More than 600,000 pilgrims from outside Spain have registered for the World Youth Day 2011 celebration in Madrid, organisers said. So far, 120,000 Italians, 70,000 French, 50,000 Poles and 25,000 North Americans have signed up for the event that will

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Melbourne's punting priest Joe Giacobbe, St Francis' Church parish priest Father Tom Knowles and Victoria's energy and water ombudsman Fiona McLeod are allegedly conspiring to stop his bar opening, claims owner Jerome Borazio. Mr Borazio has questioned

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Museum image of a public school in Pyrmont, Sydney --- Outstanding national literacy and numeracy test results are contributing to higher enrolments in public schools in NSW. The Daily Telegraph reports other factors including rising birth

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St Vincent de Paul National President Syd Tutton is urging Prime Minister Julia Gillard to "show true leadership" on the issue of asylum seekers. Mr Tutton said in a statement that Australia hosts only 0.2 percent of the global refugee

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A nationwide search is on for actors for the new Australian musical MACKILLOP. Sr Sheila McCreanor, the Secretary General of the Sisters of St Joseph will launch the search today at Mary MacKillop Place in North Sydney, along with the composer of the

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Archbishop Adrian Doyle --- Archbishop Adrian Doyle of Hobart has raised concerns about a euthanasia bill that appears to have the State Government's endorsement. Archbishop Doyle has urged respect for "the sacred nature of human

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Director of the Australian Institute of Family Studies Alan Hayes has said the mothers of more than a third of babies born in 2008 were unmarried, an increase from 8.3 percent in 1970."For many children it's been a good revolution, but it depends on the

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Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone---Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone has warned against elevating the economy as an absolute good, adding that an economic model that supports human development is needed.The cardinal noted that Pope Benedict's

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The Winslow family move from Kansas to Orange County in search of a better life. Phil and Debbie together with their children Barbara and Brian pack up their possessions and their dog, Marmaduke, and Carlos their cat and head to California. Phil gets a job

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This is the third in the series of films based on the popular series of novels by Stephenie Meyer.  The books and films have a niche audience of females, younger and some older, and they play to their audiences.  Somebody mentioned the

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To celebrate the centenary of Mother Teresa, the Tablet online magazine has published a collection of previously unseen paintings of one of the world's greatest missionaries. http://www.thetablet.co.ukpage/exhibition

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Government policy on asylum seekers must focus on protecting the vulnerable, rather than on the elimination of people smugglers, according to Jesuit Refugee Service Australia."International agencies like JRS recognise that Australia needs an adequate process

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The Federal Magistrate's Court in Melbourne has ruled that a Jewish mother cannot let her children participate in religious ceremonies until they choose to, or their Catholic father agrees to it. The separated parents, known as Mr and Mrs Macri, asked

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Bishop Christopher Prowse --- The Bishop of Sale in Victoria, Christopher Prowse, has apologised to victims of clerical sexual abuse, saying the abuse brings shame on the church. "The church must of course stand alongside these

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Retiring prime minister Kevin Rudd stood in the forecourt of Parliament House Canberra and recalled with great emotion the morning on which he had welcomed the members of the Stolen Generations for the Apology. "That was a big day. What I remember most about

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It is now  six months since the inauguration of the Rosary for the Bishop campaign, a website that encourages the faithful to pray for bishops around the world. The prayer campaign began in 2005 in Madison, Wisconsin, where an online effort was made to

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Fan image of Wesley Sneijder (right), from Flickr --- Dutch soccer star Wesley Sneijder, who scored the crucial second goal in his team's World Cup semi-final victory over Uruguay this morning, converted to Catholicism shortly before

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The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith is expected to release in the coming days a set of changes to the Church's rules for disciplining abusive priests.Vatican sources say that the revisions are largely a matter of consolidating existing practice,

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The statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janiero has been re-inaugurated after four months of restoration work. Recognised as one of the seven wonders of the modern world, the statue will be 80 years old next year, said a report on the Catholic News

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From a small office in Berkeley, California, Jeffrey Lena, 51, has spent the past decade defending the Holy See from lawsuits, most recently one that seek to hold Pope Benedict XVI responsible for crimes committed by local abusive priests and the bishops who

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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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