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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Pope Benedict has warned that Lebanon’s survival rests on resolving the political deadlock ahead of the country’s looming presidential election. Addressing the faithful in St Peter’s square yesterday, the Holy Father said

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Melbourne's CEO will spent about $22.5 million over the next five years to improve the level of mathematics teaching in its schools. Aimed at ensuring mathematical literacy in all school leavers, the strategy devised by the Melbourne Catholic

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Pope Benedict has said Catholics should follow the example of St Martin of Tours, who cut his cloak in two, and gave one half to a poor man. Catholic News Agency reports that the Holy Father said the greatest challenge facing the world today is

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On Friday, the Victorian Josephite Province opened a museum to commemorate Blessed Mary MacKillop, just a few blocks from her birthplace in Fitzroy. The project was undertaken to ensure MacKillop’s vision for the promotion of education, welfare,

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An open casting call to find Australia’s Jim Caviezel is taking place next month, in a bid to find actors to play roles that include Mary and Pontius Pilate. The actors will be performing a pivotal portrayal at World Youth Day next

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Benedict XVI's Motu Proprio is a significant development in the history and law of the liturgy. But while it intends to heal division over the liturgy, there is the danger that it may sharpen divisions and allow the liturgy to be treated as a museum

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"The foot of the cross will be our rallying point," was at the heart of the vision of Marie Madeleine Victoire de Bengy de Bonnault d'Houet when she founded the Society of the Sisters Faithful Companions of Jesus in 1820. It remains at the heart

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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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