A Chinese Catholic man living in Australia is to be deported to face trial on kidnap and murder charges in China. The Herald-Sun reports that he is currently recovering in a Sydney hospital after swallowing razor blades. Refugee advocates claim there

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Austrian and European Jewish leaders asked Pope Benedict to use his moral authority to prevent Iran from developing the capacity to produce nuclear weapons. The plea was included in a letter the pope received during a recent three-day visit to the

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Canberra Auxiliary Bishop Pat Power has warned that compliance burdens imposed by the government, and even the church, could put at risk the many people "who fall between the cracks". On Tuesday he gave the McCosker Oration at the annual

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Outspoken Zimbabwean Archbishop Pius Ncube has vowed not to be silenced by President Mugabe's "wicked" regime. He resigned on Tuesday after being implicated in an adultery scandal that he says was fabricated by the regime. The 60 year old

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It was the earthiness of Pope John XXIII which appealed to so many people, Catholics and non-Catholics alike. Is there a danger in today's climate with so many demands of compliance from government and even church that we become so "professional"

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In an especially moving passage from his recent speech in Vienna, Pope Benedict XVI said, "It should be everyone's concern to ensure that the day will never come when only its stones speak of Christianity." By now this has become the consistent

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The trial of a former Tasmanian priest on charges of abusing a student nearly 40 years ago was yesterday aborted. The Age reports that this occurred after an outburst in Launceston Supreme Court by a witness. 70 year old Gregory Ferguson has pleaded

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A Catholic Health Australia survey has found that people who rent their homes are three times more likely than home owners to postpone visiting a doctor for reasons of cost. The Sydney Morning Herald reports on Catholic Health's highlighting of

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The Vatican's Vox Clara Committee has announced that the new English translation of the Roman missal is expected to be ready by the end of 2009. This follows a meeting in Rome over the past few days, under the chairmanship of Sydney's Cardinal George

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Australian Bishops Conference president Archbishop Philip Wilson yesterday called on Amnesty International to abandon its policy of promoting abortion. He said Amnesty's shift away from a neutral stance on abortion is deeply regrettable. He said:

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An imprisoned Chinese bishop has died in custody amid suspicion from his supporters. 71 year old Bishop Han Dingxiang spent nearly half his life in prison. He was cremated a mere six hours after his death on Sunday from unknown causes. The US-based

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Unfortunately, there is a tendency for us to combat moral decay in the arts by producing sanitised alternatives to decadent forms of entertainment. The results are morally innocuous, but uninspiring. A pop song that happens to be about God instead of

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The Federal Government has moved to act in respect of the horrendous findings of the report into sexual abuse in Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory. There would be few who would not respond with outrage at the commission of such criminal

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A priest who runs the controversial Catholic Radio Maryja may hold the key to Poland's forthcoming national election campaign. The London Daily Telegraph reports that the station has been often accused of fostering xenophobia and anti-Semitism. It says

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A Melbourne judge told Fr Terence Pidoto that all the good he had done as a priest had been undone. The Herald-Sun reports that Fr Pidoto was found guilty of sexually abusing four boys over a ten year period. The court heard that he took one of his

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Pope Benedict has praised Austria's volunteering as a challenge to "a culture which would calculate the cost of everything". Catholic News Service reports on his meeting with 1800 volunteer represantives before concluding his Austrian

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Zimbabwe's Bulawayo Archbishop and Mugabe regime critic, Pius Ncube, is reportedly set to resign. SR Radio Africa says the reports come several weeks after the state media ambushed the archbishop with pictorial evidence of an affair he was alleged to

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There were a lot of things that Mother Teresa didn't do and there are plenty of legitimate critiques of her mission. She cared lovingly for the poor, but she never asked why they were poor. When powerful world leaders wanted their picture taken with her

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In Sydney at the APEC weekend, members of the ABC's Chasers comedy troupe slip a bogus motorcade through a series of security checks to deliver a faux Osama bin Laden to the gathering. Yeah, sure, it was funny all that money spent on security and a bunch

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Pavarotti's parish priest has said the twice-married singer had been reconciled with the Catholic faith of his childhood. The 71 year old received the last rites before losing his battle against pancreatic cancer last Thursday. Pavarotti's musical

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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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