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Some 500 pilgrims have registered their interest to attend the Mary MacKillop canonisation celebration in South Australia's Penola, within the first week that bookings opened for the event. "We were very surprised. I thought that was a staggering number,"

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The 2010 Australasian Catholic Press Association Annual Awards for Excellence were presented in Hobart last night, honouring the best in Catholic media across Australia and The Pacific over the past year.Wel-Com, a publication of the Dioceses of Wellington

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Pope Benedict XVI's pastoral visit to Great Britain this month will unfold along a pilgrim's path metaphorically strewn with landmines, writes George Weigel. Headline-grabbing new atheists like Richard Dawkins, along with their allies in the international

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Film review - Salt

06-Sep-2010

Of course, The Salt Identity, The Salt Supremacy and The Salt Ultimatum. We had thought that all the sleepers trained in Russia and infiltrated into ordinary and suburban US society in Cold War decades were more than middle-aged by now.  But, it looks as

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Actor and director Emilio Estevez reluctantly went to Spain to tell a story about how faith, hope and walking are all part of the American way of overcoming hard times. The movie has "no nudity. There are no explosions. There are no car chases," said Estevez.

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As a young man, Nikos Kazantzakis, the famous Greek writer, contemplated becoming a monk and once spent a summer touring monasteries. Years later, writing on the experience, he recounts a marvellous conversation he had with an elderly monk, Fr. Makarios. At

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Relentlessly, the Rio Solimões snakes its way through northwest Brazil, from the Peruvian frontier until it merges with the Rio Negro, close to Manaus. From this point the river is definitively named the Amazon - a river with many names that has produced a

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James Maher is a brother in the order of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart (MSC). Music has always been a central part of his life, and since stepping out on his religious vocation, his focus has turned to spiritual and liturgical music. He is known for

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The Victoria & Albert Museum exhibition of Raphael's Cartoons and Tapestries for the Sistine Chapel opens today in London. The Museum's website has a video tour of the works by noted art writer Waldemar Januszczak, as well as still photos and other material

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A leading cardinal in Britain has accused the BBC of having an "institutional bias" against Christianity. Cardinal Keith O'Brien, the Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh, claims that a radically secular and socially liberal outlook is tainting the

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Students from two Hobart Catholic colleges have continued their holiday in New Zealand after experiencing the shock earthquake that hit Christchurch. Nine students from Dominic College and six from Sacred Heart College were asleep in a youth hostel -

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Screenshot from the Sun-Herald report---Concerns have been raised that the Blake Prize entry by artist Rodney Pople, called Cardinal with Altar Boy, could cause "a Bill Henson-type debacle" over sexually explicit art.Pople's entry shows a young boy sitting on

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Bishop Eugene Hurley --- Darwin's Bishop Eugene Hurley said Australia needs to remember its "great history of being big-hearted people" in the treatment and view of asylum seekers, after locals called for men who broke out of a

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Damage done to buildings near the Marist Community, Manchester St, Christchurch --- The Marist order religious in Christchurch has reported that the community suffered only property damage in the earthquake that hit the city over the

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Pope Benedict has appointed Monsignor Giorgio Lingua as the Holy See's representative to Iraq and Jordan, as the Iraqi Church struggles to find peace. He enters the Iraqi nunciature as Church officials in the nation cry out for assistance and

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Christopher Patten, former Governor of Hong Kong, has overseen preparations for the Papal visit of Great Britain, which is due to start on September 16. In this video interview with the BBC, Lord Patten discusses the build-up, what the Pope will try to

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If ever there was real schlock horror, then this is it. Piranha 3D can probably be best described as a "hoot".  It is one of those movies that can be watched at home by a young adult audience, better with a group who will laugh out loud, jump and scream

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It would be "inappropriate" to try an elderly priest suffering from dementia over charges of indecently assaulting two boys more than 50 years ago, his lawyer told a Sydney court. The priest, now 81, is charged with five counts of indecently assaulting

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The committee overseeing Pope Benedict's itinerary in Britain next week announced today that they have chosen a hip-hop track to be the official "youth anthem" for his visit. Heart's Cry, by Catholic trio Ooberfuse, is a world away from

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Carmel Charlton --- A parishioner from Western Australia has produced a CD with a Josephite sister with music to be used for liturgies and Masses that celebrate Mary MacKillop's canonisation. The CD by Carmel Charlton has five songs,

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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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