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As pilgrim Mark Horn mingled among hundreds of young people in an auditorium full of priests and women and men religious, the words he had just heard from Father Robert Barron cascaded through his mind, reports the Catholic News Service. It is through

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Some years ago I had the great fortune to live and work with young Vietnamese women who had arrived in this country alone. These teenagers, that is, ‘unaccompanied minors’, arrived by boat having escaped from their war-torn country with little or

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The Bishop of Parramatta, Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP, speaks about the Australian World Youth Day (WYD) Gathering in Madrid on August 16. http://www.parra.catholic.org.au/ The website also ahas  link to a podcast of an interview the

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Almost 50 years ago there was the absurdly specific title, Santa Claus vs the Martians.  That was quite a juxtaposition. Now we have the A-budget, A-cast entertainment that takes the old conventions of the western and the old convention s of those

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Pilgrims in Madrid at a concert by Australia-based Fr Rob Galea, featuring Gary and Natasha Pinto, photo supplied --- The Independent Catholic News has publised the World Youth Day 2011 financial data, showing a spend of around $69 million which it said

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Archbishop Timothy Dolan --- The best way to maintain a strong faith is to acknowledge that it is weak, New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan told pilgrims gathered for World Youth Day catechesis, reports the Catholic News Service. "When we admit our

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'Behind The Barbed Wire Fence', on Flickr --- The Government should listen to public sentiment and scrap its Malaysian and Manus Island deals before more refugees suffer needlessly in mandatory detention, the St Vincent de Paul Society National

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Screenshot from the Geelong Advertiser --- Police are investigating 10 more cases of alleged abuse by convicted and jailed Christian Brother Robert Best, who taught at St Joseph's College in Geelong, Victoria in the 1980s, reports the Geelong

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A new report is expected to reveal how 20 priests abused hundreds of children in a diocese in Ireland's County Donegal over 40 years, reports the Irish Examiner. However, a bishop has said reports that an audit has uncovered some of the most shocking levels

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An ACT man accused of defrauding his former employer, the Catholic Education Office, of more than $1 million, is facing 153 criminal charges, reports The Canberra Times. The formal charging of Timothy Patrick Cousins was postponed on Wednesday because

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Sport barely needs the attention of documentary filmmakers. Modern sport is so widely and eagerly broadcast, dissected and then replayed that viewer fatigue sets in before a filmmaker can come along and make any sense of it, reports the Australian. A new

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Today is the Feast of the Assumption of Mary. This Youtube video presents a tribute and story of this Feast. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4Qz5F4KZUc

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If two people do deeply love each other, why should they not have the lifelong security marriage gives, irrespective of sex? While that is a difficult proposition to refute respectfully, it may be more rationally refined, writes James Foley, the Catholic

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Life for women religious in the United States is in labor, undergoing birth pangs from which new life will emerge. That was the message Dominican Sr Barbara Reid (pictured) delivered last week to more than 600 sisters gathered here for the annual assembly of

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Tomorrow night, Social Policy Directions presents a public forum in Melbourne on Australian Aid and its effectiveness. The forum is presented by Marc Purcell, Executive Director Australian Council for International Development. Time: 7.30pm,

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More than a million young Catholics are expected to crowd into Madrid this week to celebrate World Youth Day, ahead of the Pope's arrival on Thursday, reports the Telegraph.co.uk. The capital, usually emptied in August as residents flee the stifling heat of

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Screenshot from the Parramatta Advertiser --- Nearly 300 young people from the Catholic diocese of Parramatta are gearing up for the experience of a lifetime as they prepare for World Youth Day, reports the Parramatta Advertiser. The group will join 4000

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Image from a related story on the WYD website, The Path to Abundant Life - The Sisters of Life and World Youth Day --- Young people can find themselves at the margins in the local church, but at World Youth Day they can meet peers and reflect on how

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'The charred front wall of St. Joseph's', on Flickr --- Catholics in the Melbourne suburb of Collingwood are bracing themselves to battle to save their fire-gutted heritage church, with the Melbourne Archdiocese making a new application to pull down the

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Archbishop Barry Hickey --- Perth's retiring Archbishop Barry Hickey said he regrets not having been more outspoken on social issues because of fears grants to the Church could have been cut if it was too critical of government policies, reports the West

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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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