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Last year an estimated one million people demonstrated in Madrid when the proposals to liberalise the abortion law became public. Now that it looks set to become law, the Spanish bishops’ conference has approved a new campaign of protest marches

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This coming weekend Australia will have its first Global Atheist Convention, bringing together such interesting speakers as Richard Dawkins, Philip Adams and Peter Singer. It is an important event, and one to which we shall be expected to have an

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It’s been an extraordinary publishing sensation – a novel, now in its fourth edition, selling in its thousands, with no advertising or large-scale promotion, and no major distributor. News of Brian Gail’s Fatherless has been spread by word

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An iconic artist of Sydney, Martin Sharp's psychedelic colours mask a disturbing vision of the forces of darkness in conflict with the forces of light. In an intimate conversation with Rachael Kohn about his art and life, Martin talks about his

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Tony Abbott --- The gay and lesbian community has criticised Opposition Leader Tony Abbott over his remarks that homosexuality challenges "the right order of things" and that he feels "a bit threatened" by it. Gay

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Catholic Health Australia chief executive Martin Laverty says there are 3000 people in hospital beds nationwide who should actually be receiving aged care but can't, because of limited funds for such facilities. They could not be discharged

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Pope John Paul II---Despite news of illness of a French nun, whose formerly reported miracle cure from Parkinson's was attributed to Pope John Paul II, the late pontiff could be beatified as early as October 24, says Sydney's Catholic Communications.

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Father Hans Kung --- Swiss theologian Father Hans Kung says clerical sex abuse across the globe is linked to priestly celibacy and the Church's "uptight" views on sex. Fr Kung, President of the Global Ethic Foundation and

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German minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger --- Germany's justice minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger has criticised what she called a "wall of silence" from the Vatican, referring to a secrecy rule which is

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The Vatican has condemned the slaughter of hundreds of Christians in Nigeria in three hours of violence on Sunday. Survivors said killers hacked victims to death after snaring them in animal traps. Officials said more than 500 people were killed in

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Calling itself a Voice for the Voiceless, CSW is a human rights organisation that specialises in religious freedom. Its website features details of this weekend's upcoming World Day of Prayer for Burma, plus analyses and stories of other trouble spots.

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An interview with the Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of the Archdiocese of Jos in Nigeria, home to 500,000 Catholics in a population of 3 million, and the scene of 500 sectarian deaths in recent days. Q: There have been tensions between

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Colin Firth has received a great deal of acclaim for his role as George, a gay professor of English in California in 1962. After winning the Best Actor award in Venice, 2009, he was nominated for many awards, including the Oscar. It has confirmed

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Maryborough, Queensland's Father Paul Kelly wants the district's pubfest banned and has asked for an "honest and independent survey" on the pub crawl-turned-fest. Fr Kelly's ban call comes on the back of Liquor Licensing giving the

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Father Dave with Dr Mansour Leghaei --- A group called the Christian Save the Sheik Coalition says it has collected thousands of signatures on a petition to prevent the deportation from Australia of Iranian cleric Dr Mansour Leghaei.

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Australians have given more than $1 million to Caritas Australia's Project Compassion over the past two and a half weeks, which the organisation says displays the nation's commitment to eradicate global poverty. The annual Lenten appeal, which calls on

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Monsignor Georg Ratzinger --- Monsignor Georg Ratzinger has admitted that he slapped pupils as punishment but says he was unaware of allegations of sexual abuse at the German Regensburger Domspatzen boys choir that he took over in

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Christian villagers in Nigeria have fled their homes fearing new attacks in the aftermath of a massacre that killed some 500. Acting President Goodluck Jonathan sacked his chief security advisor following Sunday's killings, but the government must

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The Holy See has launched this year's Easter appeal for the support of Christians in the Holy Land, calling for support to preserve the "Christian origins" of the region. The prefect of the Congregation for Eastern Churches, Cardinal Leonardo

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I was fortunate enough to be in Haiti twice, once just three days after the earthquake and a second time during the third week afterwards. My mind is filled with unforgettable experiences, but I want the children of Haiti to speak for themselves. Each

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