Austrian missionary sisters who bought the original Sound of Music villa from the Von Trapp family have relinquished the building to entrepreneurs who plan to give visitors the chance to sleep in the famous family's former bedrooms Reuters reports the

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The Holy See has fulfilled its obligations under two international conventions to protect the ozone layer, a Vatican official has announced. Holy See permanent observer to the United Nations, Archbishop Celestino Migliore, this month deposited a

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Lara Bingle's jeweller Nic Cerrone is working to create Australian diamond encrusted chalice and communion vessels for Pope Benedict's World Youth Day visit in July. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that society jeweller Nic Cerrone and a team of his

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Adelaide archdiocese has reversed a decision by a staff member to deny a Catholic media award to a community radio station for a program highlighting problems of ageing gay people and women with HIV. Adelaide Now reports the move came after enquiries

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Reading the Gospels from our vantage point of faith and 2,000 years of tradition, Jesus' miracles are impressive but I wonder how impressed the powerful and even the middle class of Jesus' time were with a few poor, lame and blind people being cured?

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Not just one of Australia's finest places of worship but undoubtedly one of the most notable structures in the land, St Patrick's Cathedral in Melbourne is a true national landmark. A new website for the Cathedral, which is also a Minor Basilica, has just

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Australia’s Blake Prize for Religious Art was established in 1951 to push the boundaries of contemporary religious art. Today entrants explore spiritual, political and pop iconic ideas ranging from conflict in the Middle East to Jesus living in modern

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There has been speculation Sophie Delezio's remarkable survival could provide the proof of a second miracle needed for Mary MacKillop's canonisation. For Sophie's recovery to be deemed a miracle it must be proved it went beyond scientific and medical

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An Iraqi court has sentenced an al Qaeda leader to death for the March murder of Chaldean Catholic Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho. The Iraqi Central Criminal Court imposed the death sentence on Ahmed Ali Ahmed, known as Abu Omar, Iraqi government

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Replacement grass worth more than $2 million is being grown north of Sydney as insurance against damage to Randwick racecourse turf during July's World Youth Day events. The Sydney Morning Herald reports the replacement turf is being grown in the

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Science and religion have always at heart, been mates. Every now and again one gets the huff and charges off without the other. But, even during the Western "enlightenment" period, most scientists were religious. The Vatican astronomer is the

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Catholicism in the Middle East may be obliged to be discreet, but it's alive and well nevertheless. There are signs of hope but the situation can get better or worse according to the vagaries of the international scene. If Muslims and Christians are not at

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Captivity is a nasty film experience. Most audiences will want to leave fairly early in the film. By the time that some more interesting elements and twists come into the film, it is too late. Most audiences will have given up. The main surprise is that

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This UK based website is serious about vocations. It contains a suggested text for just about everyone in the Catholic community to raise with people they believe should consider a religious calling. Claiming that around 10 percent of survey

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A US priest has taken out a restraining order barring a family of seven from attending Mass with their autistic 13 year old 100 kg son. Bertha, Minnesota parish priest, Fr Daniel Walz alleges that Adam Race's unruly behaviour endangers others who

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In a letter to the world's Catholic bishops, Holy See Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone has reaffirmed a ban on men with "deep-seated homosexual tendencies" or who support "gay culture." The letter sent with the approval

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Two women who are suing the Catholic Church over alleged physical, spiritual and mental abuse at a former Adelaide orphanage have accused other women of faking rape claims to get compensation. Adelaide Now reports the two veteran campaigners against

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Thirty Hindu fundamentalists have attacked a Presentation Sisters convent in the Indian state of Orissa beating two sisters and causing significant damage to the convent. AsiaNews quotes an Indian Church spokesman as saying the government of Madhya

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Paramilitary-backed Islamist militants have kidnapped thirteen Christian girls and destroyed six churches in a remote area of south-east Nigeria. Europenews reports police recovered two of the kidnapped Christian girls, Mary Chikwodi Okoye, 15, and

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Pope Benedict will visit the tomb of Blessed Mary MacKillop during his visit to Sydney for World Youth Day it has been confirmed. However, Blessed Mary MacKillop is unlikely to be named Australia's first saint named during the visit, The Sydney

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

Mass Online

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Live streamed from Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral, Waitara

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