $3.4 billion portfolio. The fund is ramping up its exposure to emerging markets

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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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