Ever since the 1999 Columbine High School massacre, "lockdown" is a word that's been dropped into student handbooks across America. When shots are heard, go immediately into a protective lockdown mode and await further instructions. But how

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The Church's attention in recent years has been constantly directed on the social question, and in particular on that of work. We remember the encyclical Laborem Exercens published in 1981 by my well-loved predecessor John Paul II. This reaffirmed and

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As Pope Benedict warns that Christian faith is key to avoiding a clash of civilisations, Australia's bishops have invited Christians, Muslims and Jews to a meeting on the role of religion in achieving Middle East peace. Zenit reports that the pontiff

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Despite opposition from Melbourne's Catholic and Anglican archbishops, Victoria's parliament has adopted a bill legalising "therapeutic" cloning, with 15 MPs crossing the floor in a conscience vote. The Age reports that members of the Labor

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Three people had their throats cut and a fourth person also died after jumping from the third floor office in a bid to escape from an attack on a Christian publishing house in Malatya, Turkey. Quoting Turkish paper Hurriyet, AsiaNews reports that

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Students who attended Catholic high schools had a higher rate of university completion than students from other schools, according to a study by the Australian Council for Education Research. The Age reports that the research shows that Catholic

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Fourteen days after a major earthquake and tsunami ravaged the western Solomons diocese of Gizo, the World Youth Day cross and icon has arrived in the hard hit region. The Catholic Leader reports that the touring World Youth Day Cross and Icon of Our

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Mexican Catholics are outraged over a floor-length dress adorned with crosses and scapulars as well as images of the executions of 1920s Cristero martyrs that the country's Miss Universe contestant had planned to wear. The Toronto Star reports that

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Many women were thrilled to see Dove's magazine and TV ads featuring older women apparently proud of their wrinkles, potbellies, and sagging skin. The women in the ads are white, black and several colours in between. Real beauty, we're told, comes in

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For the central Burma archbishop, the local Church's biggest challenges are forming priesthood candidates, continual formation for priests and empowering laity. For almost four years, since he was appointed to head Mandalay archdiocese, Archbishop Paul

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Turkish police have arrested ten young men as suspects in the throat slitting murders of three people at a Protestant Bible publishing house. Agence France-Presse reports that the murders raised fears and concerns over religious freedom among Turkey's

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On his first trip to Europe as the new UN Secretary-General, South Korean Ban Ki-moon met with Pope Benedict and has invited the pope to visit the international body's headquarters in New York. Reuters reports that the two men held closed-door talks

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Describing the internet as an opportunity to spread the Gospel message, Telstra chief Sol Trujillo has announced that the company has signed a letter of intent to supply communications services for next year's World Youth Day. Spruiking his company's

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In a restriction described by a New Zealand party leader as "political correctness gone mad", Kiwi prison authorities have banned the taking of communion wine into prison, saying that they have no legal discretion to grant an exemption. NZ

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A Perth man whose brother, Fr Nguyen Van Ly, was recently sentenced by a Vietnamese court to eight years for political activities, says that the dissident priest has converted many people to Catholicism, including prisoners and guards, during his many

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UFO buffs are claiming that a strange light spotted in a Polish tourist's photo of St Peter's Basilica in Rome may in fact be a "UFO craft". The UFO Digest reports that it received a photo of the Vatican from a Polish website showing a bright

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Easter is one of the times when even nominal Christians like to celebrate, but many are perplexed by hearing, all over again, stories that strain their faith. And that raises more general questions about Christianity, including questions about the

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Freedom Park is just one of a half-dozen squatter camps that are home to 100,000 people near South Africa's border with Botswana. They sit in the shadow of platinum mines, which rely on migrant labour. The men come for contracts of a year or two, and

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"Nothing positive comes from Iraq", Pope Benedict lamented in his Easter message while Australian churches filled in what Sydney Cardinal George Pell earlier attributed to a post 9/11 religious reaction. BBC News reports that in a live

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A leading Vinnies volunteer who is a non-Catholic is suing the Society for religious discrimination after it advised her to either become a Catholic, resign her elected position, or leave the Society. The Australian reports that the Society may be

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Mass on Demand

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From Parish of Our Lady of The Way, North Sydney & Lavender Bay. 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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