Bishop Christopher Saunders, chair of the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council, said the country's response to the impoverished "will characterise the spirit of this nation". "Over the past decade, minimum wages have fallen further behind average

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Martin Laverty --- Catholic Health Australia has obtained a guarantee from the Federal Government that no Catholic hospital will be worse off under the proposed national health reforms, and will retain their ethical independence, said CEO

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Screenshot from the community's Facebook page--Students from Varroville's Mount Carmel Catholic high school in Sydney's west have stepped up to protest plans to build a gas plant on the Scenic Hills behind their school.The Campbelltown Macarthur Chronicle

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Pope Benedict XVI may issue an apology over clerical sex abuse at the June summit planned to mark the end of the Year for Priests. Cardinal William Levada, head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, told US public broadcaster PBS on

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Roughly one in five of the world's priests now come from Africa or Asia, the latest edition of the Vatican's Statistical Yearbook shows.While European priests in 2000 accounted for nearly 51 percent of the world's priests, eight years later, that figure

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Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone---Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone has said that priestly celibacy is not "untouchable" but is a "positive tradition" of the Church."It is not that it (priestly celibacy) is untouchable," Cardinal Bertone said on

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Catholic Super has appointed Catholic Church Insurances (CCI) its new administrator, as the fund moves to finalise its merger with the National Catholic Superannuation Fund. The appointment to take the place of incumbent administrator AAS followed an

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Queensland's lead Senate candidate for the Family First party has criticised proponents of euthanasia drug Nembutal, citing research that it was being used by young and middle-aged people. Wendy Francis was commenting on newly released data

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Two Christian journalists and five others have been killed in Nigeria, reportedly by a violent gang of Muslim youths. Nathan S. Dabak, an assistant editor at The Light Bearer, a newspaper of the Church of Christ in Nigeria (COCIN), and Sunday

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As Pope Benedict XVI marks the fifth anniversary of his election today, the cloud of controversy  overshadowing the Vatican probably isn’t what he had in mind to mark the occasion. A spreading international scandal over the sexual abuse of

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The New Atheist campaign to have Pope Benedict XVI arrested when he visits Britain later this year exposes the deeply disturbing, authoritarian and even Inquisitorial side to today's campaigning secularism, writes Brendan O'Neill in Sp!ked. There is nothing

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Addressing the recent abuse crisis publicly for the first time, Pope Benedict has said that the church should "do penance" in response to recent public attention to its "sins." The pope delivered the remarks in a homily during a Mass in the Pauline

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Sister Angela Ryan CSB --- Sister Angela Ryan, who heads the Australian Bishops' Committee for Professional Standards, has stressed that it's up to professional psychologists to determine whether church sexual abuse is caused by

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Father Bob Maguire outside St Peter and Paul's Church, South Melbourne --- A pair of devout elderly Germans "desperate to go to church" have led police on a 12km car chase through Melbourne. The Herald-Sun reports the pilgrims, travelling

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Of all the films made about World War 1, it is hard to  recall much emphasis, if any, on the part tunnelling played in that grand folly. That omission is redressed by this significant Australian production, the second feature directed by actor Jeremy Sims

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When Pat Bond told her lover Henry Willenborg, a Franciscan priest, that she was pregnant, he urged her to have an abortion. Bond, who was 28, had a miscarriage and then became pregnant again. This time Willenborg’s superiors urged her to give up the child

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It is difficult to see how anyone could object to the teaching of ethics in schools. Everyone could benefit from a better understanding of ethics after all. However, the recent emerging brawl in NSW over the teaching of ethics in public schools is making for

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Public schools would have had better value for money under the Building the Education Revolution program if it had been administered in the way used by Catholic schools, said an official charged with rebuilding NSW's schools. "The Catholic system

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According to the novelist and screenwriter, Christopher Greenhalgh, there is evidence of the relationship between the designer and composer as portrayed in this film. Chanel was born the year after Stravinsky, in 1883.  They both died in 1971.  However, the

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It is unclear whether NSW's 10-week trial for secular ethics classes, scheduled to start this week in state primary schools, will begin as expected. A spokeswoman for NSW Minister for Education, Verity Firth, said getting the curriculum right was "more

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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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