A 72-year-old former priest has been found guilty of sexual abuse in a Launceston court. ABC news reports Roger Michael Bellemore, who was a priest and teacher at Burnie's Marist College, abused three boys who were students in the 1960s and 70s. The

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Shot East Timorese President Jose Ramos Horta is "out of danger" and recovering in a Darwin hospital. AFP reports Mr Ramos Horta - who was shot in the stomach by rebels yesterday - is on a ventilator after having a bullet in his lung

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More than 55,000 people descended into Lourdes for an outdoor mass to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Our Lady's apparitions and to celebrate the World Day of the Sick. Catholic News Service reports Bishop of Lourdes and Tarbes Jacques Perrier said

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Revelations that half of the country's Catholic and private schools are set to receive $2.7billion in overpayments over the next four year has prompted the Federal Government to will review the controversial funding model inherited from the Howard government.

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In a complete about-face, the retired Archbishop of Dublin Desmond Connell has withdrawn an appeal in which he sought to stop the release of documents on the archdiocese's handling of sex abuse cases. Catholic World News reports Cardinal Desmond

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The Grand Master of the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and Malta, Fra' Andrew Willoughby Ninian Bertie, has died in Rome. The funeral of the Grand Master, who died last Thursday will in Rome on February 16 at

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  The Catholic Church will offer up property worth hundreds of millions of dollars throughout Victoria in a radical plan to provide cheap rental properties for the state’s most needy. The proposal – which is also backed by

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Catholic Education Office of Western Australia Western Australia's Catholic education system is unique in comparison to those of the eastern states. The Catholic Education Commission is administered by the Catholic Education Office of Western Australia. A

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As the school year begins for thousands of Catholic kids, the Director of Catholic Education in the Archdiocese of Melbourne Stephen Elder has promised a “big year ahead.” As part of World Youth Day celebrations in Sydney in July, Melbourne

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Representatives from Catholic schools will take part in a 12 member board to develop a world class national schools curriculum. The Age reports Melbourne educationalist Prof Barry McGaw (pictured) will head the Rudd Government's push to establish a

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NSW Families suffering from recent floods and continued drought will be helped through the St Vincent de Paul Disaster Appeal. Acting Vinnies NSW State President Raymond James says while “front page stories” may have ended, Vinnies members

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Youth Off the Streets' founder Fr Chris Riley has slammed Fred Nile for using the Bible to divide rather than unify people from all religions. The Camden Advertiser reports Fr Riley was outraged that a “minister of religion” entered the

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The close connection between faith and reason is based on the belief God created humans and is always near, Pope Benedict says. Catholic News Service reports the Holy Father used his weekly address to continue his talks about St Augustine who did not

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For many young women, their sense of Mary, mother of Jesus, is relatively one-dimensional. They recall a humble, pious woman who was submissive to both her husband and her God. The modern female, it might seem, would have little in common with a woman

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Any type of activity that advocates personal ability to dissent to the teachings of the Catholic Church based upon freedom of personal choice or opinion is the result of very seriously malformed and misintentioned consciences. - Hugh McNichol

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NSW Judges and magistrates were the first to preview World Youth Day celebrations during the traditional Red Mass at St Mary's Cathederal yesterday. The Catholic mass for the opening of the law term, held to seek divine guidance for the courts, will

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A Canberra Catholic school was the target of cruel vandals who killed a number of farmyard animals raised by children with learning disabilities. AAP reports several ducks and chickens were attacked on the grounds of MacKillop Catholic College in

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The illegal trade of organs in the Philippines has compelled the country’s Catholic Bishops to urge the government to impose tougher regulations on organ donation. Reuters reports the Bishops are worried over abuses which have been a result of

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Evacuations of Catholic personnel from the diocese of Nakuru in Kenya have been stepped up following the recent murder of a priest. Independent Catholic News reports the diocese was moving priests and other chuch workers from 10 parishes where

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Catholic and Anglican relations in NSW are warming up with the impending signing of a formal covenant in a step towards "healing" between the two denominations. Christian Today reports Anglican Archbishop of Newcastle Dr Brian

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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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