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Catholic Social Services chief, Frank Quinlan, has called on the Federal Government to stop tinkering at the edges and to implement a major overhaul of legislation that allows people's welfare payments to be cut for up to eight weeks. 

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As 2,000 mourners gathered at Melbourne's St Patrick's Cathedral for the funeral of Archbishop Frank Little, another crowd gathered a few blocks away at St Michael's Uniting Church to farewell Labor stalwart and former federal minister John Button.

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En route to the US where he was greeted on arrival by President George Bush, Pope Benedict said he was "deeply ashamed" of the clergy abuse scandal that has dogged the American Catholic Church emphasising that he would do everything in his power

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Wollongong residents are fighting a planning proposal, already unanimously rejected by the city's now sacked council, to open a gun shop adjacent to Fairy Meadow's St John Vianney Catholic primary school. Now Wollongong's three administrators must

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Kay Goldsworthy will be consecrated a Bishop in St George's Anglican Cathedral, Perth next month. She will be the first woman to become a bishop in an Australian church. No-one who knows Kay Goldsworthy would question her spiritual, intellectual, pastoral

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Blog sites have become a striking feature on the internet and Catholic-oriented blogs are no exception. Godzdogz is a blog created by English Dominican students. The current homepage features an interesting perspective on the good and bad of the

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As preparations are afoot for a groundbreaking meeting at the Vatican between Catholic and Muslim scholars, Encounter presents voices of experience in this most historically compelling dialogue. Those sharing their experiences are Chris McVey, an

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In less than three years of his pontificate, Pope Benedict XVI has spoken publicly about marriage on 111 occasions. His pronouncements connect marriage to such overarching themes as human rights, world peace, and the conversation between faith and

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Days after clashes in Hanoi over the return of confiscated land which belonged to a Redemptorist seminary, the Vietnamese government has unexpectedly announced the return of land near Hue surrounding a pilgrimage site dedicated to Our Lady of La Vang.

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Following a tip off from residents, Ugandan wildlife officers have rescued a chimpanzee from the home of a local Catholic priest. The three year old chimp, named Leo, was recovered three weeks ago from the residence of the Fr Josemarie Kizito, a

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Parents at two inner city Melbourne Catholic schools are campaigning against mergers with neighbouring schools that they fear would also result in higher fees. Parents and students at St John the Evangelist Primary School in East Melbourne and St

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The Tasmanian government has told two women who were emotionally abused in a Catholic children's home that they are not eligible for ex gratia compensation even though the institution was state approved. The women, known as Denise and Karen, were both

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Patient diplomacy solves conflicts, Pope Benedict told US President George Bush at a White House welcome ceremony following the pontiff's arrival in Washington yesterday. However, the pope did not mention the Iraq war to which the Vatican is strongly

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Today the governance of the Church is more centralised than at any time in its history. To make the Church more collegial, the Vatican should once again adopt practices of the secular political world. The structure of the Roman curia has changed over

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The duty of democratic governments and of liberal institutions, such as the UN and the EU, is to enforce tolerance for one's right to free expression. Authorities in western countries have done exactly that by rejecting Christian objections against the

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The Sisters of Charity were among the pioneers of religious congregations in the Australian Catholic Church following their arrival in Sydney on the last day in 1838. Since this time they have made themselves "extensively useful" to the local

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Reasons for Hope is a major event for students and young adults (18-35) in the lead up to World Youth Day 2008. This is the Victorian leg of the program which is being billed as a retreat with inspiring speakers and plenty of time to prepare spiritually for

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Police were shocked to find that a man running down a German highway pulling a three-wheeled trailer was a Polish man on his way back from a 3,000 km pilgrimage to Portugal. Motorists near Coburg in Bavaria saw the man towing a load with a rod

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Elders from Sydney's Gadigal indigenous community will be the first to welcome Pope Benedict when he arrives in Sydney for World Youth Day in July. The announcement was made in Sydney yesterday by Broome Bishop Christopher Saunders and WYD coordinator

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There is more freedom and better conditions for detainees at the new $500 million immigration detention centre on Christmas Island but also more isolation, says an ACBC spokesman who has visited the remote Indian Ocean site. The 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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