The Iraqi Prime Minister had ordered the country's security forces to step up efforts to secure the release of a kidnapped Chaldean Catholic archbishop. Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho was kidnapped last Friday in the northern city of Mosul after a deadly

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The Padre Pio association has accused the Vatican of "tampering with the dead" after the body of Italy's favourite saint was exhumed from its tomb. The Telegraph UK reports the association has attacked the Vatican saying they dug up the

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A special celebration was held on the weekend at Mary MacKillop place to mark the changes to the Congregational Leadership Team of the Josephites. The Sisters of St Joseph celebrated on Saturday at North Sydney with family and friends as Sr Katrina

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A Brazilian priest who doubles as a pop singer has sold 3.3 million recordings, outselling the most popular secular performers in Brazil. Catholic World News reports Fr Marcelo Rossi, a 40-year-old priest from Sao Paulo, latest CD, entitled My

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But these three Gospels show us that these are never the last word, the final word. Into each of these situations, where the last word seems clearly to have been spoken, comes a new word. Into each of these situations comes the Word, Jesus, the living Word,

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We have all heard stories of people coming to a Sunday parish Mass - perhaps visitors from another State or country, or someone who has been estranged from the church, or an enquirer wanting to find out about Catholic faith and practice – and are

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Founded by St Vincent de Paul and St Louise de Marillac in 1633, the Daughters of Charity were established to seek and serve God in persons who are poor. They arrived in Australia in 1926 and maintain an active profile throughout the country with

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The inaugural University Concert for Catholic Education Week is taking place at ACU National’s Melbourne campus (St. Patrick’s) on March 12. The University Concert, also known as the Rod Lacey Memorial Concert, is being performed by the

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Relations between the Vatican and Muslims took another step forward after a meeting between representatives of both religions paved the way for a "Catholic-Muslim" forum to be held later this year. Catholic News Agency reports members of the

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Australian Jesuit Provincial and Catholic Religious Australia president Fr Mark Raper has been appointed as the President of the Jesuit Conference of East Asia and Oceania. Province Express reports Fr Raper - who will succeed Fr General Adolfo

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A US Catholic Hospital which at first refused surgery for a male transexual patient, has now reversed its decision and will permit the procedure. Catholic News Agency reports a doctor from the Seton Medical Center (pictured) in 2006 told Charlene

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A priest from the Moscow Patriachate has spoken out against Orthodox believers praying with other Christians saying it is best for Orthodox to avoid praying in public or private with faithful of other denominations. Furthermore, the priest added

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Executive Director of Catholic Social Services Australia Frank Quinlan has called on the new Attorney-General to revisit recent changes to family law which put many children of separated parents at risk of avoidable psychological distress. Mr Quinlan,

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World Youth Day's latest "luxury" sponsor Mercedes Benz has jumped on board to help ferry around Pope Benedict and his entourage during his Sydney visit. Organisers from WYD08 have welcomed the partnership, which will see Mercedes-Benz provide

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The Director of the Catholic Education Office in Melbourne Stephen Elder has thanked the "vast majority" of principals, teachers and staff for not attending a stop work meeting today. It was expected that thousands of students would be

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The Sydney Chamber of Commerce says World Youth Day will boost the economy by $230 million. The Catholic Weekly reports the NSW Government expects the benefit to the economy from hosting WYD08 will be between $152 million and $193 million. According

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Catholics still need to learn about the Church's teachings on end-of-life issues, such as when it might be morally acceptable to reject or terminate life-prolonging treatments. While euthanasia and assisted suicide are always wrong, in some situations the

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A book which tells the story of "our own Mother Teresa" has been launched in Sydney. The Catholic Weekly reports the biography on the life of Good Samaritan Sr Pauline Fitz-Walter has been chronicled in a new biography written by Grace Chan

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A gathering of women such as this one has the potential to change the world for women everywhere if we will only try, if we will only persist, if we will only risk raising the questions and concerns that remain unasked and unattended to by systems that

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Thousands will attend the Iona Passion Play which will be celebrating its 50th anniversary this month. The Catholic Leader reports the first performance in 1958 attracted 10,000, a number this year's organisers hope to repeat. Running next week on

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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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