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Opposition Leader Tony Abbott --- Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has ruled out changing his party's position against gay marriage, despite sympathising with a Vietnam veteran who has made a case for marriage for his gay son, reports The Australian. Mr

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'Stack of books', on Flickr --- Enrolments across Catholic schools in South Australia rose in 2010, with 48,783 students on the books, an increase from 46,665 students in 2005, reports the Adelaide Advertiser. Enrolments at other

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Tony Blair --- There are more practising Catholics in China than in Italy - and the country has more Muslims than in Europe, said the former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, according to a report on ucanews.com from the Real Clear Religion website. "A

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There are three compelling reasons to believe that Christianity, and the Catholic church in particular, could play an important supporting role in the Egyptian drama, writes John Allen in the National Catholic Reporter. 1. Benedict's vision for

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“Listen to this, Mum” was a familiar request in the family home of Marie Field. Her seven children, including Anthony, the blue Wiggle, all learnt music from the age of five from Sr Dominic of St Bernadette’s, Lalor Park in Sydney, reports

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If thrillers about lost or stolen identities appeal to you, then Unknown may be for you. The taut script and interesting cast will keep viewers awake and wondering until the end. But those wanting greater plot plausibility and character depth may be

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There is a Catholic church in New York City called St Francis Xavier, after the 16th-century Jesuit missionary who preached the Gospel from East Africa to India to Japan and who finally died off the coast of China, writes Rev James Martin SJ in the Huffington

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The Calvary Hospital management has tried to stop ACT Health Minister Katy Gallagher meeting with its doctors as the hospital's owners adopt an aggressive new stance to fight any new hospital in Canberra's north, reports the Canberra Times. The meeting will

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NSW should increase alternatives to prison for minor offences, encourage lower sentences, review bail laws and consider a needle exchange trial in prisons, the Coalition outlined among election proposals in response to a call for prison reform, reports

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Screenshot from justinbiebermusic.com --- Teen pop idol Justin Bieber was "misquoted" on the topics of abortion and rape in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, in which the singer likened abortion to "killing a baby" and said everything, including

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Screenshot from The Boston Globe --- Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston and Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin lay prostrate before a bare altar as the packed cathedral watched in silence, during a Liturgy of Lament and Repentance held at St Mary's

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'Praying, on Flickr --- The global number of Catholics, deacons, priests, bishops and dioceses all increased in 2009, while the number of women in religious orders continued to decline, according to Vatican statistics, reports the Catholic Herald in the

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Dr Lesley-Anne Knight, from Caritas --- Vatican officials have rejected an application by current Caritas Internationalis secretary-general Lesley-Anne Knight, to seek a second four-year term, said reports from the Catholic News Service and the

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Screenshot from an aerial video footage uploaded to YouTube by Russia Today --- Catholic Mission Australia has asked "every Catholic in Australia join us in showing our overwhelming prayer and support" for the people of Christchurch, where at least 65

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The head of the Bureau of Meteorology has rebuked Cardinal George Pell for his scepticism about climate change, insisting the cardinal has been misled, reports the Sydney Morning Herald. Sydney's Cardinal Pell is an outspoken disbeliever in man-made global

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Image from The Age report --- The spire of the landmark Anglican Christchurch Cathedral, sheared off and strewn about as rubble, offers a dire symbol of the impact of yesterday's earthquake, said a report in The Age. Christchurch was built around the

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A report in the Canberra Times that ACT Catholic and independent schools receive Australian government funding that they are not entitled to is simply wrong, said the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn's Catholic Education Office in a media release. The

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'Serious Priest', on Flickr --- A new association of priests in Ireland has dismissed predictions that the Church in the country is "on the edge of collapse", and said an apostolic visitation over child sex abuse had grasped the "depth and urgency" of the

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Image from the homepage of Harm Klueting --- A Lutheran convert was ordained as a Catholic priest in Germany this week and is being allowed to remain married to his wife who is already a Carmelite nun, said a Fox News report. Harm Klueting, 61, was

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The most sustaining aspect of life is the need to believe, deep within us, that what we are doing at any given time is right. That we act for the right reasons. That, ultimately, God is overseeing everything we do. It’s what Maura Luxford would call

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