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  • Andrea Bocelli releases a new Christmas CD
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             9 Dec 2009
    Chances are you probably know this voice, it's one of the most recognized in the world. It's Andrea Bocelli, who's sold more than 70 million records since 1992. ...


  • The Journey of the WYD Cross and Icon - an Australian Odyssey
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             2 Nov 2009
    From July 2007 until July 2008, Fr Chris Ryan MGL was in charge of the World Youth Day Cross and Icon, and was part of the extraordinary journey across Australia. ...


  • Aboriginal Academic Creates an Australian First
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             29 Oct 2009
    As the first-ever Aboriginal Deputy Vice Chancellor of an Australian university, Professor Lyn Henderson-Yates is an inspiration to students and staff across the country. ...


  • Pope: God walks with man
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             13 Oct 2009
    "Meditating on the mysteries of the Rosary, we once again scrutinize the true face of God, who in Jesus Christ reveals His presence in the lives of all people." ...


  • Earthquakes, Floods and Tsunamis Stretch Catholic Aid
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             2 Oct 2009
    As disaster follows disaster in South East Asia and the Pacific, Catholic agencies led by Caritas Australia are on the front line. ...


  • Social Justice Sunday Statement Response - By Bec Bromhead
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             18 Sep 2009
    Your Eminence, My Lords, Reverend Fathers, Brothers and Sisters, ladies and gentlemen, I would like to begin by acknowledging that we gather today on the traditional Eora land of the Gadigal people. ...
  • A Teenager's View Of Marriage, Family And Values
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             26 Aug 2009
    At the National Marriage Day breakfast in Canberra on August 13, 19 year old Jessica Langrell gave a personal testimony on what family and ...


  • Ethics, Religion and Stem Cells
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             14 Aug 2009
    Two of Sydney's leading clerics and scholars, Bishop Anthony Fisher, the Sydney Archdiocese's Episcopal Bishop for Life and Health and the Great Synagogue's Rabbi Jeremy Lawrence tackled the controversial topic of stem cell research in an interfaith debate on Thursday, August 13. ...


  • Jamey - by his mother, Mary Patterson
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             12 Aug 2009
    Jamey as we all called him was the middle child of a devoted family. ...


  • James Raymond Patterson - a boy's faith and untimely death
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             12 Aug 2009
    James Raymond Patterson was born in Dubbo, country NSW on December 31, 1992. Last year the 15-year-old Year 9 schoolboy was one of many thousands who attended World Youth Day in Sydney. ...


  • Mary MacKillop: 100 Years as Australia's Inspiration & Role Model
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             6 Aug 2009
    While most Australians know Mary MacKillop's name, many are unaware of exactly what she achieved in her lifetime nor why this humble but determined Melbourne born nun is set to become Australia's first-ever saint. ...


  • Enjoy the Vatican Museums by moonlight
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             28 Jul 2009
    It's Friday evening at 7 o'clock, and the doors to the Vatican Museums are open. This is what took place on the evening of July 24th. ...


  • Horoscopes & Ouija Boards Not Harmless Fun
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             27 Jul 2009
    At some time or another, most of us have checked our horoscopes in the morning newspaper or idly wondered if ghosts really exist. ...


  • Remembering World Youth Day Sydney
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             21 Jul 2009
    Archbishop Cardinal George Pell celebrated the anniversary Mass at St Mary's Cathedral Crypt on 20 July. Bishop Anthony Fisher OP gave the Homily, reflecting on WYD08. ...


  • Funky Friars Make the Scene in Sydney
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             15 Jul 2009
    With their bushy beards, shaved heads and simple grey robes they are unlikely rock stars. But that is exactly what Fr Christopher, Fr Anthony and Br Louis of New York's Franciscan Friars of the Renewal have become. ...


  • The New Evangelisation: What It Means, Why It Is Important
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             14 Jul 2009
    The challenge of the call to the New Evangelism is to be bold and innovative in finding ways to preach the Gospel and spread the Good News, says Bishop Julian Porteous. ...


  • Holy Resting Place For Still-Borns
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             9 Jul 2009
    In a revolutionary move, a special section of the Catholic Mausoleum of the Resurrection at the Rookwood Cemetery has been put aside for the internment of still-born babies. ...


  • Church Backs Adult Stem Cell Breakthroughs
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             9 Jul 2009
    Australian scientists researching therapeutic adult stem cells have discovered cells harvested from sufferers of Parkinson's disease may well hold the key to the patient's own treatment and may even be a possible cure. ...


  • Wyd Lives Again - One Year On
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             6 Jul 2009
    Nearly two thousand youth gathered over the weekend to participate in the Matt Maher experience of live music, dancing and moments of quiet prayer. ...


  • Bishop Applauds Politicians God Speak
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             3 Jul 2009
    When it comes to talking about God and Christian beliefs it seems Australian politicians are coming out and speaking up. ...


  • 5000 Log On to E-Conference
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             2 Jul 2009
    More than 5000 Catholics in every State as well as those living in the US, Canada, Malta, Peru, the Philippines and New Zealand took part Australia's largest ever E-conference on Tuesday, June 30. ...


  • Final Score 102 and the Loss of a Legend
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             5 Jun 2009
    The man credited with introducing Aussie Rules Football to the Northern Territory and the Top End's longest serving missionary has died at 102. ...


  • A Cry from the Heart
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             28 May 2009
    One man carefully traced and rubbed a 20 cent coin, a 10 cent coin and a five cent coin onto a piece of paper and ...
  • Keeping the Faith in a Secular World
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             19 May 2009
    One of the key challenges for teachers today is to interest students in Catholic culture and religious practice, says Br Kelvin Canavan ...


  • Mother's Day Special: Marisa Opens Her Heart
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             8 May 2009
    When Sydney mother-of-three, Marisa Donato came across a Parish bulletin asking for families to foster children in need, she volunteered. ...


  • Cardinal Supports Religious Liberty
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             28 Apr 2009
    Some in Australia insist on a rigid distinction between private belief and public action when talking of the place of religion in democracies. ...


  • Anzac Day and Vietnam
    By + Cardinal George Pell             26 Apr 2009
    In 1970 two RAAF servicemen, Michael Herbert and Robert Carver, were shot down over Quang Nam province in Vietnam while returning from a bombing run. ...
  • Hear The Woman With The Amazing Voice
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             17 Apr 2009
    A devout Catholic, middle-aged and unapologetically homely, Susan Boyle was an international sensation ...


  • Singing For The Joy Of It The Priests Down Under
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             6 Apr 2009
    Best-selling group, The Priests sing for the sheer joy of it with a mission to lift people's spirits and touch their hearts. ...


  • Family's Close Link with Cathedral Crypt
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             25 Mar 2009
    The funeral service of John Melocco who helped his father, Peter Melocco create the spectacular terrazzo floor in The Crypt of St Mary's Cathedral, was held on March 24. ...


  • It's Cool To Be Catholic
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             22 Mar 2009
    With the last "official event" of WYD08 occurring on Palm Sunday with the handover in Rome of the Cross and Icon to Madrid, Spain, Fr Mark Podesta reflects on what those five days meant to him ...


  • Archbishop Cardinal Pell described as
    By Luke Coppen             20 Mar 2009
    In his recent visit to Oxford University, Cardinal Pell sat down with editor Luke Coppen of The Catholic Herald, Britain's leading Catholic newspaper. ...