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'Angels Choir', on Flickr --- Church leaders in the Philippines are backing a government ban on children carolling in the streets because of the danger it poses, reports ucanews.com. Monsignor Pedro Quitorio III , media director of the Catholic bishops'

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Image of a cross from Flickr --- A newly released report about intolerance and discrimination against Christians in Europe is worrying, but is "an important offering for reflection and engagement", said Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi,

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St Peter's Square in the Vatican, on Flickr --- Leaked cables from the Vatican's US embassy to the country's state department highlight US belief in the Vatican's global clout, but while it contains praise, it also indicates a fumbling diplomacy, reports

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The Archdiocese of Adelaide has contributed to an interfaith Christmas video message that has been posted on Youtube. This video features children from a variety of faiths and cultures including Jewish, Kaurna, Hindu, Christian (variety of cultures) Muslim

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A newly expanded compendium of visions of the Virgin Mary shows how the very idea of such apparitions has been met with scepticism and preoccupation within the church, from early Christian times to the present, the Catholic News Service reports. Experts in

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Archbishop Denis Hart, screenshot of image by Jeremy Yuen on the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne website --- Archbishop Denis Hart has led a "groundbreaking" ceremony for a new seminary buidling at the St Benedict's parish in Burwood, Melbourne,

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This film is about the Israeli Invasion of Lebanon in 1982, and is shot almost entirely from the inside of an Israeli tank. It tells the story of four young soldiers, whose task it is to clean up a Lebanese town, which has been recently bombed by the Israeli

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'Ring of love', on Wikimedia Commons --- The federal Attorney-General's Department is in the early stages of drafting legislation against discrimination on gender or sexuality grounds, and it includes a policy suggestion that is a step towards

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'Rozenkrans + Crucifix', on Flickr --- A New York woman who claims she was banned from wearing her crucifix while working for Orthodox Jews in Manhattan has filed a lawsuit against the company, according to a New York Post report in the Herald

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'Christmas Presents', on Flickr --- Some six million Australians received one or more presents at Christmas last year that they never used or later gave away, said a report in the Fairfax media's Wyndham Weekly from a new survey by the Australia

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'Praying', on Flickr --- Prayer provides personalised comfort during hard times, according to university research in the US,  reports HealthCanal.com. The 75 percent of Americans who pray on a weekly basis do so to manage a range of negative

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'The brick wall', on Flickr --- The Iraqi government is building concrete walls up to nearly three metres high around churches in Baghdad and Mosul to protect Christmas churchgoers from violence, reports the Catholic News Agency. The barriers are a

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Mary gave birth to a son, her firstborn. She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger because there was no room for them in the inn. In the Christmas story, we have always vilified and demonised the innkeeper who turned Mary and Joseph away,

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John Dirimera and Francis Conaci. Photo: Archives of the Benedictine Comm --- In 1849, two Aboriginal boys were taken to Rome to train as missionaries. Their remarkable, but tragic, story still reverberates today, writes Barney Zwartz in The

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A number of fascinating books that haven't received all that much attention, but richly deserve it, have crossed my desk in recent months, writes George Weigel in First Things. Each would make a fine Christmas gift to someone on your list who likes to think

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'Hazara Woman', on Flickr --- Australia's Catholic Bishops have questioned a reported deal - on the verge of being signed between Canberra and Kabul - to send more than 300 Hazara asylum seekers back to Afghanistan at a time when it is unclear if the

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The Catholic News Service image of the gingerbread Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington --- A hotel pastry chef in the US has created a gingerbread replica of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate

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The quality of the teaching, not socio-economic advantage, is why Catholic schools have outperformed public schools in the 2009 PISA (Program for International Student Assessment) scores, the Catholic Education Office in Sydney told The Catholic Weekly. For

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'4-day old fingers', on Flickr --- The Federal Government has announced new tender arrangements for Natural Family Planning that effectively cuts future funding for it by at least 50 percent of current funding, reports The Catholic Weekly. Federal

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American embassy officials in 2008 asked the US State Department to consider helping the Vatican deal with terrorist threats, considering "the known al-Qaeda antipathy to the Pope," the Catholic News Agency reports from a cable published on Wikileaks. The

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