The new thinking is that nuclear power is a growing industry that is safe and secure and has the technology to deal with its wastes. The view is that it is critical to the diversification of energy supply and it is essential to combating climate change.

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After meeting with bishops from Arab regions on Friday, the Pope has called upon all Catholics to help Arab Christians to remain in their countries. Catholic News Agency reports that the bishops who spoke with Benedict XVI are from the Conference of

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Pope Benedict XVI has decided to reformulate a Good Friday prayer in the 1962 Roman Missal that was offensive to Jews, according to an Italian newspaper. Catholic News Service reports that Il Journale says the new prayer will drop all reference to the

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The newly elected Superior General of the Jesuits, Fr Adolfo Nicolas told an Australian Jesuit publication last year that the Church in Asia has much to offer the whole Church and that it ''had not taken the risks'' that it should have. In an

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The Society of Jesus have elected a Spanish born academic who has spent the past five decades in Asia as its new Superior General. The province website of the Australian Jesuits has reported that 71 year old Fr Adolfo Nicolas was elected on the second

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For those who are unreflective, sex can be just another meal in the fast food mall of life. The problem is not sexual immorality so much as it is the inability of young adults to relate to one another in ways that allow sexuality to give them what they

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We make too many concessions to the world, as a result, we condemn ourselves and those around us to mediocrity. We are to distinguish ourselves from others by means of our Christ-like character. The first Christians had the audacity to be different and

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Singing seminarian Robert Galea has launched a new album and will perform at World Youth Day during the Stations of the Cross procession. The fifth year seminarian and singing sensation – who hails originally from Malta - recently transferred

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St Peter’s Square was transformed into a mooing, squaking and neighing barnyard as the Feast of St Anthony the Abbot was celebrated in the peaceful confines of the Basilica. Catholic News Service reports Cardinal Angelo Comastri blessed several

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Catholic Social Services (CSS) has welcomed news that Catholic welfare agencies will be involved in 13 of the 25 new Family Relationship Centres announced by the Federal Government yesterday. CSS Australia Executive Director Frank Quinlan said the

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The St Vincent de Paul Society in Queensland has been inundated with more than 400 calls for financial assistance to help families with the cost of getting children back to school. The Catholic Leader reports the number of Queensland families asking

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Marist Brother John Kostka has appeared in the ACT Magistrates Court yesterday to face 18 charges of sexually abusing children at Canberra's Marist College in the 1980s. The 75-year-old former teacher was charged with abusing six students aged between

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The Vatican has sent a letter of explanation to the Rome university where Pope Benedict was forced to cancel a visit this week. The Holy Father was due to address Rome’s La Sapienza University on Thursday, but decided to cancel amid protests from

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Sydney's Archbishop Cardinal George Pell has slammed the Australian Medical Association for its publication advocating a tax on children and suggesting families should pay an annual carbon tax on their kids. In an article in the AMA's Medical Journal

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Prime Minister Rudd would do better seeking political guidance, rather than personal moral guidance, from a political theorist not a theologian. Like many others, Rudd unduly credits his brand of Christianity with a humanitarianism that is common across

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A special Mass was held earlier this month at the Mary MacKillop Chapel in North Sydney to celebrate 26 Josephites for their 50 years of religious profession and service. The Josephite Golden Jubilarians celebrated Eucharist on January 6 – the

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Centacare has applauded the positive response of a pregnancy counselling Helpline which has assisted more than 2500 people since its launch last May. The $15.5 million Howard Government initiative provides women and families with well-informed,

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A lobby group of victims of sexual abuse at the hands of clergy have demanded the Victorian government establish an independent justice commission into the crimes. The Herald Sun reports 14 victims of defrocked priest Gerald Francis Ridsdale

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University students holding banners and chanting slogans of support came out in force at the Pope’s weekly address a day after the Pontiff cancelled his visit to a Rome university amid protests by staff and threats of

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All his life he devoted himself to the reconciliation of the Churches. Part of his appeal may have been his dislike of formal preaching while encouraging a spiritual quest as a common endeavour. Always he was genial and gracious, a smile never absent

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