A Brazilian court has ordered the arrest and retrial of a rancher previously acquitted of the murder of US born, Sr Dorothy Stang. Para state's top court reversed last year's not guilty verdict for Vitalmiro Moura on a technicality, a court spokesman

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Organisers of an international 40 Days for Life campaign of protests outside abortion clinics in the US, Australia and other countries claim to have helped save nearly 400 babies from abortion. Organisers are now judging the campaign's effects and

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Vilification deadens honest emotions. It operates as a social anaesthetic. A licence to offend diminishes the dignity and humanity of those whose participation in society it undermines because it stops or deters the exercise of the right of free speech by

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When he lifted the cross, the victim, trembling all over, struggled to his feet and looked at Simon with gratitude in his eyes. This was not the face of a dying man in Simon's experience, but of an athlete. There was neither fear nor hopelessness there, but

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A "suspicious" fire has destroyed the 97 year old St Brigid's Catholic Church in Ballan, near Ballarat in Victoria. About 55 firefighters were called to the church at 3am, The Melton Leader reports. They saved the church's brick walls and

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A pro-abortion NGO that is battling East Timor's bishops in an effort to legalise abortion receives funding from Canada's Caritas organisation, Development and Peace. The UN news information service, IRIN, reported in mid-March that one NGO in

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Catholic Social Services Australia has joined with other service organisations to launch the Australian Community Services Industry Group. The Australian Community Services Industry Group will provide a national voice from an employer perspective on

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Senior staff at Sydney's Royal North Shore Hospital have ordered that crucifixes, Bibles and other Christian symbols be removed from the hospital chapel in order to avoid offending Muslims, Hindus and other non-Christian groups. Hospital staff say

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Recent Catholic convert, former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, has said in an interview that Catholic leaders are out of step with ordinary believers in their attitude toward homosexuals. Blair, who formally converted to Catholicism in 2007, said

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With his last Mass at St Mary's South Brisbane looming, outgoing administrator, Fr Peter Kennedy, says his group does not want to become a cult but wishes to remain within the Catholic community. Fr Kennedy's last service will be the week after Easter,

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The Stations Of The Cross was one of the most memorable events from last year's World Youth Day, played out over three hours to thousands on Sydney's streets and to an international television audience of millions. This fly-on-the-wall documentary from the

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Jesus' Resurrection was different. He did not rise in the natural state he had when he died on the Cross. Before his death, he was subject to space and time, and was always present somewhere on earth. After his Resurrection, to be sure, he rose in the same

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On that first Easter morning something truly extraordinary happened to Jesus: God raised him from death to new life. But that wasn't all. Something extraordinary happened to the women who went to the tomb and, eventually, to all the disciples. And it

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The Good Sams are a well known and much loved Australian religious congregation founded in 1857 by Archbishop Polding who take their inspiration from the Gospel parable of the Good Samaritan and the Benedictine spirit. The sisters have a special focus

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As nearly 3,000 Hong Kong catechumens prepare for their baptism this Easter, the Vatican has opened its Second Assembly on the Church in China. UCAN reports the Vatican has announced that its Commission for the Catholic Church in China is holding its

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Caritas Australia has called on G20 leaders to put the poor in the developing world front and centre at this week's London Summit. "International bailouts from the financial crisis have exceed $4 trillion USD, yet an increase of about $50

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On a visit to Peru, Sydney Cardinal George Pell highlighted the difficulty of finding vocations to the consecrated life in Australia, quoting a Missionaries of Charity sister's comment that it is "the hardest country to find vocations in."

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Australian nun, Sr Maria Joseph, has been elected as one of four General Councillors in Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity religious order. Sr Joseph Maria, aged 55, has been elected as one of four General Councillors of the order, and, with her

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 British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has met with Buckingham Palace officials to discuss plans to change the rules of succession to the throne to give royal women equal rights, and to abolish the ban on heirs to the throne marrying Catholics. He

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A Hanoi court has rejected the appeals of eight Thai Ha parishioners convicted last year of disturbing public order and damaging property during a series of demonstrations to demand the return of church owned land. The International Herald Tribune reports

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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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