On the eve of the northern hemisphere holiday season, the Vatican has issued a set of guidelines for tourists on making their vacations more environmentally friendly. Reuters reports the Vatican has issued a set of suggestions to help tourists minimise

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The body of the daughter of a Vatican employee who disappeared 25 years ago was thrown into a cement mixer after she was murdered, a new witness claims. The Times Online reports olice this week re-opened the inquiry into the disappearance of Emanuela

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The Church would be wrong to put all its eggs in the World Youth Day basket. It needs another bout of self-examination of the sort it has done sporadically through the centuries. Now it is time to try a touch of democracy. Some relatively simple reforms

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Joseph Chamie, a former director of the United Nations Population Division now working in migration research is worried. He finds himself caught in the abortion bind. On the one hand he supports a woman's right to choose to have an abortion while on

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Some people think Adam Sandler is funny. Then there is the rest of the civilised world. The first group may see You Don't Mess With the Zohan as a riotously funny spoof of Middle Eastern racial conflicts, with Sandler playing an Israeli counter-terrorist

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LiturgyHelp.com is a commercial website offering a subscription based service for parishes, schools and other Church agencies for Lectionary based liturgical and catechetical resources. Its service claims to assist key ministries to better prepare for

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A Singaporean woman who claims to be suffering from post trauma stress disorder following an exorcism has sued a priest for damages over the affair. Today Online reports the long running saga resumed in Singapore's High Court after a seven month

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Vatican art critics want to see more images of Mary breastfeeding the baby Jesus as a sign that God "truly became flesh". The Daily Mail quotes an article in L'Osservatore Romano as declaring that it is time to undo four centuries of Church

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The Holy See has offered the Society of St Pius X founded by the late Vatican II rebel Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre the possibility of its own personal prelature if it accepts five conditions for a return to communion with Rome, European reports say.

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Stands selling liturgical lace, incense and bibles are sharing floor space with others spruiking heated pews and confessionals at a Sacred Expo in Poland this week. From communion wine to cassocks, rosaries to pews, marble altars and life size statues

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Taiwan's foreign ministry enlisted the help of the Vatican this week to "correct" the name of Taiwan which is reportedly listed as a "province of China" on the World Youth Day website. According to Radio Taiwan International,

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The problem for the Labor Government is they have inherited a community sector facing many challenges. Demand for services has never been higher. Competition for staff has never been greater. The long term impact of competitive tendering during the past 20

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As he grew up, Mugabe got his sense of who he was from mother. She left him in no doubt that he was to be the achiever who rose above everyone else; the leader chosen by God Himself. She may also have viewed him as a substitute for her own failure to serve

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This week's edition of The Spirit of Things discusses with experts from a recent conference issues of sexual abuse and exploitation in religious contexts ranging from cults to mainstream churches. Guests include Dr Gary Schoener, the Director of the

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An eleven year old ballerina from Sydney's Campbelltown region will join other teenage dancers who will perform for Pope Benedict at World Youth Day. The Campbelltown-Macarthur Advertiser reports Year 5 student, Janice Slattery, who is not a

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Canberra-Goulburn Archbishop Mark Coleridge says the Church is doing all it can to ensure that there is no repeat of the sexual abuse of pupils which occurred at a local Catholic college. ABC News reports Archbishop Coleridge made his comments after a

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On a visit to Australia for the inaugural chapter of the Christian Brothers new Oceania province, congregation leader Br Philip Pinto has challenged the brothers to take risks and embrace new thinking. EdmundRice.org reports Br Pinto, who was

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Eat the tension around you! Mary pondered, not by thinking deep intellectual thoughts but by holding, carrying, and transforming tension so as not to give it back in kind. Like Jesus, she helped take sin and tension away by absorbing it, like a water filter

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The Holy See has moved to defend the late Vatican banker, Archbishop Paul Marcinkus, over "baseless and defamatory" allegations that he ordered hit men to murder an Italian teenager in 1983. The Washington Post reports Archbishop Marcinkus,

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Throughout the western world the Church is declining numerically. The most prominent exception to the general rule of decline is the rise and growth of the movements and communities described as "ecclesial" rather than "lay" by Pope John

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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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