Twenty Batesman's Bay men - including retired railway gangers, professors and bankers - have got their own "Men's Shed" thanks to local parish priest Fr Tom Thornton who donated a piece of land to the community initiative. The Bay

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I spent my annual leave in this place, which from old is dear to many of us around the world: the "little town" whose name evokes magic associations in each of us from the early days of our childhood. The welcome in Bethlehem I received was

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There has been a lot written about "Into Great Silence", a film which shows the life of monks in the Carthusian monastery of Le Grande Chartreuse. It wasn't long after my wife and I saw this movie that the murders at Virginia Tech happened.

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The British press is abuzz with speculation that outgoing Prime Minister Tony Blair is about to join his wife Cherie as a Catholic after a British priest who says weekly Mass for the family made the prediction at a recent event. Fr Michael Seed, who

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Citing weaknesses in its christological and ecclesiological foundations, controversial ACU religious education lecturer Fr Daniel Donovan, says that a draft pastoral plan for the Sydney archdiocese is "seriously flawed" and has "shades of

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Parents of three Melbourne children, including one who has a learning disability, are claiming discrimination after their parish priest informed them their children would be finishing up at the parish school and that he had enrolled them in another

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A police video interview with Dante Wyndham Arthurs, who is soon to face charges of raping and strangling eight-year-old Perth Catholic schoolgirl Sofia Rodriguez-Urrutia, could be thrown out of court owing to alleged questionable police tactics. The

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Police in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu have arrested a prison ministry nun on charges of smuggling marijuana to a prisoner suffering from AIDS. Police say they arrested St Anne Sister Anastasia, 63, on May 14 after finding 18 grams of marijuana in

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May is the month when Catholics generally show special devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. This concentration on her helps us better understand her participation in the mystery of the Incarnation, for no one exemplifies better a total commitment to

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Last month, playwright Tommy Murphy's adaptation of Melbourne-born actor Tim Conigrave's memoir Holding the Man was short-listed for the NSW Premier's Literary Award. If there's anyone left in Sydney's theatre community who hasn't heard of Murphy after

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Reacting belatedly to an Easter letter by Zimbabwe's Catholic bishops, President Robert Mugabe has warned that the bishops have chosen a "dangerous path" but Archbishop Pius Ncube says that it is time for Mugabe and his "corrupt"

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In a bid to renew "serene dialogue" between cultures and to promote peace in the Middle East, Pope Benedict has met with Iran's former President Seyyed Mohammad Khatami. According to a Holy See statement, the pope and Khatami discussed

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A Couples for Christ lay movement leader, Roger Francisco, who was one of seven men kidnapped and beheaded by Abu Sayyaf militants in the Southern Philippines, has been honoured as a Filipino "Braveheart". UCA News reports that mourners at

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A British man has been jailed for the rape and murder of a Polish student at a Glasgow Catholic Church whose parish priest also admitted to a sexual relationship with the victim. International Herald Tribune reports that Peter Tobin, 60, a former

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In a first for a Vatican tribunal, a former administrative worker at the Holy See has been convicted and given a suspended jail sentence for cocaine use. The Houston Chronicle cites an Italian newspaper La Repubblica reporting that the man was

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An argument over the participation of women in a football match between Muslim and Christian clergy in Norway has led to the cancellation of the "friendly" encounter. The BBC reports that Muslim Imams had refused to play against women

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There was a terrible road accident on the Great Western Highway in the Blue Mountains, less than 600 metres across the short valley that separates us from the highway. All of us, at some stage of our lives, become caught up in accidents like this. A

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In the early 1980s, when Pope John Paul II wanted to clamp down on liberation theology, he turned to a trusted aide: Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger. Now Cardinal Ratzinger is Pope Benedict, and when he arrives here tomorrow for his first pastoral visit to

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Tonight's federal budget should be a statement of values for Australia, according to St Vincent de Paul Society chief Dr John Falzon, who says the budget should also alleviate housing stress and ensure that climate change costs are shared

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On the eve of Pope Benedict's departure for Brazil, supporters of liberation theologian Fr Jon Sobrino have published a letter of solidarity for the disciplined Spanish Jesuit and issued a call for reform of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the

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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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Daily Prayer

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