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The central theme of the Vatican II document, Gaudium et Spies, was that the Church should be engaged with the world, it is to be its Joy and its Hope, says Archbishop Barry Hickey in a lecture given last week, and published in the

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This is a comedy about the experiences of Lillian (Maya Rudolph), who asks five of her friends to be bridesmaids at her wedding. They are a motley lot. Annie (Kristen Wiig) has a life that is spiralling out of control, and she is given the task of organizing

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Screenshot from The Australian --- The Vinnies CEO Sleepout last night raised more than $3.4 million, with more than 1,000 chief executives and leaders participating last night across the country, reports the Australian. Chief executives armed themselves

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Screenshot of the Christchurch Basilica from a video on YouTube in February --- Christchurch's Anglican and Catholic cathedrals may have to be demolished after sustaining further damage in the latest earthquake to rock the New Zealand city, said an AFP

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Image of a microscope, on Flickr --- The Vatican has signed its first ever commercial agreement with an outside company, a contract with US-based bio-pharmaceutical firm NeoStem to advance ethical research into stem cells, reports the Catholic News

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Cardinal Donald Wuerl, from the Archdiocese of Washington website --- As many as 100 US Anglican priests and 2,000 laypeople could be the first members of a US personal ordinariate for former Anglicans wanting to enter full communion with the Catholic

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Not for the first time, Caritas Internationalis, the ­second-largest humanitarian relief agency in the world after the Red Cross, has been going through a rough patch in its relations with the Vatican, writes The Tablet. This has resulted in the

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Representatives from all major religions met politicians in Canberra yesterday to discuss climate change action, calling for a price on carbon, according to reports in the Herald Sun and the Sydney Morning Herald. Sister Geraldine Kearney from Catholic

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Image from www.domusaustralia.org --- The new Australian pilgrim centre in Rome, Domus Australia, has begun taking bookings for July onwards, reports the Catholic News Agency. Sydney's Cardinal George Pell described the newly renovated pilgrim centre as

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A bitter international battle is raging over which nation has the biggest Jesus Christ, reports the Sunday Herald Sun. For years, Brazil held the title with its imposing Christ the Redeemer statue overlooking Rio de Janeiro. The 30m statue of Christ with

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Not a sequel, the title declares, it is just part 2 where, as the characters keep reminding us, it is happening all over again.  But, this time in Bangkok. We know what to expect and, according to the huge box office returns during the first week of

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St Monica's Primary at North Parramatta. Photo: Brendan Esposito, SMH --- The blackboard has already gone from most NSW classrooms. Now, the head of a big school system is determined that the classroom itself joins it in the scrapbook of history, reports

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Screenshot from the Rome Reports video, Benedict XVI's travel plans for Croatia, uploaded to YouTube --- Pope Benedict spoke about "disintegration" of the family and urged couples not to give in to a "secularised mentality" of living together instead of

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The influence of a "militant minority" conservative Catholics, dubbed the "temple police", is experiencing a resurgence in the Australian church, said a report in the Sydney Morning Herald. Father Hal Ranger, an associate pastor at St Patrick's Cathedral in

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Cancer doctors in Newcastle are on a collision course with a NSW Catholic health organisation over new rules prohibiting them recommending contraception to patients in a drug trial, reports the Sydney Morning Herald. Under a clampdown at Newcastle's Calvary

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Screenshot from the report in The West Australian --- A pair of 92 year-old identical twins, from the Order of Friars Minor, died within hours of each other last week in the US, according to an AP report in the West Australian. Julian and Adrian Riester,

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Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd --- Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd will sleep rough, on a piece of cardboard, in Melbourne for a night as part of the Vinnies CEO Sleepout this month, reports the Sydney Morning Herald. An email from Mr Rudd's

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The archbishop of Dublin was beginning to sniffle. He could not get through a story about “a really nasty man” - an Irish priest who sexually abused, physically tortured and emotionally threatened vulnerable boys - without pulling out his

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Maria Tiimon with her father --- High tide is a bad tide in the village of Tebekenikoora, in the low-lying Pacific island nation of Kiribati. Tebekenikoora isn't so much the frontline in the war on climate change as a seemingly doomed outpost, reports the

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At 12pm tomorrow a new web-based teaching and learning resource on the Eucharist, Together at One Altar, will be launched. The launch will be held at Parramatta Marist High at Westmead (NSW) and will be available across the country by web streaming

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