Moscow churches will this week recall the 70th anniversary of Stalin's Great Terror with the Orthodox Church to hold a ceremony at a shooting range where mostly Orthodox but also Catholics and people of other faiths were slaughtered. AsiaNews reports

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Citing concern that states are set to lift a series of moratoriums on the planting of genetically modified food crops, a Sydney-based Columban justice centre has called on Australians to lobby their state parliaments to extend the bans. The states

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Blaming two Australian mining companies for hardships experienced by villagers in several remote Philippines villages, a town mayor has called on the local Catholic bishop for backing in his "lonely fight" against the mines. The Philippines

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Fernando Lugo, who resigned as a Catholic bishop last December to avoid a constitutional ban on clergy seeking political office, has kicked off his presidential campaign with a rally in a small Paraguay town. The International Herald Tribune reports

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In the documents of the Second Vatican Council is a mandate for an encouragement of the popular in music - the "music of the people" at Mass. This is an aspect of Vatican II that lovers of fine music hope will not always be understood as it has

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Shortly after being appointed editor of The Universe, the Catholic weekly, I received a letter of complaint from the late Archbishop of Birmingham. The paper had reported the case of a priest of his diocese who had been found guilty of child abuse.

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At least two months is needed for genuine consultation on draft legislation introduced into Federal Parliament yesterday by Indigenous Affairs Minister Mal Brough, says Catholic Social Services chief Frank Quinlan. In a statement, Mr Quinlan also

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NSW bishops have backed a plan, including a trial introduction of Catholic pre-schools, to reinforce Catholic identity and strengthen religious literacy as part of a battle against "secularisation, consumerism, family dysfunction and values

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Describing the God's Squad Christian Motorcycle Club members as "chaplains to the biker community", Catholic David Hansen sees his ministry as an opportunity to follow St Francis' dictum to "preach the Gospel at all times - sometimes even

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Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox and other Christian theologians will meet in Toulouse, France today as part of a move to adopt a common code of conduct among churches on how each community seeks and accepts converts. The Washington Post reports that

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The Australian Catholic University has announced the appointment of law professor Greg Craven as its new vice-chancellor to succeed Professor Peter Sheehan who will step down after ten years in the role. "On behalf of the entire University

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Incoming head of the revived Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, says that the facts speak for themselves on Iraq and that "paradoxically" Christians were better protected under Saddam's

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A young boy's cure from multiple sclerosis is virtually "unheard of", according to vice-postulator for the sainthood cause of Mary MacKillop, Sr Maria Casey, who has referred the case to a Vatican doctor before a possible official church

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An environmental magazine has rated Pope Benedict, who rides an electric popemobile and has installed solar power at the Vatican, as among the world's top religious leaders on "green" issues. Catholic News Service reports that the pope and

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A priest who was bashed outside his parish church in Canberra's O'Connor suburb has suffered a new blow after church property sustained over $500,000 damage in two blazes yesterday that police say were deliberately lit. The Age reports that the fire

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An Australian psychologist and former sister, Michelle Mulvihill, says that the Church moved priests facing abuse allegations to Pacific islands in order to hide them but New Zealand church officials have denied the claims. The Fiji Times reports that

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Citing increasing numbers of low income people who are being forced to choose between paying for food, heating and rent, Catholic Social Services has called on the Government to index rent assistance for people in the private rental market. ABC

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Sydney archdiocese has withdrawn a proposal for school principals to make a public vow of fidelity to church teaching after planners decided it was not an appropriate way to proceed, Catholic Education chief Br Kelvin Canavan says. The Sydney Morning

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Sr Janet Palafox, 42, feels she has come a long way since her radical student days rallying for social change in the 80s in the Philippines. "I thought I'd seen hardship and battle for justice before. I thought I knew about these things. But my

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Traditionally religious beliefs have been considered a private matter in Australia. Unlike in the US, most Australians look askance at those who declare their love of God from the rooftops. Perhaps this helps to explain why health minister Tony Abbott,

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

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