Three American sisters have arrived in Sydney as volunteers to prepare for World Youth Day. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that they've brought with them 600 sets of rosary beads, two guitars, and a frisbee. Sister Mary Rachel, Sister Anna and

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World Youth Day Melbourne has welcomed the Victorian Government's provision of $4 million in funds for next year's events. Melbourne is Australia's largest archdiocese. It will host the largest contingent of pilgrims during Days in the Diocese, which

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Missionaries of Charity superior Sr Nirmala has said the sisters were surprised by the extent of Mother Teresa's faith crisis. It was recently reported that Mother Teresa's letters revealed she sometimes doubted God's role in the work of the

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Monash sociologist Professor Gary Bouma has said universities must go beyond secularism and incorporate a better understanding of religion into their programs. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that he told a Muslim student conference that this is

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Logging is big business near Olancho, Honduras and efforts to fight destructive practices there have been met with violence. Although few people seem to have noticed it yet, in the past few years a "liberation ecology" movement, with the church

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In the light of a number of modern public scandals involving the Church it is only natural that many sections of the media, as well as even many of the faithful should question the validity of the Church's mission and possibly even Her existence. But it

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World Youth Day CEO Danny Casey says that he is thrilled with the number of registrations for next year's event. Zenit reports that the figure already exceeds 184,000, which surpasses expectations. Casey said, "These numbers show the level of

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Chinese Bishop-elect Paul Xiao Zejiang will be ordained coadjutor bishop of Guizhou, with the approval of both the Holy See and Chinese government authorities. UCA News reports that the appointment of the 40 year old bishop-elect has received Vatican

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The European Commission is questioning tax breaks from the Italian government on Vatican owned property. Al Jazeera reports that they're describing it as "illegal state aid to the church". The Commission is asking the Italian Government to

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The Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle today opens a new facility for healing individuals and communities affected by sexual abuse within the church. Zimmerman House will be named after its patron, Josephite Sister Beverly Zimmerman. It will house the

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Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson has warned priests to pay attention to their personal security following a recent incident in which armed men broke into a presbytery. The Southern Cross reports that the incident has prompted recommendations for

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The agenda for this week's APEC meeting fails to address major climate change issues, according to Caritas Australia CEO, Jack de Groot. The Age reports that he said: "The agenda is fluff at the moment, the agenda is not actually

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It was in God's Providence that Mother Teresa's death was to be eclipsed by the tragic death of Diana, Princess of Wales. It is probably inevitable that the 10th anniversary of their deaths should repeat the same pattern, but the nun would not want

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The waters off Christmas Island are remarkable. Beneath the surface, they are alive with tropical fish and coral. From above, the sea is a blue that is at the same time translucent and deep. It was in these waters six years ago that the Tampa sailed and

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The Vatican Library has endorsed its own line of burial caskets and urns for sale through a US company called Eternal Image. In late 2004, the Vatican started negotiations with the company to incorporate images from its collection on the company's

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A Chilean prison chaplain has been charged with covering up the deaths of 28 dissidents killed or "disappeared" during the rule of former President Augusto Pinochet. The BBC reports that it's the first time a Catholic priest has been

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A distressed local bishop convinced Philippine President Gloria Arroyo to halt exploration activities by the Australian owned Oxiana mining company. The Inquirer reports that Bishop Ramon Villena approached the President and her Environment Minister

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Melbourne's major Christian churches are opposing moves by the AFL to schedule a match for Good Friday evening. Carlton and Hawthorn are pushing for a twilight match on Good Friday. This follows the success of similar matches on Anzac Day. Anglican

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Thirty Sydney Catholics gathered last night outside the studios of Channel Ten to protest against what they called "the filthiest show on television". They were angered by the US series Californication. Protest leader Fr John Fongemie

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Pope Benedict has said "courageous choices" are required to restore "a strong alliance between man and earth before it is too late". He was addressing an audience of 300,000 at a youth festival at Loreto in Italy. In his homily,

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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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