Bishop Peter Ingham --- Bishop Peter Ingham of the Wollongong Diocese has apologised for the sexual abuse suffered by a former altar boy, following a guilty plea by retired priest Father Kevin Gerald Sharkey. Bishop Ingham said in a

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Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin warned the archdiocese will soon face a shortage of priests to serve its 199 parishes and it could result in the number of Masses being reduced, the Herald.ie website reported. He blamed the "lukewarm"

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Our Lady of China --- The Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone said it was still "more a time of sowing than of reaping" for the Church in China, but hope exists for unity of the Catholic community in the

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Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams --- Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams said in a sermon last week that the future of the Anglican Church is "chaotic and uncertain" as dozens of married priests consider leaving for

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Addressing the World Summit on Food Security, Pope Benedict has warned against the "greed" of cereal speculators and defended the right of each nation to defend its food security. "The international community is currently facing a grave

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Fr John Dear SJ --- A prophet is someone who listens attentively to the word of God, a contemplative, a mystic who hears God and takes God at God's word, and then goes into the world to tell the world God's message. So a prophet speaks

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This film is an impressive comedy-drama about crooked siblings that had its world premier at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, 2008. It tracks two con artists, the Brothers Bloom, from childhood to adulthood; the brothers fake various

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Sadly, martyrdom has received a good deal of bad press in recent times. Misguided religious extremists believe that they can gain a high place in heaven by destroying themselves and others in the name of religious martyrdom. It is the polar opposite of

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Catholic Authors is a website working to "rescue" Catholic books and to promote and celebrate the culture which they contain. It is devoted to English speaking Catholic authors, past and present and contains a wonderful collection of

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Fr Ron Rolheiser --- We live today in a highly polarised world and within highly polarised churches. The bitterness, mean spirit and lack of respect that characterises much of our political, ecclesial, and moral discourse today is not normal

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Biblical Hebrew is an enigmatic language. According to Jewish tradition it's the Holy Tongue, employed by God when He spoke the world into being. This edition of Encounter asks "how has the language of Torah shaped Jewish thought and what does it say

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Did Jesus ever say "Mum, I wish it wasn’t so hot?" Did He ever say "It’s too wet to go to school today?" Did He ever sleep in when He shouldn’t have? Did He ever kick his dirty clothes under the bed instead of putting

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Prayers for twins

16-Nov-2009

The sisters from Bangladesh's Missionaries of Charity were praying when conjoined twins Krishna and Trishna were wheeled into surgery at Melbourne's Royal Children's Hospital, reports the Daily Telegraph. "We prayed from 8am to 8pm," Sister

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The Seminary of the Good Shepherd serves men who are in formation for diocesan priesthood for the Archdiocese of Sydney and a number of dioceses from the province of New South Wales and beyond. It was opened in Homebush in 1996 by Cardinal Edward Clancy

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Reports say the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints has approved a draft decree for submission to Pope Benedict recognising the "heroic virtues" of the late Pope John Paul II and declaring him "venerable". The congregation's

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Dr Dan White --- Dr Dan White, executive director of Catholic schools in the Sydney archdiocese, is urging parents to consider encouraging their kids to participate in other ways than "Schoolies Week" to celebrate the end of

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A national study has found that 80 percent of secondary students from non-Anglo backgrounds and 55 percent of students from Anglo backgrounds have experienced racial vilification in schools. But students who attended a Catholic school were 1.7 times less

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Father Nguyen Van Ly --- Vietnamese priest Father Nguyen Van Ly, jailed for "anti government activities", suffered a stroke in prison and is partially paralysed, news reports cite his relatives saying. He is a known human

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Australian churches are being invited to take part in the fifth nationwide National Church Life Survey of churchgoers in 2011, which aims to help churches better connect with the wider community. The survey will take place in a variety of forms

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A woman left $40,000 worth of rare coins hidden under leaves at the Maryland National Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes at Mount St Mary's University while she left town, so the Blessed Virgin Mary would watch over her treasure. While raking leaves

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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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