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Mysticism is dying, and taking true religion with it. Monasteries have dwindled. Contemplative orders have declined. Our religious leaders no longer preach the renunciation of the world; our culture scoffs at the idea. The closest most of us come to real

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Richard Dawkins --- The process leading to canonisation is "pure Monty Python", Family First senator Steve Fielding is more stupid than an earthworm, while "Pope Nazi" and "fundamentalist wingnuts" are all the

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The federal government is unlikely to push for removal of a ban on baby gender selection when a five-year moratorium on the issue expires this year, says Health Minister Nicola Roxon. The five-year ban has limited exceptions such

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South Australia's Association of Independent Schools is seeking legal advice on the banning of creationism or intelligent design in the science curriculum, saying it has concerns over government intrusion. "There was very strong support for

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Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi says attempts "to personally involve the Holy Father in the question of the abuses" in Germany have failed. He said the pontiff supports the German bishops in their plan on how to respond to abuses:

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The Catholic Church in Switzerland is investigating 60 claims of sexual abuse by priests, and intends to advise victims to take action. Abbot Martin Werlen of the Benedictine Abbey of Einsiedeln told the newspaper Mittelland-Zeitung that the church is

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Rio de Janeiro's statue of Christ with outstretched arms is getting $4.35 million refurbishment this week to repair damage caused over the years by the elements. Heavy rains have eroded portions of the face and hands of the statue. It has also

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This film is based on a book by journalist Rajiv Chandrasekaran, Imperial Life in the Emerald City, itself based on war in the Green Zone, Baghdad. It is an action thriller set in Iraq, following the invasion of that country by America in 2003. It

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Catholic Schools Week started yesterday and will involve the communities of all 615 Catholic primary and secondary schools across NSW and the ACT. The theme for 2010 is "open your minds, open your hearts". This site has information about

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Exceptions to celibacy for priests in the Roman Catholic Church can be puzzling, including for young priests enthusiastic about their vocation. The Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, run by Opus Dei in Rome, held a theological conference on

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The Catholic Church is at once local and global, at once personal and universal, and Britain's newly created Catholic Youth Ministry Federation (CYMFed) draws upon this aspect of the Church’s nature. “How many young people do you come into

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This is a heady romantic drama that tells the story of a rebellious young man called Tyler (Robert Pattinson) who has an estranged relationship with his father (Pierce Brosnan) following the suicide of his older brother. The tragedy has separated

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Tomorrow is St Patrick's Day and this site has everything you need to know to celebrate the day in Australia. It includes the range if events, a history of the day, information about the parades and much more. http://www.stpatricksday.org.au/

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Up to 2,000 students will attend Melbourne's St  Patrick's Day Mass and Concert in one of the highlights of this year's 13th Catholic Schools Week, alongside celebrations in other dioceses across Victoria, NSW and the ACT. "The

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Martin Laverty --- Catholic Health Australia has called on the Government to align the Aged Care Funding Instrument with the true cost of care, and commission independent reviews every three to five

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Opposition Leader Tony Abbott says religious convictions won't unduly influence his political moves, his decisions will always be "publicly justifiable" and he won't let private beliefs override "normal"

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Pope Benedict XVI's former diocese, the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising, has suspended a priest convicted of sexual abuse in 1986. The diocese also accepted the resignation of his superior, Prelate Josef Obermaier. The priest, identified only

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Father Nguyen Van Ly---Jailed dissident Vietnamese priest Father Nguyen Van Ly, who has spent three years behind bars and suffered two strokes in detention, was released on Monday.He was freed from a prison near Hanoi at 4 a.m. and driven in an ambulance back

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Germany planned to infiltrate the Vatican with spies disguised as monks during World War Two, according to secret MI5 intelligence reports. The plan fell over after a tip off to the Vatican, said a report in the Telegraph.co.uk. The city

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I began my book, What's So Great About Christianity, as a secular exploration of the way in which Christianity has shaped America and the West. I wanted to show that Christianity is the foundation of the central institutions of the West, such as democracy

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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

Daily Prayer

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

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