Obama phones Pope

10-Nov-2008

US President-elect Barack Obama has wasted no time in phoning Pope Benedict to thank the pontiff for his congratulations but US bishops say they will confront the incoming administration on abortion and other life issues. The Vatican spokesman, Jesuit

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It is impossible to understand Vatican II without the pontificate of Pius XII, Pope Benedict has said, noting that his predecessor is cited over 200 times in Council documents. Pope Benedict spoke of his predecessor on Saturday when he received in

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Italy has grounded 35 military helicopters including the ones used to transport Pope Benedict after eight people died when a similar helicopter crashed last month. An investigation of the October 23 incident, in which eight people aboard were killed,

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Opening a major international conference, United Nations President, Fr Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann, lashed Western morals saying that the world desperately needs to learn the positive lessons of religion. Fr D'Escoto said all religions promoted

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How should schools treat students who self-identify as homosexual? Today entire school systems promote "acceptance". The demand for acceptance is based on the premise that patterns of sexual attraction are determined at birth and unchangeable;

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A new educational resource released by Catholic Earthcare Australia aims to bring the wonder and fragility of Australia's diverse coastal reef systems into the classroom. Reefs are the cradles of the ocean's food chain and are directly being impacted by the

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Marist Mission Centre Australia is a special work of the Australian Province of Marist Fathers. Initially established in 1949 to support the work of the Marist Fathers in Japan, it now supports the international missions of the order thoughout countries of

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A Well Founded Fear is a documentary that follows the work of a small group of committed Australians who have made it their mission to find the asylum seekers Australia has rejected. Director of the Edmund Rice Centre, Phil Glendenning heads a small

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Newly appointed Bathurst diocese administrator, Fr Patrick O'Regan, says that he is unable to clarify speculation that the diocese may be merged with neighbouring Wilcannia-Forbes. The Western Advocate reports that Fr O'Regan has been appointed

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Zambian priest Fr Frank Bwalya has been arrested in the midst of a broadcast on Catholic radio after he alleged fraud in the African nation's recent presidential elections. The BBC reports that police detained Fr Bwalya in Kitwe, where he was

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A Year 9 student from Adelaide's Sacred Heart College has died after being stabbed in a brawl between two groups described as Sudanese Australian teenagers. The Australian reports Daniel Awak, 14, was stabbed to death in a wild brawl in Adelaide. He

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Former British Prime Minister and Catholic convert Tony Blair says that he married his wife Cherie against the wishes of his staunchly Protestant dying grandmother. The Times of India reports that 55 year old Blair said that his grandmother Sarah

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In a decision described by a Catholic politician as the "first state homicide", Italy's highest court has authorised doctors to switch off the life support system for Eluana Englaro who has been in a coma for 16 years. ANSA reports the

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Through the revelation of discovering my faith, I am shocked at how much I had been dragging myself through the mud into a bottomless pit of unhappiness, not fulfilling my true potential as a human being and as a woman. I am continually dumbfounded by

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This Sunday's edition of Compass features Bishop Chris Toohey. He is acutely aware of climate change as his western NSW diocese of Wilcannia-Forbes is the size of France and in the grip of deep drought. Bishop Toohey chairs Catholic Earthcare.

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De La Salle Brother Peter Bray from the District of Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea has been appointed Vice Chancellor of Bethlehem University. Br Bray will take up the appointment at the specific request of the De La Salle Brothers' Head

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Family planning isn’t something that we talk about on a daily basis. There’s a "yuck" factor involved talking about bodily fluids. The idea of not using birth control or condoms for family planning is often derided as silly and

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The Digital Nun is a website and blog run by Sr Judy Connor, a Sister of the Divine Providence congregation in the United States. The site mainly features the personal reflections of Sr Judy but it also receives comments on her contributions. The main

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Indigenous leaders from Australia and the Pacific have called on Australia to show leadership on climate change and Australian religious leaders are also mobilising on the issue. At a Sydney conference last week, the indigenous leaders called on

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Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has opened the new Vinnies sponsored Ozanam Learning Centre in Woolloomoloo, Sydney, which aims to empower and equip homeless people in a transition back to "sustainable independent living". Mr Rudd says a new

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Mass on Demand

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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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