Portuguese archaeologists digging in the cloisters of a 17th century Franciscan convent have found thousands of fire-scorched human bones indicating the "hellish time" that resulted from the great Lisbon earthquake of 1755. AP reports that

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One issue we will face in our lives, sooner or later, if we are serious and honest about spirituality, is the issue of limits. The story of The Fall reminds us of limits: Adam and Eve seeking out the "tree of knowledge" that will allow them

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During Pope Benedict XVI's trip to Brazil, I'll once again be travelling on the papal plane. I'm often asked about the experience of travelling with the pope. First of all there is no "papal plane" in the sense of a jet owned by the Vatican

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The lack of new funding for public hospitals in this year's Federal Budget is "astounding", says Catholic Health head Francis Sullivan, while Catholic Social Services director Frank Quinlan describes the budget as shortsighted. With the

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Protestant firebrand Dr Ian Paisley is Northern Ireland's new First Minister with former militant Catholic Martin McGuinness his deputy as self-rule is finally restored in the long-troubled region. Dr Paisley said there was now a real chance for

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In a change that brings WA Catholic schools into line with those in other states, the state's Catholic Education Office is to begin moving Year 7 classes to secondary schools despite a study that found no benefit in the transfer. The West Australian

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Paraguay's outgoing President Nicanor Duarte says that the landlocked South American nation's constitution bars the election of retired Bishop Fernando Lugo from seeking the presidency. The International Herald Tribune reports that Duarte's comments

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Archaeologists from Jerusalem's Hebrew University say that they have finally located the long-missing tomb and the deliberately destroyed sarcophagus of King Herod the Great, who is blamed by tradition for the massacre of the Holy Innocents. Christian

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A Melbourne Mt Lilydale Mercy College student, Bonnie Anderson has won $250,000 on a Channel 7 talent show - despite being reduced to tears by unforgiving judge Red Symons. Star News Group reports that viewers across Australia recently voted the

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The Brazil and Latin America that Benedict XVI is visiting have undergone great political, religious and economic changes in this generation, which have had the accumulative effect of weakening the church's once unquestioned dominance. Brazil is still

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As a girl in Catholic school, Khadijah Rivera dreamed of becoming a nun despite the fact she feared Jesus. She was frightened by her church's bloodied statue of Christ nailed to the cross and was plagued with fear when receiving communion. Years later,

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Speaking to reporters on his way to Brazil, Pope Benedict has backed Mexican bishops who have threatened excommunication for parliamentarians who voted to legalise abortion in Mexico City. The Age reports that the Pope was responding to a reporter's

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National Catholic Education Commission chair, Msgr Tom Doyle, has welcomed Treasurer Peter Costello's budget focus on the needs of the most disadvantaged students and commended the doubling of English language tuition assistance. "A quality

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Cardinals from the Holy See's Congregation for the Saints have voted to recognise the "heroic virtues" of Pius XII, opening the way for Pope Benedict to declare the controversial World War II pope "venerable". Catholic News reports

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Our Lady Queen of Angels Church in Los Angeles has joined a Hollywood Lutheran Church in announcing that they will offer sanctuary to undocumented immigrants under threat of deportation. The International Herald Tribune reports churches in five big US

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The Czech Republic's first post-communist president, Vaclav Havel, has backed a call by other former communist-era dissidents for the release of Fr Nguyen Van Ly, the pro-democracy priest sentenced to eight years prison in Vietnam for disseminating

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A Catholic member of Poland's Parliament, Artur Zawisza, is proposing a ban on miniskirts as part of a campaign against "enticement to sex". Der Spiegel reports that Mr Zawisza has announced plans for a bill that would ban miniskirts and

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Today Religious may seem to be a dying breed. Certainly, there are only half the numbers of thirty years ago, and the average age is high. Changing conditions in the Western world and within the Church have forced all Catholic Religious to consider who

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Jose Ramos-Horta, who yesterday appeared headed for a landslide victory in East Timor's presidential election, is a Nobel laureate who rose to prominence promoting his nation's right to independence during 24 years in exile. A Catholic, Ramos-Horta is

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Development agency Caritas yesterday joined the nation's Catholic bishops in a call to Cricket Australia to cancel this year's tour of Zimbabwe. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the 42 bishops, meeting in Sydney this week, claimed a boycott

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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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