Polish Catholic groups are planning Mass and prayer sessions to intercede against pop star Madonna performing in Warsaw on the Feast of the Assumption. Unexpected support came from Lech Walesa, ex-leader of Poland's anti-communist Solidarity trade

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I had entered upon a sacred world, like a cathedral or a monastery. The mountain air refreshed my senses; the stunning silence and ancient giants put my short life in perspective. Here in the wooded cathedral I found mindfulness made easy. Here was Living

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God lets his sun shine on the bad as well as the good. God's love doesn't discriminate, it simply embraces everything. Like the sun it doesn't shine selectively, shedding its warmth on the vegetables because they are good and refusing its warmth to the

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The Edmund Rice Network is the global umbrella for all the followers of Edmund Rice who founded both the Christian Brothers and the Presentation Brothers. The website has just been launched in an attempt to provide comprehensive coverage of what is

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When he heard the news of the fall of Constantinople to the Turks in 1453, the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick III broke down in tears, and shut himself away in his quarters to pray and meditate. Pope Nicholas V issued a bull calling for a crusade,

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Bishop of Townsville Michael Putney has been elected President of the National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA). Bishop Putney was unanimously elected by the NCCA executive and becomes the sixth President of the council, which exists to promote

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The Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle issued an apology to all victims of abuse by Fr John Denham, who pleaded guilty to 29 sex offences yesterday, while he served in the diocese. "We offer our most sincere and heartfelt apologies for all instances

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The General-Secretary of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, Fr Brian Lucas, said Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's enthusiasm for the canonisation of Mary MacKillop was "welcome". "There is a strict and detailed protocol for

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Pope Benedict has moved the Vatican office responsible for the re-admission of four Society of St Pius X bishops back into the Catholic Church to a Curia office seen as close to him, according to a Reuters report. The commission is now under the control of

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Jesme Raphael, a former Indian nun whose autobiography raised a furore with claims of illicit sex and abuse, says legalising homosexuality in the country would keep gays out of convents and religious life. "If lesbians could seek partners

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We too feel liberated from the shackles of a failing institution caught up in dogmas and creeds that belong to another age. We felt it was time to take a stand from the constant bullying we have experienced for many years. We have been bullied for

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The hype over Michael Jackson's death and funeral has highlighted how the cult of celebrity has turned into almost religious fervour. The mass outpouring of grief and adoration demonstrates the almost god-like status some celebrities are elevated to in

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Wollongong's historic St Francis Xavier Catholic Primary School is set to close in 2012, merging with the John Vianney Primary School in Fairy Meadow. Wollongong Bishop Peter Ingham said the Fairy Meadow site would be developed to accommodate the 556

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This week's program of Sunday Nights with John Cleary explores the link between spirituality and health. Whatever your understanding of God or Religion is, a commitment seems to bring with it certain rewards. Just what they may be, and how we may benefit,

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Human Life International is the largest international, pro-life organisation in the world. It fights on the issues of abortion, contraception and sex education. It also has an objective of bringing the Gospel and evangelising many countries. The

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Research by the Australian Catholic University and Catholic Community Services has found that with sustained effort the cycle of homelessness experienced by older Australians can be broken. The organisations announced their finding as the Counting the

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A proposed amendment to Britain's Coroners and Justice Act which would have legalised aiding the terminally ill to seek assisted suicide abroad, was defeated in the House of Lords ZENIT reports. The amendment had been put forward by Charles

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Catholic Worker Movement's veteran Australian members Jim Dowling and Ciaron O'Reilly have been arrested for blockading a joint Australian-US military exercise in central Queensland. Police say the men, aged 53 and 49, were arrested on Thursday

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Parents of St Francis Catholic Primary School in Wollongong are accepting of a closure decision, but Coonabarabran's parents are furious their St Lawrence's secondary college shutdown next year won't be reversed. The new Catholic Bishop of the

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Some 14 years since her last major apparition in Ireland, the Virgin Mary is back in the lowly form of a tree stump in County Limerick, reports said. Nearly 2,000 people have signed a petition seeking to prevent the removal of the stump on the grounds

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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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