Government policy has neglected families with older children, Vinnies researcher, Dr Andy Marks said, after figures showed that families with teenage children are no better off than a decade earlier and if anything worse off. The Sydney Morning

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In a bid to encourage American voters to visit their "Faithful Citizenship" website, US bishops are offering an iPod to a randomly selected visitors who register with the site. Zenit reports that as the US presidential elections approach,

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The one-lane road through the thick Mannar jungle passes a "Dangerous Area Do Not Enter" sign and the remains of a Tamil Tigers camp with twisted metal and collapsed trenches. Beyond that, an improbable sight appears in a clearing: a large Catholic

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Being in a relationship with the opposite sex boosts men's sense of self-esteem but hardly affects that of women, an Australian Catholic University researcher has found. Australian Catholic University PhD student Simon Rice's study into opposite sex

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UK Transport Minister, Ruth Kelly, a Catholic linked to Opus Dei, will resign after informing Prime Minister Gordon Brown of her religious objections to Government plans to liberalise stem cell research, reports say. Ms Kelly will step down at the

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Catholics can learn from the 16th-century Protestant reformer Martin Luther, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity head, Cardinal Walter Kasper says. Cardinal Kasper made the comments as Protestant churches in Germany prepare to launch a

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A Korean Catholic parish has donated over $100,000 or 15% of its annual income to build houses in Bangladesh and to provide food for people in Burundi. Pungam-dong Church in Gwangju (Kwangju), 270 kilometers south of Seoul, recently donated 100

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Israeli Rabbi Shear-Yashuv Cohen, co-chairman of the Israeli-Vatican dialogue commission and chief rabbi of Haifa, will become the first non-Christian ever to address a world Synod of Bishops. Catholic News Service reports that Rabbi Cohen will lead

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A Schools Assistance Bill introduced by Federal Education Minister Julia Gillard this week will require Catholic and other independent schools to report on their finances and results in the same way as government schools. Education Minister Julia

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The 300-year-old rule excluding Catholics from the British throne is set to be abolished under plans drawn up by Prime Minister Gordon Brown's office. The reforms would also put an end to the automatic male succession and would limit the power of the

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This slim volume by Tracey Rowland is literally what its sub-title says it is, "the theology of Pope Benedict XVI". We will not find, I suspect, a clearer or briefer or more accurate presentation of this theology. "Ratzinger

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The rainbow and the dove in the logo of the Community of Sant Egidio already hint at its origins in that year of living dangerously 1968. Launched by then-students who met in the Rome parish of St Egidio the community developed around four focal points:

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Describing them as an "invisible workforce", retired Melbourne Bishop Hilton Deakin has backed a campaign for wage increases by cleaners who are considering going on strike. Melbourne office workers could be swimming in trash in the coming

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One of the great truths of life is that everyone loves rights. We love them when we have them. But we particularly love them when we can loftily confer them on somebody else. So satisfying. The problem is that being a rights-giver carries its own

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St Paul did not invent Christianity, Pope Benedict said Wednesday in his General Audience talk, noting the Apostle's relationship with the Twelve and with Peter. The importance that Paul gave in his letters to sacred Tradition proves false the claim

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Plans by a fertility company to resume research to obtain stem cells from cloned human embryos are "repulsive and futile", the organisation Australians for Ethical Stem Cell Research says. AESCR director, Dr David van Gend, said the heart

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The only real growth registered in the current financial crisis has been "the commissions, profits of the banks and bonuses for the managers," Italian economist Ettore Gotti Tedeschi says in an article in Vatican newspaper, L'Osservatore

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Retired Sydney Bishop Geoffrey Robinson's controversial book, Confronting Power and Sex in the Catholic Church, has now sold 10,000 copies in Australia, its publisher says. The book has sold 10,000 copies in Australia since publication in September

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Australian Christian Brothers have introduced new programs in the Philippines and in Kenya for high school aged teenagers who have dropped out of school. The Catholic Weekly reports the Christian Brothers have two communities in the Philippines - one

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Hanoi authorities have failed to keep their promises to the parish of Thai Ha, the provincial of the Redemptorists in Vietnam says. AsiaNews reports that Fr Vincent Nguyen Trung Thanh says he tried to engage authorities in a dialogue in order to solve

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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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