St Michael the Archangel has been restored to his preeminent position overlooking the old Catholic section of Sydney's Rookwood cemetery after being struck by lightning 12 years ago. The Catholic Weekly reports that a two-tonne bronze statue, cast

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Gruesome photographs of aborted foetuses are often distorted for greater impact. These images undoubtedly tell stories about the gruesome reality of abortion, but these pictures and associated websites also tell another story – about the people who

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Adelaide resident David Norman and soccer superstar David Beckham have a lot more in common than a first name and a “very sharp haircut”. Beckham is one of the many celebrities worldwide who have championed innovative British street magazine

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Pope Benedict has urged the world to protect the family, adding that attacking the institution harms the entire community, as it is the foundation for society. Catholic News Agency reports the Pope made this plea as he announced the forthcoming 41st

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Relations between Israel and the Vatican have hit yet another bump in the road, with officials pessimistic about the outcome of today's meeting to finalise legal and financial status of the Church in Israel. AsiaNews reports the meeting between the

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Acknowledging problems within the ranks of the clergy, the Vatican's Congregation for the Clergy has said that prayer may not be the only solution, but it is the best starting point. The advice was contained in a statement issued at the start of a

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A discussion paper titled Confronting the Death Penalty: People, politics and principle will be launched next week in the parish of the parents of Bali 9 death row inmate Scott Rush. The paper in the latest published in the Catholic Social Justice

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The Young Christian Workers have launched a web survey designed to provide input into the organisation of a major youth forum at next year's World Youth Day. The survey, which will ask 10,000 young people about the challenges they face and what they

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World Youth Day organisers are providing parents, grandparents, teachers and friends with the opportunity to make a Christmas contribution to their young relatives or friends aspirations to attend next July's event. The WYD Vouchers can fund all or

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Pope Benedict's encyclical Spe Salvi assumes the fragmentation of hope in today's world will not be addressed simply by the secular world adding God to its limited hopes. Instead it involves the nurturing of a Christian imagination that overcomes

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Many people mistakenly assume this Christmas classic has been around for years and that it is of European origin. But it was written in 1962 during the Cuban Missile Crisis, as a powerful plea for peace by a man who had experienced the horrors of war.

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Special police powers similar to those during the APEC summit will be imposed in Sydney to protect Pope Benedict during his visit for World Youth Day. The Sydney Morning Herald reports body searches, vehicle confiscation and the right to ban

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The Portugese priest who gave solace to the McCann family after the ‘disappearance’ of their daughter Madeleine has stripped his church of all traces of the girl, with friends saying the experience has left him “ruined”. The

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A Brazilian Bishop who has been on a hunger strike for over three weeks has continued his protest despite a court ruling halting construction of a development project which he says will ruin local farmers. Bishop Luis Flavio Cappio has been protesting

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Bishop Pat Power has said that in the lead-up to next year's Beijing Olympics, China must appreciate that its human rights violations are being noticed overseas. Bishop Power (pictured), who was speaking at the arrival of the International Relay of

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Tasmania's Catholic Justice and Peace Commission (TCJPC) has issued a discussion paper promoting restorative justice as a more appropriate means of dealing with inappropriate behaviour than sanctions based on retribution. TCJPC Chairman Doug

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The world’s oldest Chinese priest has died only a few week shy of his 111th birthday. Trappist Nicolaus Kao Se-tsien from Our Lady of Joy Abbey on Lantau Island, was found “in peace, as shown on his face” by a fellow monk who would

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No matter how effectively we use communication technology, personal contact is absolutely necessary if people are to be encouraged to participate more closely in the life of the Church, especially to participate in worship. Each parish should have a

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It took Cathy Whewell a surprisingly short amount of time to accept one of the most challenging leadership roles open to women in the Catholic Church. She never expected to become among the handful of Australian Catholic lay women appointed to the

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In his encyclical released on Friday, Pope Benedict states atheism is responsible for some of the "greatest forms of cruelty and violations of justice" in history. The 75 page encyclical – the second written by Benedict – urges

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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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