Bees for Benedict

30-Jun-2008
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Italian scooter manufacturer Piaggio has presented Pope Benedict with two new specially made three wheeled vehicles. The funky, light weight transport vehicles are called "ape" in Italian, which means "bee" - probably for the loud

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Australia's bishops have urged Catholics to "celebrate the Living Spirit" to mark Aboriginal and Torres Islander Sunday this weekend. Chairperson of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council (NATSICC), Elsie Heiss,

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Catholic News is the official newspaper of the archdiocese of Singapore. Interestingly, its website heavily focuses on not just news and information but has as its centrepiece a discussion forum and blog, something a little unusual for "official"

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Josephite Sr Noeline Quinane says that on the first anniversary of the Northern Territory Emergency Response the Federal Government should listen to the experience of Aboriginal people living with the Intervention. The Sisters of St Joseph have urged

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The Catholic Church in Southern Africa has urged all African states to reject President Robert Mugabe should he be declared winner of Friday's presidential run-off boycotted by the opposition candidate Morgan Tsvangirai. CISA reports the bishops of

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Seventeen schoolgirls in a mainly Catholic US fishing town have reportedly become pregnant after making a pact to raise children together. MSN News reports officials at a US high school are investigating reports that a pact made by a group of teenage

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Catholic Health Australia CEO Martin Laverty has called for the appointment of a health ombudsman to address the growing gap between health services for the rich and the poor. ABC News reports the peak group for Catholic health organisations, is calling

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On a visit to the Philippines, Townsville Bishop Michael Putney has said Australia's Catholic bishops are ready to assist Filipino bishops in their campaign against Australian-controlled mining operations. The Philippines Sun-Star

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Queen Elizabeth has expressed surprise over the choice of Randwick Racecourse as the venue for Pope Benedict's World Youth Day final mass, an AJC official says. The Australian reports the Queen has exressed amazement that World Youth Day would be held

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A row has broken out in Brisbane over the role of a priest convicted of abuse who continues to say Mass privately in conflict with a papal directive to exclude pedophile priests from the ministry. The Brisbane Times reports the Archdiocese of

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While it may be difficult to imagine mass conversions in the Emerald City of sun and surf, there's no reason why the spirit can't come on Sydney as it has on its predecessors. So confident is the Sydney archdiocese in the power of World Youth Day that it

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In seeking incremental change, the National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission should not be scared away from real change. Real change would be the establishment of a single government funder (read federal funder) of all public health services, with

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In a post Enlightenment world that has witnessed the Battle of the Somme in which 19,000 soldiers died in one day, the horrific genocide of tens of millions of lives committed by Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot and others, and the rapid spread of AIDS, the simple

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With the Vatican-approved Year of St Paul about to commence in days, this website run by the Missionary Society of St Paul has all the information about the year in addition to the plenary indulgence available during the commemorations for the 2,000th

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Pope Benedict has moved quickly to deny an apparently light hearted demand by divorced and remarried Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi for the Church to loosen regulations on receiving communion. The Age reports Mr Berlusconi sat in the front

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As organisers confirmed that predictions of more than 200,000 World Youth Day pilgrims will be met, contractors yesterday raised the roof structure for the altar for the papal mass at Randwick Racecourse. ABC News reports the Catholic Church says it

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Described as the woman to whom the late billionaire Kerry Packer could not say no, Sr Bernice Elphick has died and will be buried today after a funeral at Sydney's Sacred Heart Church, Darlinghurst. The Australian reports Sr Bernice Elphick, the

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The Marist Brothers have apologised to victims of sexual abuse by a former Canberra-based brother who was jailed yesterday for two years on charges dating to the 1980's. ABC News reports John William Chute will spend two years in jail for molesting

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New definitive statutes for the Neo-Catechumenal Way approved by the Holy See prohibit the taking of communion seated around a table - a traditional practice in the community. Chiesa reports the new statutes also prohibit passing the chalice from hand

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The Archdiocese of Glasgow has received an award as Scotland's first diocese to meet Fairtrade standards for its its hot drinks. Fife Councillor Mark Hood congratulated the archdiocese saying the Council should take its lead from the Church and show

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

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