Days after a delegation of Austrian bishops were turned away from the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem, Holy See diplomat Archbishop Pietro Sambi has admitted that ties between the Vatican and Israel were better before there were diplomatic

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To determine whether a policy serves the common good, we ask what impact it will have on those who are poor and vulnerable. While many politicians offer individual satisfaction, people of faith long for leaders who consider the needs of all. - Fr Mark

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The Gospel of Mark relates how, as Jesus laid his hands upon the ears of a man who was deaf and mute, he looked to heaven and spoke the Aramaic word "Ephpheta" meaning "Be Open". Ephpheta, the Catholic Centre for Deaf and Hearing

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The US Bishops have pleaded with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice consider military action in Iran only after every other attempt to resolve the situation is exhausted. Catholic News Service reports that their International Policy Committee

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Pope Benedict has warned that Lebanon’s survival rests on resolving the political deadlock ahead of the country’s looming presidential election. Addressing the faithful in St Peter’s square yesterday, the Holy Father said

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Melbourne's CEO will spent about $22.5 million over the next five years to improve the level of mathematics teaching in its schools. Aimed at ensuring mathematical literacy in all school leavers, the strategy devised by the Melbourne Catholic

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Pope Benedict has said Catholics should follow the example of St Martin of Tours, who cut his cloak in two, and gave one half to a poor man. Catholic News Agency reports that the Holy Father said the greatest challenge facing the world today is

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On Friday, the Victorian Josephite Province opened a museum to commemorate Blessed Mary MacKillop, just a few blocks from her birthplace in Fitzroy. The project was undertaken to ensure MacKillop’s vision for the promotion of education, welfare,

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An open casting call to find Australia’s Jim Caviezel is taking place next month, in a bid to find actors to play roles that include Mary and Pontius Pilate. The actors will be performing a pivotal portrayal at World Youth Day next

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Benedict XVI's Motu Proprio is a significant development in the history and law of the liturgy. But while it intends to heal division over the liturgy, there is the danger that it may sharpen divisions and allow the liturgy to be treated as a museum

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"The foot of the cross will be our rallying point," was at the heart of the vision of Marie Madeleine Victoire de Bengy de Bonnault d'Houet when she founded the Society of the Sisters Faithful Companions of Jesus in 1820. It remains at the heart

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Welcoming the tax relief for families, the Catholic education sector is disappointed that yesterday's Coalition announcement did not include funds for resourcing schools. Queensland Catholic Education Commission Executive Director, Mike Byrne

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A Catholic shrine in China has been saved from destruction, however police continue to refuse entry to pilgrims other than locals. The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Carmel in Tianjiajing was built a century ago. It was badly damaged during World War II and

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A Papal visit of the east coast of the United States has been confirmed for next April. US Apostolic nuncio Archbishop Pietro Sambi made the announcement saying, “Peter, the rock on which Jesus founded this church, will be among us in the person

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The Sisters of St Joseph are leaving Australia's most remote spirituality centre after 21 years, handing over to lay management. The Mirrilinki Centre is located in the Kimberley, near the Warmun Aboriginal Community, home of the now world famous

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A Centacare program helping the long-term unemployed return to work, has been named the Australian Adult Learning Program of the Year. Developed by Willson Training Centre a division of Centacare Welfare, the C-Change Program helps people who have had

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A Catholic cemetery at Kilmore, north of Melbourne, has been hit by vandals, who have stolen 42 brass plaques from the graves of Marist Brothers who had taught in the town. Members from the order, who teach at Assuption College, have expressed their

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Sometimes a priest actually breaks the Eucharistic bread during the Consecration, at the words "he took the bread, blessed it, broke it...". This is incorrect. The Eucharistic Prayer is not directed toward the people. Rather, the priest leads the

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Fr Pierre Truong Van Phuc SJ, 38, says evangelisation is not a matter of teaching theology, but living the joys and sufferings of a people plagued by poverty, sickness and illiteracy. After reaching Dili in May 2006, he spent a month caring for people made

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Prime Minister John Howard said during his visit to a Brisbane Catholic school yesterday, that the Coalition is “passionately committed to the "absolute sovereignty of parental choice". He was speaking at Our Lady of the Way school at

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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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