I must confess my reluctance to give up the time to read any book of 600 pages. However the magic eventually worked on me as I was caught up into the chase, the succession of violent encounters as Harry, Hermione and Ron flee for their lives before the

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With the US housing market in crisis, vendors are turning for help to St Joseph, patron saint of home sellers. Agence France-Presse reports that vendors bury a statue of St. Joseph in the garden of a property they want to sell, and then beseech him

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Melbourne Catholic Education Office Director Stephen Elder has written to all schools in the archdiocese urging them to cut ties with Amnesty International. The Age reports that the move follows that human rights group's abandonment of its neutral

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New Zealand Catholic journalist Gavin Abraham has won a major church award for an article exposing a ban on altar wine in kiwi prisons. The Australasian Catholic Press Association annual award for the best news story was announced at the

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Notre Dame University Australia Professor Frank Brennan has said the fate of 72 proven refugees in the Nauru detention centre rests on the outcome of the Federal Election. The Jesuit human rights activist said this week in Eureka Street magazine that

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A NSW Upper House committee has ruled that Cardinal George Pell was not in contempt of the State Parliament when he warned Catholic MPs they would face "consequences" if they voted in support of a stem cell-related bill. The Age reports

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Federal Agriculture Minister Peter McGauran says that authorising workers to begin preparing the Randwick World Youth Day venue now may breach equine influenza quarantine protocols. The West Australian reports the Minister has vowed to pursue the

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Many religious faiths entreat us to be good to our neighbours. That's a bold demand to make of foreign policy makers, though, because history tells us that neighbouring countries are often at each others' throats. In peacetime, too, interstate rivalry is

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How can we Catholics be sure about things like whether Jesus rose from the dead? Whether He is in fact God? How can we be sure we aren't being fed centuries-old propaganda, cooked up long after the deaths of Christ's contemporaries? It's something we can

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Venice gondolier Vittorio Orio has finally arrived with his gondola at St Peter's Square to meet Pope Benedict. This follows a 17 day trip down Italy's Grand Canal to Rome, and finally a truck ride to the Vatican. Orio invited the Pope to Venice for

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Cologne's Cardinal Joachim Meisner has expressed regret over his use of the word "degenerate", which has Nazi era overtones. Associated Press reports the cardinal addressed the concerns of critics, who objected to his use of the term in a

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Controversial former Bulawayo Archbishop Pius Ncube is said to be thinking of running for Zimbabwe's presidency against arch-rival incumbent Robert Mugabe. Catholic World News reports that Ncube has conferred with other leaders of the country's

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Randwick trainers are again up in arms over a request by WYD organisers for access to the racecourse to begin preparing infrastructure. The Age reports that equine flu is the reason given to organisers. Because of the severity of the crisis, the WYD

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It has been reported that Pope Benedict refused to meet US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice last month. The reason given was that the Pope was on holidays. Senior Vatican sources told the BBC the Pope does not normally receive politicians on his

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Matt and Ginny Smith are passionate about life. Years ago, when the US couple were preparing for marriage, they studied natural family planning, looked for ways to counteract the culture of death and prayed for a big family. God answered: As their

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Even those of us who believe John Howard's stewardship of our country has diminished its character and quality admit that he is a good fighter. Yet there has been a manic element in his fighting of late - especially over those mid-September days when he

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On her Chinese language blog, the mother of the child abandoned at Melbourne's Southern Cross railway station describes herself as a Catholic who reads the Bible and tries to "be a kind, loving wife". The self-description is published in the

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Catholic Super has joined a growing number of superannuation funds that now offer their members discounted health cover. The Financial Standard reports that fund members will now have the option to sign up to Medibank Private at a discounted rate. The

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Marist Brother Ross Murrin yesterday faced a Sydney court on 21 charges of indecent assault against male students dating back to 1974. ABC News reports that the lawyer for a former Sydney Catholic school teacher says his client will plead guilty to

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An Australian Ukrainian rite Catholic theologian has criticised the "latinisation" - or cultural imperialism - of the Roman Catholic Church. Dr Andrew Kania said this disadvantages the Eastern churches that are in communion with Rome. In a

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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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