Benedictine nuns living in seclusion in southern France have beaten 70 other religious orders to a deal with Universal Music, the label that is home to artists including Lady Gaga and The Rolling Stones. "We never sought this, it came looking for

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Desmond Tutu --- Anglican Archbishop Emeritus Desomnd Tutu has announced his intention to wind down his public engagements, when he turns 79 in October. "I think I have done as much as I can, and I really do need time for other

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The sneering vitriol heaped upon the Holy Father and on Catholics in general by the English metropolitan elites in advance of the papal visit to Britain in September has been little short of staggering, writes Milo Yiannopoulos. We are well acquainted

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July 25 was the name day of St James, the apostle believed to be buried in the Santiago de Compostela cathedral in north-west Spain. The church is the third most sacred in the Catholic world, and this site contains pictorial guides of pilgrimages

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Youth ministry leaders from around the nation will gather for the first time for the Australian Catholic Youth Ministry Convention (ACYMC) held at the ACU's Melbourne campus, it was announced yesterday. Fr Chris Ryan, Missionaries of God's Love

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Professor Anthony Kelly with Pope Benedict XVI and Cardinal William Levada -- Two Australian Catholic University (ACU) academics have been honoured as inaugural Fellows of the Australian Catholic Theological Association (ACTA). Rev Professor

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Father Bob Maguire--As he celebrated his Golden Jubilee at the weekend, South Melbourne parish priest and media celebrity Father Bob Maguire remarked that, as a newly-ordained priest, he was "like a little Energizer bunny, keen to go and tell the world". The

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Seminary rector Monsignor Tony Randazzo and project manager Shaun Keating -- Holy Spirit Provincial Seminary in Brisbane is being extended two years ahead of schedule, concrete proof of an ongoing surge of interest in vocations to the

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Scott Rush -- Drug courier Scott Rush will have support from a Brisbane priest, an Australian Muslim cleric, a senior Australian Federal Police (AFP) officer and a judge for a final appeal against his death sentence to be heard in Indonesia in

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General Augusto Pinochet -- Chile's president has rejected a suggestion by the Catholic Church for a wide-ranging pardon of elderly prison inmates, including former army officials accused of abuses during military rule. Al Jazeera reports that

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Much has been written recently about new mobile phone applications targeting the religious community, says Paul Lamb. Almost overnight there have appeared a series of iPhone and other downloadable smartphone apps which enable worshippers from every spiritual

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An English order of nuns has made public the letters between a dying nun and English Cardinal John Henry Newman, who founded the Oxford Movement to bring the Anglican Church back to its Catholic roots. The letters show how the 19th-century theologian, who

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Canadian religious broadcaster Salt and Light has interviewed the Bishop of Parramatta, Anthony Fisher, on the second anniversary of World Youth Day 2008. Bishop Fisher sits with fellow World Youth Day 2002 organizer, Fr. Thomas Rosica, and shares the

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Before Orson Welles became a towering figure in American cinema at the age of 27 with Citizen Kane, he had made a huge impact in the theatre, especially in New York City, with his Mercury Theatre.  Already the subject of several films, Welles is the

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The Australian Ecumenical Council for Spiritual Direction (AECSD) is inviting participation in a new  Symposium that aims to examine the impact of contemporary spirituality on the practice of spiritual direction. The Inaugural National Symposium of

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My experience of working as a Chaplain in a mental hospital back in the late 1970s left many lasting impressions on me, writes Father Patrick O'Shea. The strongest was a question that emerged from a combination of my own experience, seeing the movie One Flew

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Xavier College has expelled four students who played a leading part in a shoplifting binge during a school trip in New Zealand. College principal Christopher Hayes asked the four to leave following a probe into the thefts at Queenstown just over a

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Governor-General Quentin Bryce will officially open Catholic Healthcare's new residential aged care service, St Peter's, in Sydney's Lane Cove next Monday. Chris Rigby, Managing Director of Catholic Healthcare, said he was honoured that the

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Biblical sexual ethics were healthy and life-affirming, a Sydney University sexologist has told a conference on "religion in the public square". Patricia Weerakoon, in a joint paper with her son, Sydney Presbyterian minister Kamal Weerakoon, said

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Image of a pastor giving communion --- An Anglican church in Canada has become the focus of controversy after a vicar gave Holy Communion to an Alsatian-cross called Trapper. St Peter's Church in Toronto has since been been deluged

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