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Sheila Cassidy, the doctor who was tortured in Chile in the 1970s, has written another book. It is called Confessions of a Lapsed Catholic and although its title naturally depresses me, I thought it worth a blog - if only to disagree with her conclusions,

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Bishop Joseph Grech --- The community needs to show "compassion and understanding" over government plans to move asylum-seekers into new detention centres near Perth and Adelaide, says the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference delegate for refugee and

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Queensland Police badge --- Police in Queensland are investigating the case of 15 students who were suspended from Noosaville's St Teresa Catholic College over alleged marijuana use. A police spokeswoman said a drug-related incident at the college was

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Catholic parishes in central Switzerland have caused an uproar by distributing condoms as part of an HIV-AIDS awareness campaign. A report on the ABC said parishes in the city of Lucerne started handing out thousands of condoms as part of an effort to

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Robert Galea is an internationally-acclaimed Australian Christian singer, with a number of albums to his name. In 2008, on the occasion of World Youth Day in Sydney, he was offered the opportunity to sing in the presence of Pope Benedict XVI before an

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The flagpoles of Australia's schoolgrounds are John Howard's main education legacy, according to the former Hawke government minister John Brown. With Howard's political autobiography doing standing-room-only publicity, judgments about the former prime

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The Australian Catholic University will host a free public lecture and discussion to celebrate the life of Rosemary Goldie tomorrow night. The lecture will be given by Emeritus Professor Father Edmund Campion, and there will be two respondents: Associate

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Without a commitment to God it’s very hard to progress in faith and grow in your relationship with Jesus. There are so many competing forces for our attention, like the media. I don’t have a television because there are very few things about

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Image from the Illawarra Mercury report of Wollongong's Bishop Peter Ingham --- No church or cathedral was big enough to contain the thousands of worshippers who gathered yesterday for the Diocese of Wollongong's Mary MacKillop thanksgiving Mass. The

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Pope John Paul II --- Former US President George W. Bush's forthcoming memoir will discuss his relationship with Pope John Paul II - especially the Pope's influence on his decision to restrict embryonic stem cell research. The Catholic News Agency

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A US man has been arrested for severely beating up a retired cleric, whom the man claims molested him 30 years ago. The priest has in the past denied the charge. Will Lynch, 44, was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and was to be released

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An old image of a Baghdad Latin Church, on Wikimedia Commons --- Two policemen were killed and eight people wounded in violence that began with an attack on the Iraqi stock exchange, after which militants fled to a nearby church in Baghdad and held the

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Screenshot from NDTV video report, '33-metre-high Jesus statue gets head and arms' --- A Polish priest is leading a quest to erect the world's tallest statue of Jesus, standing at 33 metres - a metre for every year of his life - topped with a

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For the first time in a Victorian State Election, the Archbishop of Melbourne and the Bishops of Ballarat, Sandhurst and Sale have prepared a powerful pre-election document to guide Catholics as they consider how they will vote. In the document, titled

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Anne Rice was 34 when she wrote Interview with the Vampire, set in her native New Orleans, and as far as she was aware, the only book of its kind to be told from the point of view of the vampire, not the victim. She was a graduate student, an insurance claims

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The Social Policy Connections Lecture Series continues tomorrow night in Melbourne with a talk by Phil Glendenning, Director of the Edmund Rice Centre, on "Mandatory detention and release of children". DETAILS 7.30pm Thursday, November 4. Location: Study

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The Catholic Bishops of Victoria this week released a document, Your Vote, Your Values -  Issues and Questions for Parliamentary Candidates for the Victorian Election.  The CSSV website carries detailed discussion of the document, with links and

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On this topic, I speak as a non-indigenous Australian. At this venue, I speak as a Jesuit priest who happens to be a lawyer with a long time commitment to the recognition of indigenous rights in my home country, says Frank Brennan, in an address at the

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Independent schools spend almost 50 percent more on each student than government schools, and the gap has more than doubled over the past decade, a new analysis by a public education advocacy group has found, reports the Sydney Morning Herald. Save

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Image from the report in the Manukau Courier, showing students performing the haka Tika Tonu. --- New Zealand's only school to be named after Mary MacKillop has celebrated her canonisation with a special mass, speeches and cultural performances from

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