Allah ban back on

02-Mar-2009

The lifting of the ban on the use of the word "Allah" for God in Catholic services and publications has been rescinded Malaysian Home Minister Syed Hamid Albar has announced saying the government had made a "mistake". Home Minister Syed Hamid Albar said

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The rationality of theology includes a poetic/historic outlook that cannot be tested at the bar of logical positivism. Theological insights find a place in both the heart and the mind, they appeal to the whole person, not just the rational nor just the

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With a proud 53 year history, St Veronica Welfare Committee is a registered charity, supporting needy children for their education, and providing funds for poverty relief projects, especially for women, in developing countries. The organisation operates

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In 1999 Fr Gerard Burns was in East Timor and was part of a convoy of trucks and cars distributing food and medical supplies to terrified villagers on the eve of the independence referendum. It was ambushed by a hostile militia who began beating

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A weekend for young Catholics to Rest, Reflect and Relax in Melbourne at the Mary MacKillop Heritage Centre and to meet others interested in renewing their spirituality. The event will be held at the Heritage Centre's in Albert Street, East Melboure on

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Three Sydney teenage boys are under arrest over a machete armed rampage that caused over $30,000 damage and forced Trinity Catholic College, Auburn in western Sydney into lockdown. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that four teenage boys, armed with

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The angels are a significant part of the Gospel and we should call upon them often, Pope Benedict told Lenten crowds in St Peter's Square on Sunday. Reflecting on the Gospel reading Pope Benedict noted how St Mark tells of the angels ministering to Christ

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Davao City Archbishop Fernando Capalla has ordered all priests and chaplains in the archdiocese to carry out obligatory prayer on bended knee in reparation for a spate of unsolved extra judicial killings in the city. The Business Mirror reports

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There is no doubt that Pius XII was aware of the atrocities perpetrated by the Nazi regime and it is suggested that he felt unable to condemn Nazism unless he issued a parallel condemnation of Communism of which he was a vociferous opponent, despite the

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Lent invites us to stop eating whatever protects us from having to face the desert that is inside of us. It invites us to feel our smallness, to feel our vulnerability, to feel our fears, and to open ourselves up to the chaos of the desert so that we can

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The Combination tackles issues relevant to Australian society through a story about one family, the kind of film Australians should be making more often. Touching on, and holding up for serious discussion, the various aspects of urban multicultural society,

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Caritas Australia's Project Compassion initiative is not only the organisation's major fundraising venture but it is also an icon across the Church and the Australian community. Running during the six weeks of Lent, this year's theme is "an

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In a call for solidarity with fellow Australians in the Torres Strait and people of the Pacific "who are watching their countries being covered by sea water," Catholic Earthcare has backed this year's WWF Earth Hour 2009. "Catholic

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Pope Benedict will celebrate the main public Mass of his forthcoming May visit to Israel in Nazareth, and not in Haifa, as originally proposed. Haaretz reports the Vatican made the decision last weekend following a visit by a Vatican delegation that met

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A suspicious overnight blaze has destroyed the performing arts centre at Tamworth's McCarthy Catholic College in northern New South Wales. Principal Kate Rayment said it would be school as normal after fire all but destroyed its performing arts

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The Vatican is taking far too long to sort out the crisis caused by the collapse of the Legionaries of Christ and their lay arm, Regnum Christi, following the revelation that their supposedly saint like founder, Fr Marcial Maciel, led a double life.

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This documentary shines a spotlight on Detroit's Shrine of the Black Madonna formed in 1967 as a kind of Christian answer to the Nation of Islam's Black Nationalism. Produced in the lead-up to last year's US election, the film looks at black

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During a period of renewal in 2008, New Zealand Marist Father, John Murphy created this website of significant places and names in the Marist foundation story. It contains resources, stories and images in addition to aids for pilgrims to the

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When The Redeemer of Man appeared thirty years ago, Redemptorists, as their name would imply, could not but be interested in its message. As we see now, looking back after these three decades, this first encyclical was to a large degree a first run at many

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Over 60 religious leaders including Oceania bishops conference president, Bishop Peter Ingham, have written to Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to express their deep concerns with the Government's "inadequate" response to climate change. The

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Mass on Demand

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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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Daily Prayer

Daily Prayer

All your daily readings, reflections and prayers can be found here... 

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