The current Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, Joe Hockey, argues that “people of working age are much better off financially and psychologically if they find paid work.” For people whose only contact with

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A Filipino cinema owner has made a political stand by hanging a nativity mural using the faces of the current and former presidents in place of Mary and Joseph. The giant tarpaulin features President Gloria Arroyo and former president Joseph Estrada as

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As it launches its Christmas Appeal, the St Vincent de Paul Society in NSW is focusing upon the overwhelming pressures brought on by rising rent levels. In light of housing affordability across NSW being at an all time high, Vinnies chief John Picot

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Church Resources yesterday welcomed Communications Minister Helen Coonan's announcement of $5.6 million funding for broadband for health and aged care services in regional NSW and Queensland. Executive Director and founder of Church Resources, Fr

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After recent publication in Ireland, retired Sydney auxiliary Bishop Geoffrey Robinson's bestselling book on sexual abuse is set for publication in the US and Spain. Bishop Robinson's bestseller, Confronting Power and Sex in the Catholic Church,

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A Chinese priest has been sentenced for three years for organising the celebrations of the consecration of a church. Fr Wang Zhong, who has been in isolation since July, was arrested because of his membership of the illegal underground church, in

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Pope Benedict will consecrate 23 new cardinals at a special ceremony at St Peter's Square tomorrow. The newly inducted cardinals will become members of the College of Cardinals, making a total of 201, with 120 under 80, and therefore young enough to

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Two big stories this week could signal the end of therapeutic cloning. The scientist who cloned Dolly, Ian Wilmut, the world's most prominent expert in cloning, has abandoned his plans to clone human embryos. He believes that an "extremely exciting

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In a democratic society, voters choose representatives to whom they give authority to work for the common good, not only for the good of the individual. The election is not about "me" and "my" economic or social wellbeing alone. It is

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The Catholic Church in Southern India has expressed concern over a new movie which attempts to portray Jesus' "missing years" on the Indian subcontinent. The Hindu reports that Church spokesman Fr Paul Thelekat said the Hollywood movie,

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World Youth Day organisers are hoping to recruit 10,000 Melburnians to put up pilgrims for the Days in the Diocesese event in their city. The special event is part of World Youth Day celebrations and will see 25,000 people attend the event. It is the

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Pope Benedict has appealed to politicians to broker a peaceful solution in war torn Somalia after escalating violence has forced over a million people to flee their homes. Catholic News Service reports that the Holy Father said he has been

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Australia is working with local partners to gauge the extent of the damage following a week of heavy rain and flooding that has cost more than 70 lives in Papua New Guinea's Oro Province. Caritas PNG, through the Archdiocese of Port Moresby, have

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Australia's Catholic Bishops have welcomed the discovery by scientists that potent stem cells from human skin, that should signal an end to the destruction of human embryos for research. Australian Catholic Bishops Conference president Archbishop

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The muurrpa (children) were getting more and more excited. The special day that they had been practising for was finally here and they were hopping off the bus at the caravan park where a small crowd had already assembled. The big cross and the beautiful

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A sustainable atmosphere is a fundamental need and therefore a fundamental right. Each person's right corresponds to a duty not to pollute, nor to overuse, a common resource. Australia is not a good global citizen with respect to climate change. We have

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A diptych of the Passion of Christ, crafted between 1360-1380 has sold at auction in Paris for a record $6.6million (4 million euros). The ivory work, which stretches to 31.4cm, is the largest diptych of the Passion ever registered, AFP

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Cardinal George Pell has said he is shocked and surprised at the number of young people, especially young Catholics, who say they believe in reincarnation, the Catholic Weekly reports. A report entitled The Spirituality of Generation Y showed that

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Australian Catholic University has appointed Dr Michael Gaffney to the position of Professor of Educational Leadership. ACU National Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Sheehan AO congratulated Dr Gaffeny to the post saying he brought a “wealth of

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Baroque melodies and Gregorian chants may soon be the songs of choice in Church as Pope Benedict considers returning to traditional sacred music. In line with the reintroduction of Latin Tridentine Mass, a dramatic overhaul of the Vatican may to

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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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