The St Vincent de Paul Society National Council of Australia will continue its push for a major overhaul of the support payment system during Anti-Poverty Week 2011, the organisation said in a statement. Chief Executive Officer, Dr John Falzon, says if the

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Image from www.jrolevinksculptor.com.au --- Judith Rolevink took four months and said countless prayers to Saint Mary of the Cross before she was happy with the image she had sculpted of Australia's first saint, unveiled yesterday outside the Mary

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Screenshot from www.fatherbob.com.au --- Supporters of South Melbourne priest Father Bob Maguire have begun bombarding the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne with letters and emails pleading for him to be kept on as a parish priest, reports the Herald

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'Praying', on Flickr --- Pope Benedict says he has called for a "Year of Faith," starting in October 2012, in response to a "profound crisis of faith that has affected many people" and left them searching for answers, reports the Catholic News

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The Church in Ireland has launched a new app for young men who are thinking of joining the priesthood, designed to help users reflect on whether the clerical life is for them, said an AFP report on Google News. The free "Vocations" app includes the

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Anyone witnessing the morning rush into school at some of the Catholic comprehensive schools in England’s northern towns and cities will notice girls in headscarves and boys in skullcaps and turbans among the pupils, reports the Tablet. According to

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Sr Quinane receiving communion from the Pope --- Twelve months on from canonisation, our Australian people are still coming to terms with what it means to have a canonised Australian saint, writes Sr Noelene Quinane RSJ, in the Canberra-Goulburn

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The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference Media Blog has a list of interesting and timely blogs on issues of contemporary relevance, from faith to politics and beyond. http://www.catholic.org.au/mediablog/

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Tomorrow Pope Benedict XVI will officially open Domus Australia in Rome. The opening will be streamed live on the Archdiocese of Sydney website Xt3. The link for this is xt3.com/domus.

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As Silvio Berlusconi grapples with the greatest crisis the Italian republic has ever seen, a member of his extended family has gone on a long retreat to Medjugorje, reports the Catholic Herald. Ania Goledzinowska, the Polish girlfriend of Paolo Enrico

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The story is an old one and I've told it before, but never has it felt so ominous as it does right now. It happened this way: About 15 or 20 years ago, I gave a series of conferences in a parish in Canada, writes Joan Chittister in NCR Online. I like Canada

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Catholic Education Melbourne has a new website. Containing a broader focus on Catholic education across the Archdiocese, the site has a fresh new design, new content and improved navigation. http://www.ceomelb.catholic.edu.au/

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As part of Anti-Povety Week, St Vincent de Paul will host a forum on Friday titled Rights & Poverty: State of the Nation. The guest speaker is Dr Cassandra Goldie (pictured), Executive Officer Australian Council of Social Services, who will be joined

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Bishop William Morris --- Australian bishops have had a special meeting with top Vatican officials to discuss the case of Bishop William Morris, who was removed from office by the Pope after years of tension with a variety of Vatican offices, said

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St Vincent de Paul is set to cut back on its spending in the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn after dipping into its cash reserves by more than $900,000 in the past year, reports the Catholic Voice. Canberra-Goulburn central council president of the St

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Image of an 6-7 week embryo from a spontaneous termination (not abortion) , on Flickr --- EU bishops have welcomed the Judgment of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in a ruling that  decided destructive research on human embryo cannot be

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An image from Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, on Flickr --- American actress Susan Sarandon has been slammed for calling the Pope a Nazi, in remarks made while talking about the film Dead Man Walking, said an AAP report in the Courier Mail. The

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For the first time, Pope Benedict has invited atheists, in addition to representatives of all faiths, to a religious peace gathering in Assisi due to take place on October 27, said a VIS report in the Independent Catholic News. Msgr Melchor Jose Sanchez

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Screenshot from the Catholic News Agency report --- Following a review of Regnum Christi, the lay movement affiliated with the Legionaries of Christ, changes will be made in the way its consecrated lay men and women are overseen, reports the Catholic News

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Fr Damonn Sypher (centre), with Fr Duncan Wong (left) and Fr Greg Jordan after Fr Sypher's first Mass celebrated at the Maternal Heart of Mary Chapel in Lewisham, Sydney --- "Thoughtful men, with hearts craving the truth, have come to seek in the Catholic

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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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