One of the repeated justifications for euthanasia is that it relieves the burden of the suffering as an act of compassion and love. Yet this “compassion” or “love” is largely left undefined in modern discourse, including by those

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The new film version of Graham Greene’s 1939 novel, Brighton Rock, brings some Catholic themes into prominence. It is directed by Rowan Joffe, who wrote the screenplay for The American, a Greene-like drama about a burnt-out hitman.  Greene

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Image from the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne --- More than 800 people attended lectures and workshops on over 40 topics related to marriage and family life last weekend in the Third National Catholic Family Gathering in Melbourne, the Archdiocese of

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Archbishop John Hepworth --- Archbishop John Hepworth from the Traditional Anglican Communion says he has been negotiating ways to allow Anglican priests to be accepted by the Catholic Church, which the Vatican is likely to approve later this year, the

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An image of Sister Michael Marie with animal disaster rescue worker Cheri Deatsch and injured animal, Trixie, from Global Animal.org --- American Sister Michael Marie has travelled to Japan to rescue animals affected by the tsunami, earthquake and

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Image from the Rouse Hill Times report, of the Chinese re-enactment organiser Lucy Millena --- For the first time, a Chinese re-enactment of the Passion of Jesus Christ will be held at Castlebrook Memorial Park, in the northern suburb of Rouse Hill, on

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The Pontifical Council for Social Communications has published a list of 150 bloggers who are invited to attend a meeting in Rome next month, according to its website. The meeting will place take place at Via Della Conciliazione, 5, on Monday 2 May. "Over

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Screenshot from the website by the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines --- A traditional Filipino recitation of a day-long prayer of Jesus Christ's passion is now on the Internet, thanks to a website by the country's bishops, said an AFP

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People in the leper colony in Nigeria who are helped through Fr Nweke's Voice of the Voiceless ministry --- Perth's Voice of the Voiceless ministry that prays for and financially assists seminarians and the poor around the world has spread to

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The number of people who have left the Catholic church is huge. We all have heard stories about why people leave. Parents share stories about their children. Academics talk about their students. Everyone has a friend who has left, writes Thomas Reese in the

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An image from the Sagrada Familia website -- A local man walked into the sacristy of the Sagrada Familia basilica in Barcelona, sprayed it with flammable liquid and set fire to priest's robes stored there, report the Guardian and The Canadian

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Language expert, Professor Roly Sussex (pictured), discusses the origins and meanings of the words of Easter, on ABC radio's daily interview show with Richard Fidler. Here is the transcript and audio

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Image from the Australian Ageing Agenda report --- Aged and Community Services Australia (ACSA) has announced that Patrick McClure AO, a former Franciscan priest, will take the helm at ACSA's new national headquarters in Canberra from June 1, said a

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Image from the report on the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn News & Events website --- Bishop Pat Power was the principal celebrant at the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn's Chrism Mass this week, in recognition of his 25th anniversary of

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Screenshot from the Vandals target 'Piss Christ' report on the SBS website --- An artwork by US artist Andres Serrano, which shows a crucifix submerged in a glass of the artist's urine, was vandalised at a French gallery where it is on display, said

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Screenshot from the Wikipedia page for the film --- An Italian film about a panic-prone pope who needs a psychoanalyst has opened in Italian cinemas to mixed response, with an editorial in the bishops' newspaper calling for its boycott - but no official

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Screenshot of the book cover from Amazon.com --- The chairman of the US Bishops' Committee on Doctrine has written to the country's bishops outlining a fresh relationship between them and theologians, aimed at preserving authentic Catholic doctrine - in

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Potiche is the kind of comedy with serious undertones that the French do so well (with some Gallic behaviour, especially in relationships, that other cultures are more reticent about). Director Francois Ozon has made some serious films in his time (Under the

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Ninety-year-old Kokoda Trail veteran Colin Richardson, of St Lucia in Brisbane, never got to thank the army chaplain who anointed him as he lay bleeding from a massive chest wound partly held together with safety pins, reports the Catholic Leader. But Mr

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The Vatican's newspaper, L'osservatore Romano, has launched its online edition. Readers can now go straight to the site for all the latest news and details from the Vatican. www.osservatoreromano.va/portal/dt?locale=en

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Mass on Demand

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From Parish of Our Lady of The Way, North Sydney & Lavender Bay. 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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