Perth Archbishop Barry Hickey said the official opening and re-dedication of St Mary's Cathedral, Perth, will take place on Tuesday December 8, 2009, coinciding with the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. "It is expected that many Bishops from

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Catholic Superannuation and Retirement Fund (CSRF) has boosted its exposure to credit as it also looks to expand into private equity, awarding $90 million to three investment managers. The managers Colonial First State, Banquo and Wellington Asset

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The Pope is basically right about Africa.There's no evidence at all that condoms have worked as a public health intervention intended to reduce HIV infections, at the "level of population." It may well make sense for an individual to use condoms

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Idealism often leads people who belong to idealistic groups to live and work among the marginalised. In time they often feel marginalised and are seen as marginalised within the organisations to which they belong. They are said to "go native".

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Social Policy Connections and the Yarra Institute for Religion and Social Policy invite people to a forum to hear Australian moral theologian Professor Brian V Johnstone offering a Moral Reflection on the Iraq War. Professor Johnstone lectured at

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Edmund Rice Education Australia was launched by the Christian Brothers in 2007 to administer the 40 schools and colleges owned by the congregation in Australia. The move coincided with the Brothers focusing on other non-education ministries and

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Former US president Jimmy Carter and The Elders group of global leaders want an end to "harmful and discriminatory practices against women and girls" within religions, such as the exclusion of women in priesthood. "Religion and

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Using a hairdryer labeled "Reason", some American atheists are going through a "de-baptism" ceremony followed by a "de-sacrament" of crackers with peanut butter. Jennifer Gray of Columbus, Ohio, considered herself "a

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Tasmania's Archbishop Adrian Doyle is calling on Tasmanian parishioners to lobby against the Dying With Dignity Bill, saying he will make a submission to the parliamentary inquiry examining the bill. He is urging other Catholics to do the same, ABC

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Visitors have defaced a Bible on display at Glasgow's Gallery of Modern Art at an exhibition entitled Made in God's Image, a show that also includes video of a woman ripping pages from a Bible and stuffing them in her underwear. The open Bible, the

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Perth priest Father John Ryan, 73, feared he was going to die after being chased in his car for an hour during a "terrifying" road rage attack, a news report said. Fr Ryan told Nine News he was driving on Monday afternoon when another car

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The greatest influence on the future of quality Australian schools will not be the Federal Government's school building program or the national publication of league tables. It will be the collective wisdom of a teaching profession and community committed

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As for the Legion, perhaps all is not lost. As well as conning his own movement about his private life Fr Maciel may just have been the biggest plagiarist in the history of the Church. Nowhere does he admit that the spirituality and aim of his entire

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The upcoming edition of The Spirit of Things looks at the issue of interfaith education and how it is being taught in our schools and tertiary institutions. Private schools in Australia are often dubbed "ghettos" but Catholic educator and

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Indonesian police arrested 15 suspects after shootings in Papua, near one of the world's most lucrative gold mines, but a local priest said the real perpetrators of the crime are believed by some to be military-linked gunmen. In a fresh attack on Wednesday,

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Fr Austin Fleming is the pastor of Holy Family Parish in Concord, Massachusetts and a prolific blogger. He provides "commentary on life and ministry in my parish, in the Roman Catholic Church and in the world around us." A feature of the

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Young people in the UK think the Bible is "old fashioned", "irrelevant", and for church goers, a survey found. Bible knowledge is on an overall decline, although three quarters of the 900 respondents own a copy. Less than one in 20

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Directing federal funds to private schools "suits the idea of the market and the ideology of choice" but erodes social cohesion, said University of Technology Sydney professor Andrew Jakubowicz (pictured). The Howard and Rudd governments'

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A former St Joseph's College, Pascoe Vale student is suing the school for failing to protect him from bullies, while a former teacher of Lismore's Trinity Catholic College (pictured) has been charged with possession of child pornography. The boy, now

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Pope Benedict primarily stressed defence and promotion of life in his first meeting with US President Barack Obama, stating the Church's opposition to abortion and stem cell research, reports said. The closed door talks between both leaders included

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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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