Catholic Social Services Australia has appealed to the new government to make child protection a priority as both state and federal leaders come together for the first time since the election. In an open letter to the participants of the Meeting of

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One of the most unlikely women to have plotted mysterious murders was writer Dorothy Leigh Sayers, Christian apologist, dramatist and translator of Dante. "The death of the detective novelist," said her friend John Stewart, "was the birth of

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The Reserve Bank has announced that it will publish the minutes of its monthly Board meetings. It is a further step towards ensuring that the decisions made by the Board are made on the basis of evidence and principle rather than interest and influence.

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A Christmas nativity scene has been set up in the foyer of the NSW Parliament, an an initiative of the Ambrose Centre for Religious Liberty, which was founded earlier this year to promote and defend religious liberty in public life. The Ambrose

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Pope Benedict’s celebration of Midnight Mass will once again be beamed into homes, hospitals and nursing homes across Australia via an ABC telecast on Christmas Day. The Mass, from St Peter’s Basilica, will air at 11am ABC TV (which is

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Hundreds of protestors have come out in force to support a Brazilian Bishop's hunger strike to stop the environmentally destructive diversion of the country’s fourth largest river. However, the Holy See has urged Bishop Luiz Flavio Cappio to end

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Cardinal George Pell has branded a TV advertisement depicting baby Jesus hurling back gifts to the wise men as "inappropriate". He said it epitomises the commercialisation of Christmas. The Daily Telegraph reports the commercial for

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Retired Canberra-Goulburn Archbishop Francis Carroll and other Australian church leaders were concerned by the suffering of Palestinians that they witnessed during their recent visit to Israel-Palestine. Comprising nine Australian Church leaders, the

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The Vatican has dismissed condemnation by al Qaeda saying the militant group is “worried” by the historic meeting between the Pope and Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah. Reuters reports al Qaeda’s second-in-command Ayman al-Zawahri

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Jean Vanier is the French-Canadian former naval officer and academic who founded L'Arche, the worldwide organisation of small, homely communities where men and women with a learning disability live alongside –- he would rather say "in communion

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As she moved through the Palestinian countryside, Mary would have seen a land reeling under the impact of a growing population and over-grazing by flocks of sheep and goat. She would have also witnessed the first century version of 'agribusiness' –

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Brisbane Archdiocese has launched its Come and Celebrate Christmas campaign in an attempt to reach the more than 500,000 people within the archdiocese who identify as Catholics but do not have close contact with the Church. In a series of half page

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The Australian Catholic University will offer new early childhood education specialisation its Aquinas Campus in Ballarat from next year. The new courses will help to fulfill the growing need for teachers with early years expertise in rural and regional

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An Italian priest who has lived in Turkey for 27 years is the latest victim in a string of violent attacks on clergy. Asia News reports that the government is failing to act, dismissing the stabbing as the actions of a crazed individual. Fr Adriano

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The Sydney Archdiocesan Marriage and Family Office has said proposed legislation permitting same-sex civil unions in the ACT should cause us to reflect on the "social importance" of heterosexual marriage. Sydney Archdiocese Marriage and

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The Vatican spokesman has said Pope Benedict will not visit the Holy Land next year after a Vatican meeting with Israel failed to resolve outstanding issues including Church property taxes and visas for clergy. DPA reports Vatican spokesman Fr Federico

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An elderly Marist Brother will co-operate and surrender to police in Canberra in response to allegations of child abuse spanning three decades. The Australian reports Br John Kostka - who is in his late 70s - will leave his retirement home in the NSW

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Holland’s towering Dominican theologian, Fr. Edward Schillebeeckx, is with us yet, though at 93 his physical presence has diminished even as his influence flourishes. This man’s theological ideas, expressed in some 400 books and articles,

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Although this week's Doctrinal Note on some Aspects of Evangelisation from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith claims that many people believe that to evangelise is to limit the freedom of others, this is, as Gerald O’Collins has noted,

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Pope Benedict has been offered a make-over by famous Italian film and opera director to help him portray a "happy image" Reuters reports Franco Zeffirelli says he will gladly be the image maker of the Pope, who "comes across as

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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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