Caritas Australia said that 2008 has been the most dangerous year on record for aid workers with a total of 122 killed in the line of duty. "Aid workers often expose themselves to the same violence that the communities they are working with

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Existing professional development programs for school principals aren't nationally cohesive, and a national body to coordinate and accredit professional development programs is called for, school principals groups said. The call comes in a submission

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Perth man Christian Rossiter plans to apply for a passport to travel to Switzerland to die, while the Australian Medical Association and Philip Nitschke were at odds about whether the ruling in the case was a step toward legalising euthanasia. Mr

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Conservative political commentator and Catholic convert Robert Novak has died at 78 after a year-long battle with brain cancer. Family members say Novak died at his home in Washington Tuesday. He had retired from the Chicago Sun-Times newspaper last

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God shows a deep reverence for all his creatures. Made in his image and likeness we are revered by him. We experience our true selves in the presence of a God who out of respect for us never coerces but rather invites our receptive attention. To be open

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Australia's Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office will be holding the Second National Conference on the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Refugees titled Widen the space of your tent in Sydney from October 27 to 29. The first day is a planned Migrant Chaplains

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NET (National Evangelisation Teams) is a Catholic peer to peer youth ministry that puts into action the Church´s mission to evangelise and disciple young people. NET does this by proclaiming the Gospel through a personal witness of faith. The teams

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They say grief is the most painful human experience. They also say it's not normal to bury your children. They bury you. We have experienced many family deaths: my parents, my wife's parents and brother; and although we were close to them, their deaths

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Students from St Therese Primary School in Sydney's Mascot have won a Eureka Science Prize for a video of how the heart works, inspired by the experience of 5 year old schoolmate Kiara Lloyd's heart transplant. Kiara was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy

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Two Western Australian women who consider themselves men have won a legal recognition of their new gender, news reports said. The transsexuals won an appeal in the State Administrative Tribunal against the refusal of the WA Gender Reassignment Board

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A Year 8 student in South Australia's Mount Carmel College has been charged over carrying an offensive weapon and affray. The boy allegedly rang the police yesterday morning, saying he was in school armed with a speargun. The 14 year old boy from

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Bishop Edward Slattery from Tulsa, Oklahoma in the US has announced a return to the practice of celebrating the Eucharistic liturgy ad orientem in his cathedral. Bishop Slattery explained the change in his diocesan newspaper the East Oklahoma

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Funds from the AusAID overseas aid program can now be used to fund abortions of foetuses of up to 20 weeks in countries where the procedure is legal, The Age reported. The formal revoking of a ban on AusAID funded abortion services emerged yesterday

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Religious belief is waning in the country thanks to the "weak and insipid and in more than a few instances uninspiring and unintelligible" Christianity most Australians encounter, said an Anglican theologian. The former Australian Defence

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John Baker's life was a remarkable journey. He was born in obscurity in Brisbane yet such was his joy of the high life, his wit, wisdom, capacity for fun and genius for friendship that he conquered Sydney's then very social eastern suburbs and stormed the

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If the Vatican was serious about abortion in western liberal democracies, it would: stop complaining about its availability; purge those members of the Church who do not share its supposed hard line, including bishops; excommunicate Catholic politicians who

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Throughout his study of the male Franciscans, the author connects them to the larger historical currents of the time, showing how they repeatedly met the pastoral needs of the various eras. This history telling is particularly effective for recounting the

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The Servants of Jesus Community is a Sydney based ecumenical charismatic covenant community whose mission takes its inspiration from the Gospel of John where Jesus prayed for believers that "all of them may be one" and also "that the world

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An $80,000 fine given to Trinity Catholic College in Lismore after it pleaded guilty over the death of five year old Gabriel McBurney, was "irrelevant" because it would not bring his son back, the boy's father said. But the family was

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Catholic schools in Western Australia won't use a new sex education website created by the WA Government because it does not promote the values taught in Catholic schools, a news report said. The director of Catholic Education in WA, Ron Dullard,

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