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There are two wrong-headed ways of understanding the role of religion in a candidate's political appeal or in the voters' attraction to them, writes Robert Benne. One interpretation is that the religious convictions of the candidate should make no difference

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Fr Benedict Lee spent 21 years trying to follow his vocation. For this parish priest in Scarborough, Western Australia, the door to the priesthood opened when he had abandoned all hope that his dream would come true. “When I gave up every desire and came

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This science-fiction film is by the same director, Christopher Nolan, who gave us The Dark Knight. Nolan has created an entertaining and intelligent thriller that creatively pushes the bounds of reality. The film explores the notion of people intruding into

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Jesuit Commons is a new website which enables members of the global Jesuit network to share information and stories about their work, launch collaborative efforts, and support projects in poor communities. It is part of a new initiative that was

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Archbishop Gius­eppe Lazzarotto --- The Apostolic Nuncio in Australia, Archbishop Gius­eppe Lazzarotto, said there is still much holiness in the Church, despite the presence of "withered flowers, barren trees and even plants

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The funeral for Private Nathan Bewes, the 23-year-old soldier killed in Afghanistan this month, has drawn hundreds of mourners to the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Murwillumbah, northern NSW, including Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Opposition Leader

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Pope Benedict XVI is now the seventh oldest Pope since reliable records began being collected in the year 1400, according to an American statistician. Anura Guruge, an IBM information systems expert, IT adviser and obvious fan of papal history,

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Climbing the Holy Stairs on one's knees, getting a blessing from Pope Benedict XVI, visiting dark catacombs and downing green Sambuca and mounds of pasta carbonara well past midnight. That's just a small sampling from the itinerary of a new and rather

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Image from a stamp featuring Augusto Pinochet --- Chilean Church leaders have urged the country's president to grant a sweeping pardon to long-serving inmates of the country's jail - including military officers jailed for abuses

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The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC) together with the Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office (ACMRO) has slammed bipartisan policies on migration as "without foresight or hindsight." The Coalition government yesterday

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David Basioni with Sr Maureen Lohrey --- Sudanese refugee David Basioni has travelled a long way to find the Melbourne nun who helped raise him. Thirteen years passed between Mr Basioni farewelling Sister Maureen Lohrey, the

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Bishop Peter Ingham --- Bishop of Wollongong Peter Ingham has apologised to parishioners in his diocese over the failure of the Church leadership to speedily address child sexual abuse at the hands of clergy and lay members. The

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By Wendouree is the second volume of John Molony's memoirs. It follows Luther's Pine, a vivid re-creation of his childhood and seminary days, which concluded with his ordination in Rome, writes Andrew Hamilton. An elegantly and often lyrically written

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Benedictine nuns living in seclusion in southern France have beaten 70 other religious orders to a deal with Universal Music, the label that is home to artists including Lady Gaga and The Rolling Stones. "We never sought this, it came looking for

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Desmond Tutu --- Anglican Archbishop Emeritus Desomnd Tutu has announced his intention to wind down his public engagements, when he turns 79 in October. "I think I have done as much as I can, and I really do need time for other

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The sneering vitriol heaped upon the Holy Father and on Catholics in general by the English metropolitan elites in advance of the papal visit to Britain in September has been little short of staggering, writes Milo Yiannopoulos. We are well acquainted

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July 25 was the name day of St James, the apostle believed to be buried in the Santiago de Compostela cathedral in north-west Spain. The church is the third most sacred in the Catholic world, and this site contains pictorial guides of pilgrimages

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Youth ministry leaders from around the nation will gather for the first time for the Australian Catholic Youth Ministry Convention (ACYMC) held at the ACU's Melbourne campus, it was announced yesterday. Fr Chris Ryan, Missionaries of God's Love

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Professor Anthony Kelly with Pope Benedict XVI and Cardinal William Levada -- Two Australian Catholic University (ACU) academics have been honoured as inaugural Fellows of the Australian Catholic Theological Association (ACTA). Rev Professor

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Father Bob Maguire--As he celebrated his Golden Jubilee at the weekend, South Melbourne parish priest and media celebrity Father Bob Maguire remarked that, as a newly-ordained priest, he was "like a little Energizer bunny, keen to go and tell the world". The

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