Chinese authorities have arrested an underground church bishop who organised meetings to distribute and discuss Pope Benedict's Letter to Chinese Catholics. AsiaNews reports that Mgr Julius Jia Zhiguo was preparing a pastoral letter as well as meetings

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The Kenyan government has ordered a fresh investigation into the death of US missionary Fr John Kaiser. Kaiser's body was found seven years ago with a gunshot wound to the back of the head. A court recently rejected an earlier finding that the

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Catholic Social Services Australia has called on the Federal Government to raise pension levels to substantially more than the current 25% of average male earnings. Executive Director Frank Quinlan cited increased living costs as the reason, arguing

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Randwick Racecourse trainers have responded with hostility to a new plan by World Youth Day organisers to "minimise disruption". The organisers' latest plan is to reduce next July's closure of the venue from ten weeks to three

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Jesuit Professor Frank Brennan has compared the new Federal Government policies for Indigenous communities with those promoted thirty years ago by the late Queensland Premier Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen. The Australian reports that he made the remarks in a

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Aboriginal Catholics have yet to take their rightful place in the Church, judging by input to the recent Christ and Culture Indigenous Theology Conference attended by more than 80 indigenous Christians at Noosaville. The "Christ and Culture

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Every day millions of Americans grab a plastic bottle of water from the cooler at a convenience store, or pull a case of it from the shelves at their local supermarket. Despite safe, clean municipal water, many consumers still choose to buy water at

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South African Bishop Kevin Dowling has said that Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe had "destroyed" the country. Catholic News Agency reports that the Bishop of Rustenberg received a standing ovation at the Southern African Bishops Regional

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Next month, the New Zealand Catholic Church will launch a new online matchmaking service with St Raphael as patron. The New Zealand Press Association reports that a website called Catholic Matcher New Zealand will help single Catholics looking for

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A report published by the Holy See Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples has described the death penalty as "cruel and unnecessary". Fides says the report reveals that 91% of all executions are carried out by only six

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Two Christian girls aged 11 and 16 have been kidnapped, forcibly converted to Islam, and married off to Muslim strangers. An AsiaNews correspondent in Pakistan's third largest city of Faisalabad says the kidnaps were completely ignored by police. A

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World Youth Day organisers have backed down on their request for 10 weeks exclusive access to prepare Randwick Racecourse for next July's Papal Mass but trainers are upset at the change. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that trainers have called the

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While this election is still there to be won or lost, Labor is rightfully the hot favourite. But John Howard was correct to point recently to the 1993 election as an example of what is always possible. On that occasion Paul Keating won the unwinnable

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The escalating chorus of voices calling for the ordination of married men as Catholic priests is missing one verse: Many married Catholic priests are already among us. Catholic churches in the East, the birthplace of Christianity, have always had married

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Indian Cardinal Telesphore Toppo has expressed dismay that he and many other clerics are computer illiterate in an age when the World Wide Web has turned human civilisation into a global village. He was speaking at a four day IT workshop for bishops

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The protection and prevention officer for a church committee on professional standards has appealed to people to "trust their instincts when they are suspicious" of the possibility of child abuse. Legislation and other programs are not enough

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Catholic Health Australia chief has welcomed an announcement by Federal Treasurer Peter Costello that $2.5 billion is to be invested in a new Health and Medical Investment Fund but says that the move is "long overdue" in some areas. He also

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Canberra Auxiliary Bishop Pat Power has questioned current Church discipline that has the effect of denying regular access to the Eucharist saying that it's time for a less "clerical" understanding of the priesthood. The bishop has written

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Greg Scicluna spends Wednesdays under cars, with his hands covered in oil and grease. Although he is only 15, the year 10 student assists Thomson Ford's service department in Parramatta as part of the Lighthouse Project, which was established by the

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About a couple of hundred years ago the French dictator Napoleon said that "when China awakes the world will tremble". China is now awake, with an economy second in size only to the US. What is not so well known is that Christianity, especially

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From St Mary’s, North Sydney. The first Mass of the day on YouTube

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