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Collum Thoms, father of Perth teenager Gemma Thoms, who died of an ecstasy overdose at a Big Day Out concert, asked young mourners at her funeral yesterday to "think of the pain they could cause their parents." The ABC reports the 17 year old

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A Catholic tribunal has allowed Dutch priest Fr Ruud Huysmans to continue a "registered partnership" with theologian Freda Droes despite the opposition of Rotterdam Bishop Ad van Luyn. The EarthTimes reports the priest was allowed to retain

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Aborigines will establish a tent embassy at St Mary's South Brisbane under the terms of a treaty signed last year between the parish and the local aboriginal community. Activist Sam Watson said St Mary's had tended to the needs of Aborigines for decades,

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The Toowoomba Catholic primary school principal at the centre of an alleged cover up of child sexual abuse has been suspended. The principal was suspended on Monday on full pay, the Toowoomba Chronicle reports. The paper says the Non-State Schools

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Figures show almost 1,100 students from Victorian Catholic and independent schools received special examination arrangements last year compared with 703 students from government schools. The Age reports the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment

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Foreign ministry spokesman, Le Dung, says the Vietnamese government has agreed to a meeting next week with the Vatican to discuss issues relating to the establishment of ties. The meeting, the first of its kind for the Vietnam-Vatican Joint Working Group,

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Controversial Christian leader Danny Nalliah says the Victorian bushfires are a punishment for decriminalising abortion. Danny Nalliah is wildly wrong. He is wrong as a theologian, a thinker and a pastor, and has shocked and appalled both the mainstream

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Population growth can aid economic development, as in Australia. But development economists are generally of the view that rapid population growth can put great pressure on resources, making it extremely difficult to lift peoples out of acute deprivation.

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What a pleasant surprise. For those who like their films visually appealing and literate, intelligent and delightful, this will be a most satisfying entertainment. It is G rated though it is not a children's film. - Fr Peter Malone, Australian Catholic

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Latin Mass Melbourne is a website for the community attached to the extraordinary form of the Mass in the Archdiocese of Melbourne. The site contains news and announcements in addition to homilies and lectures and an introduction on the extraordinary

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Brisbane Archbishop John Bathersby has said he is prepared to call in the police at St Mary's parish, South Brisbane but ousted administrator Fr Peter Kennedy says that he will not be breaking any laws. "It's not a situation I want to face, but

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St Patrick's Cathedral was packed yesterday for a Mass for Victoria's bushfire victims while messages of solidarity and prayer from church leaders from around Australia and the world have poured in. "We will support those who have lost everything

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Representatives of a group of Australia's major religious bodies have met with ABC Managing Director Mark Scott last week to lobby for the return of a dedicated religious current affairs program. An ACBC statement reports representatives of the

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Toowoomba Bishop William Morris has said he has been under investigation by the Vatican for two years after discussing the prospect of women or married priests in a pastoral letter. Bishop Morris said the diocese was challenged by the ageing of its

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Pope Benedict yesterday personally welcomed Australia's new ambassador to the Vatican, former Deputy Prime Minister Tim Fischer. Ninemsn reports the Pope met the former deputy prime minister during a short ceremony at the Vatican in Rome on Thursday to

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As far as the Italian secular Left is concerned, it is increasingly difficult, if not impossible, to disentangle Italian politics from the Vatican. The row over Berlusconi's last minute intervention to try to save the life of Eluana Englaro was believed to

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When ABC Radio National shelved The Religion Report, it set off a wave of comments that its other axed specialist programs did not generate. Many notable individuals raised their concerns about the consequences of its demise. Barney Zwartz, The Age

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Anyone who has been confounded by the Church's mishandling of the child sex abuse crisis will benefit from Nicholas Cafardi's detailed account of the Church's response prior to the 2002 approval in Dallas of the US Bishops' Charter for the Protection of

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Flame Ministries International is a Perth based ministry of lay evangelists established as a public association of Christ's faithful under Canon law. It positions itself as a Catholic ministry of the Word, feeding the poor in spirit. Its website is a

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SSPX Bishop Richard Williamson has apologised to Pope Benedict for the "unnecessary distress and problems" caused by his "imprudent remarks" but the fallout over the lifting of his excommunication continues. The Washington Post

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

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Live streamed from Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral, Waitara

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