Vietnam and the Holy See are moving towards establishing diplomatic relations after a Vatican delegation visit this week and an announcement from Rome which has raised hope for a papal visit to the communist country. The International Herald

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Although the Moscow Orthodox Patriarchate has played down a visit today to Pope Benedict by Russian President Vladimir Putin as "only a state visit", the Holy See nuncio to Russia has suggested that the meeting indicates "ecumenical

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One person was killed and several injured after hundreds of shotgun and teargas armed riot police stopped a Harare prayer meeting that had met under the banner of the "Save Zimbabwe campaign". Ekklesia reports that church and civil society

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A German journalist has been fined A$170 after being caught filming three artists who were stealing water from the garden hose at Pope Benedict's Bavarian home to sell on the eBay online auction website. The three men, clad in overalls and wearing

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We've all had the experience of walking away from prayer feeling comforted and heard, and we've all the experience of walking away feeling more cold and alone than before we began. So, are there prayers that work and prayers that don't? Are there good

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There are around 15,000 people working in the Vatican city and around 700 residents. From the Pope to an office clerk, they have ordinary needs such as for groceries, health care and banking services. Australian St John of God Brother, Br Fabian Hynes,

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In a major document on the Eucharist released overnight, Pope Benedict has called for a renewed emphasis on the Latin Mass, Gregorian chant and classical church art as well as insisting on the obligatory "witness of virginity" in the Latin

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Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart has condemned an announcement by Victorian Premier Steve Bracks that the state government will introduce a law modelled on a recent federal legislation to allow "therapeutic" cloning of human

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As fugitive Timorese rebel leader Major Alfredo Reinado calls for mediation by the Church, an East Timor priest has accused Australian troops of terrifying local villagers after a raid by the soldiers left a number of houses in ruins. The Brisbane

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Days after Pope Benedict slammed the "destructive" influence of the internet and other media, the Holy See has announced that the Vatican will launch its own news and entertainment TV network, H2O, by the end of the year. The New

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Saying that some couples already have "mental lines drawn" when they marry and are already prepared to "revisit" their commitment, Sydney priest Fr Chris Ryan says that it is not possible to "pick" the marriages that will

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Noting that every generation poses questions on Christ's identity, Venezuelan Bishop Mario Moronta insists that Jesus was neither a revolutionary, nor a socialist, nor a hippie, nor an alien. "In our Latin American continent, there have always

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The conviction of Lewis "Scooter" Libby, for lying to FBI agents and to the grand jury investigating the leak of a CIA officer's identity, is one of those moments in legal history that only has significance if taken in context. Libby's

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British PM's new love affair Tony Blair has forged a special bond with the Rev Ian Paisley, the union and Protestant leader who holds the future of the Northern Ireland peace process in his hands, by discussing their common interest in and commitment to

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Contrary to earlier reports, the Holy See has not barred Spanish liberation theologian Fr Jon Sobrino from teaching or publishing but has declared that his work contains statements that are "either erroneous or dangerous". National Catholic

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Strictures in Pope Benedict's back to basics apostolic exhortation would only be observed when the bishop visits, a Melbourne priest has said while others have welcomed Benedict's criticisms of "trashy" modern liturgical music. Melbourne

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Profits on an undisclosed shareholding of Senator Santo Santoro, were not donated to charity as claimed by the Federal Aged Care Minister but to the Family Council of Australia of which the Catholic Church is a member, reports say. An Age report says

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Caritas Australia says that tsunami reconstruction projects it funded in Sri Lanka have ground to halt as fears grow that, with more than 200,000 people forced to flee their homes, the country is erupting into open conflict. According to the Caritas

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A Cambridge University report commissioned by the European Catholic Caritas agencies has warned that Britain could become Europe's "moral poor man" because of policies that ignore the needs of the poorly paid migrant workers who help keep the

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Saying that the Church needs to become a "Gypsy among Gypsies", the Vatican this week has launched a campaign to win over Europe's Roma people from non-mainstream Protestant "sects". Romea reports that the Vatican's office for

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From St Mary’s, North Sydney. The first Mass of the day on YouTube

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