Lutheran bishop Maria Jensen --- Maria Jepsen, the world's first woman Lutheran bishop, has resigned after accusations of abuse in her Hamburg diocese. Bishop Jepsen, 65, came under fire for bungling the case of a pastor accused of

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Father Federico Lobardi --- Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said the Church must respect local laws when handling child abuse cases. The Holy See's updated rules regarding handling child sex abuse "represent an

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An editorial last week in The New York Times called upon Pope Benedict XVI to make the American bishops’ “zero tolerance” approach to sexual abuse binding on the worldwide Catholic church. In principle that’s a perfectly

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Pray 2010 has been hailed as an outstanding success. Its website features a broad range of photos of the event, an online resource centre, a multi-media video and one by Brisbane Archbishop John Bathersby.

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Massive membership, popular music and an upbeat message may be the future of the church, but according to social researcher Marion Maddox at Macquarie University, it comes at a price of increased materialism and male-dominated leadership. Female

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The abbey in Oberbayern, Germany --- The Benedictine Abbey of the Missionaries of St Ottilien, in Oberbayern, Bavaria, has begun building a biogas plant which will enable the community to produce its own electricity and sell power to the

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The breakaway "St Mary's in Exile" community in Brisbane reportledly drew 240 parishioners on a Sunday, compared to just 45 at the original St Mary's parish. The Sun-Herald newspaper said it "dropped in unannounced at the 9am services on a recent Sunday" at

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In May, 83 bishops came to Sydney for the Oceania Bishops Conference. Compass has an eight-minute video of the Mass they celebrated in St Marys Cathedral. http://www.abc.net.au/compass/exclusives.htm?pres=20100606&story=2

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Donna Freitas is best known for her provocative nonfiction book Sex and the Soul, which was based on scores of interviews she conducted with college-age students about “sexuality, spirituality, romance and religion on America’s college campuses.” Beyond

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Xavier College Melbourne's principal Chris Hayes said the school was "gutted and ashamed" of its boys on a trip to New Zealand who shoplifted $5,000 worth of items. Xavier principal Chris Hayes met the group at Melbourne airport when they arrived home

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An apparent glitch in Google's ranking system for web searches resulted in the search for "Vatican" bringing up the website www.pedofilo.com as the first option, ahead of the Holy See's official website late last week.The website that replaced the Vatican's

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CatholicCare and Relationships Australia have received $660,000 in Federal Government funding, to continue drought support, as part of a a $6.6 million funding for Family Support Drought Response teams. "Probably Cooma and the Monaro regions I'm

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Image from the Catholic News Agency report --- A picture of the Virgin Mary holding a child-like Adolph Hitler in her arms, used on a poster promoting an Italian expo, was withdrawn from the event after complaints from local

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I find myself in an unusual and slightly strange situation: I am in disagreement with Cardinal George Pell. This has never happened to me before, and I’m not sure that I like it, writes William Oddie. In a sermon last week, the cardinal had a go at the

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The aim of a University education, in the view of John Henry, Cardinal Newman in the mid-19th century, is not primarily to fit students for this or that particular profession, but to develop their minds, to be able to exercise judgment, engage fruitfully in

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The St Vincent De Paul Society NSW's new State Office must be a place where people can find Jesus, said Sydney's Auxillary Bishop Terry Brady."They have to see the compassion, the love, the hospitality, the warmth, that welcome," he told The Catholic

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Emily Hall, Assistant Section Manager, International Office for Women and Sally Moyle, Branch Manager for the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affair, Office for Women discuss CEDAW issues with Sr Joan Kennedy---Sr Joan

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The Franciscan friars of Catholic Underground --- Week-long celebrations of the Sydney Congress for Embracing the New Evangelisation, SCENE, took place in the city's Martin Place last week, with a faith-inspired rock music show, talks, a

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A new AIDS study by the UN has lent credibility to faith leaders who have long argued that behavioural change was a key to combatting the spread of the illness, said a Catholic News Service report."Within the United Nations, there is more and more

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Nine young people have announced plans to start discerning a religious vocation at the Neo-Catechumenal Way vocations rally in Canberra this month. Close to 400 youth, catechist couples and seminarians travelled from across Australia to attend the

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Mass on Demand

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From St Mary’s, North Sydney. The first Mass of the day on YouTube

Mass Online

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Live streamed from Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral, Waitara

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