A German woman has confessed to stealing nearly half a million dollars from church collection boxes over the past nine years. The 57-year-old thief was discovered by a parish priest after seeing her and a male companion poking about a collection box, a

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A priest in the Philippines has been excommunicated for breaking the seal of confession. Archbishop Arturo Bastes of Sorsogon said that Fr Alejandre Galias was under the severest possible Church penalty after investigating an allegation he had

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The Australian Catholic Students Association (ACSA) has unveiled its bi-monthly online journal New Springtime, which is producesd in collaboration with the Australian Catholic Young Adults Network. Intended to be a forum for students and young adults to

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The Italian Monsignor suspended from his job in the Roman Curia after he acknowledged homosexual relations in an anonymous television interview, has revealed he has a list of active homosexuals working in the Vatican. Msgr Tommaso Stenico was removed

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As the World Youth Day Cross and Icon was scheduled to reach the Victorian Diocese of Ballarat, Bishop Peter Connors issued a pastoral letter in which he strongly encouraged the participation of the whole diocese. The Cross and Icon passed over the

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Australian Loreto Provincial Leader Sr Christine Burke has said the election is a time for those who are not politicians to engage in the political process and to take seriously their responsibility as citizens. In a letter circulated on Friday, she

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An ocean away from family and friends, some US seminarians at the Pontifical North American College in Rome are bridging the divide with online communities and digital means of communication such as Skype, instant messaging, Facebook, MySpace and more.

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Catholics are big avoiders of certain churches. If you ask people why they go to Mass at St Joseph’s two miles away rather than Sacred Heart around the corner, they may say that it’s because the liturgy is more dignified (or informal). But

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Pope Benedict has called on all leaders of all religions to denounce faith as a vehicle of hatred at an inter-faith gathering in Naples, Italy on Sunday. The Holy Father spoke at the three day conference; For a World Without Violence: Religions and

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Two Catholic priests kidnapped in Iraq have been released and are in good health after being held for a $1 million ransom. A cleric at the residence of Cardinal Emmanuel III Delly in Baghdad confirmed the priests' release, Reuters reported. The Vatican

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The road to sainthood for Mary MacKillop may be one step closer as a second miracle has been revealed. Vice-postulator of MacKillop’s cause for sainthood Sr Maria Casey has publicly announced she believes the recovery of a woman who was on her

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Australian Catholic University Professor Tracey McDonald has a uncovered a disturbing picture of the poor treatment of elderly Australians whilst undergoing treatment in the hospital system. In a survey of 370 nursing homes accross Australia,

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The promise of a $600 million injection to help slash waiting lists in Australia's ailing public hospitals, by future Prime Minister hopeful Kevin Rudd, is "very similar" to the scheme Catholic Health Australia has been calling out

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Two Sydney Catholic schools have set up the Benenson Society, to enable Catholics to continue to campaign for human rights after they have left Amnesty International due to Amnesty's decision to promote abortion rights. Loreto Kirribilli and St

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An expert on the Catholic Church in China says that the pastoral letter Pope Benedict XVI issued to the Catholic Church in China in June has opened a new page of Church history on the mainland of China. Fr Jerome Heyndrickx of the Catholic University of

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In the era of email, text messaging and blogging, taking a month, let alone a year, to compose a statement, or an invitation, or dialogue, seems remarkable to many people. But last week's invitation to theological dialogue addressed to Christians by 138

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A Catholic priest who often discards his collar for glittery one-piece suits believes he can worship God and also be a follower of Elvis. Romanian-born Antonio Petrescu is probably the only Catholic priest who moonlights as an Elvis Presley

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The World Youth Day Cross and Icon made a special Outback trek this week, visiting Alice Springs, Uluru and Coober Pedy. The group of 50 young pilgrims - including 10 indigenous Australians - aged between 16 and 35 represented each state and territory

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Immaculate Conception Hawthorn parish priest Fr Des Dwyer SJ is leading a research project which hopes to engage more young people in the Church. The study, which aims to solve the decline of youth involvement, is being conducted in conjunction with

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World Mission day will be celebrated this Sunday, October 21, by Church services around Australia. The services will reflect on the work of mission and also the contribution of young people who are in involved in missionary activities. Pope

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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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