A $13milllion crucifix shaped church will be built in California much to the delight of the local Catholic community. Named the St Charles Borromeo Catholic Church – named for the 16th century archbishop of Milan will include a sanctuary to seat

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Nowhere has paternalism failed more spectacularly in Australia than in indigenous affairs. The system of reserves and missions often took control away from individuals, in favour of managers. When it ended, a disempowered population was set up for failure.

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Friends of Romania

05-Nov-2007

From 1948 to 1989 under the Communists, Catholic churches and hospitals had been closed and nuns and priests had been forced to flee. After the Revolution, the Pope asked religious orders to move back into the country to help the people re-establish their

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A life sentence has been handed down to the killer of 8-year-old Sofia Rodriguez-Urrutia-Shu who was found strangled and sexually abused in a Perth shopping centre public toilet. Dante Wyndham Arthurs, 23, must serve at least 13 years before

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A conference on embryonic research has been organised by the Vatican saying current bioethical debates regarding stem cells, cloning and assisted fertility often overlook what it considers the crucial origin of organisms. Part of the Vatican’s

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The Filipino government will spend $49 million on birth control initiatives despite the Church’s staunch opposition. The House of representatives passed the initiative as part of the 2008 budget saying the high birth rate adversely impacts public

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Parents need to know something about email, chat rooms and the risks associated with the use of the internet to protect their children from sexual exploitation and bullying, Sydney's archdiocesan Marriage and Life Office has warned. Director of the

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South Australian churches are working alongside financial advisors to support farmers struggling to cope with the crippling drought. A partnership between the state’s Christian church leaders and the Rural Financial Counselling Services SA

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The Wellington Council of Christians and Jews is urging their congregants to boycott free to air TV channel TV3 for one week starting today. The protest is in response to TV3's airing of Californication in which a nun performs an indecent sexual act to

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For the first days after a tragedy, there is almost nothing we can say that is helpful. Words such as "They are with God!" will eventually bring the consolation they contain, but in the first hours and days after a tragedy they don’t

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Brisbane grandmother Linda Norris recently returned from a life-changing experience among HIV/AIDS sufferers and orphans in South Africa. She was there with World Hope Australia’s Memory Book Project, which aimed “to enable parents living

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The Chinese government has slapped a Bible ban during the 2008 Olympics listing the holy text as a ‘prohibited object’ for athletes. The Catholic News Agency reported the Bible and all other religious symbols were not allowed into the

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Pope Benedict has reasserted the importance of the Bible in every Christian’s life saying sacred Scripture is not just a past text, rather the living word of God. "Above all I think it is this: to love the word of God in sacred

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Fr Tim Harris of Corinda-Graceville Parish in Brisbane has joined parishioners Lee and Christine Rush, in a bid to save their drug smuggler son Scott and fellow parishioner Michael Czugaj from the firing squad in Indonesia. Fr Harris said he was in

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Good Shepherd Sisters in partnership with the Mary MacKillop Foundation have launched an annual Indigenous Reconciliation Scholarship program in a bid to nurture women's leadership within the Aboriginal community. Worth $25,000 the program –

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18 Presentation Sisters from around Australia are en-route to India for an International Presentation Association (IPA) meeting with the theme Cry of the Earth, the Cry of the Poor. The Australian Sisters will present reflections and questions on

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Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair will soon be received into the Catholic Church. Mr Blair is likely to be received into the Church within weeks at a private chapel of Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, the Archbishop of Westminster. Just

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Italy's Fiat Motor company has given Pope Benedict an unusual and rather unique gift - a tractor. The specially designed vehicle by Fiat, which is painted red and white and even boasts the Pontifs coat-of-arms, is not a replacement for the Popemobile,

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Pope Benedict has called on all Christians to strive for holiness on the Feast of All Saints. The Holy Father recalled in the early days of the Church, members were called 'saints' and that Christians were made holy by Baptism, Catholic News Agency

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Australian Christians are being urged to vote Labor by the brother of the future leader of the Liberal party – Tim Costello. The World Vision chief told the Nine Network that Opposition leader and Prime Minister hopeful Kevin Rudd is “way

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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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