No Prada for Pope

23-Jun-2008
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An article in L'Osservatore Romano has put paid to stories that Pope Benedict's red shoes are made by Prada but fashion commentators say that the pontiff's liturgical outfit tastes are "very 2008". The Times Online quotes the Vatican paper

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A psychosexual assessment and treatment centre set up by the Catholic Church to deal with abusive clergy is to close this month pending a restructuring. The Sydney Morning Herald reports the closure comes at a sensitive time, on the eve of Pope

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Professional alarmists and their first cousins the knockers come up against a brick wall when they are confronted by those professional and incurable optimists, the Christians. People captivated by Jesus as their Risen friend overpower by their enduring

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Children of the Silk Road bids to be an epic tale of heroism and endurance in war-torn China of the late 1930's. It is based on fact, being the story of George Hogg, a British journalist who ran foul of the occupying Japanese army when he photographed

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St Patrick's College in the western Sydney suburb of Strathfield is a Year 5 to 12 school now under the auspices of Edmund Rice Education Australia. Like other NSW schools, Term 2 concludes today and it has been a busy period in recent times for

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There are those who seem concerned that the "visionaries", instead of retiring to the cloister, have chosen to marry and raise families. In an age addicted to profligacy and promiscuity, where marriage is demeaned and family life dangerously

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The Australian bishops this weekend launched a major media advertising campaign that aims to reconnect Catholics who have drifted from their faith with the Church. In a campaign described as the Church's "biggest ever outreach", the bishops

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An American priest who jogged naked around a city park in his parish has been convicted of indecent exposure. Michigan priest, Fr Robert Whipkey will be sentenced on August 11 in a local court and may be forced to register as a sex offender.

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Bush a Catholic?

16-Jun-2008
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European newspapers are reporting that US President George Bush may follow his brother Florida Governor Jeb Bush and former British PM Tony Blair by converting to Catholicism at the end of his presidential term. The UK Telegraph reports various

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A new dispute has broken out between Sydney City Council and Word Youth Day organisers over who will pay for repairs to the city's famous Hyde Park. The Sydney Morning Herald reports Lord Mayor Clover Moore plans to kick Pope Benedict and the six day

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Concluding his US tour, retired Sydney priest Bishop Geoffrey Robinson says that he was forced to choose between loyalty to abuse victims and loyalty to the pope. The Age reports Bishop Robinson told a US audience last week that as a bishop, he took

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Adelaide Vicar-General Monsignor David Cappo has backed a call by church leaders for urgent action to address binge drinking among young people. Adelaide Now reports Msgr Cappo, who is also chairman of the State Government's Social Inclusion Unit,

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The Vatican is writing to all seminaries to request that all candidates are trained to celebrate the Mass according to the Latin Tridentine Rite. Catholic News Service reports Pope Benedict would like every Catholic parish in the world to

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There are between 800 and 1,200 people who are homeless each night in Canberra, according to the St Vincent de Paul Society, a remarkable figure for such an affluent city. The house is a melange of pensioners, the formerly homeless, unemployed people,

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At a time when we are lobbying the State Government for equity of funding with government schools for capital works and students with disabilities, it is not helpful to have uncertainty on a federal level. The current SES funding model for non-government

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This Sunday's edition of Compass is titled In our Name and looks at the moral ambiguities underlying contemporary attitudes to torture. Strictly prohibited under international law, the use of torture today is widespread and since 9/11 increasingly

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The Catholic Church in Australia will become a net energy producer within 25 years if a project to green church communities is successful. The Age reports the goal of the Greening Communities project, launched by Church Resources last week, is to

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World Youth Day organisers are constructing what they describe as a "mini-city" in the Barangaroo precinct in Sydney's East Darling Harbour. Organisers are describing the new 22-hectare Barangaroo site at East Darling Harbour as a mini-city, ABC

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Edmund Rice Centre director Phil Glendenning says the suicide of a Chinese man forcibly returned to China by  immigration authorities reveals serious errors in Australia's treatment of asylum seekers. The tragic death of the man known as Mr Zhang

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The Catholic organisation Human Life International has launched a call to priests to sign a "pledge of assent" to the teaching of Pope Paul VI's encyclical Humanae Vitae. Fr Thomas J. Euteneuer, president of Human Life International (HLI)

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Mass on Demand

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

Mass Online

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Live streamed from Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral, Waitara

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