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The weekend reports that the Church in Peru is pushing for Sister Irene McCormack to be canonised has shone a new light on her life and work. The Australian-born missionary has a college named after her for her work in Peru until her assassination in the

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Once upon a time I used to joke that by the time baby boomers reached retirement age, there would be nothing voluntary about euthanasia, writes Nikki Savva. It was a smart alec comment designed to highlight the increasing weight the growing number of elderly

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Archbishop Dominique Mamberti --- The Vatican secretary for relations with states has told the UN General Assembly that there must be genuine dialogue within the body - not just a holding out of opposing and irreconcilable positions - to achieve the

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The Queensland Opposition said a 10-year jail sentence for a teacher convicted of 44 sex offences was inadequate, and is appealing the sentence to the Attorney-General. Gerard Vincent Byrnes, 61, was sentenced yesterday to ten years jail for the sexual

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An image from a video on the prize for IVF pioneer, Robert Edwards --- The Vatican's Pontifical Academy for Life has criticised the awarding of this year's Nobel Prize for Medicine to IVF pioneer Robert Edwards. "I find the choice of Robert Edwards

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The Sisters of St Joseph are planning a live broadcast from Rome to six screens at North Sydney's Mary MacKillop Place on October 17. About 2000 people are expected to attend the free-ticketed live screening, which will start at about 6.30pm, with the

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Monsignor Paul Tighe --- The Vatican's secretary of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, whose all.gloria.tv gives internet users a platform to share Catholic videos and material will be speaking in the Northern Territory this

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Private schools will be required to reveal their annual income and taxpayer funding but not wealth stored in assets such as foundations, shares and investment properties, in a new version of the MySchool website. The omission of assets from the new financial

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Blessed Mary MacKillop --- Mary MacKillop should be made the patron saint of clerical abuse victims, said Rev James Martin SJ,  in the Jesuit magazine America. The suggestion comes amid a new documentary that says she was excommunicated from

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Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi --- The Vatican's L'Osservatore Romano and the Italian bishops' daily newsletter have condemned a "Jewish joke" told by Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi on his birthday last week. Berlusconi, who turned

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Image of the cover of La Pieta Perduta, from an Italian website --- An unfinished painting of the Virgin Mary and Christ owned by a former American pilot has been hailed as a lost masterpiece by Michelangelo, says an Italian art historian and restorer in

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The Australian Catholic Youth Ministry Convention has been declared a success by organisers, who said the event has reinvigorated hundreds of Australian youth ministers.“The ACYMC was a huge success. A significant event in the life of the Church and for

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Blessed John Henry Newman --- Three Australian vice-chancellors have publicly admitted that Cardinal Newman's treatise The Idea of a University were driving change in their institutions. At a symposium last week at the University of Melbourne to

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Image from news report in The Age --- Nineteen-year-old Jack Simpson's recovery of his intellectual capacity has been named one of Mary MacKillop's miracles by the Vatican, one that was "held in reserve" as a second miracle required for her

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The Brave Foundation is a registered charity dedicated to supporting women facing unexpected and teenage pregnancy. Its primary aim is to see mothers and their children, in a happy, healthy, skilled family environment over time. It also aims

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This is a docudrama and it is one of the most difficult genres to get right, easily becoming neither a satisfying drama nor a good documentary. But Canberra-based Bearcage Productions have got it just right. Blessed Mary is both satisfying and good. The

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World Youth Day 2011 will be a time to address relativism and the confusion in the lives of many young people created by it, said a Vatican official. President of the Pontifical Council for Laity, Cardinal Stanislaw Rylko - refering to the theme chosen

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Image from The Catholic Weekly report --- The musical based on the life of Mary MacKillop opened to a sell-out audience in Sydney on Friday. Australian soprano Joanna Cole led the mixed professional and amateur cast of the musical, MACKILLOP, which also

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Father Paul Gardiner, image from the Blessed Mary MacKillop website --- Father Paul Gardiner, who spent 25 years lobbying for Mary MacKillop's canonisation, has rejected recent media reports that he linked her excommunication to her reporting child abuse

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A cropped shot of the Mary Mackillop Chapel in North Sydney --- Newly-released historic property deeds bearing Mary MacKillop's signature reveal that she was a savvy investor in numerous properties around the state to help carry out her spiritual

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