Kevin Andrews, the new Minister for Immigration, has sounded muddled in his statements defending the government's decision to send 83 Sri Lankan asylum seekers to Nauru for processing. It is not all his fault. Even when he gets up to speed in the

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Y Re, 24, is from the Central Highlands of Vietnam where she lives with her husband and extended family. She is a member of a credit program supported by Caritas Australia. Like many other ethnic minority women Y Re received a low level of education,

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Italy's bishops have sparked a storm by telling Catholic politicians that they have a moral duty to vote against any proposed legislation recognising unmarried and homosexual couples as Westinster Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor slams his government over new

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Israel has apologised over the last minute cancellation of a high-level meeting with the Vatican, which was trumped by an Arab League conference and a visit by US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Israel's ambassador says. AsiaNews reports that

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A Timorese woman has testified before an Indonesian-East Timor truth commission in Jakarta that pro-Indonesian forces who stormed a local church in 1999 seized 45 young women who were later beaten and raped by militiamen. The China Post reports that

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The head of South Australia's Social Inclusion Unit, Adelaide Vicar General Msgr David Cappo, is questioning the government over an alleged failure to respond to the fact that many young Aboriginal offenders are only attending school for a few days a

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An Emerton Catholic school in Western Sydney has won a national award for a family-school partnership program and indigenous reading program based on linking Aboriginal culture and literacy. Federal Education Minister, Julie Bishop, announced the

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In the third case reported in a month, another statue of Our Lady is reported to have started shedding tears of blood in Sri Lanka's war torn Mannar district. AsiaNews reports that two earlier claims were made about statues in Jaffna District. All

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The Church teaching on conscience gives no consolation to the uninitiated, thinking they can simply do their own thing. But neither does it accord religious authorities the liberty of insisting upon wooden compliance with their instruction or view of

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"Compared to some of the people we deal with, Jeffrey Archer is a lightweight." The reference is to Archer's status as a sinner, not a writer. I am talking to Francis J Moloney, a man who wears several impressive hats. He is one of the most

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Defending new cloning laws he is introducing into Victoria's parliament, Catholic premier Steve Bracks has rejected a warning by Pope Benedict that Catholic politicians should refer to their religion above all else in making political decisions. The

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Funerals have been held for several victims of the Yogjakarta air crash in Indonesia including Australian diplomat, Liz O'Neill, who was buried after an emotional service at a packed St Canice's church in Sydney's eastern suburb on Friday. The

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Former Franciscan priest, Brazilian theologian Leonardo Boff has predicted that the Vatican's "condemnation" of the theology of Spanish Jesuit Jon Sobrino will only serve to revitalise Marxist theology in Latin America. Boff, who left the

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Horse trainers fear that up to 800 horses that train at Randwick will be forced to move elsewhere for up to six weeks, creating chaos in the industry in the lead up to the World Youth Day Mass to take place at the Sydney racecourse next year. The

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The Australian has apologised over a book review by Canberra Archbishop Mark Coleridge that the newspaper said contained similar content to a review by another author published earlier in a British publication. The Tablet reports that The Australian

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Britain's Westminster Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor has called on "followers of Jesus" to play a part in combating climate change, endorsing suggestions made in an ecumenical guidebook for London churches on reducing energy use and

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This whole issue of the environment and the potential threat from the way we live, begs for a radical and generous response from Christians. We need leaders who can point the way and encourage the prophetic ones to break new ground. Are we so

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A good thing about visiting the Benedictines is that they are obliged to look after you; it's the rules. Abbot Jamison, or Fr Christopher, seems to enjoy this particular duty. Fr Christopher is an Australian, born in Melbourne in 1951. His family moved

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Opposition leader Kevin Rudd says that if elected, his new Labor government will finance a $63 million pilot program in which sports, science and library facilities will be shared by government and private schools, including Catholic. On a visit to

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Retired Broken Bay Bishop Patrick Laurence Murphy, who became the first bishop of the newly created diocese in 1986, has died after a long illness. Bishop Murphy, 86, earlier spent 42 years serving the Archdiocese of Sydney including as Auxiliary

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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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