The Federal Government will give more than $70 million to schools run by the Exclusive Brethren, a religious sect Kevin Rudd has described as an "extremist cult" that breaks up families.The sect's schools have secured more than $8.4m under the Government's

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It is a reasonable complaint that most of the movie action leads are male, from James Bond to Harry Potter.  Hermione does make her claim but ultimately, follows Harry. So on that count alone, The Secret of Moonacre stands out from the other

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Mining giant BHP Billiton has pulled out of a nickel project in the Philippines following a campaign by English Caritas agency, CAFOD. BHP Billiton sold its 40 percent stake in the A$24.7 billion project to local joint-venture partner AMCOR

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A rarely viewed world map compiled in 1602 by Jesuit missionary to China, Matteo Ricci, has gone on display at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. The 400-year-old map identifies Florida as "the Land of Flowers" and put China at the

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Weekly Mass attendance and Catholic identification have fallen dramatically in France, according to a newspaper survey. Last year attendance was down to 4.5 percent, compared with 27 percent in 1965. Only 64 percent identify themselves as Catholic,

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Every day The Sisters of St Joseph sift through letters, emails and phone calls from people around the world who claim "miracles" through the intercession of Mary MacKillop. It is a full-time job for three of the sisters to collate

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An Egyptian man in Australia lives in fear of a backlash against his family because of his conversion from Islam to Christianity. "Mina", 36, is afraid for the safety of his family here and in Egypt, for defying the

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Soccer superstar David Beckham has added a black and white image of Jesus Christ to his collection of 17 tattoos as a tribute to his grandfather, who recently died. The new image, drawn on Beckham's lower right abdomen, is based on a painting called

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The day before Father Gerry Roche was murdered in Africa, the Christmas cards he had sent to family and friends dropped through the letter boxes of homes around Ireland. The missionary priest had written one to his sister telling her that he now considered

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Pope Benedict XVI --- Pope Benedict's pastoral letter in response to the child abuse scandals in the Church in Ireland will express his "complete abhorrence" of the crime and call on Catholic clergy and laity to renew Gospel

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Liberal democracy offers religious believers a bargain. Accept, as a price of citizenship, that you may never impose your convictions on your neighbour, or use state power to compel belief. In return, you will be free to practice your own faith as you see

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This is a romantic comedy about love, divorce and attachments of various kinds.  It stars Meryl Streep as Jane, a divorced mother of three, who finds that she is  becoming romantically involved again with her ex-husband, Jake (Alec Baldwin), who

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The strength of this book review site lies in the topicality of the titles and also the breadth of categories it offers. The range includes children, teens, theology, great men and women. www.goodcatholicbooks.com

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The Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office (ACMRO) and the National Catholic Education Commission (NCEC) have appealed for an end to violence towards international students living in Australia. ACMRO Director Father Maurizio Pettena said in a

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The Bible Society has launched a "no-fly" international faith and climate change talks for today, aiming to connect leaders and the public from across the globe, one month on from Copenhagen. Leaders are expected to log in from London,

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Each time I walk through a forest park and absorb the smell of the trees and the undergrowth, and listen as the breeze natters with the leaves, I feel myself enveloped and held in a calm and tranquil peace. In this intimate union with past generations I

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Religious leaders, parents and shoppers have complained that it's too early for the Easter Bunny. But Cairns' supermarkets are already starting to sell Easter eggs, citing customer demand. Cairns Central's Target store boasts one of the biggest

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Pope Benedict has met the 25-year-old Swiss-Italian Susan Maiolo, who knocked him down at Christmas Eve Mass, today and forgiven her for lunging at him. Ms Maiolo, who has a history of psychiatric problems, met the Pope privately with members of her

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Hollywood star Denzel Washington plays a wanderer in  his latest film, "Eli", about a nuclear war in America In the movie, his character looks for guidance in the Bible. The actor says he does the same in real life. "My father

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Port-au-Prince Archbishop Serge Miot is among thousands who are dead after a major earthquake destroyed the Haitian capital, including its cathedral, late Tuesday afternoon. The quake had a magnitude of 7.0 according to the U.S. Geological Survey, and

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