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When Benedict XVI visits Spain for WSYD in August, the pope will have a very special defence team. The group is called the Young Swiss Guard. About 60 children, dressed in the unique and traditional uniform are hoping they'll make the pope feels

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A bit of cinema froth.  Black froth.  Easily blown away, but may leave a bad taste in the mouth.  But, it is still only froth and to be judged accordingly.  Anyone who goes to see Bad Teacher thinking it is a film about education obviously

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A lawyer representing a group of victims said the Christian Brothers will be sued in relation to abuse by Robert Charles Best, reports the Geelong Advertiser. Legal action has also been launched against the Victorian government by 14 male victims who were

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The St Vincent de Paul Society National Council has criticised the Malaysia deal over refugees, citing Australia's responsibilities as a global citizen, in a media release. National Council Chief Executive, Dr John Falzon said in the statement: "This deal

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Image from The Catholic Weekly --- More than 60 priests attended a dinner to celebrate priestly jubilees, ranging from 25- to 60-year anniversaries of ordination, at the former St Patrick's Seminary at Manly last week,

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'Newborn's Foot', on Flickr --- A former chief executive of the Hunter area Health Service has defended medical staff who delivered babies that were put up for adoption between the 1950s and 1970s, reports the Newcastle Herald. Dr Owen

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Australia's bishops have urged all Catholics to declare and affirm the importance of their faith for their life and identity in this year's Census, reports the Catholic Weekly. With a campaign urging people to tick "no religion" in the census on August 9,

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Ireland's Senator Cáit Keane --- A member of the ruling Fine Gael party has said an international Catholic conference in Dublin next year should be postponed, in light of the row over the Vatican's attitude to clerical child sex abuse inquiries in

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Soon after the Oslo massacre, it emerged that the man responsible, Anders Breivik, resented Islamic immigrants and was a self-confessed Christian. My instinctive response was one of relief. But why should it have mattered who had done these terrible

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In the course of my lifetime I have been called by many names – ‘good-for-nothing’, ‘slow coach’ and ‘dreamer’ – all names that are easily understood and perfectly applicable.” (The Horizon, January

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This Sunday night, Fr Richard Leonard will be the profile guest on John Cleary's Sunday Nights program on ABC Local Radio. Fr Leonard will speak about how he has come to terms with the family tragedy that was inflicted on him, and which prompted him to

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Sister Margaret Madden has just returned to Australia after 16 years running a teacher training college in Karachi, Pakistan. Sister Madden is the official Ambassador for Catholic Education Week this year and is visiting Catholic schools and Dioceses across

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School Education Minister Peter Garrett --- Private schools will not be forced to divulge their assets, trust accounts and profits on the My School website next year, despite federal School Education Minister Peter Garrett saying he wanted it done,

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The King's School Parramatta, ca. 1890, from Wikipedia --- The New South Wales Opposition has raised concerns the State Government may abandon plans for a major arts precinct in Sydney's west, at the old Kings School site, reports the ABC. A few weeks

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Image from the Independent Catholic News report --- After Pope Benedict's visit to the UK last year, the number of people reporting that they had been abused in the past by priests more than doubled, reports the Independent Catholic News. Baroness

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Image from a set called 'Oslo-after the terror', on Flickr --- An extensive online manifesto by Anders Behring Breivik criticises Pope Benedict for defending the rights of immigrants, especially Muslims, reports the Catholic News Agency. In his

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Screenshot from The Border Mail --- A priest in Wodonga, Victoria, has defended a Congolese refugee who felt snubbed by fellow parishioners, and was almost reduced to tears while speaking about the importance of acceptance at a weekend Mass, reports the

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The Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne will adopt a new coat of arms this week, the Archdiocese says in a statement. The Archbishop said, “I am very pleased with the new coat of arms. It incorporates the key elements which I would look for in an

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Many Catholic hospitals and aged homes have already put in place energy, waste, and water reduction initiatives, and several innovative renewable energy programs, Catholic Health Australia said in a media release. The head of CHA, Martin Laverty, said

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The group that represents Ireland's Catholic priests says the secrecy of confession must be protected, following government indications that confessions would not be exempt from rules on mandatory reporting of child abuse, the Catholic News Service

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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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