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A US man has been arrested for severely beating up a retired cleric, whom the man claims molested him 30 years ago. The priest has in the past denied the charge. Will Lynch, 44, was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and was to be released

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An old image of a Baghdad Latin Church, on Wikimedia Commons --- Two policemen were killed and eight people wounded in violence that began with an attack on the Iraqi stock exchange, after which militants fled to a nearby church in Baghdad and held the

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Screenshot from NDTV video report, '33-metre-high Jesus statue gets head and arms' --- A Polish priest is leading a quest to erect the world's tallest statue of Jesus, standing at 33 metres - a metre for every year of his life - topped with a

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For the first time in a Victorian State Election, the Archbishop of Melbourne and the Bishops of Ballarat, Sandhurst and Sale have prepared a powerful pre-election document to guide Catholics as they consider how they will vote. In the document, titled

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Anne Rice was 34 when she wrote Interview with the Vampire, set in her native New Orleans, and as far as she was aware, the only book of its kind to be told from the point of view of the vampire, not the victim. She was a graduate student, an insurance claims

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The Social Policy Connections Lecture Series continues tomorrow night in Melbourne with a talk by Phil Glendenning, Director of the Edmund Rice Centre, on "Mandatory detention and release of children". DETAILS 7.30pm Thursday, November 4. Location: Study

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The Catholic Bishops of Victoria this week released a document, Your Vote, Your Values -  Issues and Questions for Parliamentary Candidates for the Victorian Election.  The CSSV website carries detailed discussion of the document, with links and

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On this topic, I speak as a non-indigenous Australian. At this venue, I speak as a Jesuit priest who happens to be a lawyer with a long time commitment to the recognition of indigenous rights in my home country, says Frank Brennan, in an address at the

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Independent schools spend almost 50 percent more on each student than government schools, and the gap has more than doubled over the past decade, a new analysis by a public education advocacy group has found, reports the Sydney Morning Herald. Save

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Image from the report in the Manukau Courier, showing students performing the haka Tika Tonu. --- New Zealand's only school to be named after Mary MacKillop has celebrated her canonisation with a special mass, speeches and cultural performances from

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Pope Benedict --- The siege of a Catholic cathedral in Baghdad, which saw 46 worshippers killed, was a "savage" act of "absurd violence," Pope Benedict XVI said, according to the Catholic News Service. The pontiff urged international and national

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Catholic News Service image showing sex abuse survivors and their supporters demonstrating in Rome --- Victims of sex abuse by clergy have held a candlelight procession in Rome to raise awareness of their suffering, with protesters from a dozen countries

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US Cardinal-designate, Archbishop Raymond Burke --- The Rabbinical Alliance of America, which represents more than 1,000 Jewish rabbis, said it joins a top Church official in saying US citizens must vote pro-life, reports LifeNews.com. "There can be no

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'Crying is okay here', on Flickr --- Baghdad Catholics marked All Saints Day in mourning for 46 Christians killed during a hostage drama with Al-Qaeda gunmen that ended in an assault by Iraqi forces backed by US troops, said an AFP report in the Sydney

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A group of faith-based aged-care providers are telling the Federal Government that "immediate action" is required in caring for the elderly, said The Catholic Weekly. Catholic Health Australia chief executive officer Martin Laverty and representatives from

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Image from The Catholic Weekly report, of the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart at St Mary's Cathedral --- Sydney's Cardinal George Pell said Mary MacKillop, as the country's first native-born saint, represents another sign of maturity and coming

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A child with Down Syndrome, on Wikimedia Commons --- Abortion is eliminating many children with Down Syndrome, a Church spokesman in Madrid said in an AFP report in the Herald Sun. Isidro Catela, the press director for the Spanish Bishops' Conference,

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Queensland child safety advocates and abuse victim support groups are urging the State Government to immediately upgrade mandatory reporting laws to include ministers of religion, reports The Cairns Post. The action follows a claim that Cairns Bishop

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'Catedral de la Habana_Cuba', on Flickr---  The Church will today open its first new seminary in Cuba in more than half a century, a further sign of improving relations with the communist-led government, said a Reuters report in the Montreal

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Archbishop Leonard of Belgium, from Facebook --- The head of Belgium's Catholic Church is facing demands to step down, in growing unease following remarks he has made on showing mercy to abusive priests who were now old and that AIDS was "intrinsic

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

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