Caritas Australia CEO Jack de Groot has said the major political parties have failed to live up to the Australian Government's commitment in 2000 to realise the Millennium Development Goals (MDG's) to halve extreme poverty by 2015. “This vow to

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In a major address to last week's migrant chaplains’ conference in, RMIT Intercultural Studies Professor Des Cahill suggested that the future of Australian Catholicism may lie more with Catholic immigrants and their descendents than its

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A former Catholic bishop who swapped his religious vocation for a political career has polarised the Church, with some backing him as a force for change and others saying he violated age-old doctrine. Paraguay presidency hopeful Fernando Lugo is

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The Australian Catholic Students Association (ACSA), has opposed a push by the South Australian Parliament to debate a bill for Human Cloning. ACSA National Secretary, Ruth Russell said despite a “resounding vote” four years ago against

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Pope Benedict has celebrated Mass for the souls of the Cardinals and Bishops who have died this year. Continuing the November tradition, the Mass was concelebrated by members of the College of Cardinals. The Pope named the Cardinals who had died in

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Last week, as the World Youth Day Cross and Icon past through West Wyalong towards Forbes in NSW, a welcome light shower sprinkled down on those who had gathered. While the rain didn’t last long it was warmly welcomed by the residents of the

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There was much talk of Pope Benedict XVI devoting his second encyclical to the importance of man’s right relation with the natural world and to setting out a “theology of creation”. Recent reports suggest that the next papal encyclical is

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There’s nothing ambiguous about Melbourne lawyer Julian McMahon’s stance on the death penalty. "In my opinion, state sanctioned killing demeans a community, destroys respect for human life generally, and is cancerous of both decency and

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Pope Benedict has welcomed Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah to the Vatican – an historic first audience between the head of the Church and a Saudi monarch. During the 30 minutes private meeting, the two leaders speaking through translators

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St Vincent de Paul Society National CEO, Dr John Falzon welcomed Labor’s commitment yesterday to half the number of people turned away from homelessness services across Australia within five years. Dr Falzon said it was a “national

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A Papal visit could be on the card for Canada as the country’s first Eucharistic Congress since 1910 is set to take place next year. The event is expected to draw over 100,000 with local Catholics hoping it will inject new life into the

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Harvard University law professor, anti-abortion scholar and opponent of gay marriage Mary Ann Glendon has been picked as the new US ambassador to the Vatican. President Bush plans to nominate Prof Glendon, 69, to the post which will need Senate

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The Asia-Pacific Friendship Group of the NSW Parliament, which is supporting the work of the Marist Brothers Teachers' Training College in Bacau, East Timor, will be addressed tonight by the College's Br Mark Paul. The fundraising event will support

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A $13milllion crucifix shaped church will be built in California much to the delight of the local Catholic community. Named the St Charles Borromeo Catholic Church – named for the 16th century archbishop of Milan will include a sanctuary to seat

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Nowhere has paternalism failed more spectacularly in Australia than in indigenous affairs. The system of reserves and missions often took control away from individuals, in favour of managers. When it ended, a disempowered population was set up for failure.

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Friends of Romania

05-Nov-2007

From 1948 to 1989 under the Communists, Catholic churches and hospitals had been closed and nuns and priests had been forced to flee. After the Revolution, the Pope asked religious orders to move back into the country to help the people re-establish their

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A life sentence has been handed down to the killer of 8-year-old Sofia Rodriguez-Urrutia-Shu who was found strangled and sexually abused in a Perth shopping centre public toilet. Dante Wyndham Arthurs, 23, must serve at least 13 years before

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A conference on embryonic research has been organised by the Vatican saying current bioethical debates regarding stem cells, cloning and assisted fertility often overlook what it considers the crucial origin of organisms. Part of the Vatican’s

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The Filipino government will spend $49 million on birth control initiatives despite the Church’s staunch opposition. The House of representatives passed the initiative as part of the 2008 budget saying the high birth rate adversely impacts public

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Parents need to know something about email, chat rooms and the risks associated with the use of the internet to protect their children from sexual exploitation and bullying, Sydney's archdiocesan Marriage and Life Office has warned. Director of the

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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

Mass Online

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Live streamed from Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral, Waitara

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