The British faithful wishing to attend the Pope's prayer vigil in London's Hyde Park or the beatification of Cardinal John Henry Newman will have to pay for the experience. Church officials in England say those who wish to attend the events in

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Swiss Guards at the Vatican --- The Vatican has been accused of hypocrisy after the Swiss Guards launched a crackdown on tourists wearing skimpy clothing. The UK Telegraph reports tourists entering St Peter's Basilica have long been

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The fifth International Conference on Catholic Educational Leadership will be held in Sydney next week, from August 2-4, the Australian Catholic University has announced. The conference is held every two or three years and deals with educational

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Representatives of the Catholic, Anglican and Uniting Churches will host two election forums in Queensland in the coming weeks to enable Christians to hear party representatives' policies and views on important social and environmental issues. The

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In June the Government passed a bill extending blanket welfare quarantining from a handful of trial sites to the entire Northern Territory and then across the country. The Opposition Leader Tony Abbott supports the policy. In an address to the

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Julia Gillard (centre) --- Perth Archbishop Barry Hickey has suggested Julia Gillard's atheism could cost her votes, but Tony Abbott's "strong Christian faith" could benefit him. The archbishop told The Australian he had not meant to

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Catholic Social Services Australia has called on the Federal Government to extend employment opportunities for people to participate in the labour market. The Catholic Weekly reports that "we need to see Government creating supported employment schemes,"

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US Deacon Jack Sullivan --- American Deacon Jack Sullivan, who reported healing from a crippling spinal condition through the intercession of Cardinal John Henry Newman, will read the Gospel and serve as a deacon when Pope Benedict XVI

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The Vatican will fast-track its investigations of clerical sexual abuse cases and extend the statute of limitations by a decadeAnd for the first time, a priest may be defrocked through an "extra-judicial decree" - effectively, without a hearing.The updated

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The Vatican has labelled the ordination of women  among the "most serious crimes" and a "crime against the faith".In an update to disciplinary rules released by the Vatican this week, cases of "attempted ordination of women" will now be handled by the

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Tony Abbott --- Opposition Leader Tony Abbott says his leadership would offer the youth of Australia "an opportunity to re-engage with the fundamental views of our society". "Young people are dismissive of these values we are founded

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Perth St Mary’s Cathedral architect Peter Quinn said winning the George Temple Poole award was “a great honour” and a “wonderful climax” in his career because the Cathedral is such a “major iconic public building”.

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Having resigned as prime minister, Kevin Rudd had the good grace to turn up to question time, taking his place on the backbench. His family departed the Lodge in good time, writes Frank Brennan. After a beach holiday, he returned to his electorate and got

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Following on from the Predator science fiction series, which began in 1987, this third film attempts to offer a more sophisticated version of sci-fi action-adventure.  The principle behind the Predator series is important. The Predator

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Last week the Vatican announced that Raphael’s cartoons and tapestries for the Sistine Chapel will be exhibited at the V & A museum in London during the Pope's visit to Britain in September. Depicting the Acts of St Peter and St

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On Christmas Eve, 2002, Sydney solicitor John Ellis received a letter from the Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal George Pell. It was about the sexual abuse he suffered at the hands of Father Aidan Duggan of the Bass Hill parish, some 35 years before. The

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Catholic educators have invited all MPs on the campaign trail to visit their schools, in a bid to secure funding after the upcoming federal election.An AAP report in the Sydney Morning Herald quotes the Director of Catholic Education in the Archdiocese of

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Brisbane's Archbishop John Bathersby has described the archdiocese's Pray 2010 as "a success beyond all expectations" and "the best retreat" he has ever made."During the three days of gathering, a constant stream of people approached me to congratulate myself

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The celebrant and congregation came decked in Orange --- A priest in the Netherlands has been suspended for holding a special orange-themed mass in support of the national football team before the World Cup final between his country and

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"Did you ever meet Pope John Paul?" Father Stan Fortuna was asked at Pray 2010 following one of his morning keynote addresses, when we heard him speak with admiration of his "hero" and "mentor". Before you can say

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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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