Announcing that the Federal Government will provide funds to almost 1,400 schools to employ chaplains, Prime Minister John Howard said that a further $25 million will be allocated to the scheme. "The overwhelming majority of schools made a strong

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US Chaldean Catholic Bishop Ibrahim B Ibrahim has called for a withdrawal of troops from Iraq saying that local factions are killing each other not because they are Sunni or Shiite but because they are with or against the Americans. "Let the

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St Paul turns 2000

25-Jun-2007

Pope Benedict is to declare a Year of St Paul in honour of the 2000th anniversary of the apostle's birth, Rome sources say. Independent Catholic News reports that Pope Benedict will make the announcement from the Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls

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British bishops say that human-animal hybrid embryos or "chimeras" conceived in the laboratory should be regarded as humans having a right to life while Pope Benedict yesterday backed adult stem cell research as an alternative to embryo

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The Australian Catholic population is up again according to 2006 Census figures with the total reaching 5.1 million but the proportion of Catholics has declined slightly, says the bishops' Pastoral Projects Office. In an analysis of the latest census

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According to the latest census, the biggest church remains the Roman Catholic, up 7 per cent over the decade to 5.13 million, followed by the Anglicans, down 4.7 per cent to 3.72 million. There were slightly more Anglicans than agnostics and atheists

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Now that the politicians have flown out of Canberra and back home for the winter, it is time to take a deep breath and ask what can be achieved by John Howard's announcement of a Commonwealth takeover of Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory.

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Up to 750 unemployed tea workers in India's West Bengal have died of malnutrition and other causes following mass closures since 2003 of tea estates employing mostly Catholic tribal people. UCA News reports that Jalpaiguri diocese in eastern India has

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Unreasonable failure to treat pain is poor medicine, unethical and also an "abrogation of a fundamental right", according to Dr Frank Brennan of Sydney's Calvary Hospital in Kogarah. Writing in Anesthesia & Analgesia, the official

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There are now estimated to be 100 permanent deacons in Australia working in a huge range of ministries, the newly appointed national deacon coordinator, Rev Paul Simmons says. Rev Simmons, who has been appointed by the Australian bishops as

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In a "Motu Proprio" published yesterday, Pope Benedict has overturned changes to the procedure for papal elections introduced by the late John Paul II and restored the traditional method of election that always requires a two-thirds

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Despite opposition from the Church and a prayer campaign by Christian MPs, the NSW Upper House yesterday voted to pass a law lifting the ban on stem cell research in the state. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the ban was lifted after upper house

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For scientists who are people of faith, like Kenneth Miller, a biologist at Brown University who is a Roman Catholic, asking about the science of the soul is pointless, in a way, because it is not a subject science can address. Miller said he spoke often

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I've never understood why Christians do not take the commandment to "love your enemies" seriously. We Catholics believe in transubstantiation, and never question that the bread and wine become the body and blood of Christ. We eagerly obey the

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British teenager Lydia Playfoot has sued her school for violating her religious freedom after school officials banned a New Testament inscribed ring she wore as a sign of her commitment to chastity before marriage. Catholic News Agency reports that

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A NSW Port Macquarie parish aged care centre has launched a project to assist a HIV/AIDS program run by Port Moresby diocese as Religious leaders meet in Perth today to explore ways they can be better "neighbours" to their Pacific

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Randwick racecourse trainers will meet Australian Jockey Club officials this week about concerns over the impact on their 720 horses of preparations for the World Youth Day vigil and Mass with Pope Benedict next year. The Australian quotes trainer

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Vatican Cardinal Ivan Dias has written to 610 enclosed female monasteries around the world calling for prayers that Pope Benedict's soon to be released letter to Chinese Catholics will be well received and bear fruit. AsiaNews reports that more than

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In a move that raises the profile of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, Pope Benedict has named former Vatican diplomat French Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran as president of the revived institution. Catholic News Service reports that

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Social enterprise is a hot topic in the non-profit sector - among cooperatives, social agencies and charities. Even among those who claim to be social enterprises, however, there's no agreement on a definition. Social entrepreneur Sonia Pouyat of

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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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