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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Wilcannia-Forbes Bishop Chris Toohey has told a London conference that developed countries have "missed the plot" on the long-term future of the planet. Bishop Toohey chairs Catholic Earthcare Australia. He explained how global warming

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Sydney's Anglican Archbishop Peter Jensen has described World Youth Day as "very big, like the Olympics". The ABC reports that he wants to build on the momentum, which has registrations already topping 200,000. Archbishop Jensen told the

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Fr Michael Cleary was one of the greatest communicators the Catholic Church in Ireland has known, a man who could reach out to young people in a unique manner, the epitome of a young person's priest. He chain-smoked and told slightly racy jokes about

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Let's face it, it is easier for most of us to hold a clear but inaccurate image of what we think God is, rather than to live with the discomfort of not being able to pin God down precisely. Many a mystic has said that all descriptions of God are false

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Several Year 9 students from Bunbury Catholic College have been punished for allegedly trying to sell bags of sugar to their schoolmates that they pretended to be the drug "ice". A drug and alcohol expert says she is alarmed children as young

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Victorian priest, Fr Terrence Pidoto, yesterday thanked the judge who sentenced him to more than seven years jail. He was convicted on 11 charges including rape and indecent assault. A victim said he should have "got life". 62 year old

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Brisbane Broncos founding chairman and Marist Brothers College Rosalie old boy, Barry Maranta, has joined the fight to prevent his old school from closing. The Courier-Mail reports on the latest chapter in a long-running feud. It says the

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The mother of a boy with a language disorder is suing a parish priest and the Melbourne Catholic Education Office for discrimination. The Age reports that the boy was allegedly asked to leave a Catholic school at Laverton in the city's west. Altona

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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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