What began as a joke in the kitchen will become a published cookbook next month and a US cooking television series next year, said Fr Leo Patalinghug, the break dancing, martial arts guru, who also happens to be skilled in the kitchen. Although there is

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Saying that the "time for simple promises has passed", the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace has supported a call from new British PM Gordon Brown to mobilise governments, business and faith-based organisations in a bid to cut

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Accusing his countrymen of heavy tax evasion, Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi, a Catholic, says that the Church must help change this mindset by preaching on the moral obligation to pay taxes. "A third of Italians heavily evade taxes,"

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Philanthropist Dr Jerry Schwartz has donated $250,000 to the new University of Notre Dame Australia medical school for the establishment of an anatomy museum and clinical skills laboratory. The Catholic Weekly reports that the museum will house a

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The death seven years ago of an American missionary priest, Fr John Kaiser, who had helped teenagers pursue rape allegations against a former Kenyan government minister, was murder and not suicide an inquest has found. The International Herald

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Australian Catholic University has awarded an honorary doctorate to the Secretary of the Holy See Congregation on Catholic Education, Canadian Archbishop J Michael Miller. In a statement, ACU National Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Sheehan

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Austria's Catholic Church has launched a daily SMS service from Pope Benedict in preparation for a September visit by the pontiff. EarthTimes reports that Austrian Catholic will be able to receive a daily SMS from the pope from this week until the eve

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It is now official: there was, and still is, a stolen generation in Australia. No matter what any politician says to the contrary, one member of the stolen generation, Bruce Allan Trevorrow, now 50, has now jumped all the hurdles and proved in the

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It made sense for Malta's Prime Minister to start his Australian visit in Fremantle, the port city where so many Maltese children were unloaded like cargo for a life of 20th-century slavery. He did well to acknowledge the unimaginable misery of those

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A petition addressed to Australia's bishops has called for an acknowledgment that the Church is facing a "major crisis in ministry" and urges bishops to move on the ordination of married men, the reintegration of former priests and discussion

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A new series of arrests of underground Catholic priests and blocking of activities by Chinese authorities appear to indicate a hardening of the government's position following Pope Benedict's letter to Catholics in China, a local source

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f he marries his Canadian Catholic fiancee, Queen Elizabeth II's grandson Peter Phillips may be disqualified from succession to the British Crown by a law which bars the monarch and heirs to the throne from marrying a Catholic. The Times Online reports

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As Mehmet Ali Agca prepares to publish a book claiming to tell the "full truth" about his attempt to kill John Paul II, a Bulgarian airline official accused of involvement in the plot has been found dead in Sofia. Catholic World

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Bishops' conference President Archbishop Philip Wilson says that the forthcoming public debate, which he will attend, between Prime Minister John Howard and Opposition leader Kevin Rudd will be a great opportunity for them to hear the public policy

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Describing him as an irredeemable optimist who would have admired the iceberg that sank the Titanic, Jesuit Bishop Greg O'Kelly has ordained a fellow Jesuit, Sacha Bermudez-Goldman to the priesthood. It was Bishop O'Kelly's first ordination to the

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Robert Kubica, whose car was totally destroyed in a 230km per hour crash at the Canadian Grand Prix, may have enjoyed a "miraculous" escape owing to the intervention of John Paul II whose name emblazons the Formula 1 driver's helmet, Polish

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Addressing a meeting of Philippines Catholic bishops, World Health Organisation official Dr Shigeru Omi said that priests and ministers could play an effective role in reducing infant mortality by promoting breastfeeding among their

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About twelve current Polish bishops had ties to Poland's communist era secret police, a special bishops commission has concluded, but file documents failed to show the scope or intensity of any cooperation by the bishops with security services. The

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Horse trainers at Sydney's Randwick racecourse claim that disruption caused by World Youth Day preparations could "send some people broke if compensation is not worked out in a fair and reasonable manner". The Australian reports that

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Announcing a Pauline Year to commemorate the 2000th anniversary of the birth of the Apostle of the Gentiles, Pope Benedict emphasised the ecumenical dimensions of the event, saying that St Paul "spent himself for the unity and harmony of all

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