The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has established a working party to consult on the practice of "Sunday celebrations in the absence of a priest." The bishops made the decision at their Plenary meeting held at Mary Mackillop

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The Vatican has moved from a neutral position in a Europe-US confrontation over GM food and will come down in favour of genetic modification in a major report to be released next month. Truthabouttrade reports the Vatican has stunned opponents of

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The recent election of ex-Catholic Bishop Fernando Lugo Méndez in Paraguay has seen another leftist leader take office in Latin America. With a ten point lead over his nearest rival Blanca Ovelar, Lugo's centre-left Patriotic Alliance for Change

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We can sometimes forget, when we confess our own sins and are given absolution, that we, as witnesses, need to make visible the grace of Christ's superabundant mercy that flowed from His side pierced for us on the Cross. He cleanses us from our sins, heals

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Over 12 months ago, CathNews featured this Catholic blog site, StBlogs.net as one of its featured websites. At the time it promised to offer a Catholic focused service and it has delivered. It contains dozens of active Catholic blogs in addition to

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Describing herself as a "good Catholic girl", Cherie Blair, wife of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, has defended her use of contraception saying that fertility control is an important reason that "women's lives have changed".

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The average age of teachers in Catholic schools is 40, nearly ten years younger than their government school counterparts, statistics show. The Australian reports that while state and territory governments face losing 40 per cent of their teachers to

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Japan's Catholic-run Jikei Hospital which operates a "drop off" box for abandoned babies has collected 17 infants in its first year of operation. Mainichi News reports that Jikei Hospital in Kumamoto City created the "Stork's

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Whyalla, South Australia, priest Fr Tony Redden's inoperable brain tumour has retreated after his parishioners prayed to Mary MacKillop for her intercession. Whyalla News reports that Fr Redden was diagnosed on January 22, 2007 with a malignant,

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The Rudd Government has named Vinnies CEO Dr John Falzon and Adelaide Monsignor David Cappo to its new Social Inclusion Board which also includes Professor Tony Vinson and Melbourne television personality Eddie McGuire. Catholic Social Services

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Ritual activity is part of the human condition and is necessary for our survival as human beings. It celebrates and intensifies the most elemental situations of our humanity. Ritual is something that we purposely do over and over again. It is done best when

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The freight train of same sex marriage will not stop at the station called simple "equality." The legal equivalence of same sex couples with opposite sex couples means that marriage will no longer be society’s most reliable method of

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Still one of the most popular Catholic prayer sites in cyberspace, Sacred Space provides daily prayer reflections in over 20 languages. The Irish Jesuits host the site and encourage visitors to spend 10 minutes in front of their computer monitors

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Teralba Park in Brisbane's north-western suburbs will play host to a Queensland Churches Together Dawn Ceremony to mark National Sorry Day on May 26. This year's commemoration has special significance following the Prime Minister's Apology to the

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Last week's devastating Sichuan earthquake which killed over 40,000 people also destroyed dozens of churches, local Catholic officials have revealed. AsiaNews reports that while Catholics participate in national mourning, attempts are underway to

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Car accident survivor, eight year old Sophie Delezio, has joined a group of illustrious Australians, including cricketer Matthew Hayden and fashion design Carla Zampatti who have been named as World Youth Day ambassadors. The Catholic Weekly reports

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Retired Sydney Bishop Geoffrey Robinson says that Australia's bishops "did what they had to do" in sanctioning his latest book while Marist Fr Michael Whelan has called on the bishops to explain "what is doctrinally unsound" in the

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Up to one German per day undergoes a full scale exorcism, a priest estimates, giving a figure that has shocked the public.   Hundreds of Germans, tortured by inner voices, are looking for priests to help free them from what they believe to be the

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Fifth oldest bishop in the world and possibly Australia's last living World War II chaplain, retired Military diocese Bishop Aloysius Morgan has died at 98. Bishop Morgan was Australia's first Catholic military bishop and former Auxiliary Bishop of

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A retired Victorian country priest, Fr Alderick D'Cruz, was yesterday convicted in Shepparton County Court of a 1977 indecent assault on a then 17 year old girl. Leaning heavily on a walking stick and grasping the hand of a supporter, Fr D'Cruz, 78,

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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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