Pope Benedict has approved the resignation of Auxiliary Bishop Hilton Deakin, who reached the designated retirement age of 75 yesterday. A statement from the Apostolic Nunciature in Canberra last night announced that the Holy Father had accepted

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Pope Benedict XVI will be attending the 150th anniversary celebrations of Our Lady of Lourdes, although an exact date of his trip has not been set. Catholic News Agency reports that Bishop of Tarbes and Lourdes Jacques Perrier said a Junbilee Year,

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A collection of 18 essays published this week counters Tony Abbott's recent dismissal of social justice as "socialism masquerading as Justice". Australian Catholic Bishops Conference Secretary Archbishop Philip Wilson has written the

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Archbishop Denis Hart was part of a Catholic group that met Israel's Chief Rabbi, Yona Metzger, during his recent visit to Melbourne. Metzger, who has been Israel's Chief Rabbi since 2003, is the youngest to hold the position. Victorian Rabbinic

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The Office for the Participation of Women is currently undertaking a project to produce a book containing prayers, reflections or meditations from Catholic women throughout Australia. The aim is to produce a prayer book which reflects the diversity of

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The Christian vote can't be bought, not even with tax-free fees for parents of children at religious schools. The early Christians were adamant that Caesar — the political ruler of the moment — was not Lord. - Kylie Crabbe

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There is no doubt that Caroline Chisholm is one of Australia’s most significant pioneers. What is less well known is the explicitly Christian motivation for her work. Chisholm felt that she had been chosen and gifted by God for the specific purpose

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A Commission working to heal the 1000 year old rift between the Orthodox and Catholic Church has announced the Pope has primacy over all bishops - but the lines are still blurred as to what the Holy Father’s authority entails. The Associated

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A new summer school for teachers to assist students with special needs, such as behavioural or learning difficulties, has been praised by the Catholic Education Office, Melbourne. Catholic Education director Stephen Elder said many Catholic schools

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Fiji’s Archbishop Petereo Mataca may not be allowed to enter Australia due to his political ties to the country’s interim military-led regime that led the coup earlier this year. Archibishop Mataca (pictured), who accepted the position of

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Australian Catholic Bishops Conference president Archbishop of Adelaide Philip Wilson, will take part in an election special being screened by ABC TV's Compass program on Sunday evening. The program, One Vote, Which Values? will feature religious

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The Australian arm of the Catholic Church’s global mission aid agency has launched a Christmas appeal to provide for medicines and food for the children of the Ethiopian region of Awassa. Catholic Mission funds 13 health clinics and a hospital

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Victoria’s racing chaplain Fr Brendan Dillon has said racing people pray that Cardinal Pell and WYD officials will follow the lead of Archbishop Philip Wilson, who issued a statement of solidarity with the racing fraternity. The Herald

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Some religious schools have withdrawn from Amnesty because it has become pro-choice on abortion. But members of organisations such as Amnesty, which take a full spectrum approach to human rights, do not generally agree to every item in the organisations'

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Alexander Zorin, eminent Russian intellectual and poet, and a member of the Russian Orthodox Church, reflects on the teachings of Opus Dei founder St Josemaría Escrivá. During the Soviet era, he discovered a typewritten Russian translation of

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World Youth Day organisers have expressed their gratitude for Government funds that have appeased Randwick trainers and will ensure World Youth Day takes place as planned. The $41 million government handout involves both Federal and NSW State

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Parishes and church agencies in the Sydney Archdiocese are set to begin the process of implementing the Archdiocesan Pastoral Plan, in 2008. The Sydney Archdiocese’s new pastoral plan will “strengthen Catholic life” through a public

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The Catholic education sector has welcomed Labor's Information and Communication Technology package for school students. Queensland Catholic Education Commission Executive Director Mike Byrne said the initiative will “undoubtedly help students

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Pope Benedict has finalised his second encyclical on the subject of Christian hope, and it is expected to be released in time for Christmas. Catholic News Agency reports this second encyclical has been tentatively titled Spe Salvi (Saved by Hope), and

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Organisers of World Youth Day 2008 are working with Aboriginal artist Richard Campbell, using a selection of his artwork on official WYD08 merchandise. Campbell is originally from the Gumbaingirr/Dhungutti people. He has created a series of

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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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