China's top state-appointed Bishop Michael Fu Tieshan of Beijing who was never recognised by the Holy See has died at the age of 75, leaving China's most important episcopal see vacant as Pope Benedict prepares to publish a letter to Chinese

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As the nation's political leaders discuss emergency water conservation plans, Archbishop Philip Wilson has taken up Prime Minister John Howard's call to pray for rain - but a Melbourne priest says the prayer is "pointless". In a statement

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Gen Y want justice

23-Apr-2007

Sax-playing Honduran Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez and political cartoonist Fiona Katauskas have called on 300 young people at the Sydney Festival for Global Concern to follow their passion and "just work for justice". More than 300 students and

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From the Christian perspective any attempt to attribute large significance to Anzac Day and to wars is suspect. When we say that people sacrificed their lives for an abstract cause like victory or nationhood, we easily imply that their lives and deaths

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Our present manner and method of passing on the faith is not adequate. The faith as we treasure it is not being received by present generations. To preach effectively in this era of stark materialism and faithless self-gratification requires a

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Admitting that the times are not easy for the Church, the bishops conference president, Archbishop Philip Wilson of Adelaide, says that Western culture remains open to Christianity and that there are grounds for optimism. In a talk presented to a

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Four young men and a woman have been charged with terrorism offences over the murder of three workers at a Christian publishing house in the eastern Turkey city of Malatya. The Courier-Mail reports that the four men, aged 19 and 20, were captured at

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Catholic and Jewish experts are concerned that relations between the faiths may go backwards if plans to revive the Latin Mass allow prayers for conversion of the Jews to be reinstated. Reuters reports that the problem is that the traditional texts

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Lamenting that the Church in Iraq is disappearing under continued persecution, the Chaldean Archbishop Louis Sako of Kirkuk has launched a new appeal for unity between people in Iraq. The Archbishop made the comments in his appeal on behalf of Iraqi

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Thousands of placard-carrying marchers descended on the Mexico City's Catholic cathedral yesterday in a mass protest against a proposal to allow abortions to be performed in the Mexican capital. The Courier-Mail reports that the proposal to allow

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Organisers of Pope Benedict's upcoming visit to Brazil are making him a throne of recyclable materials while a Italian shoe manufacturers have given the pontiff 15,000 pairs of shoes for the poor plus a kangaroo hide pair for

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We read recently of the Brisbane woman who flew to India to receive injections of embryonic stem cells into her spinal injury. It is one of the unhappier jobs of a doctor to tell a patient he or she is a victim of false hope. But somebody has to do it,

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I was interested to read about research carried out by the University of NSW which shows that the human brain processes and retains more information if it is digested in either its verbal or written form, but not both at the same time. What, you may

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In its annual message to the world's Buddhists as they celebrate their Feast of Vesakh, the Vatican says that interreligious harmony is possible even in areas ravaged by war, starting with peace education in "ordinary homes". The statement

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Women activists have expressed concerns over the Government's 24-hour pregnancy helpline which will store recorded conversations between callers and counsellors for seven years. The Brisbane Times reports women's health activists are concerned the

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Griffith Mayor Dino Zappacosta has hit out at Fr Chris Riley of Youth off the Streets, which was launched in the NSW city at the weekend, over his alleged failure to involve the council in addressing youth violence issues. The ABC reports that Fr

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The head of Nigeria's bishops conference, Archbishop Felix Alaba Adeosin Job, has joined human rights groups in denouncing the recent violence-marred presidential elections. Angola Press reports that the US-based rights watchdog Human Rights Watch

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Opposition leader Kevin Rudd's star recruit and former journalist, Maxine McKew, has launched a new book on Elizabeth McQuoin, the pioneering Mercy nun who helped found a congregation in Sydney. Ms McKew, a former Mercy student from All Hallows

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A fashion frenzy hit the streets of Liverpool in south western Sydney on Monday when the local Vinnies store's $10 bag clothing sale began. The Liverpool Champion reports that customers rushed into the store to grab a bargain, buying a large plastic

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There are very strong reasons why Benedict's attendance at the upcoming Brazil meeting will enter into South American history, just as did - for other reasons - two of the continental meetings that preceded it: the one in Medellin, Colombia in 1968,

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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

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Live streamed from Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral, Waitara

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Daily Prayer

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