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In an historic move, the Anglican diocese of Newcastle and the Catholic diocese of Maitland-Newcastle are embarking upon a joint approach to the management of professional standards in the Hunter Valley. Mr Michael Elliott will begin with the Anglican

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An Italian clinic that had offered to help end the life of Eluana Englaro, who is said to be in an irreversible coma, in accordance with a landmark "right to die" court ruling has withdrawn. ANSA reports the publicly assisted clinic in the

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Google has negotiated a deal with the Vatican Television Centre and Vatican Radio to create a channel for the Holy See on YouTube. The Vatican will soon have its own channel on the video sharing site YouTube where the Catholic faithful or the curious

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Calling for an "end to the tragedy" in Gaza, Pope Benedict has condemned the "unheard of violence" that has killed hundreds of "innocent victims". Speaking at his weekly Sunday noon prayer, the pope also asked his listeners in St Peter's Square and around

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Brisbane's Catholic archdiocese has backed a call by Anglican Archbishop Phillip Aspinall to the Bligh Government to set a nationwide precedent and exempt child abuse victims from statute of limitations laws. The Australian reports the Catholic and

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It is a familiar drill in nearly all the Roman Catholic school systems in the United States: a new alarm every few years over falling enrolment; Church leaders huddling over what to do; parents rallying to save their schools. And then the bad

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Former Deputy Prime Minister Tim Fischer is a great Australian who injects positive energy into almost everything he touches. This month he takes up his appointment as Australia's Ambassador to the Holy See. As a result, he's had to step down from many of

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Cherish Life Queensland, formerly known as the Queensland Right to Life Association, is holding its annual Rally for Life on February 7 2009 in Brisbane. The organisation is hoping for a large gathering of people to ensure the recent Victorian

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The Daniel Mannix Library forms a vital part of Melbourne's Catholic Theological College. The library was renamed after the former great Archbishop of Melbourne and moved to its East Melbourne site in 1999. It exists to service the staff and students of the

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The Australian Catholic Social Justice Council (ACSJC) has urged the Australian Government to step up international efforts to ensure a ceasefire among Israelis and Palestinians is lasting. With the prospect of an end to hostilities in the Gaza Strip,

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In a video address, Pope Benedict told thousands of participants at the World Meeting of Families in Mexico that only an "undissolvable marriage between a man and a woman" ought to be at the heart of a family. The Pope told more than 22,000

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World Youth Day is successful because it is a profound faith experience within a community of prayer that also allows young people to enjoy being alive, ACBC President Archbishop Philip Wilson has told Rome students and seminarians. Archbishop Wilson

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Bombala (NSW) parish priest, Fr Mick Mac Andrew, has issued an alert over the high cost of funerals advising people to contact reputable funeral directors about "funeral bonds" before taking out funeral insurance cover. In a media statement,

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United States Conference of Catholic Bishops President, Cardinal Francis George has written to incoming President Barack Obama proposing "an agenda for dialogue and action" listing areas of concern and possible cooperation. In January 13

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The Catholic Church has succeeded in blocking a plan to put British inspired atheist slogans on buses in Italy. The Telegraph reports the campaign, which follows a similar one in Britain, had caused controversy in the deeply religious country. Advertisements

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Few stories in Australian history are as compelling and morally confronting as Alexander Pearce's. In 1822 the Irish shoe thief escaped with seven other convicts from Sarah Island, a notoriously brutal prison camp in Van Diemen's Land, fleeing into

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There is an insidious refrain heard in some parts of the Church that the Second Vatican Council undermined the firm edifice of Roman Catholicism and began the unravelling of religious life in favour of secular pursuits. The counter-chant asserts the Council

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It was probably only a matter of time before an enterprising Catholic combined one of the greatest prayers, the Rosary, with physical exercise. The Rosary Workout advertises itself as a unique program to care for the body and soul together, blending Rosary

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There seems to be a sterility in part of the contemporary Jewish community. For many a primitive nationalism about Israel has replaced a religion they can no longer follow wholeheartedly. Others have immersed themselves in that old time religion. Others

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Venezuela's bishops have blamed supporters of President Hugo Chavez over a tear gas attack on the Holy See's diplomatic mission in Caracas. Associated Press reports that unidentified attackers hurled tear gas canisters at the Vatican mission, at

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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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