Archbishop of Melbourne Denis Hart and five other bishops will send out 80,000 letters this weekend asking parishioners to take a stand against proposed new laws and influence politicians' vote on gay marriage, reports the Herald Sun. Sale Bishop Christopher

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Screenshot from the Catholic Mission Annual Report 2011 --- Catholic Mission helped more than 370,000 children, 9000 catechists and nearly 3000 seminarians in 2011, according to its annual report for the past year. National Director Martin Teulan

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Screenshot from the Vatican Insider --- Preaching at Mass in Havana's Revolution Square, location of the headquarters of Cuba's Communist Party, Pope Benedict called for full religious freedom and greater respect for human rights on the island, reports

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The Church in El Salvador has brokered a truce between the Central American country's two most dangerous drugs gangs, according to the head of EL Salvador's military ordinariate, reports The Tablet. Bishop Fabio Colindres Abarca said the end of the feud

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This website describes itself as "Not always happy but happy to be Catholic". It contains everything from book and film reviews to bible studies and prayers, favourite posts and superheroes. http://happycatholic.blogspot.com/

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Ethica Accessories is a not-for-profit organisation, founded by the Sisters of St Joseph, which specialises in quality fair trade products from Peru. The Sisters have established four groups around Peru that make products for the Ethica Accessories

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CIDSE is an international alliance of 16 Catholic development agencies, mainly from Europe and north America. Its priority issues are global governance, resources for development, food, agriculture and sustainable trade, climate justice

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Faith Doing Justice is run by the Australian Jesuits. In the Australian Province today they are joined in their mission of service to faith, and the promotion of the justice which faith demands, by women and men who share this vision. This website has links

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The Vatican's news portal has a wide range of stories about the Church, with a user-friendly interface that includes video clips. http://www.news.va/en

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The ordination of Fr Victor Pringle, a retired Anglican minister, has brought him full circle from his boyhood contacts with the Church to his ordination last week in St Francis of Assisi’s church, Paddington, reports The Catholic Weekly. Fr

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This column is late. Months late. Years late, actually. But I admit that it writes itself in my head almost every day. This month, there were two separate situations that require it be said rather than simply thought, writes Joan Chittister in NCR

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Mary Ward International Australia (MWIA) is hosting the next of its Indigenous Conversations next Monday at Loreto Kirribilli in Sydney's lower north shore. The Conversations will focus on the Constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres

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A French journalist who has chronicled the story of imprisoned Pakistani woman Asia Bibi, revealed a typical day for the Catholic mother of five as she awaits the appeal of her death sentence over alleged blasphemy charges, reports the Catholic News

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Can a man marry a man? Can a woman marry a woman? Can a man simultaneously marry several women, or a woman several men? Can a man simultaneously marry several men, or a woman several women? Can a man marry his sister or his mother? His brother or his father?

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Despite the bellicose title, this seems to be a perfect date film! It starts with action, villains, explosions, derring-do agents in a Hong Kong setting.  The men who like this kind of stuff are reeled in. The two young agents are played by Chris Pine

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An anchorite's cell at Fore Abbey, County Westmeath, Ireland --- Before 2003 I thought that hermits were extinct – as dead as a Dodo. I had heard of some of the medieval hermit saints, but in the 21st century, in Britain, surely not. Yet now I am an

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Washington Post writer EJ Dionne recently attempted some fraternal intimidation of the US Catholic bishops. His argument reflects certain currents of thought within the Church that are deeply uncomfortable with the bishops' emphasis in

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This sub-titled German movie has a strangely unforgettable title that needs some explanation. The film movingly tells the story of a young, 27-year old man, Vincent (Florian David Fitz), who suffers from Tournette’s syndrome. Vincent’s

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More than 100 women from across Victoria attended the 8th Anima Lenten Retreat held last weekend at Nazareth House in Camberwell in Melbourne. The theme of this year’s retreat - Contemplating the Face of Christ - was taken from the upcoming Year of

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For Christians, it is the Season of Lent, a time for preparing hearts and minds for the great feast of Easter. At this time I’ve been drawn to the riches of the past and have been reading the Lenten Pastoral of 1849 by the first Catholic Bishop of

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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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Daily Prayer

Daily Prayer

All your daily readings, reflections and prayers can be found here... 

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