Hans Küng --- Vatican critic Hans Küng has warned against "condemning the church and its priests wholesale" over clerical sex abuse and dismissed as nonsense claims that Pope Benedict has been "the worst" pontiff "for centuries". "It

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Archbishop Joseph Mitsuaki Takami of Nagasaki has met with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon to appeal for the abolition of nuclear weapons and handed in a joint statement from himself and the Bishop of Hiroshima. Welcoming the archbishop on the

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German canonist Hartmut Zapp says he will sue the Vatican in his battle against the church tax that is deducted from the salaries of all employed German Christians. Zapp, a retired canon law professor from Freiburg, was taken to court by Germany's

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If the Tories get up in the UK general election tghis weekend, Tony Abbott ought to take this as a sign that he should be running toward - not away from - his Catholicism, writes Scott Stephens. Since taking over the Liberal leadership in December last year,

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Lutheran church in Hermannsburg, NT --- Word is spreading in in Hermannsburg, west of Alice Springs, that an Aboriginal woman said she was cured from an illness some momnths ago after drinking from a tap next to the site of the old Lutheran

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The crisis in Greece shows that a new treaty is needed to protect the euro currency, said Vatican economists.Professors from the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences at a special plenary session "addressed the recent package of relief measures, as well

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Thousands of pilgrims have set off on foot from Lisbon toward Fatima, in central Portugal, where Pope Benedict XVI is expected to arrive in a week. "Several thousands of people are already en route because, at a rate of 30 kilometres per day,

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I heard a joke the other day about a pious soul who dies, goes to heaven, and gains an audience with the Virgin Mary, writes Nicholas Kristof in the New York Times. The visitor asks Mary why, for all her blessings, she always appears in paintings as a bit

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At the end of the 1990s British film dirfector Michael Whyte put a note in the letterbox of the Carmelite monastery at Notting Hill in London asking if he could make a film about the Sisters there. The reply, a few weeks later, was cryptic: it was an

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Geza Vermes, arguably the greatest “Jesus” scholar of the 20th century, was born into an assimilated Hungarian Jewish family in 1924. At the age of seven he was baptised into the Roman Catholic Church. He lost both his parents in the Holocaust, joined the

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An Indian priest has bagged awards at two international film festivals in the US for his short film, The Last Appeal, based on the story of Poland's Sister Faustina Kowalska. Father Bala Shoury Udumala took the "Official Finalist Award" at the Las

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An Australian sex abuse victims group is calling for 100 others to be removed from the priesthood, in response to a story in The Age. The Melbourne Victims' Collective, a group of 27 primary and secondary alleged sex abuse victims, wants the priests

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The 41st annual Dove Awards, which recognise Christian and gospel music, were presented late last week in the United States. The official website has clips of bands and performances, and a list of all winners. http://www.doveawards.com  

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Phil and Joan O'Neill---This New Zealand couple visiting the Noosa area has a very special Anzac Day story to tell. Phil and Joan O'Neill met while he was on his way to war, fell in love but were separated by a misunderstanding over religionThe night before

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The current crisis facing the Church arising out of sexual abuse is arguably the most serious challenge since the Reformation in the 16th century, writes Bishop Pat Power. The response must in the first instance be clearly focussed on the victims of such

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Margaret McSherry, a 79-year-old widow, keeps giving $12 a week to Holy Family Church in Belfast as the investigation of pedophile priests spreads to three continents. “I am a practising Catholic Christian and I always will be,” said the retired nurse in

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The Diocese of Parramatta has a new website. It features Bishop Anthony Fisher's message for Good Shepherd Sunday (World Day of Prayer for Vocations) and extensive media gallery with video footage of the Bishop's Installation Mass in March and photos from

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The title says it all: content, style and tone. What might have been quite an amusing parody of the hero graphic novels, comics and superhero movies (and there are some amusing moments) has become something of a Sin City for a younger audience. There are

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Former Adelaide mayoress Valmai Roche has stated in her will that her daughters should be left "30 pieces of silver of the lowest denomination" from her $3.5 million estate, leaving the rest to Catholic charity Knights of the Southern Cross. Daughters

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The sentencing of former Toowoomba teacher Gerard Vincent Byrnes, who has pleaded guilty to more than 40 counts of sexual abuse of girls, has been delayed due to a late report claiming he has dementia.Byrnes, 60, last week pleaded guilty to 10 counts of

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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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