Pope Benedict will visit Australia from July 12-21 for World Youth Day, the Holy See has announced while organisers say the event is on track for 123,000 international visitors. The Sydney Morning Herald reports the 81 year old pontiff will make

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There are some worrying signs that the Labor Government will interpret, or has already interpreted, the grassroots campaign against WorkChoices, involving unions, churches, and community groups, in the most conservative light possible. The Rudd

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Attempts will always be made to read the gospel in ways that diminish our responsibility towards the poor. Among the wealthy this is understandable. Wealth is seductive. But the Christian God is a God who plays favourites; the Christian God favours the

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The continuing series of the St Thomas More Forum will this month host a presentation by union and political heavyweight Joe de Bruyn on the contemporary moral issues facing the Catholic politician. National Secretary of the Shop, Distributive &

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Australian Catholic University's Institute of Legal Studies was established in 2005 to foster professional education, to promote, interdisciplinary studies in law with ethics, philosophy and theology, to develop partnerships with the Catholic and wider

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"Leper priest" Belgian-born Blessed Damien DeVeuster who died after contracting leprosy from patients to whom he ministered in Hawaii is on the way to sainthood after experts attributed a second miracle to his intervention. Honolulu Bishop

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Australian born Dominican Fr Peter Murnane has been arrested following a "raid" by peace activists on a New Zealand spy communications base in which the protesters used sickles to deflate a 30 metre rubber balloon protecting radar aerials.

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Since nano-technology raises ethical questions, Catholic teaching should not shy away from the debate about nanotech's environmental and social consequences or about creating laws to regulate it. Australian legislators might well consider a

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CathSpace has a mission to evangelise and build Catholic culture. Its tagline says it does this through "connecting catholics" and in this way it is attempting to provide a Catholic-style MySpace. Like other better known social networking

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Cactus is a fairly decent psychological thriller from our local industry. It has a slow enough start, with endless shots of the Australian bush, but it gains momentum by the end of the first of its three acts. As with most films in this

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These days people seem to be fashioning their own individualised form of spirituality. In doing so, they are able to draw from countless sources for spiritual beliefs and practices that suit their particular needs. We now have a spiritual marketplace that

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Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) head, Cardinal William Levada, has opened Queensland's new Holy Spirit Seminary at Banyo on Brisbane's northside. Speaking at the opening last weekend, Cardinal Levada called on the Catholics of

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Autumn Kelly, the fiancee of Queen Elizabeth's eldest grandson, Peter Phillips, has renounced her Catholic faith  so her future husband will not lose his place in the royal line of succession. Ms Kelly, 31, a Canadian, was accepted into the

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Actor Jim Caviezel, who played Jesus in Mel Gibson's blockbuster film The Passion of the Christ, and his wife Kerri have adopted two handicapped children suffering from brain tumours. In a US radio interview, Jim Caviezel described both the deep fear

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Bank SA managing director, Rob Chapman, who is a member of Adelaide's Diocesan Finance Council, has warned that the Church "absolutely needs" more high end commercial investment to counteract shrinking collection plates. According to Mr

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Priest and pilot Fr John Fowles will lead a squadron of "flying angels" on a round Australia "fly-a-thon" to raise funds for Timorese participants at World Youth Day. Fr Fowles and his team will touch down in Adelaide this month

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Assisi's Franciscan friars have engaged a security firm for the first time to protect visitors to the Portiuncula church of St Francis from "importuning beggars". Armed security guards have been brought in to protect visitors to the Franciscan

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Catholic Health Australia Francis Sullivan and Sydney Catholic Education CEO Br Kelvin Canavan have been awarded honorary doctorates by the Australian Catholic University. Mr Sullivan began his distinguished professional life as a teacher in Western

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Pope Benedict XVI has spoken publicly for the first time about his involvement in the Hitler Youth during his teenage years under the Nazis at a youth rally in New York. BBC News reports that speaking during his visit to the United States, the pontiff

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Former Divine Word missionary and retired bishop, Fernando Lugo, has been elected president of Paraguay ending more than 60 years rule by the Colorado Party. Jubilant supporters of Mr Lugo packed the streets of the capital, waving banners and singing

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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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