Two big stories this week could signal the end of therapeutic cloning. The scientist who cloned Dolly, Ian Wilmut, the world's most prominent expert in cloning, has abandoned his plans to clone human embryos. He believes that an "extremely exciting

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In a democratic society, voters choose representatives to whom they give authority to work for the common good, not only for the good of the individual. The election is not about "me" and "my" economic or social wellbeing alone. It is

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The Catholic Church in Southern India has expressed concern over a new movie which attempts to portray Jesus' "missing years" on the Indian subcontinent. The Hindu reports that Church spokesman Fr Paul Thelekat said the Hollywood movie,

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World Youth Day organisers are hoping to recruit 10,000 Melburnians to put up pilgrims for the Days in the Diocesese event in their city. The special event is part of World Youth Day celebrations and will see 25,000 people attend the event. It is the

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Pope Benedict has appealed to politicians to broker a peaceful solution in war torn Somalia after escalating violence has forced over a million people to flee their homes. Catholic News Service reports that the Holy Father said he has been

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Australia is working with local partners to gauge the extent of the damage following a week of heavy rain and flooding that has cost more than 70 lives in Papua New Guinea's Oro Province. Caritas PNG, through the Archdiocese of Port Moresby, have

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Australia's Catholic Bishops have welcomed the discovery by scientists that potent stem cells from human skin, that should signal an end to the destruction of human embryos for research. Australian Catholic Bishops Conference president Archbishop

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The muurrpa (children) were getting more and more excited. The special day that they had been practising for was finally here and they were hopping off the bus at the caravan park where a small crowd had already assembled. The big cross and the beautiful

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A sustainable atmosphere is a fundamental need and therefore a fundamental right. Each person's right corresponds to a duty not to pollute, nor to overuse, a common resource. Australia is not a good global citizen with respect to climate change. We have

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A diptych of the Passion of Christ, crafted between 1360-1380 has sold at auction in Paris for a record $6.6million (4 million euros). The ivory work, which stretches to 31.4cm, is the largest diptych of the Passion ever registered, AFP

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Cardinal George Pell has said he is shocked and surprised at the number of young people, especially young Catholics, who say they believe in reincarnation, the Catholic Weekly reports. A report entitled The Spirituality of Generation Y showed that

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Australian Catholic University has appointed Dr Michael Gaffney to the position of Professor of Educational Leadership. ACU National Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Sheehan AO congratulated Dr Gaffeny to the post saying he brought a “wealth of

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Baroque melodies and Gregorian chants may soon be the songs of choice in Church as Pope Benedict considers returning to traditional sacred music. In line with the reintroduction of Latin Tridentine Mass, a dramatic overhaul of the Vatican may to

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Violent political protestors in Mexico have stormed the city’s Cathderal, kicking down the doors, scratching pews and physically attacking those in side forcing the closure of the holy building. The Archdiocese of Mexico City has condemned the

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Caritas Australia has urged Australia's political leaders to work to close the 17 year gap in life expectancy between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. Caritas Indigenous Program Group Leader Jo Thompson described the gap as a “national

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The nuns gave me something to aspire to, a message that went beyond material and spiritual success. My mother gave me a similar message but my father’s was slightly different. It seemed that he was more wary, more cautious of big forces that could

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It is not uncommon for photographers to use the altar as a convenient place for organising their photographic equipment or to move altar candles because they might block the faces of the couple in the wedding video. One photographer even stood on the

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A film of the late John Paul II has been released featuring speeches he made set to music ranging from Gregorian chants to trip-hip hop. Simon Boswell – an agnostic British composer of horror movie scores – was given unprecedented freedom

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Researchers at Sydney's St Vincent's Hospital have discovered a protein that may help prevent weight loss in cancer patients and form the basis of a treatment for severe obesity. The protein, which controls appetite, leads to the extreme weight

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110 Alaskan Eskimos abused by Jesuit missionaries over three decades will receive a record $A56 million payout. The LA Times reports that while lawyers working for the victims announced the settlement, the Oregon province superior of Society of Jesus

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Mass on Demand

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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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