A well-known Egyptian archaeologist, Dr Zahi Hawass, who is excavating sites in the northern Sinai, says he has found no evidence to back the biblical account of Moses' parting of the Red Sea. The International Herald Tribune reports that in a

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In 1789 William Wilberforce started advocating the abolition of slavery. Results were long in coming, but he persevered until in 1807 the Act of the Abolition of the Slave Trade was passed. This, for the British, brought an end to trading in

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Teksure and Silibaziso Gumbo weep as they tell their story from the safety of a walled church compound in the township of Mbare, in southern Harare, Zimbabwe. Their house was torn down in 2005 when President Robert Mugabe razed slum areas that were

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In an indirect criticism of the EU 50th anniversary Berlin Declaration's failure to make reference to Christianity, Pope Benedict has warned that Europe's revival could be threatened if it embraces a "peculiar form of apostasy" and forgets its

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The Christian Brothers have amalgamated their Australian, Papua New Guinea and New Zealand provinces into the new province of Oceania, which includes a new structure to manage the congregation's Australian schools. To head the new Oceania province,

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With criticism mounting over the number of Indigenous students missing out on high school education, Sydney Cardinal George Pell says the Church is negotiating with the Federal Government to open a school at Wadeye Aboriginal community and could open

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A Brisbane peace activist and Catholic Worker stalwart whose arrest by Queensland police was deemed illegal by a Brisbane magistrate says that a police investigation of the circumstances of his arrest was a "farce from start to

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Days after he was sacked as provost of Florida's controversial Ave Maria University, theological ally and former student of Pope Benedict Jesuit Fr Joseph Fessio is returning to the private university as "designated theologian in

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Public schools in Tiverton in the US state of Rhode Island have banned the word "Easter" at all school events and children will now have their photos taken with Peter Rabbit instead of the Easter Bunny. The US Catholic League reports that

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Last month I attended the final Mass at a neighbourhood parish. There were wake-like elements: tears, hugs, conversation, laughter, and stories. It had finality: parishioners would never assemble again in this church. Closing wasn't in their thoughts

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An elderly nun, under questioning by a lawyer, recently said she could not remember anything about his client, a child who had been sexually molested by a priest. Finally, the lawyer asked whether she was familiar with "mental reservation" -

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On visit to Australia to prepare for an opera based on her book, Dead Man Walking, Sr Helen Prejean says that Guantanamo Bay is an aberration and a corruption of US values and that the release of David Hicks should be a priority. "Guantanamo Bay

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Australian biothecist Peter Singer, a proponent of abortion, euthanasia and infanticide, is to be a guest at a Polish Catholic gathering but organisers say the purpose it to engage him in public discussion, not to provide a platform for his

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Hell "exists and is eternal" despite the greatness of God's love and mercy, Pope Benedict said on Sunday, and those who reject Jesus need to know it. Catholic News Service reports that the pope made the comments during a visit to a Rome

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The Australian bishops have chosen a builder, Adam Crouch, and YCW national secretary, Sara Kane, to represent them in Rome this week at an international forum on globalisation and work. Mr Crouch and Ms Kane will take part in the Pontifical Council

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Testifying at the Indonesia-East Timor Truth Commission, former Dili Bishop Carlos Belo said that Indonesian forces and their militia allies had systematically razed the diocese's compound as well as other churches, killing several clergy and an unknown

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A 14-month-old boy from Mount Tyson on Queensland's Darling Downs who drowned in a cattle-watering trough accident two years after his sister died in a similar accident has been farewelled in a tearful service at St Stephen's Church in

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It's a danger to try to identify the Antichrist with any particular individual or movement. There is a very worthy Christian pacifism. But there is a pacifism where people don't support anything sufficiently to struggle for, perhaps to fight for.

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Finding the faith

26-Mar-2007

For years researchers and academics have observed that traditional faiths are increasingly irrelevant to young people. "It is true that religion is dying," says Dr Andrew Singleton, who has researched the spirituality of "Gen Y".

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Catholic social justice commission's Bishop Christopher Saunders, has called for David Hicks' immediate release despite his guilty plea yesterday to a charge of providing material support for terrorism. The Australian Catholic Social Justice Council

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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

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