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  • Christmas at the Vatican
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             23 Dec 2010
    On the 24th, the Pope will host a Christmas dinner in the Pontifical apartment. His secretaries, priests Georg Ganswein and Alfred Xuereb, will also be there. It will be a sad Christmas, because one of the pope's domestic caretakers, who was considered part of the family, recently passed away. ...


  • German Princess Thurn Und Taxis Presents Book About Her Faith
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             21 Dec 2010
    German born writer, blogger, and princess, Elizabeth Von Thurn und Taxis recently came to Rome for the unveiling of the Italian version of her book "La fede dei piccoli" or "The faith of Children." ...


  • Deck the Halls - The Priests Are Back
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             20 Dec 2010
    Parishes in Northern Ireland, performing at charity concerts in Stockholm and a new CD rising up the charts in Australia. ...


  • Govt calls on Churches and Charities to Help House Asylum Seekers
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             8 Dec 2010
    The Federal Government is keeping its promise to release a significant number of women, children and vulnerable families from its over-crowded Christmas Island detention Centre and ...


  • Pope Did Not Change the Church's Teachings on Condoms in Book Interview
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             24 Nov 2010
    Hours before the publication of the book "Light of the World" based on an interview with Benedict XVI, the Vatican newspaper has advanced some of the Pope's responses. His words on the use of condoms has provoked reactions worldwide.


  • Mum's the Word When it Comes to Surprises
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             17 Nov 2010
    She doesn't officially turn 80 until this Sunday but Mary Zammit's surprise birthday celebrations began more than a month ago ...


  • We are the Christians of Iraq
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             15 Nov 2010
    An Iraqi priests speaks of the aftermath of the hostage and massacre at the Catholic church in Baghdad, Iraq, the Church of Our Lady of Salvation, earlier this month.

    An armed terrorist group took more than 100 worshippers hostage in the church for nearly four hours. They killed 52 others, men, women and children, and injured 60 others..

    The attack was aimed at influencing the political process for the formation of the new Iraqi government. What really happened was that innocent people were slaughtered and their families and friends now live through the grief.


  • The Way of St James and Santiago de Compostela
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             10 Nov 2010
    The past week Pope Benedict XV1 visited the famous Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain where the remains of St James are buried. ...


  • Punter Priest Father Joe Has Never Missed a Melbourne Cup
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             1 Nov 2010
    When it comes to tips for tomorrow's big race, Melbourne's punter priest, Father Joe Giacobbe thinks Precedence and So You Think, the two horses trained by his mate, Bart Cummings both look pretty good. ...


  • Meet the 24 New Cardinals
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             25 Oct 2010
    Benedict XVI announced he will appoint 24 new cardinals on November 20th. Among them are two Americans Archbishops: Donald William Wuerl of Washington, D.C., and Raymond Leo Burke, prefect of the Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura. ...


  • Canonisation: Homily of the Holy Father
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             17 Oct 2010
    Today in Saint Peter's Square we are renewing the feast of holiness. With joy I address my cordial welcome to those who have come here to take part, even from very far away. ...


  • Pope Meets Five Victims of Sex Abuse in London
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             20 Sep 2010
    As on other trips, also on this journey to the United Kingdom Benedict XVI met with victims of acts of sexual abuse committed by priests. ...


  • Pope's Open Air Mass and Appeal To Youth
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             17 Sep 2010
    Pope Benedict XV1 celebrated an early evening open-air Mass in Bellahouston Park, about three miles from the centre of Glasgow.The Holy Father arrived by popemobile, stopping to greet people along the way. ...


  • Pope and Queen Meet
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             17 Sep 2010
    Queen Elizabeth II cordially greeted Pope Benedict XVI, beginning his 4 day visit to the UK. He was received by the Queen and her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, in the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Balmoral. ...


  • Pope Arrives in UK - Special Features
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             17 Sep 2010
    Pope Benedict XV1 arrived in Edinburgh on a sunny but blustery morning. He was greeted by the Duke of Edinburgh, an unprecedented gesture by the Crown. ...


  • Pope Attends to a Concert in Castel Gandolfo
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             9 Sep 2010
    The Apostolic Palace of Castel Gandolfo hold a concert in honor of Benedict XVI, offered by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. ...


  • Rome Reports - Behind the News
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             27 Aug 2010
    The news agency Rome Reports has probably one of the best but also one of the most difficult beats for any news service. ...


  • Benedict XVI Wanted to be a Librarian
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             9 Aug 2010
    Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger had hoped to leave the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to become Cardinal archivist and librarian at the Vatican Secret Archives. ...


  • Vatican Report
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             4 Aug 2010
    Carol Glatz: Right beneath our feet there are countless hidden treasures from ancient times. ...


  • Prayers for Music Festival Victims
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             28 Jul 2010
    The Pope has expressed his deep sorrow over the deaths of 20 young people at the annual Love Parade electronic music festival in Germany last week. ...


  • At Sydney's Deaf Community It's All About Giving
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             20 Jul 2010
    For more than three months members of the craft group at Punchbowl's Ephpheta Centre knitted, sewed and stitched. ...


  • Food Glorious Food - Joey's Cookbook a Word of Mouth Success
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             14 Jul 2010
    A cookbook of the favourite recipes of current and past students of St Joseph's College, Hunter's Hill has become a smash hit, and after just four and a half months on sale, the 335-page tome looks set ...


  • Vatican Announces Dates for Beatifications
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             9 Jun 2010
    The Holy See has announced the official dates for the upcoming beatifications of nine candidates for sainthood. ...


  • Test Everything. Hold Fast to What Is Good
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             21 May 2010
    In his latest book, Cardinal Pell fires controversial salvos in the culture wars while challenging readers to think and debate the big questions. ...


  • For Susan, There's No Such Word as Can't
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             7 May 2010
    One is Moslem, the other Catholic and the bonds that bind them couldn't be closer. They share the same strength of will and compassion for others and are both outstanding achievers, even though one is legally blind and profoundly deaf. ...


  • A World Within a World
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             28 Apr 2010
    In helmet, goggles and leathers, Steve Lawlor roars up to the Ephpheta Centre in Punchbowl on his super-powerful Yamaha XJR 1300 motorbike. Carefully parking the big bike, he strips off his biking paraphernalia and in chinos and a casual shirt, he strides into the Centre. ...


  • A Little Book on the Soon to be Blessed John Henry Newman
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             22 Mar 2010
    Students at the Pontifical Urban University in Rome pick up copies of a new book - a book that highlights the life and works of someone who once walked in their shoes, Cardinal John Henry Newman. ...


  • More Normal Than Not
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             22 Mar 2010
    The gruff plain-spoken paediatrician examined Anne McGowan's Down Syndrome baby and then looked her in the eye and said: "your daughter is more normal than not, so treat her that way!" ...


  • Stewardship
    By Most Rev. Julian Porteous             19 Mar 2010
    In the World Day of Peace Message for 2010 - "If you want to cultivate peace, protect creation" - Pope Benedict stated, "Man thus has a duty to exercise responsible stewardship over creation, to care for it and to cultivate it" ...


  • Finding Places to Celebrate our Humanity
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             17 Mar 2010
    A layman and a fervent catholic, Jean Vanier has consecrated his entire life to helping the mentally handicapped. ...


  • Pope to Lutheran Church in Rome: Only Christ can Grant Unity
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             16 Mar 2010
    We have destroyed the "us" of the Christian community, we have divided "the only way" into "many ways", and now we experience the sin that does not allow us to drink from the same chalice or be together around the altar. ...


  • The Black Madonna of Poland
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             10 Mar 2010
    The shrine of Czestochowa is found in the heart of Poland. A highlight of Marian devotion, it attracts four to five million pilgrims each year from 80 countries worldwide. ...


  • Vatican Report
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             8 Mar 2010
    It has been nearly five years since Pope John Paul II died, and many people expect the Vatican to approve his beatification sometime very soon. ...


  • Rosemary Goldie (1916-2010)
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             1 Mar 2010
    Rosemary Goldie, who died at the Little Sisters of the Poor, Randwick on Saturday evening 27 February at 94, will be remembered as a great champion of the Catholic laity. ...


  • The Virgin of Pompeii
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             25 Feb 2010
    All of Italy is dotted with Marian shrines. And one of the most beloved is certainly that of the Blessed Virgin of the Rosary in Pompeii. ...


  • Wanda Poltawska: John Paul II's Best Friend
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             25 Feb 2010
    When Wanda Poltawska was a young girl, she participated in Polands resistance against the Nazis. That's where Adolf Hitler's personal doctor, Karl Gebhardt subjected her to horrific medical experiments. ...


  • Mary at Lourdes
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             12 Feb 2010
    Mary reveals herself to the littlest ones. This is the picture that emerges from the Marian apparitions at Lourdes. ...


  • Shrine of Altötting
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             20 Jan 2010
    In the homeland of Pope Benedict XVI, in upper Bavaria, lies Altötting, the most famous Marian shrine of the German-speaking world, ...


  • The Crux Vaticana restored
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             18 Jan 2010
    It's one of the most ancient crosses in the world. But what makes this one so precious is what it holds in the middle: A small fragment of the Cross that Jesus was crucified on. ...


  • Vatican Report
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             18 Jan 2010
    John Thavis: A security breach in St. Peter's Basilica last Christmas Eve opened the doors to some criticism about the way the Vatican protects the Pope. ...


  • Students' Flourish at Notre Dame
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             11 Jan 2010
    Professor Celia Hammond, Vice Chancellor of the University of Notre Dame, Australia says while the nation's newest university may not appeal to everyone, ...


  • Vatican Report
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             4 Jan 2010
    Rolled into The Year for Priests; there were overseas visits; meetings with International leaders; significant liturgies and controversial decisions. ...