Despite a warning from his archbishop, Fr Rainer Maria Schiessler is back serving beer at Munich's Oktoberfest. The Nation reports that Fr Schiessler's customers in the beer tents are unaware of his true identity, as he wears no priestly vestments and

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The Vatican has been inundated with more than 160,000 requests for "relics" of the late Pope John Paul II after offering them free on the Internet. The London Telegraph quotes Monsignor Marco Fibbi, a spokesman for the Vicariate of Rome,

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A West Papuan military commander has denied a parish priest's claim that elite soldiers are threatening and following him. UCA News reports that Fr John Djonga says the elite commandos have been spying on him since late July, when he passed local

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An Oxford educated Episcopalian bishop in the US has sought permission to resign from his diocese and to be released from his vows in order to be received into the Catholic Church. The London Times reports that Bishop Jeffrey Steenson of Rio Grande

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The Vatican's undersecretary for Relations with States, Monsignor Pietro Parolin, has said countries must not waste time worrying, but instead do something concrete to ensure a healthy future for the earth. AsiaNews reports that he told the United

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Burma's Catholic bishops have called for a national prayer campaign as protests led by Buddhist monks in Burma continue to grow. As Buddhist monks in the streets of the former capital Rangoon shout "democracy", Archbishop Charles Maung Bo has

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Emmaus Productions founder and creative director Monica Brown wonders if the Church is losing heart. "We've got better systems, but I don't know that we've got life-giving communities". 25 years after the release of her first album, she is

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The recent document from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith was interpreted by some as a repudiation of the ecumenical advances made by John XXIII and Vatican II. In fact there's nothing new, and it upholds Vatican II's 'degrees of

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In his first words as the new pastor for the Beijing diocese, Bishop Joseph Li Shan has thanked the pope and promised to visit every parish of the Chinese capital. AsiaNews reports that Monsignor Li began his ministry by promising to visit each and

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The National Catholic Education Commission is in broad agreement with a plan by Australian states and territories to reinstate teachers as primary assessors of students. The Australian reports that the system being adopted will provide a means of

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Federal Agriculture Minister Peter McGauran has again warned that World Youth Day preparations at Randwick racecourse are "quarantine madness". The Age reports that the NSW government should look at shifting the event. But the state's

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Canberra Auxiliary Bishop Pat Power says he is concerned by the scale of gambling at an ACT club that aims to "foster Christian standards". The Canberra Times reports that he has called on the Southern Cross Club to think about the impact of

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Catholic Health Australia has called Labor's surprise adoption of the Coalition's Medicare safety net a "sensible decision". The ALP announced its change of policy at the weekend. In the past it has criticised the safety net. But Labor now

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Legendary Rugby League commentator and Catholic Weekly columnist Frank Hyde died yesterday at the age of 91. Frank ruled the airwaves on the church-owned radio station 2SM for 31 years. "I was a product of the Depression, so everything I have

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In what is described as a world first, the World Youth Day cross and icon have been taken down a tourist mine at Mt Isa in western Queensland. The Catholic Leader reports that World Youth Day co-ordinator for Townsville diocese Rachel Grahl said it

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The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has rejected claims of a British woman who says that Our Lady has been appearing to her for more than 20 years. The London Telegraph says the Vatican has dismissed as a fraud, her claims that the

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An Indian man convicted of murdering an Australian Christian missionary and his two sons in 1999 has been convicted of killing an Indian Catholic priest in the same year. The Daily Times reports that he has received a second life sentence. A court

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Lebanese Catholic bishops have "strongly condemned" the assassination last week of a leading Maronite political leader, Antoine Ghanem. Maronite Fr Joseph Mouannes, secretary of the Lebanese bishops' communications commission, said the

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Pope Benedict is expected to tell the United Nations that action on climate change is a moral obligation. The London Independent reports that his speech to the United Nations is likely to contain an appeal for sustainable development. Vatican

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Pope Benedict XVI has approved the ordination of the new archbishop of Beijing, Joseph Li Shan. UCA News reports that the archbishop was the choice of the Chinese Government. The ceremony took place on Friday at Beijing's Immaculate Conception

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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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