Victorian sentencing laws will be amended by the end of the year to require judges to consider race, religion, gender or sexual orientation factors and prejudice in sentencing violent offenders. However, the laws would not stipulate penalties and

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Mel Gibson is alleged to have gone on a "crazed rant" at his private Holy Family Chapel on Sunday and is said to have blasted fellow worshippers for gossiping about his private life, following his split from wife Robyn. A source told gossip

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East Timor has approved a law allowing emergency abortions despite objections from the Catholic Church, whose members make up 95 percent of the population. The country's parliament approved a penal code article dealing with abortion after

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AWRC is an organisation of women and women's organisations in Asia who are engaged in promoting Asian women's theology. It is based in Kuala Lumpur (but shortly moving to Yogyakarta), and aims to "form a community of Asian women engaged in theology

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This fourth film in the Terminator franchise, written by John D. Brancato and Michael Ferris and directed by McG (real name Joseph McGinty Nichol), is mostly set in 2018 after the Judgement Day nuclear holocaust has eliminated most of humanity, leaving

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In the last four years of Mary's brief reign, 56 women and more than 225 men were burned at the stake. This earned Mary, alone of England's ruthless monarchs, the sobriquet "Bloody". Elizabeth subsequently "strangled, disembowelled and

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Cairns Catholic Education Office will today hold talks with Queensland Health to discuss the temporary closure of a third school in a bid to slow the spread of H1N1 flu. Yesterday, at St Augustine's College, two St Monica's girl boarders and a

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A Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade representative has denied that government funds were spent to assist the Chaser comedy team after they launched a blimp over St Peter's Square in the Vatican. In a Senate estimates committee, Liberal

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He does it every year with the priests of the diocese of Rome, at the beginning of Lent. He does it in the summer with the priests in the place where he is on vacation. He does it with groups of young people. He does it with the journalists at his departure

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Kenya's Catholic Church is threatening to take legal action against individuals who name their schools after saints and hire "ghost sisters" to operate them. The practice, which according to the Church had become rampant, was spoiling the

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American Passionist priest, Fr Thomas Berry, a self-described "Earth scholar" or "geologian" has died aged 94. His website offers an impressive insight into his original contribution as an eco-theologian and as a thinker on

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John W. O'Malley SJ, a professor in the theology department at Georgetown University and author of What Happened at Vatican II, is so impressed by President Obama's style and rhetorical skills, he appears to have nominated him, in the pages of America,

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Congregation for Clergy secretary, Archbishop Mauro Piacenza, has lamented that many faithful no longer confess their sins, and says some confuse a psychologist's couch for a confessional booth. Archbishop Piacenza told Vatican Radio the sacrament of

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Europe is "anti-Christian and especially anti-Catholic", former Polish Prime Minister Jaroslav Kaczynski says. "If Europe is to be strong, it has to be Christian. And today it is anti-Christian, and especially anti-Catholic," the

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An internet pioneer, particularly in the Catholic world, Deaconsplace has been online since 1997. With a recent revamp, it continues a broad variety of resources for deacons, their wives and children and

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The Adelaide Archdiocese and Catholic Education have together launched a new Diocesan Capital Fund that aims to provide a sustainable capital base for future growth and will be funded by a levy on students. Catholic Education Director Jane Swift said

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Pope Benedict has given the Congregation for Clergy new powers to dismiss from the priesthood and release from the obligation of celibacy priests who are living with women, who have abandoned their ministry or who have engaged in seriously scandalous

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Christian Brothers College Burwood in Sydney's west is to close its doors in December, at the end of its centenary year. The College opened in 1909 and soon needed extensions to cope with its healthy registrations, a College Centenary Committee statement

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I think the particularity of the World Youth Day in Madrid (in 2011) is going to be precisely that it takes place in a country that has always been faithful to the Catholic Church. It is a country that has transmitted the faith to many continents; the

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Leeds Catholic Care has lost a dispute after the British Charity Tribunal ruled that Catholic charities who discriminate against homosexual couples who want to adopt children are breaking the law. The tribunal ruled that a "heterosexuals only"

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From St Mary’s, North Sydney. The first Mass of the day on YouTube

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