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Screenshot from the EWTN Family Prayer - For the Church in China, on YouTube --- At least three "underground" priests in China's northern Hebei province have been detained in the Chinese crackdown on human rights activists and Christians not affiliated to

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In Rome during the Second World War a plain white line was painted along the streets that ran by the Vatican. In 1944, during the early days of the German occupation, it marked the point where the Holy See’s authority ended and Nazi rule began, writes

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Liturgy has always aroused strong passions. In the 19th century, some London churches served by Anglican priests who wore lace were stoned. So it is not surprising that the introduction of a new translation of the Catholic Mass should be turbulent, writes

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Catholic Health Australia chief executive, Martin Laverty --- Waiting times in emergency departments and elective surgery waiting lists could be reduced if the NSW Government proceeds with plans to contract non-government hospitals to treat more

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Screenshot from the video, The Cathedral Chamber in Lucas Cave at the Jenolan Caves, on YouTube --- A non-denominational service is scheduled to be held on Easter Sunday deep underground at Jenolan Caves, west of Sydney, in the renowned Cathedral Chamber

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Screenshot from 3rd National Family Gathering - Share the Dream --- Pope Benedict XVI has sent his prayers in a video message for the Third National Family Gathering, which begins today in Melbourne, urging families to become "protagonists of a new

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The Vatican has confirmed that Paul Liang Jiansen has been ordained as bishop of the Chinese city of Jiangmen, the first such ordination in China since relations with the Holy See broke down last year, reports the Catholic News Agency. Reuters reports the

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The secular world is killing us, says David Tacey in this program, titled Spiritual Sickness. The Jungian scholar and author believes that living an entirely rational existence seeks its opposite in intoxicants and other forms of escape, which lead to

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Monsignor Anthony Figueiredo, now an official at the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, was a friend of Mother Teresa’s and worked for a time with Pope John Paul II in the Vatican. In the lead-up to John Paul's beatification on May 1, Vatican Radio

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Screenshot from a video featuring Adam Hood, who was scheduled to make a presentation at the Qld Catholic school venue --- Brisbane Catholic Education says St Columban's College at Caboolture, Qld, has withdrawn permission for its hall to be used as a

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Miguel D'Escoto Brockmann, on Flickr --- Libya wants a former Nicaraguan priest to represent Moammar Gadhafi's regime at the United Nations, said an AP report in the Washington Post. A Spanish version of a letter from Libyan Foreign Minister Moussa

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In 2009 the European Court of Human Rights ruled that Italy had infringed the right of a woman to ensure that her children had an education "according to [her] religious and philosophical convictions" by displaying crucifixes in classroom in the public

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Fr Jack McCaslin can't remember how many times he's been arrested. As he sits in a brown reclining chair in his room at a retirement community in Nebraska, he takes his glasses off and starts turning them over in his hands, pulling at the temples. "I

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One of the things that Never Let Me Go does is to make an audience realise the difference between much British and most American film-making. This British production, based on a sombre novel by Kazuo Ishiguro (who also wrote The Remains of the Day), shows a

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Oceans is a film about five oceans (the Pacific, Atlantic, Indian, Southern, and the Arctic), and their assorted marine life. The film takes us from one ocean to the other, and the main focus is on the animals that inhabit them.  It is quite beautiful

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They are sitting on the sofa opposite me; they appear close, friendly, at ease. Our conversation should be upbeat - a celebration of a father and son who have just been collaborating professionally. But as the tape recorder is switched on, we all

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As chief of Access Ministries, Victoria's largest provider of religion classes in government schools, I have been grilled about the special religious instruction program (SRI), writes Evonne Paddison in The Age. At issue is the question of religious

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NCR Online has a two-part interview with Sr Elizabeth Johnson, distinguished professor of theology at Fordham University, about her book, Quest for the Living God, which has been recently criticised by US Bishops' Conference. The interview is

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A nursing home in Victoria run by former Labor aged care minister Peter Staples has been criticised by the industrial tribunal for its ''unsound, indefensible and unfounded'' sacking of its Catholic priest last year, reports The Age. The Sunday Age reported

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Bishop of Lismore, Geoffrey Jarrett --- Exorcism is built into many of Christianity's seemingly simplest rituals, said the Bishop of Lismore, Geoffrey Jarrett, who is also the diocese's exorcist, reports the Northern Star. Responding to questions about

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