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Bishops from the Philippines province of Bicol have written to Pope Benedict asking for his assistance in their battle against mining operations including a formerly Australian owned mine on Rapu-Rapu island. Environment advocacy groups backed the

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Tamil Catholics mobbed Trincomalee priest, Fr Ajith Perera, demanding Mass when he arrived at a refugee centre on Sri Lanka's north-east coast. After months of unimaginable suffering caught up in the last stages of Sri Lanka's civil war, the refugees were

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Pope Benedict has proclaimed five religious as new saints and as role models for a "disoriented society," he said at a ceremony at St Peter's Square on Sunday. The Pope declared four Italians and one Portuguese saints of the Church, Zenit

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Irish primate, Cardinal Sean Brady, has suggested people use social networking tool Twitter to send their prayers to their friends. Twitter, the social messaging network, or text or email is a fine way to spread the gift of prayer, Cardinal Sean

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Harvard professor and former US ambassador to the Holy See, Mary Ann Glendon, has declined a major award from the University of Notre Dame in protest over the university's decision to grant President Barack Obama an honorary doctorate. Professor

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The annual New Norcia Studies Day is an opportunity to explore and revel in the rich history of New Norcia and its surrounds. It is part of the monastic town's annual events program and designed for all who share an interest in New Norcia's spiritual,

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The Dominican Province of the Assumption covers the countries of Australia, New Zealand, Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea. Known as the Order of Preachers and founded over 800 years ago by St Dominic, the Dominicans reason for being is to preach the

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No one would have believed in the early years of the 21st century that there lived among us, beings whose cool and calculating aim was to depopulate the earth, starting with Australia. Their leader is former SA Democrat Sandra Kanck who recently called

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Susan Boyle is middle aged, unmarried, a practising Catholic, born the ninth child in a large family. She spent many years caring for her elderly mother. She is jolly, with an infectious grin and a great cheery laugh. She epitomises a way of life that is

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Caritas Australia has called for public and further government support to the hundreds of thousands of internally displaced people in Northern Sri Lanka. Fr Damian Fernando, head of Sr Lankan Caritas agency SEDEC one of the few aid agencies still

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On a visit to Onna, the village worst hit by the earthquake three weeks ago in central Italy, Pope Benedict called for the devastated region to be "reborn". "I encourage everyone, institutions and businesses, to see that this village

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Philadelphia Cardinal Justin Rigali has said that two women who underwent a "pseudo-ordination" on Sunday have been automatically excommunicated as a result of their act. Cardinal Rigali said those who presented themselves for supposed

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At the age of 82, Pope Benedict XVI is about to be forced through a diplomatic minefield that would scare the wits out of a politician half his age. He will be in Israel and the Palestinian territories in May on a visit that the Israeli ministry is

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This week, Orbis books published Dom Helder Camara: Essential Writings, an anthology of the charismatic Brazilian archbishop's speeches, poems and essays. It's an essential collection for anyone struggling to live in the church in these times, because this

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This fourth in the lucrative X-Men series of action films delves into the past to explain the origins of one of the band of mutants, the one known as Wolverine with deadly claws that spring from his knuckles. Creating this role gave Australian actor Hugh

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Spirituality for Today is an interactive monthly magazine dedicated to a variety of current themes and questions concerning the Christian faith in this postmodern age. It is produced in connection with the Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport in

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Bathurst Bishop elect Michael McKenna visited his new diocese this week to take part in the annual clergy seminar which brought together about 20 active priests in Mudgee. "I travelled by train from Sydney to Lithgow and road to Mudgee," Bishop

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Brisbane chancellor, Fr Adrian Farrelly, has said that former St Mary's South Brisbane administrator Fr Peter Kennedy's move to set up a separate congregation would have "serious consequences" possibly including loss of priestly faculties.

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In a letter written from a Turkish prison, Mehmet Ali Agca, author of the failed attempt against Pope John Paul II in 1981, claims to have renounced Islam and embraced the Catholic faith. Italian weekly Diva e people donna published the letter, French

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Tony Blair Faith Foundation policy adviser William Chapman has stepped down after the former British Prime Minister gave an interview saying that Catholic attitudes to gays need to change. Chapman, one of Blair's closest aides, has resigned amid

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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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