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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Australia's Catholic Bishops have issued a statement reflecting the hope that "Indigenous Australia will be listened to", on the back of Prime Minister Elect Kevin Rudd's acceptance speech. Acknowledging the traditional custodians of

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Good Sams in Bali

03-Dec-2007

Two Good Samaritan sisters have arrived in Bali to participate in the United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change, which begins today. Running until 14 December, the UNFCCC convention will host Sisters Geraldine Kearney from Sydney and

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A desperate shortage of primary school teachers in Western Australia has led to a recruiting campaign in Queensland for the 2008 school year. Catholic schools in remote areas of the state have been hit hardest, but several school principals have said

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More than 5,000 entertainers, artists and community leaders from around the world have applied to take part in World Youth Day festivities. International and Australian acts will showcase their talents over three afternoons and evenings during the WYD

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The transition to our new Labor government has come peacefully with gracious speeches from both leaders. As he departs it is time to acknowledge John Howard’s achievements. He has been, with Bob Hawke, the most outstanding figure in Australian

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Andrew Bass is preparing to be ordained a deacon in St Patrick's Cathedral, Parramatta, this Friday. His father's work in the oil industry saw the family live a peripatetic life. He says being a Christian in Saudi Arabia was a "transformative

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Pope Benedict has said the Holy See and Catholic nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) share the same passion to promote human dignity. Zenit News Agency reports that a three day forum was held between the Holy Father and 85 NGOs to discuss the best

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A new Chinese Bishop who has publicly declared his loyalty to the Vatican, will be ordained in Guangzhou today. The Associated Press reports that the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association (CPCA) confirmed Fr Joseph Gan Junqiu's ordination. Since the

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Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor in London has said a "warm welcome awaits" those who wish to return to the Church this Christmas. Catholics who have left the church are at the centre of a British campaign to bring them back to the church in

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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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