Irish priest Fr Michael Mernagh has arrived in Dublin after an eight day "walk of atonement" in reparation for the clerical abuse of children. The Belfast Telegraph reports that Fr Mernagh set out from St Coleman's Cathedral in Cobh on December

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As the Czech Republic takes up the rotating presidency of the European Union, Prague Cardinal Miloslav Vlk has warned that Europe is dying out demographically and on the way to becoming markedly more Muslim. "When the Irish said No to the Lisbon

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We are God's work of art. Not all art is immediately pleasing. A civilised approach tries to widen one's range of appreciation to take in a greater variety of styles. So it is with people. If we limit ourselves to those immediately compatible, our circle of

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This edition of Encounter on the cost of food is a repeat of a program that aired in August 2008, but despite the fall in petrol prices since this time, the issue of access to food and its affordability is still a major concern. With food prices rising

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The Macías Picavea primary school hardly looks like the seat of revolution. But this unassuming brick building in a sleepy industrial town has become a battleground in an intensifying war between Church and state in Spain. In an unprecedented

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Vietnamese sisters who responded to an invitation to meet with the local government last month were dismayed when the meeting turned into a press conference announcing the government would seize their monastery to convert it into a public square. Catholic

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The tide may be turning in the flow of enrolments moving from state schools in New South Wales with many Catholic schools recording a moderate or even steep drop in numbers. The Daily Telegraph reports public shools are bracing for an influx of

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NZ priest, Fr Gerard Burn, has defended his actions in smattering blood and paint over a statue of assassinated Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin while an Israeli official has criticised Vatican Cardinal Renato Martino after he described Gaza as like a

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Eighty five year old Carl Djerassi the Austrian chemist who helped invent the contraceptive pill now says that his co-creation has led to a "demographic catastrophe." In an article published by the Vatican this week, the head of the world's Catholic

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Bethelehem's Salesian made Cremisan altar wine is flowing again after Israeli authorities lifted restrictions on its export. Della Shenton, of 5th Gospel Retreats, UK importers of the wine, said the Israeli authorities had given permission for truckloads

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A Brazilian sugar cane town wants to place itself on the map by building a 39 metre tall statue of Jesus, a metre higher than Rio de Janeiro's iconic image of Christ the Redeemer. The Age reports the Christ statue in Sertaozinho, northwest of Sao Paulo

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Pacifists want to understand war as a lawless condition that should be abolished. But those who recognise that humanity won't succeed in stopping war seek, instead, to contain and "humanise" it. The medieval Popes practiced this wisdom when they

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This SBS documentary is set in the Year 2075. Climate predictions made at the beginning of the 21st century have turned out to be dramatically true and global warming of the Earth's atmosphere has now serious consequences on the every day lives of

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If we Protestants are serious about the Bible we cannot escape the conclusion that Mary is a figure to be reckoned with, even if her prominence varies in the gospels and the earliest known New Testament writer, Paul, never mentions her. It is unfortunate

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No doubt in the tradition of "Catholic clubs" which developed in New South Wales and other states, the Coffs Harbour Catholic Recreation & Sporting Club would have sprung up as an inititive of a local Catholic parish or sporting club.

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The Taizé community will print and distribute one million Catholic Bibles in China during 2009, the community's prior, Br Alois Loser has announced. Br Loser revealed the plan to help the Christians in China at the conclusion of the closing of the

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In a rapid policy reversal, the Malaysian government will now allow the Malay edition of the Catholic Herald to resume publication but a ban imposed on the use of the word "Allah" for "God" remains pending a forthcoming court case.

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The Israeli Foreign Ministry accused Vatican Cardinal Renato Martino of "Hamas propaganda" after he described conditions in Gaza as increasingly resembling "a big concentration camp". The Times Online says that question mark hangs over Pope Benedict

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Unveiling the NSW Opposition Coalition crime policy yesterday, Shadow Attorney-General and Catholic, Greg Smith, said that he would not seek further restrictions on abortion despite his links with the anti-abortion movement. The Sydney Morning Herald

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A convert from Lutheranism and from the liberalism of his youth, American conservative Catholic icon, Fr Richard John Neuhaus, has died at 72. Boston.com reports Fr Neuhaus was a Lutheran minister who converted to Catholicism in 1990. He is probably

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From St Mary’s, North Sydney. The first Mass of the day on YouTube

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Live streamed from Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral, Waitara

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All your daily readings, reflections and prayers can be found here... 

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