Dr Philip Nitschke --- Medical authorities are investigating euthanasia campaigner Dr Philip Nitschke after the death of a terminally ill South Australian woman, reports the Herald Sun. An investigator has been appointed to determine whether it was "good

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Two priests from the Diocese of Sale in Victoria have started an online petition calling for Pope Benedict to change current communion practices to eliminate receiving the Eucharist in the hand, reports the US Catholic. The petition by Fathers Andrew Wise

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CathNews will not be published tomorrow or Friday. We wish all our readers a happy Australia Day. We will return on Monday, January 30. CathNews Perspectives will be published as normal on Friday.

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The world's first "megachurch" - defined as a church with weekly worship attendance of 2,000 or more, a charismatic founder and leader - did not originate in 1950s America, writes Jon Sweeney in the Huffington Post. Instead, by this definition, the first

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As they celebrate the New Year and enter the Year of the Dragon, Chinese Catholics have additional reasons for rejoicing: Pope Benedict XVI will make Hong Kong’s Bishop John Tong Hon a cardinal on February 18 and, for the first time in history, there

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Sally Read is an acclaimed poet and former psychiatric nurse in London, who was raised as an atheist but recently was received into the Catholic Church in the Vatican. She talks about her conversion on The Spirit of Things. Emotions and Beliefs: The Spirit

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The Catholic Bishops Commission for Justice, Ecology and Development has called on political parties to mark Australia Day by working towards a common approach to asylum seekers - and put a limit to their time in detention, the bishops said in a

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Pope Benedict --- Archbishop Jose Guadalupe Martin Rabago of Leon called on organised crime groups to ensure there is peace during Pope Benedict's upcoming cisit to Mexico, said an EFE report on Fox News Latino. The archbishop said in a press conference

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Screenshot from the Vatican Insider --- While the victory of Islamic parties "scares Christians", it is an expression of the will of the Egyptian population, a spokesman for the Catholic Church in Egypt said on the day of the first session held by the

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Father Shay Cullen, image from www.preda.org --- A prominent Irish missionary priest has claimed that clerical celibacy will soon be a thing of the past, said a report on Irish Central. Father Shay Cullen has earned three Nobel Peace Prize nominations

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Screenshot from the Northcote Leader --- Good Samaritans have come to the rescue of a church in Preston, Victoria, that was robbed of cash donations before Christmas, reports the Northcote Leader. Sacred Heart Catholic parish priest Father William Burt

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Amid the deluge of information and nonstop chatter in today's media, the Church needs to help people find safe havens of silence, Pope Benedict said in his message for the 2012 celebration of World Communications Day, reports the Catholic News Service. Far

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Filmed in London, Budapest and Istanbul, this movie is based on the 1974 book of the same name by John le Carre. The film premiered at the 2011 Venice International Film Festival, and condenses a highly complex book to its bare essentials, and gives his novel

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The traditional primacy of the Roman Catholic church in Poland has been shaken. Last October, one of every 10 Poles voted for the socially egalitarian and explicitly anticlerical party known as the Palikot Movement, named after founder Janusz Palikot

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One can learn much about the current state of religious and secular opinion, and the confidence of their exponents, from responses to the death of Christopher Hitchens (pictured here with Tony Blair), writes John Haldane in the Catholic Herald. Among

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Caritas Australia, in partnership with Catholic Relief Services and other agencies within the Caritas network, have enabled so-called “R2R” or Rubble to Reconstruction entrepreneurs in Haiti to successfully establish businesses that directly

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Screenshot from The Australian --- Australia's first Rome-based ambassador to the Vatican, Tim Fischer, wrapped up his posting early this month with an audience with the Pope, according to the Australian. The former army conscript and farmer was not the

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Screenshot from the Herald Sun --- Father Bob Maguire has demanded an apology from radio's Derryn Hinch after the 3AW broadcaster renewed allegations that the priest laundered embezzled funds to support his charity, reports the Herald Sun. The

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Screenshot from the video, Hidden Christians - Japan, on YouTube --- Film director Martin Scorsese is preparing to shoot a new film with a heavyweight cast about the martyrs of Japan, according to a Spero News report on ucanews.com. RevTim Byron SJ from

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Image from a message on the website of St Joseph's College Hunters Hill NSW --- Marist Brother Charles Howard, who had once served as Superior General of the Marist Brothers for eight years, died in Sydney on Saturday after a short illness, said a

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From Parish of Our Lady of The Way, North Sydney & Lavender Bay. 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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