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  • Cardinal Pell Applauds Block on Internet Child Porn
    By Katrina Lee             17 Dec 2009
    The Catholic Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal George Pell, today praised the Federal Government for its decision to require internet service providers to block child pornography and other material refused classification. ...
  • Cardinal Pell awards $100,000 for adult stem cell research
    By Katrina Lee             18 Nov 2009
    The Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal George Pell today announced the Archdiocese of Sydney's fourth $100,000 grant to support adult stem cell research has been awarded to Dr Carl Walkley of St Vincent's Institute of Medical Research, Melbourne. ...
  • Papal Honours Awarded
    By Katrina Lee             11 Nov 2009
    Three leading members of the Archdiocese of Sydney have been awarded Papal honours and will be invested as Papal Knights and Dames at a special ceremony at Cathedral House on November 12 at 3.00pm. ...
  • New Monsignors in Sydney and Melbourne Following World Youth Day
    By Katrina Lee             23 Oct 2009
    The Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Sydney, Monsignor John Usher, has been made a Prelate of Honour of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI; and the parish priest of Bondi Beach, Monsignor Neil Brown, has been made a Chaplain of His Holiness. ...
  • Peace With Justice in Israeli-Palestine Conflict
    By Katrina Lee             8 Oct 2009
    A two state solution is the only possibility for peace in the Holy Land, says Cardinal John Foley, Grand Master of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. ...
  • Without God We Are Nothing - Archbishop Cardinal George Pell
    By Katrina Lee             7 Oct 2009
    Addressing a packed studio audience at the Sydney Opera House on the weekend, Sydney Archbishop Cardinal George Pell confronted the so-called "new atheism" in a scholarly, logical and popular address at the inaugural Festival of Dangerous Ideas. ...
  • Australian Nun Saves 100s of Samoan Children
    By Katrina Lee             2 Oct 2009
    An Australian nun almost certainly saved the lives of 320 panicked and frightened school children when she made a split second decision to shepherd the children to higher ground as the Samoan tsunami approached the island during the week. ...


  • Catholic Priest Appears in Local Court
    By Katrina Lee             14 Aug 2009
    Catholic priest, Fr Robert Fuller, 54, from Liverpool appeared in Parramatta Local Court this morning charged with grooming a person under the age of 16. ...
  • Call for Prayers for Tongan Ferry Victims
    By Katrina Lee             11 Aug 2009
    Catholics across Australia are being asked to offer up prayers for the families affected by the recent ferry disaster in Tonga. ...
  • First Year WYD Anniversary Mass
    By Katrina Lee             20 Jul 2009
    Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal George Pell, will celebrate the First Year World Youth Day Anniversary Mass at St Mary's Cathedral Crypt tonight, 20 July, at 6.30pm. ...
  • First Year World Youth Day Anniversary
    By Katrina Lee             17 Jul 2009
    WYD Co-ordinator, Bishop Anthony Fisher will talk about World Youth Day one year on while Bishop Julian Porteous will talk about SCENE, a first-ever national congress for young people to be held in halls and pubs around town. The hugely successful Catholic Underground, the rocking and rapping musical Franciscan Friars here for WYD last year have returned for SCENE. ...
  • Nobody's Fool, Nobody's Man
    By Katrina Lee             8 Jul 2009
    The Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal George Pell has paid tribute to the late legendry journalist, Frank Devine, describing him as "Nobody's fool and nobody's man". ...
  • Scene in Sydney
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             8 Jul 2009
    Thousands of Catholics from across Australia as well as clergy, apologists and speakers from the US, Europe, Britain and Asia will converge on Sydney from July 19 until July 26 when the city sets the SCENE with Australia's first-ever national congress on the new evangelism. ...
  • Catholic Church Offers $100,000 for Adult Stem Cell Research
    By Katrina Lee             8 Jul 2009
    The Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney has invited applications from Australian-based researchers for a $100,000 grant to support and foster research on the therapeutic potential of adult stem cells. ...
  • Lets Help Jobseekers and Employers
    By Katrina Lee             3 Jul 2009
    An initiative of the Catholic Church and the Australian Government will connect jobseekers with employers. ...
  • Ten Thousand to Walk with Christ in the CBD
    By Katrina Lee             12 Jun 2009
    More than ten thousand of Sydney's Catholic faithful will join the Archbishop Cardinal George Pell on Sunday for what has become the traditional annual procession of the Blessed Sacrament Feast of Corpus Christi. ...
  • Final Score 102 and the Loss of a Legend
    By Katrina Lee             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. ...
  • Youth Create Scene in Sydney Pubs
    By Katrina Lee             4 Jun 2009
    On the anniversary of World Youth Day 2008 next month, under 30s from across Australia will converge on Sydney and flock to pubs in the CBD to drink wine and beer, and ...
  • Students World Youth Day Reunion with Visiting Archbishop
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             27 May 2009
    The Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal George Pell who has been visiting Darwin this week had the chance to catch up with some students who travelled to Sydney nearly one year ago for World Youth Day. ...
  • Cardinal Pell Milestone
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             25 May 2009
    This week has special significance for the Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal George Pell as it marks the 22nd anniversary of his Episcopal Consecration. ...
  • Research Report on World Youth Day 2008
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             12 May 2009
    Seven out of ten young people who attended World Youth Day in Sydney last year rated it was one of the best experiences in their life. ...
  • Four Sydney Seminarians to be Ordained as Priests
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             30 Apr 2009
    After more than seven years of intense study, commitment and unwavering faith in God, four Sydney deacons will be ordained as priests at St Mary's Cathedral tonight, Thursday April 30. ...
  • 'The Priests' First Appearance Down Under - St Mary's Cathedral - Crypt
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             29 Apr 2009
    'The Priests', the three singing clergymen from Northern Ireland, will sing two songs from their best selling album during a media conference in The Crypt at St Mary's Cathedral at 12 noon tomorrow, Thursday, April 30. ...
  • Anzac Eve Vigil of Remembrance
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             23 Apr 2009
    The Governor of NSW, Professor Marie Bashir will join military leaders from Australia's Army, Navy and Air Force for the annual Anzac Eve Vigil Mass of Remembrance at St Mary's Cathedral on April 24. ...
  • Young Australians Feel Earthquake in Rome
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             7 Apr 2009
    The 65 young Australian pilgrims in Italy for the handover of the World Youth Day Cross and Icon at St Peter's Square were jolted awake by the 6.3 earthquake that devastated the Medieval town of L'Aquila.at 3:23 am on Monday, April 6. ...
  • Gift to Pope Benedict Xvi from Australia's Indigenous People
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             6 Apr 2009
    Indigenous youth leader and educator Mark Heiss will present Pope Benedict XVI with the Message Stick that accompanied the World Youth Day's Cross and Icon on a six month journey across Australia prior to WYD08 in Sydney. ...
  • Joy And Sadness as Wyd Cross And Icon Pass to Spain
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             6 Apr 2009
    The Cross and Icon from World Youth Day in Sydney in 2008 was officially handed over to Madrid, Spain in Rome on Sunday, April 5, following the Palm Sunday Mass celebrated by Pope Benedict XVI in St Peter's Square. ...
  • Artist to Create 35 Paintings for Australian Chapel in Rome
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             25 Mar 2009
    Dural-based artist and award-winning portraitist, Paul Newton has been commissioned to create 35 paintings for the chapel attached to Rome's first-ever centre for Australian pilgrims....
  • Palm Sunday Mass And Handover Of The Cross And Icon In Rome On 5 April 2009
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             18 Mar 2009
    The Palm Sunday Mass with the Holy Father and the official handover of the World Youth Day Cross and Icon from Sydney to Madrid will be covered live on the Archdiocese of Sydney's international online network xt3.com. ...
  • Good Friday Not A Day for Gambling
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             17 Mar 2009
    "Good Friday is one of the most sacred days on the calendar when Christians commemorate the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ. This is at the very heart of the Christian faith," Bishop Anthony Fisher op, Catholic Auxiliary Bishop of Sydney said today. ...
  • Holy icon arrives in sydney
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             17 Mar 2009
    The exquisitely-detailed scarlet and gold Icon of Mary Seat of Wisdom, patron of universities and learning has arrived in Sydney. ...


  • Catholics Call for Reverse of Abortion Aid Decision
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             10 Mar 2009
    "The Government's decision to lift the ban on Australian overseas aid being used for abortion is a cause of great sadness. ..."
  • Cardinal Pell Tackles Intolerance in Oxford Lecture
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             9 Mar 2009
    Secular and religious intolerance is one of the key issues of today and needs to be confronted publicly and regularly, the Catholic Archbishop of Sydney Cardinal George Pell said in an Oxford University lecture. ...


  • 79th Red Mass
    By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese             2 Feb 2009
    His Eminence George Cardinal Pell AC, Catholic Archbishop of Sydney, celebrated the 79th Red Mass this morning at St. Mary's Cathedral. ...