A Sikh couple in the UK is considering converting their daughter to Catholicism so that she can gain admission into a local parish school. The decision of Baljit and Bal Singh has captured the attention of the media. The couple said they would not

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Sydney's Cardinal George Pell yesterday thanked Prime Minister John Howard for the Federal Government's financial support for World Youth Day. The support totals $35 million, which represents an increase on the previous $20 million

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The dean of St Patrick's Cathedral, Melbourne, Monsignor Geoff Baron has "spontaneously offered" his resignation, and Archbishop Denis Hart has accepted it. Monsignor Baron offered his resignation after returning from leave. He took a break

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The Jesuit headmaster of Sydney's St Aloysius College has confirmed that his school will sever its ties with Amnesty International. This follows the decision of the international human rights organisation to support limited abortion rights. But Fr

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Alysa and her boyfriend had been dating for nearly two years, and then broke up. During the relationship, the two were best friends. "He was the person I shared with the most about life and faith," she said. Even after ending their romantic

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For those who have not experienced it for themselves, it must be difficult to imagine just how much liturgical praxis has changed in less than half a century. The evolution that has taken place in the last 30 years is barely perceptible nowadays, since

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Northern Victorian car collector Kevin Smith, who hails from a pioneering family in the region, has bought the historic hundred year old Violet Town Catholic church and transported it to his farm, where it now sits amid his complete collection of Holden

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As Pope Benedict's personal envoy Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone prepares to visit earthquake-devastated Peru, sobbing survivors are drawing hope from statues of Jesus and the saints that "miraculously" survived the destruction. Reuters reports

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Nicole Kidman has denied that a new film she's making is anti-Catholic. The movie features an organisation known as "The Magisterium", which kidnaps children to remove their souls. The Brisbane Times reports that Kidman told a US magazine

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British Catholic Bishop Michael Evans has resigned from Amnesty International after the international human rights organisation approved a new policy affirming the right to abortion under limited circumstances. BBC News reports that Bishop Michael

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No way home

20-Aug-2007

Homelessness lends itself to stereotypes. Stories in the media and welfare groups feed the image and try to shock the wider population into some kind of response. In my experience, homelessness is less visible, passing us unnoticed as we walk along the

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This rapid rise in religious schooling has, of course, been accompanied by concerns, not least of which is that faith schools can be deeply socially divisive. While I share that worry, my greatest concern is that the smoke generated by the battle over

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Descendants of 19th century PNG cannibals have expressed sorrow for the actions of their forefathers who killed and ate four Fijian missionaries in 1878. The expression was part of a massive ceremony of reconciliation in the country's New Britain

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Federal Health Minister Tony Abbott will be a keynote speaker at tomorrow's annual convention of the Christian Democratic Party. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Abbott, a fervent Catholic, will give a speech entitled "life in federal

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Retired French Cardinal Roger Etchegaray has said that both Pope Benedict and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Alexy II want to meet. However he added that the time should be favourable, and no "show" should be made of the event. Catholic

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Trainers and other affected racing professionals are considering a ban on moving horses blocking preparatory work at World Youth Day's Randwick Racecourse venue. They have accused the Church of stalling on compensation negotiations for disruption to

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The Australian Catholic Commission for Employment Relations has said the Industrial Relations Commission's decision on the Federal Minimum Wage discriminates against low paid workers with family responsibilities. Brian Lawrence chairs the Catholic

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Pope Benedict has called on the world community to come to the aid of coastal regions in Peru devastated by Wednesday's earthquake. Catholic News Service reports that in in a telegram sent to bishops of the dioceses affected by the magnitude 7.9

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The continuing debate over the access of same-sex couples to social benefits and so-called entitlements is a distraction from the real issue. The real issue is not about infringement of rights. Rather, it is about what heterosexual marriage can offer

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Whenever a moral issue swims into public view, people will call for church leaders to make a statement about it. The call should be weighed carefully - such statements have their place but are not normally all that helpful. The reason is that church

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Mass on Demand

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

Mass Online

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Live streamed from Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral, Waitara

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