Filipino bishops said they will support protests against President Benigno Aquino if he advances a plan to promote contraception. The Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines said it was offended by Aquino's statement this week in which he said his

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Image from 991.com, featuring a rare original soundtrack from The Sound Of Music. --- The full cast of The Sound Of Music will reunite for the first time in 45 years, with Julie Andrews - who played the role of Maria, a postulant from a monastery - and

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Pope Benedict, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and pop singer Lady Gaga have been counted among the "50 People Who Matter" in 2010 in the British current affairs magazine New Statesman. To be counted among the 50, a person must "have world-changing

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Catholics responding to a US religious survey only got about half the answers right, while atheists and agnostics were found to answer most questions correctly. In the US Religious Knowledge Survey by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, Catholics

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Mary MacKillop is about to be dubbed a saint because she was 'holy' - along with being a very great human being. Encounter explores what 'holy' means, and the origins of this idea. Encounter: Finding Mary: Aussie battler? Holy woman? ABC Radio National:

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One in three GPs in major cities believe people older than 70 who feel "tired of life" should have the right to professional help in ending it, a poll conducted by Philip Nitschke's Exit International has found. More than 33 percent of 500 doctors

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Four months ago, a woman living in Sydney's Inner West decided to devote her life to God by becoming one of Australia’s only Catholic hermits. Carol Prevedello was consecrated a hermit before Bishop Julian Porteous in St Joan of Arc Church, Haberfield.

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Cardinal Archbishop of Armagh Seán Brady --- Four of Ireland's archbishops will travel to Rome to meet apostolic visitors who have been appointed to their diocese in response to child sexual abuse revelations in the Irish Church. According to a

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The former Anglican bishop of the Murray in South Australia was found guilty of disgraceful conduct by a church tribunal. The body rebuked former Bishop Ross Davies and recommended that he be prohibited from acting as a bishop, said The Australian. It found

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Image of the soprano from The Mosman Daily, on whereilive.com --- A musical about Mary MacKillop's life, which features opera soprano Joanna Cole playing the nun, will premiere in Sydney tomorrow night. It will be staged at the Seymour Centre until

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French philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy --- A prominent French atheist and intellectual, Bernard-Henri Lévy, has come to the defence of the Church and Pope Benedict, saying Catholicism was "the most attacked religion in Europe". In an

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Catholic Health Australia is co-ordinating a national response to the renewed nationwide promotion of euthanasia, while the country's bishops have re-issued a submission previously made on the rights of the terminally ill. "Proponents of euthanasia are

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Bishop Michael Malone --- The Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle is seeking expressions of interest from three Catholic aged care providers in the transfer of its residential aged care services - which are operated by CatholicCare. Bishop Michael Malone said

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The Maitland-Newcastle diocese is selling its aged-care assets in face of a "substantial" total compensation bill for clerical abuse, the Newcastle Herald reports. The diocese has called for expressions of interest from three specialist Catholic aged-care

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The Australian Catholic Youth Ministry Convention (ACYMC) starts in Melbourne today, where participants will " reflect on the graces and challenges of youth ministry in the church in our country", said Bishop Joseph Grech. "It will be a time of formation,

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An assurance from the NSW Government that it will continue to allow special religious education (SRE) in public schools is welcome, said an official from the Diocese of Wollongong. Director of the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine for the Diocese of

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Following its recent launch, Tony Blair's memoir The Journey has been dissected by the media and commentators eager to gain understanding of his views on everything from the war in Iraq to his relationship with Gordon Brown. For people of faith, in particular

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The title, The Reluctant Infidel, has the ring of religious intolerance about it.  And that is what the film is about.  However, it is not preaching in the serious vein about intolerance, it is preaching seriously via comedy.  This is a risky enterprise,

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One highlight of Benedict XVI’s visit to Britain was the ecumenical Service of Prayer in Westminster Abbey, a place that is for the Church of England what St Peter’s Basilica in Rome is for the Catholic Church. As the Pope entered the Abbey his Anglican

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Monaco's Prince Albert II with fiancee Charlene Wittstock---Monaco's Prince Albert II will marry his South African fiancee in the open air in the public square in front of his palace in July next year, in order to host as many guests as possible. South

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