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Pope Benedict has described the music of Franz Schubert as an "interior journey" after a performance of the 19th century composer's work at Castel Gandolfo. The pope made his remarks at the conclusion of a concert in his honour at the Swiss

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Up to 40 past students have alleged that they were sexually abused by staff at St Stanislaus College in Bathurst in central New South Wales, reports say. News Limited papers report it is understood NSW Police are investigating the

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More people have been killed in violence against Christians in the Indian state of Orissa while India's bishops have announced a day of prayer and fasting for peace. UCA News reports Catholic education institutions across India have decided to close

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Pope Benedict has granted a jubilee year to mark the 1,750th anniversary of the martyrdom of St Lawrence of Rome. Zenit reports the jubilee year opened in the Spanish city of Huesca where St Lawrence was born. Earlier, Pope Benedict authorised the

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Brisbane Archbishop John Bathersby confirmed yesterday that there have been rumours that divorced Catholics have been allowed to remarry at St Mary's parish. The Courier-Mail reports that in addition to concerns over unorthodox masses and baptisms,

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There will presumably still be winners and losers under a policy of social inclusion. If we are to show a greater preference for the most disadvantaged, I presume that for every person on the bottom of the social ladder going through the social inclusionary

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This week's edition of The Religion Report focuses on the current burning controversy in the Australian Catholic Church surrounding St Mary's parish in South Brisbane. The program asks the question - 'Is it too late for the parishioners of St Mary's to

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On Holy Ground is a website providing environment education resources for Australian Catholic schools and produced by the Townsville Catholic Education Office. It provides tools to assist schools and other organisations to become more ecologically

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The recent policy announcement of the Rudd government to reduce welfare payments to parents whose children truant from school reflects a concern with a significant issue, but completely misses the mark in how to address it. This Government initiative is

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Italian priest Fr Antonio Rungi has backed down on his plan to hold a beauty contest for nuns saying that he had been "misunderstood". PR Inside reports that Fr Rungi's plan had incurred the protests of faithful and local religious

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Adelaide Professor Garrett Cullity has won the ACU Eureka Prize for Ethics for a book in which he argues that the altruistic model of restricting one's life to aid another is flawed and that it is not morally wrong to live a life of rich personal

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Northern Territory Country Liberal Party party candidate and former church worker, Tristan Mungatopi, has been charged with bringing marijuana into a remote indigenous community. ABC News reports that just weeks after the Northern Territory

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American bishops have accused House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Catholic, of misrepresenting the Church's longstanding opposition to abortion and of twisting Church teachings. The Washington Post reports Washington Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl and several

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Pope Benedict has written to a local government president in Italy's north stating that a controversial sculpture of a crucified frog "injured the religious feeling of people". ANSA reports that Trentino-Alto Adige regional council president and

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A former priest at Bathurst's St Stanislaus College has been charged with 33 offences including sexual assault dating back to the 1970s while the school is under fire over a recent newsletter article apparently referring students to a pornographic magazine.

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Does religion cause wars? Some people today would give a resounding ‘yes' to that question saying if we are ever to have peace in the world then we need to get rid of religion. Certainly zealous atheists like Richard Dawkins point to the

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God Night & God Bless Volume 1 is a beautifully presented and well organised book opening the door on religious hideaways throughout Europe that offer good value accommodation and heartfelt hospitality to tourists and pilgrims alike.

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Today is the 45th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr's famous I Have A Dream speech delivered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. It was considered a defining moment for the American Civil Rights

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Indian police in the state of Orissa have been ordered to shoot religious rioters on sight as large scale violence continued to rock the region. "We issued shoot on sight orders in the wake of large scale violence despite a curfew imposed on

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It would be better for Joe Biden if he weren’t Catholic and didn’t know better. But he is and he does. Some Catholics have made a deal with the dark side, and have become agents of the destruction and despair that follow in abortion’s

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

Mass Online

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Live streamed from Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral, Waitara

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