Retired Canberra-Goulburn Archbishop Francis Carroll and other Australian church leaders were concerned by the suffering of Palestinians that they witnessed during their recent visit to Israel-Palestine. Comprising nine Australian Church leaders, the

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The Vatican has dismissed condemnation by al Qaeda saying the militant group is “worried” by the historic meeting between the Pope and Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah. Reuters reports al Qaeda’s second-in-command Ayman al-Zawahri

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Jean Vanier is the French-Canadian former naval officer and academic who founded L'Arche, the worldwide organisation of small, homely communities where men and women with a learning disability live alongside –- he would rather say "in communion

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As she moved through the Palestinian countryside, Mary would have seen a land reeling under the impact of a growing population and over-grazing by flocks of sheep and goat. She would have also witnessed the first century version of 'agribusiness' –

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Brisbane Archdiocese has launched its Come and Celebrate Christmas campaign in an attempt to reach the more than 500,000 people within the archdiocese who identify as Catholics but do not have close contact with the Church. In a series of half page

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The Australian Catholic University will offer new early childhood education specialisation its Aquinas Campus in Ballarat from next year. The new courses will help to fulfill the growing need for teachers with early years expertise in rural and regional

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An Italian priest who has lived in Turkey for 27 years is the latest victim in a string of violent attacks on clergy. Asia News reports that the government is failing to act, dismissing the stabbing as the actions of a crazed individual. Fr Adriano

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The Sydney Archdiocesan Marriage and Family Office has said proposed legislation permitting same-sex civil unions in the ACT should cause us to reflect on the "social importance" of heterosexual marriage. Sydney Archdiocese Marriage and

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The Vatican spokesman has said Pope Benedict will not visit the Holy Land next year after a Vatican meeting with Israel failed to resolve outstanding issues including Church property taxes and visas for clergy. DPA reports Vatican spokesman Fr Federico

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An elderly Marist Brother will co-operate and surrender to police in Canberra in response to allegations of child abuse spanning three decades. The Australian reports Br John Kostka - who is in his late 70s - will leave his retirement home in the NSW

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Holland’s towering Dominican theologian, Fr. Edward Schillebeeckx, is with us yet, though at 93 his physical presence has diminished even as his influence flourishes. This man’s theological ideas, expressed in some 400 books and articles,

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Although this week's Doctrinal Note on some Aspects of Evangelisation from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith claims that many people believe that to evangelise is to limit the freedom of others, this is, as Gerald O’Collins has noted,

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Pope Benedict has been offered a make-over by famous Italian film and opera director to help him portray a "happy image" Reuters reports Franco Zeffirelli says he will gladly be the image maker of the Pope, who "comes across as

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Operational plans for World Youth Day Sydney 2008 (WYD08) received the thumbs up from the Vatican body that oversees preparations. The plans cover 23 separate events during the WYD08 week from 15 - 20 July next year, some of which will be attended by

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The Catholic Church is absorbing news that the Melbourne Anglican diocese has made a submission to the Victorian Law Reform Commission supporting the decriminalisation of abortion. Melbourne Catholic vicar general Msgr Les Tomlinson (pictured) told The

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In the face of increasing hostility in Russia and elsewhere, the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) has defended the right and duty of Catholics to undertake evangelisation intended to convert people of other faiths. It has

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Australia's Catholic Bishops have discussed a survey that reveals many Catholics have stopped attending Mass because they feel the Church is irrelevant to their lives. News of discussion of the research project was included in the news briefing that

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St Vincent de Paul National CEO John Falzon has said the previous government's welfare to work arrangements will spoil Christmas for many single mums, people with disabilities and unemployed people. National CEO John Falzon says up to 2000 vulnerable

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The gift of Vinnies founder Frederic Ozanam was to maintain a single-minded focus without allowing the context within which he worked to be blurred. As the title of hihs new biography, Love and Politics, indicates he kept in sharp focus the faces of the

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There are no miracles in welfare to work policy. If Australians want their government to move single parents off welfare and reduce child poverty at the same time then it’s going to cost money. - Frank Quinlan, Catholic Social Services Australia

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