We feel it most cruelly on Friday nights when it seems everyone in the whole world is doing something exciting except us. Initially there is no sense of desperation, we are young. But then we discover it robs us of the simple capacity to rest.

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A British pub that occupies a former convent wants to erect an image of a barebreasted nun. The local council says it is disrespectful to the nuns who ran the convent. Tenby Town Council is urging planners to refuse permission for the sign

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An engineer who successfully moved a 65 tonne mosaic of the Risen Christ at the historic Sacred Heart Church on Sydney's Notre Dame University campus, has won a Bradfield award for excellence. Mr Elwyn Berchowitz is senior engineer for Meinhardt NSW.

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The Queensland Catholic Education Commission is looking for a "clear direction" from Australia's Catholic bishops on whether church school authorities should continue to be involved with Amnesty International. In a statement released

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Former Bulawayo Archbishop Pius Ncube has denied rumours that he intends to challenge Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe in next year's elections. The Catholic Information Service for Africa reports that he will remain a human rights advocate. He has

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The Israeli government has cancelled re-entry visas for priests, nuns and other church workers who wish to travel in and out of the Israeli occupied Palestinian territories. Independent Catholic News reports the measures have left a number stranded

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World Youth Day organisers have dismissed claims they tried to relax quarantine measures at Randwick Racecourse. The Catholic Weekly reports that claims were made last week that WYD workers had been allowed on the site, bypassing the biosecurity

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When sections of copper drain pipes on the outside of St Mary's Cathedral in Colorado Springs were stolen, the Church became the victim of a crime that has become widespread. Prices on the copper market have soared, with thieves stealing copper to sell

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On foreign aid, development assistance and trade justice, Peter Costello says "Economic growth is the real poverty buster". The bishops say: "True, but economic growth must go hand in hand with eradicating poverty and ensuring trade

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Despite a warning from his archbishop, Fr Rainer Maria Schiessler is back serving beer at Munich's Oktoberfest. The Nation reports that Fr Schiessler's customers in the beer tents are unaware of his true identity, as he wears no priestly vestments and

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The Vatican has been inundated with more than 160,000 requests for "relics" of the late Pope John Paul II after offering them free on the Internet. The London Telegraph quotes Monsignor Marco Fibbi, a spokesman for the Vicariate of Rome,

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A West Papuan military commander has denied a parish priest's claim that elite soldiers are threatening and following him. UCA News reports that Fr John Djonga says the elite commandos have been spying on him since late July, when he passed local

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An Oxford educated Episcopalian bishop in the US has sought permission to resign from his diocese and to be released from his vows in order to be received into the Catholic Church. The London Times reports that Bishop Jeffrey Steenson of Rio Grande

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The Vatican's undersecretary for Relations with States, Monsignor Pietro Parolin, has said countries must not waste time worrying, but instead do something concrete to ensure a healthy future for the earth. AsiaNews reports that he told the United

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Burma's Catholic bishops have called for a national prayer campaign as protests led by Buddhist monks in Burma continue to grow. As Buddhist monks in the streets of the former capital Rangoon shout "democracy", Archbishop Charles Maung Bo has

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Emmaus Productions founder and creative director Monica Brown wonders if the Church is losing heart. "We've got better systems, but I don't know that we've got life-giving communities". 25 years after the release of her first album, she is

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The recent document from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith was interpreted by some as a repudiation of the ecumenical advances made by John XXIII and Vatican II. In fact there's nothing new, and it upholds Vatican II's 'degrees of

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In his first words as the new pastor for the Beijing diocese, Bishop Joseph Li Shan has thanked the pope and promised to visit every parish of the Chinese capital. AsiaNews reports that Monsignor Li began his ministry by promising to visit each and

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The National Catholic Education Commission is in broad agreement with a plan by Australian states and territories to reinstate teachers as primary assessors of students. The Australian reports that the system being adopted will provide a means of

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Federal Agriculture Minister Peter McGauran has again warned that World Youth Day preparations at Randwick racecourse are "quarantine madness". The Age reports that the NSW government should look at shifting the event. But the state's

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

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