Five kilometres of Sydney streets are expected to be closed for the Papal welcome for World Youth Day in July as organisers plan for the motorcade to move through George Street and around Circular Quay. The Sydney Morning Herald reports the timing of the

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Catholic Health Australia (CHA) has announced the appointment of lawyer and policy advocate, Martin Laverty as its new chief executive officer. Board Chairman Mr Tony Wheeler said the Board welcomed Mr Laverty to the role at a time when it had

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We inhabit a culture where scientists propose previously unthinkable outcomes that can now be achieved. These include modifying food, changing the direction of river flows, and adjusting the genetic makeup of human beings. The assumption is that if it can

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Four new State and federal parliamentarians have joined the Local Organising Committee (LOC) overseeing World Youth Day Sydney 2008. The new LOC parliamentary representatives are: the Hon Martin Ferguson AM (pictued), Federal Minister for Resources,

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Make Me Normal focuses on four of the most able students at one of Britain's largest special schools for children with autism, the Spa school, and how they struggle with autism. The journey with these four is explosive, revealing, haunting and painful. But

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The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference Office for the Participation of Women has celebrated International Women's Day with a special Mass and lunch at the ACBC secretariat in Canberra. Council for Australian Catholic Women chair Patricia Banister,

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The Queensland Catholic Education Commission (QCEC) has released a statement articulating a distinctly Catholic foundation for curriculum in the state's Catholic schools. QCEC Executive Director, Mike Byrne says the document - Queensland Catholic

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Acceptable Time is an initiative of Paul Skippen and Marg Grills providing Catholic schools and parishes with resources and hands-on experiences that assist in proclaiming and celebrating what it means to be partners in the mission of the Church. It offers

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Pope Benedict has once again condemned the "spiral of destruction" in the Holy Land calling on Israelis and Palestinians to negotiate for peace. Reuters reports the Pope, speaking to pilgrims at St Peter's Square yesterday said the violence

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A Sydney Sister of Mercy has persuaded the United Nations to take up the case of a serial child rapist, the first sex offender to be kept in jail under the NSW "lock them up for good" law. The Daily Telegraph reports Sr Eveline Crotty's plea

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The letter, A Common Word from the 138 Muslim scholars and leaders is an invitation to the Church’s leaders to become Muslims, and will be read as such by knowledgeable Muslims generally. No one should be in any doubt on this point, least of all those

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Polluting the environment, drug pushing and genetic manipulation have been added to the list of mortal sins. Reuters reports head of the Apostolic Penitentiary - the Vatican body which oversees confessions and plenary indulgence - Bishop Archbishop

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Many people assume that biofuels must be a good thing because they help the world to combat global warming and reduce dependence on oil from politically unstable regions. Both of those assumptions are incorrect. The present use of biofuels does not even

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A Marist Brother who molested eight students at a Sydney school in the 1970s has been jailed for a minimum of 18 months. The Age reports Ross Francis Murrin, 52, was 18 when he was appointed a teacher at the Marist Brothers' school Daceyville, in

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An Irish nun has been awarded more than $14,000 in compensation for age discrimination by a Catholic College. The Independent reports Sr Mary Loye told the court she was "shocked and very upset" when she heard the Mary Immaculate College

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Festivities for Ireland's and perhaps Australia's favourite saint will be pushed forward this year so as not to disrupt Holy Week. The Age reports the Church will be marking St Patrick's day this Friday - March 14 - instead of on Monday, March

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I'm a traditionalist when it comes to weddings. But this idea really hit a chord with me. First, it's a nice touch on the wedding day. Second, it's a visual symbol of your commitment and marriage bonds in your house, every day. Third, it's a life-preserver

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With director Richard Attenborough at 83, we are not expecting an avant garde film. No, this is old-fashioned film-making which appeals to older audiences and those with a romantic vein. Closing the Ring boasts a good cast, a chance to see Shirley

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A confidential survey has revealed white students are leaving public schools to attend Catholic and private institutions to avoid studying with Aboriginal, Muslim and Asian pupils. The Sydney Morning Herald reports a confidential survey of school

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NZ Catholic website is an online companion to New Zealand's national Catholic newspaper, NZ Catholic, though as it points out it is not an online version of the print edition. Most of the content of the website does not appear in print and most of 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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