Australian Catholic Bishop Council President Philip Wilson has reminded Australians this Easter that the Lord's suffering, death and resurrection gives hope to the world. Wishing the country a happy Easter, he says it is a time hear the call of Christ

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They managed to persuade Nomo to stay and Fr Tomas washed his feet. This ritual washing had an extraordinary effect on him and he told others after Mass, "Now I have seen a true religion - I came into this house, a total stranger and the master of the

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Filipinos taking part in Easter crucifixions and self-flagellation rituals have been sent a stern warning by health officials to get a tetanus shot first and sterilise the nails to avoid infections. AFP reports that every year dozens of men in the

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Campaigners for Mary MacKillop's canonisation will be urging the Pope next month to recognise Australia's first saint in the universal Church. The Adelaide Advertiser reports vice-postular for the cause of canonisation of Blessed Mary MacKillop, Sr

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The Commissariat (Office) of the Holy Land in Australia is responsible for raising the awareness of Australian Christians to the needs of the people in the Holy Land. The Commissariat coordinates the Good Friday Appeal which raises $900,000 annually for the

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Mary, the sister of Martha, occurs in three scenes in the Gospels. At the start of Holy Week we read one of these in which she anoints Jesus' feet before his passion. In the other two, she is also situated at the feet of Jesus. All three offer us some

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Pope Benedict will do less walking during the traditional Good Friday procession at the Colosseum opting to watch most of the service from a vantage point on a nearby hill. Reuters reports Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi said the change was only

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Five kilometres of Sydney streets are expected to be closed for the Papal welcome for World Youth Day in July as organisers plan for the motorcade to move through George Street and around Circular Quay. The Sydney Morning Herald reports the timing of the

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Catholic Health Australia (CHA) has announced the appointment of lawyer and policy advocate, Martin Laverty as its new chief executive officer. Board Chairman Mr Tony Wheeler said the Board welcomed Mr Laverty to the role at a time when it had

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We inhabit a culture where scientists propose previously unthinkable outcomes that can now be achieved. These include modifying food, changing the direction of river flows, and adjusting the genetic makeup of human beings. The assumption is that if it can

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Four new State and federal parliamentarians have joined the Local Organising Committee (LOC) overseeing World Youth Day Sydney 2008. The new LOC parliamentary representatives are: the Hon Martin Ferguson AM (pictued), Federal Minister for Resources,

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Make Me Normal focuses on four of the most able students at one of Britain's largest special schools for children with autism, the Spa school, and how they struggle with autism. The journey with these four is explosive, revealing, haunting and painful. But

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The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference Office for the Participation of Women has celebrated International Women's Day with a special Mass and lunch at the ACBC secretariat in Canberra. Council for Australian Catholic Women chair Patricia Banister,

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The Queensland Catholic Education Commission (QCEC) has released a statement articulating a distinctly Catholic foundation for curriculum in the state's Catholic schools. QCEC Executive Director, Mike Byrne says the document - Queensland Catholic

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Acceptable Time is an initiative of Paul Skippen and Marg Grills providing Catholic schools and parishes with resources and hands-on experiences that assist in proclaiming and celebrating what it means to be partners in the mission of the Church. It offers

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Pope Benedict has once again condemned the "spiral of destruction" in the Holy Land calling on Israelis and Palestinians to negotiate for peace. Reuters reports the Pope, speaking to pilgrims at St Peter's Square yesterday said the violence

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A Sydney Sister of Mercy has persuaded the United Nations to take up the case of a serial child rapist, the first sex offender to be kept in jail under the NSW "lock them up for good" law. The Daily Telegraph reports Sr Eveline Crotty's plea

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The letter, A Common Word from the 138 Muslim scholars and leaders is an invitation to the Church’s leaders to become Muslims, and will be read as such by knowledgeable Muslims generally. No one should be in any doubt on this point, least of all those

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Polluting the environment, drug pushing and genetic manipulation have been added to the list of mortal sins. Reuters reports head of the Apostolic Penitentiary - the Vatican body which oversees confessions and plenary indulgence - Bishop Archbishop

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Many people assume that biofuels must be a good thing because they help the world to combat global warming and reduce dependence on oil from politically unstable regions. Both of those assumptions are incorrect. The present use of biofuels does not even

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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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