Pope Benedict was baptised at birth and will most likely be baptised again one year after his death, not by the Catholic Church but by a Mormon he never met. The Mormons encourage members to baptise the dead by proxy in the belief they are helping the

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A French Cardinal who has created a "personal" or non-territorial Tridentine rite parish in his diocese says that Pope Benedict has now received a commission report regarding the broader use of the pre-Vatican II Mass but that the Pontiff will

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A new study by Uniya Jesuit Social Justice Centre has found that there is still significant goodwill in the Asia-Pacific region towards Australia but director Mary Bryant warns that the level of Australian involvement in the region remains

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Controversial US Bishop Thomas Gumbleton has been denied permission to speak in an Arizona diocese after the Holy See nuncio ordered him to seek leave from local bishops before speaking publicly. The Arizona Republic reports that outspoken Bishop

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Dominican priest, Fr Peter Murnane has accused the New Zealand government of double standards after a Catholic Iranian man was denied asylum while an Iranian gay man facing similar threat of persecution was accepted as a refugee. The New Zealand

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A Melbourne parish priest, Fr Jim Clarke, arrived back from a weekend trip to find that thieves had trashed his home causing $10,000 worth of damage, leaving candle wax and crockery scattered throughout his home. Moonee Valley Community News reports

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Euthanasia is well and truly on the agenda throughout the world. It is becoming increasingly difficult to sort the fact out from the fiction. There is a lot of confusion generated by the nature of the topic: the end of life. How should we approach this

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Commencing tertiary studies is a daunting prospect for new students and trying to blend into the academic, secular surroundings of a large university can lead many young Catholics to put on "a cloak of invisibility". But according to

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Renewing its attack on the death penalty, the Holy See says that it is difficult to justify its use today and warns that the practice is an affront to human dignity and "the evangelical teaching of forgiveness." The Vatican Information

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Responding to a major UN report on climate change, Bishops' Commission for Justice and Service chair Bishop Chris Toohey says that it is time to face the "uncomfortable truth" about reforming the production and use of energy. A combination

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Outgoing Sydney Vicar for Immigration, Bishop David Cremin, has slammed a plan by new Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews to cut the intake of refugees from war-torn Sudan as "abominable". According to the Catholic Weekly, Mr Andrews is

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An Austrian bishop says that a Catholic businessman who rented space in his shopping mall to an abortion clinic has incurred automatic excommunication for formally cooperating in the killing of unborn children. The Catholic News Agency Austria,

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A joint Indonesia-East Timor "truth and friendship" commission has begun work to search for the truth about events in Timor leading up to the 1999 independence vote and to promote reconciliation, an Indonesian bishop and commission member

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The historic gothic Sacred Heart Cathedral in the Chinese southern city of Guangzhou is set to re-open after two years of renovation as authorities release official figures showing that China's population of religious believers has reached 300 million,

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Scores of Baptist churches around Australia have been displaying large posters with the words, "Jesus loves Osama". The poster is part of a series of advertisements designed to promote what it sees as "the heart of the gospel". But

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Communion singing

05-Feb-2007

According to the liturgy documents, the communion song begins while the priest is receiving the Sacrament and continues for as long as the Sacrament is being administered to the faithful. Delaying the song encourages people to adopt an attitude of

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Praising lay movements as a gift of the Holy Spirit to the Church, Pope Benedict says that communion between bishops and the movements could be the spark needed for a renewed commitment to "proclaiming and witnessing the Gospel of hope and

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It is time for the US to come together to address the moral, human and environmental dimensions of global climate change, the head of the US Catholic bishops' international policy committee says in a letter to American legislators. The 7 February

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Two leading international Catholic development networks are targeting the world's richest and powerful countries with a campaign to "make aid work" which aims to ensure that international leaders meet promises to eliminate poverty in the

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Citing climate change, water and public transport issues as the focus of his concerns, researcher Ben Spies-Butcher is leaving the Edmund Rice Centre to contest the forthcoming NSW state elections on behalf of the Green Party. The Village

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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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