Indian church officials moved quickly to insist that girls under the age of eighteen cannot take vows after the Kerala State Women's Commission asked Parliament to bring in laws banning the practice. However, Fr Paul Thelekkat, the spokesperson of

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The Holy See played a key role in brokering a ban on cluster bombs, the Vatican's UN observer, Archbishop Silvio Tommasi, has said. Zenit quotes Archbishop Tommasi, who is the Holy See permanent observer to the United Nations, as saying that

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An Iraqi priest murdered a year ago, Fr Ragheed Rani, could have escaped but refused to do so because "God's house should not be closed," a witness says. AsiaNews reports on the first anniversary of the murder of the Chaldean pastor of

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If the best measure of a state's civil and economic health is the infant mortality rate, the degree to which a government is capable of sustaining the lives of the most vulnerable in society, then by this measure, and in ordinary times, the Burmese junta

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Luxury Sydney hotels are bracing for a "potential disaster" as WYD pilgrims opt to sleep in backpackers and budget rooms or to sleep on school floors. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Sydney's top-end hotels are heavily discounting

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Vinnies has moved quickly to dispel a report that it is at odds with WYD organisers over meals for the homeless during next month's international event. In a media release, the St Vincent de Paul Society said that a press report stating that the

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Australian Catholic social networking site Faithtrip is going global with the launch of a seven language user interface. Since its launch, March 31, FaithTrip.net has received over 50,000 unique visitors and a steady stream of new members from all over

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Most Australians do not believe that government international aid should be used to fund abortions, Caritas Australia CEO Jack de Groot says. The Sydney Morning Herald reports Mr de Groot said that if the Government was reviewing aid guidelines it

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According to human rights groups, the United States holds more than 20,000 people, some say as many as 27,000 people, in detention centers around the world. All are held without charge or with no trial scheduled or planned. How many have been tortured we do

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Some people will complain that incense makes them cough, but people with medical expertise assure me that incense smoke is less harmful than the exhaust fumes in the church carpark! Incense is used to emphasise the sacredness of a person or object. It

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Join Hobart Knights of the Southern Cross and Tasmanians 4 Tanzania for a film evening on Sunday June 15 to raise funds for the building of a water pipeline in the country. The film is Gone with the Wind and is to be shown at Village Cinemas in Hobart

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Yesterday's remaining primaries in the United States confirmed Senator Barack Obama as the presumptive Democratic Party nominee for President of the United States. This section of the Obama'08 website focuses on a seminal speech he gave just under two years

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The United Nations has elected Maryknoll priest and former Nicaraguan foreign minister Fr Miguel D'Escoto as the next president of its General Assembly. Ireland.com reports that within hours of his election, Miguel D'Escoto Brockmann, who served as

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The great and the good of the world's fashion industry crammed the Paris church of St Roch yesterday for the funeral of designer Yves St Laurent. The UK Daily Telegraph reports French president Nicolas Sarkozy and his First Lady, Carla Bruni, attended

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The Holy see is working on a new set of pastoral guidelines for interreligious dialogue, according to Vatican Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran. Catholic News Service reports the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue began pulling together elements

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Adelaide archdiocese has started to cancel Masses owing to a shortage of priests, reports say. ABC News report the archdiocese has already cancelled one Sunday Mass at its church at St Peter's and is considering reducing services at St Mary's church

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Describing animal rights campaigner group PETA as "occult", Bombala priest Fr Mick McAndrew has given his blessing to the act of sheep mulesing. The Bombala Times reports Fr McAndrew is on a one man "mission" to protect

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The latest snapshot of church life in Australia shows that Mass attenders are on average older, better educated and more likely to be female, married and born overseas than Catholics in general. This is the picture from the 2006 National Church Life

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This Is The Mass is a new book which explains with lucid text and beautiful photographic images the Eucharist. It takes the reader step by step through the sacred liturgy from the introductory rites to the dismissal and recessional.  The 160 page

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Pope Benedict will land at the Richmond airforce base on his arrival in Australia for World Youth Day while his security chief has given the thumbs up to preparations for the papal visit. St Monica's Richmond parish priest Fr Walter Fogarty said the

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Mass on Demand

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From St Mary’s, North Sydney. The first Mass of the day on YouTube

Mass Online

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Live streamed from Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral, Waitara

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