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What is the matter with us? Our grandparents, when they were children, on returning home on a Sunday morning might have been asked by their mothers, to check that they had been to Mass, what the sermon was about. Today, as soon as we have left the church

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Here is the text of a video message sent by Pope Benedict at the conclusion of the "Courtyard of the Gentiles", a dialogue between Catholics and atheists, which ended its first encounter in Paris on March 25, reports Espressonline. Dear

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Protests In Dublin in support of the Libyan people, on Flickr --- Pope Benedict has appealed for a cease-fire in Libya and the immediate start of a serious dialogue aimed at restoring peace, according to news reports by the Catholic News Service, Religion

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Winner of the Best Actor award (co-shared) at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, and the Goya Award winner for Best Actor in 2011, Javier Bardem delivers a powerhouse of a performance in a bleak film about a street-wise father, desperate to protect his two

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A former religious brother accused of abusing a teen he was counselling has denied the charges against him and said he never took the boy on an overnight trip, reports AAP and the Sydney Morning Herald. The victim's allegations include that the accused man

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Sudan Darfur refugees, on Flickr --- US-based Catholic Relief Services said it will be forced to close its food program in Sudan's Western Darfur at the end of March, said a Catholic News Service report in the National Catholic Reporter. "The government

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Private schools fear the Australian Greens will attempt to use their power in the Senate to press Labor to strip non-government schools of funding, in line with the minor party's election policies, the Australian reports. While Prime MNinister Julia Gillard

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Image from the website of St Joseph's Primary School, Eden --- A school founded by St Mary MacKillop almost 120 years ago in Eden, on the NSW south coast, will close at the end of this year, reports the Canberra Times. The Catholic Education Commission

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Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi --- Pope Benedict's Courtyard of the Gentiles represents a new starting point for dialogue between believers and non-believers, the Vatican spokesman said, reports Zenit. The Courtyard of the Gentiles was

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The Borgias is a television series about one of the most remarkable and legendary families in history. Set in 15th century Italy at the height of the Renaissance, The Borgias chronicles the rise of patriarch Rodrigo Borgia (played by Jeremy Irons) to the

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The Tablet last month published a story whiich discusses an interview from John Allen, of the National Catholic Reporter, with Dr Lesley-Anne Knight, presently secretary-general of Caritas Internationalis, writes Bill Oddie in the Catholic Herald. The story

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n Sunday, Walk and Talk: City with a Soul will be launched at 2pm at the Centre for Christianity and Culture in Barton, ACT. The launch, which will include music, a barbeque and a chance for conversation, will take place in the ACCC’s garden. It will

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As the US and other nations take military action to protect the people of Libya from their own government, the American bishops have written to the Obama administration, asking it to stay focused on this limited goal and mission, as well as the wellbeing

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Dr Philip Nitschke --- Dr Philip Nitschke's plans for a euthanasia clinic in Adelaide have been condemned, with MPs believing his move could lead to the defeat of the private member's bill put forward by Ms Stephanie Key, reports the Advertiser. One

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Sr Anne Derwin RSJ --- Congregational leader of the Sisters of St Joseph, Sr Anne Derwin, will next Tuesday be awarded Australian Catholic University's (ACU) highest honour, Doctor of the University, in recognition of her contributions to education and

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Image from the report on the World Youth Day Madrid 2011 website --- An American producer of manga comics has prepared a special edition comic featuring the story of Pope Benedict for World Youth Day, said a report on the WYD 2011

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St Mary MacKillop --- St Mary MacKillop has been proclaimed the Patron of the Diocese of Port Pirie by Bishop Greg O'Kelly,  according to a media release by the Diocese. "It seems appropriate to me and those I have consulted that Saint Mary of the

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'Blessed Virgin of Lourdes', by Manuel González Olaechea y Franco on Wikipedia --- The shrine at Lourdes has announced the "remarkable healing" of a French invalid, avoiding the traditional term "miracle" as doctors increasingly shy away from

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From the image of a church in Rawalpindi, from Wikimedia Commons --- Six men attacked a Catholic church near Rawalpindi on Monday night, the third aggression of its type in the past week, said reports on Fides and Zenit. The church of St. Thomas in the

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A veil in Manoppello, Italy, kept secret for centuries and only recently re-emerging, illustrates Christ's resurrection in a way that will change the world, says a leading historian in an interview with Zenit. Paul Badde, author of The Face of God: The

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