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  • Adult Stem Cell Conference Begins at the Vatican
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             11 Nov 2011
    The Vatican is holding a three day conference to promote research using adult stem cells. Different scientists, stem cell companies, and health ministers are meeting in Rome to gain support of different policy makers.


  • Foster Care Helps Keep Siblings Together
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             16 Sep 2011
    Robyn and her husband Leigh have love, warmth and big hearts and for the past decade have not only been Mum and Dad to their own three children but foster parents to many more.


  • Mary's Meals Aid Organization: On the Front Line of Hunger
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             9 Sep 2011
    The Scottish based Catholic aid organization Mary's Meals started in the early 1990's as two brothers set out in a landrover to deliver badly needed food to refugees in Yugoslavia.


  • Remembering Cardinal Moran
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             16 Aug 2011
    Tuesday, 16 August marks the Centenary of the death of Cardinal Patrick Francis Moran, third Archbishop of Sydney and one of the city's most outstanding leaders.


  • New Archaeological Treasure Uncovered Near Colosseum
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             3 Aug 2011
    One by one, day after day, these workers are uncovering a true piece of art. It's an ancient mosaic that's about 2,000 years old.


  • St Mary Magdalene
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             22 Jul 2011
    Mary Magdalene was one of Christ's most beloved disciples. St Augustine in the fourth century said of her: "The Holy Spirit made Magdalene the Apostle of the Apostles".


  • Pope will meet his former students at Castel Gandolfo
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             22 Jul 2011
    It's a tradition that started well before Benedict XVI became pope. Every year, he holds a private meeting with his former students to discuss theology. This year, the theme will be "The New Evangelization."


  • Italian police recover 3,000 pieces of stolen art
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             11 Jul 2011
    Italy has long been the cradle of the art world. Because of this, art thieves and illegal traders of precious works consider it a special place. But their crime comes at a price.


  • Pope Gets Ready for Vacation in Castel Gandolfo
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             8 Jul 2011
    Everyone needs a vacation every now and then, the Pope is no exception. This week, Benedict XVI will head out to the usual spot, Castel Gandolfo, a small village just south of Rome. ...


  • Sister Teresita, 103 years old, world's longest serving recluse
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             4 Jul 2011
    This nun holds the world record for the longest time living in cloistered life. Her name is Sister Teresita, she's 103 years old and has lived 84 of them in the convent of Buenafuente de Sistal, in Guadalajara, Spain.


  • Pope Awards Ratzinger Prize in Theology
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             1 Jul 2011
    Benedict XVI has awarded the Ratzinger prize in theology in the Vatican's Apostolic Palace. ...


  • Corpus Christi Procession 2011
    By Most Rev. Julian Porteous             26 Jun 2011
    "And know that I am with you always; yes, to the end of time" (Mt 28:20).


  • Pope Calls for Europe to Do More Toward Integration of Gypsies
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             14 Jun 2011
    Benedict XVI held the first-ever papal audience with a group of European Gypsies. Upon entering the hall he was greeted with an enthusiasm for which the Gypsies are famous. ...


  • Pope Encourages Youth to Donate Blood
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             14 Jun 2011
    Benedict XVI, who before becoming pope was an organ donor, noted during the Regina Coeli that the World Day of Blood Donors is arriving and thanked everyone who participated. ...


  • Anniversary of the Death of Pope John XXIII
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             3 Jun 2011
    It was 3 June 48 years ago one of the most popular popes and one of the most influential died after less than five years in office. ...


  • Book looks into life and success of early Christians
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             30 May 2011
    After the resurrection of Jesus, the group of disciples was very small. It included a few dozen people led by St. Peter and other apostles.


  • New software that blocks pornography on the web
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             23 May 2011
    It's called "Saint Light." It's a new computer application created at the University of Ensenada in Mexico.


  • The Price of China's Economic Boom
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             23 May 2011
    China's economy has taken 250 million people out of poverty. ...


  • Pope Visits Venice
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             10 May 2011
    During the pope's two day trip to northern Italy he stopped in the towns of Venice and Aquileia. During Sunday's Mass and the Regina Coeli, Benedict XVI spoke about the challenges of the evangelization. ...


  • Pope Enjoys Gondola Ride in Venice
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             10 May 2011
    During his visit to Venice, Pope Benedict XVI enjoyed a gondola ride that took him from St. Mark's Square to the Basilica della Salute. ...


  • Benedict XVI Venerates Coffin of John Paul II
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             3 May 2011
    Benedict XVI was the first to venerate the mortal remains of John Paul II in St. Peter's Basilica. He was joined by all the cardinals who celebrated the beatification Mass. ...


  • The saints of John Paul II
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             2 May 2011
    During his 26 year pontificate, John Paul II named more saints and blessed than all his predecessors combined. ...


  • Life of Pope John Paul II
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             28 Apr 2011
    He's one of the most beloved Pope's in Church History. His charisma magnetic, his faith unshakable. His story started in the small polish town of Wadowice on May 18, 1920. ...


  • John Paul II to be Listed in Guinness Book of Records
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             28 Apr 2011
    He's a man who has every right to enter the Guinness Book of World Records. During his pontificate, John Paul II, quickly broke all the records set by his predecessors. ...


  • The Pope Will Vacation at Castel Gandolfo
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             27 Apr 2011
    After Easter, Pope Benedict XVI, will leave Rome to rest for a few days at his residence in Castel Gandolfo. ...


  • Rome Full of Souvenirs of Pope John Paul II
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             27 Apr 2011
    John Paul II greets pilgrims from all corners of Rome. His face has flooded the Eternal City with posters and souvenirs of all kinds and for all tastes. ...


  • The "Titulus Crucis" Sign of I.N.R.I, A True Relic Of Rome
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             27 Apr 2011
    Rome's Basilica of Saint Croce of Gerusalemme hosts the "Titulus Crucis," the sign that Pontius Pilate placed on Jesus' Cross labeled "Jesus of Nazareth King of the Jews." ...


  • What is Good Friday?
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             22 Apr 2011
    Good Friday is one of the principal celebrations of Catholicism. ...


  • Benedict XVI Blesses Oils at the Chrism Mass
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             22 Apr 2011
    During the Chrism Mass at St. Peter's Basilica, Benedict XVI blessed the oils to be used in the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, Anointing the sick and Holy Orders, throughout the coming year. ...


  • What is Holy Thursday?
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             22 Apr 2011
    After Palm Sunday, the next important day of Holy Week is Holy Thursday. ...


  • 2011 UNIV Congress will pay special respects to John Paul II
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             18 Apr 2011
    A book and a video with personal messages of thanks to John Paul II will be given to Benedict XVI. This is part of the new initiative by the UNIV congress that will be held in Rome from April 16 to 24.


  • How to Live Holiness According to John Paul II
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             11 Apr 2011
    "Holiness is to raise one's eyes to the summits. It is intimacy with God the Father who is in Heaven. ..."


  • Reflections of Christmas Island - by Fr Jim Carty
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             4 Mar 2011
    On a headland overlooking Flying Fish Cove, the only relatively safe haven for boats to land at Christmas Island, is a small cairn or landmark of rocks surrounded at its base by river stones. Who placed the cairn here is unknown but for anyone on the Island it is a heartfelt and ...


  • Vatican Studies How to Help Women Post-Abortion
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             25 Feb 2011
    The Vatican department dedicated to studying issues related to bioethics and the protection of life met in Rome with experts from different cultures and religions to talk about post-abortion trauma. ...


  • Vatican Report
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             21 Feb 2011
    John Thavis: The Vatican recently announced some good news: the total number of priests in the world has increased over the past decade. ...


  • Vatican Radio Celebrates 80 years
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             11 Feb 2011
    This is the sound of the first transmission in Vatican Radio's history. With words spoken in Latin, Pope Pius XI greeted listeners all over the world on February 12, 1931, 80 years ago. ...


  • Caritas Jerusalem
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             3 Feb 2011
    Caritas in Jerusalem. Offices and people at computers working around the clock to help the victims of an unending conflict. ...


  • The life of John Paul II
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             17 Jan 2011
    When he was young, he had to overcome the death of his entire family, he worked in a factory while he studied for the priesthood in secrecy. ...


  • Pope John Paul II: The Record Breaking Pope
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             17 Jan 2011
    John Paul II is without a doubt the pope who has broken the most records in the Churchs history. ...


  • Biography of John Paul II
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             17 Jan 2011
    When he was young, he overcame the death of his entire family, he endured the hard life of a labor worker and he studied in secrecy with the help of his professors. ...


  • What's Beatification?
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             17 Jan 2011
    It's a long road to beatification and canonization since there must be hard proof that one has lived a holy life and can be a hero to all Catholics. ...


  • Gospel for the Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord, 2011
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             6 Jan 2011
    When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, in the days of King Herod, behold, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, "Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star at its rising and have come to do him homage." ...


  • 2010 - In Remembrance
    Tributes and Legacies

    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             5 Jan 2011
    Over the past 12 months we lost several beloved and admired figures. One of these was Rosemary Goldie, one of the female pioneers of the Church who died in Sydney on 27 February 2010 aged 94. For more than 50 years, Manly-born Rosemary was one of the leading figures of the Vatican's bureaucracy and the first-ever woman to hold a post within the Roman Curia. ...


  • 2010 - Remembered
    Tragedies and Celebrations; Historical and Topical

    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             5 Jan 2011
    Christmas Eve 2009 many were shocked as they watched a young woman jump from the crowd inside St Peter's Basilica in Rome as Pope Benedict XVI celebrated Mass, grabbing hold of the Holy Father's pallium and knocking the 82-year-old Pontiff to the ground. ...