Firefighters are battling a huge fire that has broken out this morning in the roof of St Joseph's Church, Collingwood in inner Melbourne. The Age reports that up to 40 firefighters are battling the huge blaze. The alarm was raised shortly after 6am

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Federal Minister Tony Abbott and others with simplistic pictures of the role of religion in public life see politics as an arena in which religion battles "secularism", but this is a dangerous muddle. An anti-religious ideology of secularism

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The carved, wooden Stations of the Cross in Christ the Priest Church in Blackman's Bay, Tasmania have a long story to tell. It begins with Karoly Komaromy, a Polish migrant who arrived in Australia with his family after the World War II. Originals of a

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Caritas agencies in the Pacific have pledged immediate relief assistance in the wake of yesterday's earthquake and tsunami which devastated areas in the remote Solomon Islands Western Province with thousands still feared missing. Caritas Australia put

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Pointing to the need to keep abreast of "best practices" in supporting development, Caritas Australia has rejected accusations that Indigenous input would be weakened under new procedures but apologised for hurt caused by its decision to axe a

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Natural family pioneer and co-inventor of the method that bears his name, Dr John Billings, died in Melbourne yesterday following a short illness. The Herald-Sun reports that Dr Billings with his wife Dr Evelyn Billings pioneered the Billings

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Malaysia's Catholic bishops have slammed a ruling by the country's Court of Appeal that a non-Muslim woman had to seek recourse through Shariah courts as a "form of religious oppression and an affront to human dignity". The bishops made

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In a shift from their earlier reluctance to directly criticise the Mugabe government, Zimbabwe's Catholic bishops have castigated the country's leaders as "racist, corrupt and lawless". The deep crisis afflicting Zimbabwe can be turned into

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According to the well-known technology website, CNET, $1.05 billion was spent on accessories for the iPod last year - and that excludes internet sales. One-man-and-dog operations have grown exponentially on the back of this expansion. By changing the

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Among all the religious symbols in the world none is more universal than the cross. You see crosses everywhere. Not everyone can explain what the cross means or why they choose to wear one, but most everyone has an inchoate sense that it is a symbol,

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Infection as well as food and water shortages are among the major concerns facing relief agencies working in the tsunami-devastated Solomon Islands, Caritas says. Aid workers are warning of a humanitarian crisis in the earthquake

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Speaking at a ceremony to mark the anniversary of John Paul II's death, retiring Rome Cardinal Camillo Ruini said that the late pontiff's intense relationship with God was profound and in a certain sense "he had already seen the

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The Australian bishops are seeking to develop through a new information and communications technology committee a "single point of entry" for people wanting to deal with Church agencies and groups, committee chair Greg Whitby

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Picking up the call of Zimbabwe's Catholic bishops, the Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference has accused the Mugabe regime of oppressing its own people but says dialogue is still possible. CISA reports that the Catholic bishops of southern

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Newly discovered documents from the archives of the former East German secret service, the Stasi, show that wartime Pope Pius XII was considered an enemy of Hitler's Third Reich, not a collaborator. Zenit reports that that the documents show that

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Thousands of people have started to flock to the western Sydney home of a Catholic couple where oil and ash have started to appear on the walls of the bedroom of their late son who was killed in a car crash last year. The Daily Telegraph quotes

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I was on retreat 10 years ago pondering the Holy Week readings, when I came upon a text in Matthew that describes how soldiers hauled Jesus before "the whole cohort" to face jeers, humiliation, and torture. The whole cohort? What was that? In

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In these jittery times, when travelling might seem to come down to a wing and a prayer, a few prayers as perks with bed and breakfast can be a welcome extra. So what if these B&B's also have strict curfews in this Eternal City? Motherly innkeepers,

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In an Easter tragedy, two Catholic priests from Lismore diocese have been killed in a head-on collision on the notoriously dangerous Pacific Highway near Woolgoolga, just north of NSW's Coffs Harbour. The Northern Star reports that the two priests,

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In his first book as pontiff, Pope Benedict slams rich countries for having "plundered and sacked" Africa and other poor regions - and also cites Marx's theory of alienation with approval. Rich countries bent on power and profit have also

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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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