Nearly a quarter century ago, defrocked Catholic priest Miguel D'Escoto was a foreign minister on a hunger strike, a liberation theologian protesting U.S. military aggression in Nicaragua. Back then, D'Escoto's Central American nation was at war.

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An Italian bishop has forgiven a priest discovered in bed with a parishioner saying that the woman had "led him astray". The Times Online reports that the woman's affair with the priest at Chioggia, near Venice, came to light when her husband

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Catholic hospitals may be forced to close their maternity and emergency wings if Victoria's abortion law reform bill is passed in its present form, Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart has said. Archbishop Denis Hart warned that Catholic-run hospitals

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Ascetic priest Fr Samuel Francis better known as Swami Astheya has been found dead in the chapel of his ashram 400km south of New Delhi while the Catholic cathedral in Jabalpur in central India has been badly damaged in a fire lit by Hindu

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Gianna's biological mother was 17 years old and seven and a half months pregnant when she made the decision to have a saline abortion. After being burned alive for 18 hours in the womb, Gianna was delivered alive at the Los Angeles County abortion clinic

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Ireland's Catholic bishops have embraced the internet with a new website. "Many church people today are slow about IT. Some seem proud to say that they will never master the techniques. But they have nothing to be proud of," Dublin Archbishop

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A former secret police commander and three agents who served under Chile's Pinochet regime have been sentenced to seven years in prison for the 1974 disappearance of a Spanish priest. The International Herald Tribune reports that the Santiago Court

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Marking the 40th anniversary of the death of Padre Pio, newly released documents have revealed that the young Italian priest experienced a vision of the crucified Christ who invited him to unite himself with His suffering so as to participate in the

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"We have all witnessed with alarm many who profess to be Catholics disavowing the Church's teaching authority... dismissing apostolic traditions and the doctrines of the Fathers and giving the place of honour to the fashionable opinions of

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72 year old Dee Why parish priest Fr John Mello successfully fought off an armed intruder at his St Kevin's Church Monday but suffered knife wounds to his arm in the attack. Fr Mello was stabbed in the arm while taking a knife from a robber less than

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The Melbourne Catholic Lawyers Association website is a useful site for lawyers and other professionals with an interest in ethical reflection on important issues, including the current debate on Victoria's abortion law. It also hosts a some quality

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They were a known as 'brown priests' - the small and relatively marginalised group of Catholic priests who joined the Nazi party. Some were personally close to Hitler, including the Benedictine abbot Albanus Schachleiter, who preached at Nazi rallies flanked

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Sally Magnusson visits one of Britain's most captivating theatrical spectacles, The Life of Christ, performed at the Wintershall Estate. She enjoys the day-long drama, during which the Surrey countryside is transformed into first century Palestine. Sally also

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Catholic hospitals will not offer referrals for abortion as required under the abortion law reform bill before Victoria's Upper House, Catholic Health Australia chief Martin Laverty said yesterday as commentators described the vote as "too close to

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The same Thursday, September 18, on which Benedict XVI expressed himself in favorable terms about Pius XII, an article was published in "La Civiltà Cattolica" that draws Pacelli - secretary of state under Pope Pius XI - in more muted

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The abortion debate has produced a standoff in Victoria over church-state relations and freedom of conscience. It is time to seek a resolution which respects the long held conscientious beliefs of some health providers within the context of the proposed

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Local Chinese governments have known since 2005 of the problem of melamine tainted milk yet did nothing, according to a Catholic woman from Shijiazhuang where the Sanlu company at the centre of the scandal is based. UCA News reports that Chinese

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Government policy has neglected families with older children, Vinnies researcher, Dr Andy Marks said, after figures showed that families with teenage children are no better off than a decade earlier and if anything worse off. The Sydney Morning

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In a bid to encourage American voters to visit their "Faithful Citizenship" website, US bishops are offering an iPod to a randomly selected visitors who register with the site. Zenit reports that as the US presidential elections approach,

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The one-lane road through the thick Mannar jungle passes a "Dangerous Area Do Not Enter" sign and the remains of a Tamil Tigers camp with twisted metal and collapsed trenches. Beyond that, an improbable sight appears in a clearing: a large Catholic

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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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