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Pope John Paul II --- Church and civil authorities in Rome are putting the finishing touches on logistical plans to handle potentially massive crowds for the beatification of Pope John Paul II, as the date draws closer, reports the Catholic News

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Screenshot of Archbishop Leopoldo Girelli from a video taken in Singapore --- The Vatican has sent its first representative to Vietnam since 1975 on a "historic" visit to the communist nation, said an AFP report on Google News. The trip by Holy See envoy

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After very successful Open Days in the past two years, the Sisters of St Joseph will again open the doors of Mary MacKillop Place at Mount Street North Sydney for the 2011 Open Day on Sunday, May 1. Open Day visitors will be able to take a behind-the-scenes

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Screenshot from www.ncec.catholic.edu.au --- The money that schools collect in fees and donations should be considered in calculating their government funding, to compensate schools that choose to charge low fees, the National Catholic Education

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A prominent English music director has attacked modern Church music, saying it is "low quality material" and that the practice of a lone cantor leading the singing was like "an ecclesiastical karaoke", reports the Catholic News Agency. Joseph Cullen,

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The quality of the education that non-government schools provide contributes significantly to a more equitable society, according to a report by Australian Catholic University's Public Policy Institute, the university said in a media release. "The view

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Screenshot from The Age report --- The Catholic Education Office in Victoria has warned parents about their children approaching a man dressed in a monkey suit promoting a text messaging service outside schools, reports the Age. The ''monkey'', promoting

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Screenshot from the Rome Reports video, What is Holy Week?, on YouTube --- Technological advances are "liberating and contribute to the progress of mankind" only if coupled with a genuine search for God, Pope Benedict told pilgrims gathered at St Peter's

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A former bishop who has admitted abusing two of his nephews in Belgium has disappeared from a French religious community where the Vatican ordered him to seek "spiritual and psychological treatment", said an AFP report in the West Australian. Roger

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Pascal Adolphe Dagnan-Bouveret's The Last Supper Wikipedia --- The Last Supper is commemorated a day late, a Cambridge University physicist claims in his new book, according to reports in the Sydney Morning Herald and the Belfast Telegraph. Professor Sir

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Philippine President Benigno Aquino III --- Philippine President Benigno Aquino said he will push for the passage of a reproductive health bill in Congress, to fight poverty, despite risking excommunication from the Church, said a Reuters report in the

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Throughout the 41 years of Communist rule in the former Eastern bloc country, an underground network of groups and individuals kept the Catholic faith alive, even to the point of ordaining married men and women. Last week, their achievement was belatedly

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Tensions surrounding Catholic identity are very much in the air these days. People who regard themselves as authentically Catholic rarely enjoy being told they’re not, or that they’re only selectively so, writes John Allen (pictured) in the

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This Good Friday, the Franciscan Friars will stage the 75th anniversary of the Stations Of the Cross at  “Maryfields”, Campbelltown, in Sydney's west. In 1936, The Franciscan Friars of The Holy Spirit Province were the first to

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This BBC photo gallery has a colourful array of images of Palm Sunday celebrations from across the world. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-13109636

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Eminent Tamil theologian and academic Father SJ Emmanuel (pictured) can count five bishops among those he has educated in his distinguished career - but he is much prouder of five special priests who attended his lectures in Kandy, Sri Lanka, reports the

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One of the repeated justifications for euthanasia is that it relieves the burden of the suffering as an act of compassion and love. Yet this “compassion” or “love” is largely left undefined in modern discourse, including by those

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The new film version of Graham Greene’s 1939 novel, Brighton Rock, brings some Catholic themes into prominence. It is directed by Rowan Joffe, who wrote the screenplay for The American, a Greene-like drama about a burnt-out hitman.  Greene

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Image from the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne --- More than 800 people attended lectures and workshops on over 40 topics related to marriage and family life last weekend in the Third National Catholic Family Gathering in Melbourne, the Archdiocese of

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Archbishop John Hepworth --- Archbishop John Hepworth from the Traditional Anglican Communion says he has been negotiating ways to allow Anglican priests to be accepted by the Catholic Church, which the Vatican is likely to approve later this year, the

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