The head of China's Communist Party central leadership school has said the country will have a form of democracy by 2020 with an increased role for civil society including religious groups and other NGOs. The Age reports Zhou Tianyong, 50, deputy head

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The late Pope John Paul II was wounded by a crazed knife wielding priest in 1982, the year after he was shot, but the injury was kept secret his former secretary, now Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, has revealed in a new documentary. Reuters

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New research into Biblical women shows that most receive positive or matter-of-fact coverage with words such as "blessed", "righteous" and "beautiful" referring to 60 of the Bible's 175 female characters. "Some people have the impression the Bible is

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Padre Ian Johnson had a way of approaching the new guys. He sidled up beside them, offering his right hand for shaking, maybe with his left hand on the Digger's shoulder. "All the best mate," he'd say. "G'day Padre," said the

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Mission is like a kaleidoscope of activities and outlooks. God does take us on quantum leaps of understanding that destroy our mindsets. We are in a quantum leap now at this historical moment in the life of the Church. The Church is always trying to

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St John of God Sister Patricia Rhatigan will give the Walter Silvester Memorial Lecture on her reflections on pastoral work in the Kimberley. Her oration is titled "Faith and hope in the Kimberley:personal reflections from pastoral

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This website focuses on Marriage and Relationship Education in the Archdiocese of Melbourne. It is an image rich site hosting material from the Archdiocese's Council for Marriage and the Family and the Centacare Melbourne agency. The Council component

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The Church is not a human association born from common interests, but an assembly gathered together by God, Pope Benedict told Rome pilgrims on Wednesday. Continuing his catechesis on St Paul, Pope Benedict explained that "this word 'Church' has

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Seventy years after the death of Deniliquin priest, Fr Michael Treacy, a New South Wales Supreme Court judge has made orders regarding the final distribution of his estate. The gap between the death of Michael Joseph Treacy and the distribution of his

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Bible Synod relator general Cardinal Marc Oullet yesterday presented a summary of the points made by the 260 bishops, delegates and auditors who have so far spoken at the event. A total of 229 Synod Fathers, nine fraternal delegates and 22 auditors

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Both climate change and the turbulence on the stock exchange demonstrate that we are all in this together. These things impact on us all, whether we had any part in their causes or not, whether we take up our responsibility to address these issues, or not.

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What makes Brideshead Revisited of great interest to audiences who think about society, class differences, aristocratic snobbery and presumptions, is the religious dimension from Waugh, the convert to Catholicism. Literary adaptations are always a

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Albert Street Productions is a Melbourne based independent production company formed in 1985. It is owned by numerous religious congregations and its approach to film and video production is about "communicating values". While its

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For many religious people there is a legitimate tension between money and the message of the Gospel. Although Jesus taught the parable of the talents, the sadness of Jesus at the rich young man's unwillingness to give his wealth away and the Church's long

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New South Wales and New Zealand publications were the big winners in last week's annual Australasian Catholic Press Association (ACPA) awards in Brisbane. Sydney's The Catholic Weekly took out the top gong winning the Bishop Phillip Kennedy Memorial

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Warning that nations once rich in faith were losing their identity under the influence of "a certain modern culture", Pope Benedict opened the Synod of Bishops on the Bible yesterday at a Mass at St Paul Outside the Walls Basilica. "There are those,

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A baptism at St Mary's Church, South Brisbane, that was videoed and uploaded on Youtube, may be invalid, commentators say. The Australian reports a recent baptism, captured on video and dated September 21, has been posted on the YouTube internet site.

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Public performances of major Western religious music works such as Handel's Messiah and Mozart's Requiem have been banned by China's Ministry of Culture. Musicians and tour organisers have said that a number of significant performances had been

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Australian Sr Suzanne Philips FMM hs been elected as Superior-General of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary, an international communion of 6,272 Sisters working in seventy six countries. The daughter of Bill and Aileen Phillips of Berwick in Melbourne's

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The grave of Venerable Cardinal John Henry Newman was excavated last week on instructions from the Vatican but no physical remains were found in the coffin. BBC News reports the plot, at the Oratory House, Rednal, near Birmingham, was excavated on

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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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