Some religious schools have withdrawn from Amnesty because it has become pro-choice on abortion. But members of organisations such as Amnesty, which take a full spectrum approach to human rights, do not generally agree to every item in the organisations'

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Alexander Zorin, eminent Russian intellectual and poet, and a member of the Russian Orthodox Church, reflects on the teachings of Opus Dei founder St Josemaría Escrivá. During the Soviet era, he discovered a typewritten Russian translation of

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World Youth Day organisers have expressed their gratitude for Government funds that have appeased Randwick trainers and will ensure World Youth Day takes place as planned. The $41 million government handout involves both Federal and NSW State

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Parishes and church agencies in the Sydney Archdiocese are set to begin the process of implementing the Archdiocesan Pastoral Plan, in 2008. The Sydney Archdiocese’s new pastoral plan will “strengthen Catholic life” through a public

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The Catholic education sector has welcomed Labor's Information and Communication Technology package for school students. Queensland Catholic Education Commission Executive Director Mike Byrne said the initiative will “undoubtedly help students

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Pope Benedict has finalised his second encyclical on the subject of Christian hope, and it is expected to be released in time for Christmas. Catholic News Agency reports this second encyclical has been tentatively titled Spe Salvi (Saved by Hope), and

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Organisers of World Youth Day 2008 are working with Aboriginal artist Richard Campbell, using a selection of his artwork on official WYD08 merchandise. Campbell is originally from the Gumbaingirr/Dhungutti people. He has created a series of

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A group of five creative young pilgrims in the UK have come up with a novel way of raising money to help finance their trip to World Youth Day – Holy Socks. The tasteful toe warmers depict Bible characters, stories, poems and meditations,

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It has been estimated that prices of consumer goods rose by up to 8% as a result of the cartel between AMCOR and VISY, which overcharged the public $700 million over five years. Richard Pratt is widely known as a generous person, but is reported to donate

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"Three months in Vietnam as a volunteer English teacher to sisters from Our Lady of the Missions (RNDMs) was the first time I had been confronted by extreme poverty and the experience will stay with me," says South Australian journalist Elizabeth

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Cardinal George Pell is the first Sydney Archbishop in 40 years to celebrate Mass in Latin according to the 1962 Roman Missal. Celebrated at St Mary’s Cathedral on Saturday morning, the Mass was held to celebrate Pope Benedict's apostolic letter

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Pope Benedict called for the respect of immigrants rights in Italy yesterday after the government began the expulsion of people they deemed a “threat to public safety.” Mass bulldozing of shantytowns where many Romanian immigrants live, has

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A request to Parramatta's Bishop Kevin Manning to sign a petition in favour of married clergy has backfired, with the Bishop issuing a statement stressing that the Church has been "constant in reaffirming the importance of clerical

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Australian Catholic University has appointed Dr Ismail Albayrak to its inaugural Chair in the Study of Islam and Muslim-Catholic Relations. Dr Albayrak will be located within ACU National’s Asia-Pacific Centre for Inter-religious Dialogue

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Archbishop John Bathersby has approved the appointment of Catholic Leader journalist Peter Bugden as the paper's new editor. Mr Bugden, who has worked in newspapers for more than 25 years. He worked for several years on regional dailies in NSW and

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A French priest who destroyed a fresco in his village chapel on the grounds it depicted St Luke as an ox with testicles, is facing two years behind bars and a massive fine. The village of St Etienne du Gres, near the southern city of

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In human relationships, when one person believes they are of greater value than their partner either through intellect, finances or gender, then one person will be damaged and be unable to fulfil the potential their life may hold. If we serve rather than

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Paula Cowling retired from the ministry of the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine in Parramatta, after 31 years. Catechist Yvonne Malouf said it was Paula's "knack of making each of us feel special" that had made the catechists "a happy

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Caritas Australia CEO Jack de Groot has said the major political parties have failed to live up to the Australian Government's commitment in 2000 to realise the Millennium Development Goals (MDG's) to halve extreme poverty by 2015. “This vow to

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In a major address to last week's migrant chaplains’ conference in, RMIT Intercultural Studies Professor Des Cahill suggested that the future of Australian Catholicism may lie more with Catholic immigrants and their descendents than its

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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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