Catholic school enrolments across Sydney have continued to rise defying a long-term downward trend, the Sydney Catholic Education Office revealed. The Catholic Weekly reports figures released by the CEO show that between 1976 and 2006 the total

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The Vatican has been accused of '"meddling" in Italian politics and causing the near collapse of the government after a Catholic minister left the Prime Minister's coalition. Mr Clemente Mastella's Udeur Paty holds three crucial seats which

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At an earlier stage in the life of the Church what Catholics naturally and unreflectively did was to have their children baptised at the earliest possible moment after their birth. If parents did not insist on this, grandparents certainly would.

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Religious growth in South Korea is like global warming. We do not know exactly how it began, how long it will last or why it peters out. But these are years of plenty for Christian Korea. - Cardinal George Pell

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St Peter of Argos’ relics have been found after being “lost” for over five hundred years. The relics of the saint were returned by Vatican clerics to the residents of Argos –in Greece’s Peloponnese – after a Catholic

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A pro-life vigil to mark the 35th anniversary of the Roe vs Wade US Supreme Court decision to legalise abortion has blasted the historic ruling as “not compatible with human dignity'' and a decision that ''will not stand''. Catholic News

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The Italian Government has been thrown into a tailspin after the small Catholic party Udeur – whose alliance with the Prime Minster ensures his slender majority – withdrew from the coalition. Prime Minister Romano Prodi (pictured) will go

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Despite the Australian share market’s plummet to its worst day in 10 years wiping billions from superannuation funds, Catholic Super and Retirement Fund (CSRF) has advised members not to panic but rather to look to the long term in regards to their

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Visa cheats will not stand a chance at using World Youth Day to become illegal citizens after the Sydney Archdiocese and the Federal Government agreed to weed out "fake" pilgrims in exchange for the waiving of visa application

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Liturgy is made up of more than words and music alone. Liturgical body language unifies the assembly and communicates respect for the liturgy, the community and for God. Through our gestures we are totally involved - body, mind and spirit - in the act of

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As sad and heart-breaking as was Jesus' death, those who loved him experienced it as something which gave them deeper life, let them breathe more freely, and freed them from feelings of guilt. That is an incredible paradox but not without parallels

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Two fluffy lambs were given a holy blessing in an ancient tradition to mark the feast of St Agnes. Pope Benedist blessed the little animals - which are raised by Trappist monks - yesterday whose fleece will be shorn to make the palliums that are given

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World Youth Day organisers have released a parish version of the official Mass Setting commissioned by George Palmer. The official Mass Setting will be performed during the major WYD08 Masses. The Parish Setting is available on the WYD08 website for

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Christians and Muslims gathered in the Philippines to pay their respects to slain priest Fr Jesus Reynaldo Roda, in an united front of mourning. Fr Roda was killed by suspected Islamic militants last week after a botched kidnapping

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Ecumenism is a movement of prayer, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity president Cardinal Kasper said as the 100th Week of Prayer for Christian Unity concludes this week. Cardinal Kasper spoke on Vatican Radio announcing the theme of this

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Tens of thousands of supporters gathered en mass in St Peter’s Square on Sunday, to show solidarity for Pope Benedict after staff and students from a Rome university last week protested a visit by the Holy Father. The visit to La Sapienza

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Fears Pope Benedict wants to abandon liturgical reform are unfounded, a Vatican liturgist has said. Catholic News Service reports the comments were made by Master of Papal Liturgical Ceremonies Msgr Guido Marini (pictured) in an interview on Vatican

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In a world that is increasingly ready to see our current situation as a winner-takes-all struggle between two incompatible civilizations, A Common Word is a welcome reminder that there is an alternative and that we can still try to envision a common

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The new thinking is that nuclear power is a growing industry that is safe and secure and has the technology to deal with its wastes. The view is that it is critical to the diversification of energy supply and it is essential to combating climate change.

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After meeting with bishops from Arab regions on Friday, the Pope has called upon all Catholics to help Arab Christians to remain in their countries. Catholic News Agency reports that the bishops who spoke with Benedict XVI are from the Conference 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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