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The Rudd government has baulked at the recommendation for an Australian human rights act that would allow judges to assess Commonwealth laws, policies and practices for human rights compliance, writes Frank Brennan. Attorney-General Robert McClelland told the

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CathNews will join the nation in honouring our Anzac heroes this weekend. We will be taking a break on Monday and back as usual on Tuesday, April 27.PHOTO CREDITAnzac Day April 2007 on Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0

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Victorian Catholic schools are getting their Building the Education Revolution projects up and running much faster than their public counterparts. Nearly all of their projects are already underway. The key difference between the two systems in Victoria

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Australia will be judged by the way it treats refugees, says Bishop Christopher Saunders, Chairman of the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council. "There is a desperate need for leadership from both sides of politics on this issue. If our attitude

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The Archbishop of Westminster, Vincent Nichols, has issued an apology to the five million faithful in England and Wales, and to the victims of clerical sexual abuse. "What has happened in the Church in this country has been wrong, it has been a crime,

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The Australian Chamber Orchetsra's lead violin and conductor, Richard Tognetti, is taking the ACO on a national tour with guest voices Andrew Staples (tenor), Matthew Brook (bass), Sarah Macliver (soprano) and Fiona Campbell (mezzo soprano). They speak to

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When the Roman Empire ruled the world, and Jesus was radically changing it, what was life like for ordinary people? Scott Korb, a writer and professor at New York University, attempts to answer that question by rewinding 2,000 years and painting a picture of

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I was on a journey, a joyful journey full of interest, beauty, friendships and happiness. I knew I must be getting near the end, and was filled with gratitude for all that had been given to me on this journey that had been my life. At every stage along the

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An Australian brother from the St John of God Order convicted of sexual abuse in New Zealand is expected to be deported to Australia next year. Rodger William Moloney, who went to New Zealand in the 1970s to establish a school for boys in

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Ricky Martin's coming out lauded Former High Court justice Michael Kirby would swap 10 judges for one honest homosexual like singer Ricky Martin, and wants the Federal Government to act on legalising gay marriages.The former Justice of the High Court of

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The Templeton Prize honours a living person who has made an exceptional contribution to affirming life’s spiritual dimension, whether through insight, discovery, or practical works. Established in 1972 by the late Sir John Templeton, the Prize aims, in his

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Francisco J. Ayala---An evolutionary geneticist, molecular biologist and former Dominican priest Francisco J. Ayala, who has written about evolution and refuted creationism, has won the 2010 Templeton Prize, one of the world's top religion prizes.According

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When I was in Saudi Arabia, I had tea and sweets with a group of educated and sophisticated young professional women, writes Maureen Dowd in the New York Times. I asked why they were not more upset about living in a country where women’s rights

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Rabbi Raymond Apple---The Australian Catholic University will honour the former leader of Sydney's Great Synagogue, Rabbi Raymond Apple, for his outstanding contribution to Christian-Jewish understanding, interfaith co-operation and community engagement.Rabbi

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In the lead-up to next month's general election, British Opposition leader David Cameron answers Catholic Herald readers’ questions about abortion, euthanasia, poverty, marriage and his own Christian faith. Will you press for a reduction in the month for

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Late President of Poland Lech Kaczynski---More than 700 Polish-Australians attended Mass devoted to the late Polish president Lech Kaczynski at St Vincent's Catholic Church in Sydney yesterday, following his death in a plane crahs over the weekend.Prime

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Xenophobia, whether racially or economically motivated, is an emotional and irrational disease that corrodes individuals and societies. The wars, revolutions and persecutions that marked the 20th century still take their toll. On the other hand, the greater

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The St Francis Xavier Church in Hall, ACT, believed to be the oldest continually used Catholic church in the territory, celebrated its centenary over the weekend. Archbishop of Canberra and Goulburn Mark Coleridge marked the occasion by arriving for

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This index of saints and angels on Catholic Online provides a vast array of important and inspirational figures within the church's history. It also categorises them according to sex, colour, geography and other criteria. http://www.catholic.org/saints/

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The Pope, while he was a cardinal, acted "expeditiously" by the standards of the time, when he hesitated to dismiss a priest convicted of molesting two boys, according to a Vatican lawyer. In a statement issued yesterday on behalf of the Vatican,

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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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All your daily readings, reflections and prayers can be found here... 

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