McDonald's in the US has agreed to a substantial pay rise for low-paid tomato-picking farm workers after intensive lobbying by American religious congregations and bishops. Catholic News Service reports that McDonald's has reached an agreement with a

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You may be familiar with the adage, "the one thing you can count on is change". It is difficult to disagree with this statement, particularly in these uncertain times. Change is an unavoidable part of life, yet we sometimes struggle to come

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All humans and not just historians yearn to assign names to singular achievements. The name of St Benedict attaches to the Rule that he compiled out of several preceding ones. Once his Rule began to establish itself after 650AD, a need arose to know

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Citing the failure of a Jerusalem museum to remove an "offensive" photo caption criticising Pius XII, the Holy See nuncio to Israel is refusing to take part in an annual diplomatic ceremony to commemorate the Shoah. AsiaNews reports that the

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In another incident at Melbourne's elite Xavier College, five students have been suspended after a mobile phone video of a student being kicked and dragged along the ground by other students was distributed at the school. The Age reports that the

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Japanese Cardinal Stephen Fumio Hamao has rejected a call by Pope Benedict to learn Latin prayers and Gregorian chant as Euro-centric and "impossible for Asians", saying that Vatican officials treat Africans and Asians as second or third

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Indian Fr Charles Kakumanu and American Fr Stephen O'Donnell who were killed in a tragic car accident on the Pacific Highway near Coffs Harbour have been farewelled following a packed Requiem Mass at Lismore's cathedral. The Northern Echo reports

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In an emotional ceremony, the Goulburn Mercy Sisters have handed over the running of Albury's Mercy Hospital to their Melbourne counterparts. The Border Mail reports that the formal handover of the administration of Albury's Mercy Hospital and

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Beatrice, the idealised muse of medieval Italian poet Dante Alighieri, is still winning hearts as young singles from around the world leave notes on her tomb in an 11th century Florence church seeking her intercession. The Australian says that in a

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The Zimbabwe crisis raises familiar questions about the international community's responsibilities. Some argue that the world has no business interfering with, or even commenting on, the internal affairs of a sovereign state. This principle is

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Easter is the biggest challenge to a secularised world. Christ's resurrection from the dead is not an act of magic with no consequences. It offers humanity - and each human person - fullness of life. It offers each person the opportunity to share in

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Five leading Catholic Aboriginal leaders have slammed Caritas Australia over the disbanding by the aid body of an advisory group on Indigenous issues. The Aboriginal leaders said in a statement under the names of Melissa Brickell, Vicki Walker Clark

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Vietnamese priest Fr Nguyen Van Ly, who has already spent 14 years in prison, has been sentenced to an eight-year jail term after he was convicted of "spreading propaganda" against the communist country following what authorities described as

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Port Lincoln's Adam Crouch was among the readers at Pope Benedict's Passion Sunday Mass during which the pontiff urged young people to refuse violence, bribes and to live with "pure hearts" in a service which also marked World Youth

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A 17-year-old former Perth Catholic schoolboy is free after nearly a year in prison awaiting trial on rape charges of which he was acquitted after it emerged that his accuser had lied about her sex life. Perth Now reports that Patrick Waring, then a

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Muslims joined Christians at a Sacred Heart Cathedral service led by Lahore Catholic Archbishop Lawrence Saldhanha for former Pakistan cricket coach, Bob Woolmer, as new doubts emerge as to whether he was murdered or died in a tragic accident. The

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Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi has told a mass prayer meeting for Muslims in Niger that Jesus was not really nailed to the cross but that another man who resembled him was crucified in his place. "It is not correct to say that,"

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Firefighters are battling a huge fire that has broken out this morning in the roof of St Joseph's Church, Collingwood in inner Melbourne. The Age reports that up to 40 firefighters are battling the huge blaze. The alarm was raised shortly after 6am

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Federal Minister Tony Abbott and others with simplistic pictures of the role of religion in public life see politics as an arena in which religion battles "secularism", but this is a dangerous muddle. An anti-religious ideology of secularism

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The carved, wooden Stations of the Cross in Christ the Priest Church in Blackman's Bay, Tasmania have a long story to tell. It begins with Karoly Komaromy, a Polish migrant who arrived in Australia with his family after the World War II. Originals of a

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From St Mary’s, North Sydney. The first Mass of the day on YouTube

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Live streamed from Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral, Waitara

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

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