A justice of the peace in the Argentinean city of General Picohas said she will not marry homosexual couples despite the country's new law legalising it. "They can accuse me of what they want. God has spoken, and I am going to obey Him to the

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Rev. Basil Georges Casmoussa is the Archbishop of Mosul for the Syrian Catholic Church in Iraq. In 2005 he was abducted at gunpoint only to be released 24 hours later unharmed. Q: Would you want the American soldiers to leave Iraq as soon as possible?

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Hedgehogs are prickly on the outside but more tender on the inside. This is the metaphor for understanding Renee, a 54-year-old widow, overweight, sometimes curmudgeonly who thinks herself ugly, a concierge at an apartment building in Paris. This is how

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The Sydney Congress for Embracing the New Evangelisation, known as SCENE, was held last week. SCENE included public concerts, workshops and public sessions, all well attended. The website has a vibrant audio-visual and photo record of the

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Evangelical Protestants are taught to recruit Catholics by exploiting their lack of Bible knowledge, but use Scripture out of context to make Catholic beliefs look flawed. This is the claim of Catholic apologist Steve Ray, in Perth from the United States of

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The National Catholic Education Commission has welcomed the Coalition's announcement about expanding a tax rebate for parents with school children, saying it would benefit families on low to average income. "Catholic schools work hard at keeping fees

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A lot has changed over the 20 years I've been coming to the beautiful city of Cracow in Poland, writes George Weigel. The grayness and disrepair that were by-products of communism have been replaced by architectural and decorative splendor in one of the

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Images of Father Pablo Dominguez --- A documentary on the life of the late priest and mountaineer Father Pablo Dominguez is spurring conversions, according to its Spanish film director Juan Manuel Cotelo. Cotelo said the effect of

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Shirley Stott Despoja with daughter Natasha---Archbishop Philip Wilson has presented the inaugural Mary MacKillop Award to Adelaide journalist Shirley Stott Despoja at the 20th annual Catholic Archbishop's Media Citations.The award is in recognition of her

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Catholic Social Services Australia, along with Anglicare, The Salvation Army and Uniting Care, have expressed reservations about the federal government's $50 billion health reform plan, pointing out poor mental health policies on both sides of the

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Brisbane pro-life activist Graham Preston is expecting to spend at least seven months in jail for unpaid fines totalling about $7500 for his sit-ins in front of abortion clinics. Mr Preston said that having spent more than a total of eight months in

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Image of a settlement security fence---Australia's peak ecumenical body has asked Australians to consider boycotting goods produced by Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian Territories, in solidarity with Palestinian Christians.Anglican Media

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First Things is published by The (American) Institute on Religion and Public Life, an interreligious, non-partisan research and education institute whose purpose is to advance a religiously informed public philosophy for the ordering of society.

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A petition supporting catechists' work on scripture classes, with more than 52,000 signatures - including from 37,000 Catholics throughout NSW - has been tabled in the NSW Parliament. The Catholic Weekly reports that Jude Hennessy, organiser of

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Caritas Australia's Blueprint for a Better World exhibition was officially launched yesterday in Canberra at the Museum of Australian Democracy in the Old Parliament House. A joint project with AusAID, the display explores each of the eight Millennium

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Sister Nancy Pereira --- Sister Nancy Pereira, a religious who founded a "Fund for the Poor" bank to help impoverished people in Bangalore, India, died on July 14 at the age of 86. The Catholic News Agency reports

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This French, subtitled film is an absorbing espionage thriller. Set in Russia in 1981, it sees a high-ranking KGB officer, Colonel Sergei Gregoriev (Emir Kusturica) needing someone to act as a contact with the West to help him bring change to the Soviet Union

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Catholics in Egypt are seizing a rare opportunity to build a church in a country where permission normally takes up to 30 years and requires the signature of the president himself. Outlining the plans, Bishop Antonios Aziz Mina of Guizeh explained that the

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Catholic Health Australia says private hospitals could be treating public patients "this calendar year" instead of waiting till July 2012, the date named by Health Minister Nicola Roxon.Under Labor's $50 billion health reform agenda, private hospitals will

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A shot from the website for the Ben Hur production --- Ben Hur: The Stadium Spectacular, a massive production of the classical story, will be playing in Sydney this October, with a fundraiser to be held each of the two nights of the show

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