A working group is seeking help youth ministers in its efforts to compose a vision statement that will help meet the expected surge in interest after World Youth Day. Working group leader Karen Lunney said World Youth Day will leave a lasting impact

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The Australian Catholic Students Association has pledged its loyalty to Pope Benedict XVI on women's ordination, despite calls for discussion of the issue by signatories of a recent petition from Australian Catholics. The petition was organised by

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An international writer on Genetic Modification has applauded the initiative of Catholic schools in bringing GM case studies into their curricula. Speaking at Parliament House, Jeffrey Smith said for some American writers, Genetic Modified Organisms

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Pope Benedict has asked the new cardinals he consecrated at the weekend to make work for peace their priority. The consistory ceremony saw 23 new cardinals from 14 countries inducted as the Pope’s closest "advisers and collaborators" of

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Inhumane trade

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Good Shepherd Sister Magdalena Barsan Bilibok, 28, of Romania is studying in Italy. She participates in a street outreach group in Rome that befriends exploited women. "The girls get in the car, and when they come back, most look completely gone,

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When Opera Australia's Jonathan Welch gathered together a group of homeless people for the Choir of Hard Knocks (ABC TV last night), he did more than get them singing. I don't know what Jonathan Welch's religious background is, but he reached out to

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When people find out you have lost a baby through miscarriage they usually have one of two responses. The first is that they say nothing at all except for awkward small talk about every other aspect of our life with the exception of the startling obvious

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The current Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, Joe Hockey, argues that “people of working age are much better off financially and psychologically if they find paid work.” For people whose only contact with

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A Filipino cinema owner has made a political stand by hanging a nativity mural using the faces of the current and former presidents in place of Mary and Joseph. The giant tarpaulin features President Gloria Arroyo and former president Joseph Estrada as

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As it launches its Christmas Appeal, the St Vincent de Paul Society in NSW is focusing upon the overwhelming pressures brought on by rising rent levels. In light of housing affordability across NSW being at an all time high, Vinnies chief John Picot

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Church Resources yesterday welcomed Communications Minister Helen Coonan's announcement of $5.6 million funding for broadband for health and aged care services in regional NSW and Queensland. Executive Director and founder of Church Resources, Fr

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After recent publication in Ireland, retired Sydney auxiliary Bishop Geoffrey Robinson's bestselling book on sexual abuse is set for publication in the US and Spain. Bishop Robinson's bestseller, Confronting Power and Sex in the Catholic Church,

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A Chinese priest has been sentenced for three years for organising the celebrations of the consecration of a church. Fr Wang Zhong, who has been in isolation since July, was arrested because of his membership of the illegal underground church, in

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Pope Benedict will consecrate 23 new cardinals at a special ceremony at St Peter's Square tomorrow. The newly inducted cardinals will become members of the College of Cardinals, making a total of 201, with 120 under 80, and therefore young enough to

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Two big stories this week could signal the end of therapeutic cloning. The scientist who cloned Dolly, Ian Wilmut, the world's most prominent expert in cloning, has abandoned his plans to clone human embryos. He believes that an "extremely exciting

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In a democratic society, voters choose representatives to whom they give authority to work for the common good, not only for the good of the individual. The election is not about "me" and "my" economic or social wellbeing alone. It is

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The Catholic Church in Southern India has expressed concern over a new movie which attempts to portray Jesus' "missing years" on the Indian subcontinent. The Hindu reports that Church spokesman Fr Paul Thelekat said the Hollywood movie,

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World Youth Day organisers are hoping to recruit 10,000 Melburnians to put up pilgrims for the Days in the Diocesese event in their city. The special event is part of World Youth Day celebrations and will see 25,000 people attend the event. It is the

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Pope Benedict has appealed to politicians to broker a peaceful solution in war torn Somalia after escalating violence has forced over a million people to flee their homes. Catholic News Service reports that the Holy Father said he has been

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Australia is working with local partners to gauge the extent of the damage following a week of heavy rain and flooding that has cost more than 70 lives in Papua New Guinea's Oro Province. Caritas PNG, through the Archdiocese of Port Moresby, have

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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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