Violent political protestors in Mexico have stormed the city’s Cathderal, kicking down the doors, scratching pews and physically attacking those in side forcing the closure of the holy building. The Archdiocese of Mexico City has condemned the

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Caritas Australia has urged Australia's political leaders to work to close the 17 year gap in life expectancy between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. Caritas Indigenous Program Group Leader Jo Thompson described the gap as a “national

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The nuns gave me something to aspire to, a message that went beyond material and spiritual success. My mother gave me a similar message but my father’s was slightly different. It seemed that he was more wary, more cautious of big forces that could

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It is not uncommon for photographers to use the altar as a convenient place for organising their photographic equipment or to move altar candles because they might block the faces of the couple in the wedding video. One photographer even stood on the

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A film of the late John Paul II has been released featuring speeches he made set to music ranging from Gregorian chants to trip-hip hop. Simon Boswell – an agnostic British composer of horror movie scores – was given unprecedented freedom

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Researchers at Sydney's St Vincent's Hospital have discovered a protein that may help prevent weight loss in cancer patients and form the basis of a treatment for severe obesity. The protein, which controls appetite, leads to the extreme weight

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110 Alaskan Eskimos abused by Jesuit missionaries over three decades will receive a record $A56 million payout. The LA Times reports that while lawyers working for the victims announced the settlement, the Oregon province superior of Society of Jesus

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Pope Benedict has urged Kenya’s bishops to defend the institutions of marriage and family life “at all costs”. The Holy Father said this "precious treasure” is under attack from international agencies promoting abortion.

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Caritas Australia has dedicated an initial allocation of $A50,000 for assistance to those affected by Super Cyclone Sidr. It is feared the number of people killed by the cyclone - which destroyed whole villages - will rise by the hundreds with more

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In the court of public opinion, Catholicism usually looms as the great 'Doctor No' of bioethical debate. From abortion to birth control, from homosexuality to embryonic stem-cell research... Less well-known, however, is the recent emergence of another

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Many people today study theology out of curiosity, or perhaps out of a desire to explore their own ideas of religion. This is fine, as far as it goes, but it is not the 'vocation' of the theologian. The one who is called by God to study theology seeks to

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Granada Archbishop Francisco Martinez is facing trial in a Spanish criminal court after a priest he had sacked accused him of bullying, "moral assault" and slander. The UK Independent reports that Archbishop Martinez is the first Spanish

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British Catholic parishes may no longer host church-based Amnesty International groups, UK Catholic bishops say in a letter sent to 5000 parishes. The letter signed by Birmingham Archbishop Vincent Nichols was also sent to more than 2000 secondary

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Outgoing Melbourne auxiliary Bishop Hilton Deakin has slammed inaction by Australians over extensive human rights abuses in China, appealing for a "sense of purpose" in standing up for freedom of belief. Bishop Deakin was addressing a Human

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New South Wales Greens MP, Lee Rhiannon, has rejected an agreement to compensate the costs of hosting next year's Sydney World Youth Day gathering at Randwick saying that the Church will reap "massive benefits" and should foot the

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In a statement characterised by commentators as a call for a "new Catholic action", US bishops say that the Church must form the consciences of Catholics to bring their convictions into public and political life. However, the bishops say

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Days after a delegation of Austrian bishops were turned away from the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem, Holy See diplomat Archbishop Pietro Sambi has admitted that ties between the Vatican and Israel were better before there were diplomatic

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To determine whether a policy serves the common good, we ask what impact it will have on those who are poor and vulnerable. While many politicians offer individual satisfaction, people of faith long for leaders who consider the needs of all. - Fr Mark

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The Gospel of Mark relates how, as Jesus laid his hands upon the ears of a man who was deaf and mute, he looked to heaven and spoke the Aramaic word "Ephpheta" meaning "Be Open". Ephpheta, the Catholic Centre for Deaf and Hearing

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The US Bishops have pleaded with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice consider military action in Iran only after every other attempt to resolve the situation is exhausted. Catholic News Service reports that their International Policy Committee

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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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