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America magazine has launched a campaign  to “Save The Altar Girls.” It seems that the practice has barely been in place for five minutes yet already there is a backlash against it, with a number of American dioceses ruling it

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Vatican Radio was launched by Pope Pius XI and Guglielmo Marconi on 29 September 1929, thus celebrating its 80th anniversary this week. In this programme presented and produced by Veronica Scarisbrick you can hear a sound picture of that special day, with the

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Matthew 21:33-43 Jesus said to the chief priests and the elders of the people, 'Listen to another parable. There was a landowner who planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a wine press in it, and built a watchtower. Then he leased it to tenants and

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Personally being with Christ, with the living God, is one thing: another is that we can only ever believe within the "we". I sometimes say that Saint Paul wrote: "Faith comes from hearing" – not from reading. It needs reading as well, but it comes from

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This 42-minute film captures a glimpse of the conflict faced by the Karen people in Myanmar; with tales of suffering related with seemingly stoic resignation by those experiencing it. The US filmakers are appealing to viewers to take action. In 2006, four

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Pope Benedict XVI's four-day visit to Germany highlighted two closely connected challenges for the church: how to re-evangelise traditionally Christian countries in the West, and how to regain a credible voice in modern society. In a sense, the pope's German

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 Catholic Women's League of Australia president Madge Fahy has confirmed that the League had entered a new era with younger women in leadership roles while a Sydney's Life, Marriage and Family Centre has hit out at plans to market the abortion drug

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Vatican official Archbishop Dominique Mamberti has called for a two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict insisting that "if we want peace, courageous decisions have to be made."  Meanwhile, Italian sculptor Oliviero Rainaldi has bowed to

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Wangari Maathai, the Kenyan environmentalist who started out by paying women a few shillings to plant trees and went on to become the first African woman to win a Nobel peace prize, has died of cancer in Nairobi. She was 71. Maathai, one of the most widely

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Robert Barron, Catholicism: A Journey to the Heart of the Faith, Doubleday Click here for a 20% discount on this and other books from Church Resources and John Garrett Publishing  The search for good resources for adult religious formation is not an

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Imagine your editor hands you the first assignment, and it’s a report on the Catholic Church. Pope Benewhatsit has gone to some place to give some speech about God and stuff. You’re eager to impress, but totally out of your depth. What are you to

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The Rise Of Anti-Western Christianity From the desk of Matthew Roberts on Sat, 2011-02-26 16:41 During Pope Benedict XVI's trip to London this September, Cardinal Walter Kasper noted two things about London: it's secular and parts of it resemble a Third World

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With an economic crisis that never seems to end and financial markets ever more volatile, it is an appropriate time to consider if anything is lacking in economic theory. John D. Mueller did just that in a book published late last year titled: "Redeeming

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Matthew 21:28-32 Jesus said to the chief priests and the elders of the people, ‘What do you think? A man had two sons; he went to the first and said, “Son, go and work in the vineyard today.” 29He answered, “I will not”;

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Port Pirie Bishop Greg O'Kelly talked to the ABC's Riverland Today program this week about society, the church, religion and faith. Present day Australian society holds a benevolent attitude toward the church, Bishop Kelly tells Jessica Swann. Download the

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Noted Australian human rights lawyer Fr Frank Brennan spoke on "A Jesuit Perspective on Making Human Rights and Religion Friends, Not Foes"  at the University of Scranton in the US last week. Fr Brennan spoke in the Rev. Bernard R. McIlhenny, S.J.,

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Polly Toynbee of the Guardian has leveled one of the most serious (and irresponsible) charges against the Catholic Church: that She's to blame for millions of dead Africans. In a 2005 article for the Guardian, she wrote: How dare Tony Blair genuflect on our

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Three young Nigerian priests have been ordained for Brisbane. Male teacher numbers are falling in New South Wales over abuse and pay concerns. Male teacher numbers falling over abuse and pay concerns Servants of Jesus  Cooma artist chosen for national

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An Indian archbishop says that his country must help re-evangelise Europe while a Filipino bishop has called mining deals an insult. In Europe, two Opus Dei members are on trial in France and Barcelona's Sagrada Familia now has a completion date. Indian

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Fr Jesús Silva was still a seminarian in 1956 when he came to the aid of 15 boys who had been orphaned or abandoned and found refuge for them in his mother’s house. Inspired by the 1938 film Boys Town” which he had seen as a child, and by a

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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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