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Archbishop of Westminster Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor has dismissed the entire board of directors of a London Catholic hospital after two years of disputes over the hospital's failure to comply with a code of ethics. Catholic News Agency and Catholic

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Division over whether the Federal Government should continue its controversial funding arrangements for half the country's Catholic and independent schools has emerged among private school lobby groups. The Sydney Morning Herald reports a secret

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A retired Catholic priest will serve 63 months behind bars for stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars to support his secret family in the Philippines. AP reports Rodney Rodis, 51 plead guilty to money laundering and mail frauds for theft of more

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A Canberra court has heard how convicted sex abuser and former Marist Brother Kostka was allowed to continue teaching even after his abuse was made known. The Canberra Times reports the 75-year-old to continued working with boys at the Pearce school

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Caritas Australia has come to the rescue of more than 3000 families in Bangladesh, providing food supplies for the next four months, after they were swamped by a rat plague. South-eastern Bangladesh has been inundated with a fearsome ‘rat flood'

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The "Pine Gap Four" have been acquitted by the Northern Territory Court of Criminal Appeal. The Christian pacifists were convicted last year under the untested Defence (Special Undertakings) Act of 1952 for entering the prohibited zone of

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Ozanam Industries is a Special Work of the St Vincent de Paul Society which employs over 100 Australians with varying forms of disabilities in a supervised and supportive work environment. It has a dual role to firstly fulfil the complex needs of

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This high-wire action movie is a film ostensibly about hubris and about what happens when a person has the power of God. Not much it seems. The premise gets lost in there somewhere, along with plotting. But the scenery is terrific. - Jenny MacMillan,

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Everyone knows what it is like being caught short with no toilet in sight. While this may be out of the ordinary for many, it is the daily reality for millions of people. In fact it's much it is worse than that. Sanitation is vital for human health yet

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The dreams of a local Church had been unwittingly reduced to a tribal Church. As people became more mobile, they abandoned the reserves of the colonial era and settled elsewhere in the country, but the Catholic Church they encountered was one in which they

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The Australian and New South Wales governments are set to fork out $76 million towards the hosting of World Youth Day. AAP reports documents obtained under Freedom of Information (FOI) show the Federal Government will contribute $35m towards the cost

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Students abused in two Canberra Catholic schools have been offered psychological counselling to be paid for by the Church. AAP reports Catholic Church Insurances has agreed to pay for each plaintiff to attend psychological counselling with the professional

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Sydney Archbishop Cardinal George Pell had once again affirmed his opposition to civil unions saying it is in society's best interest to protect hetrosexual marriage. Speaking on Radio New Zealand National during a visit to NZ on the weekend to boost

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Stricter rules for Mass including disallowing taking Communion in the hand and time limits on homilies may soon be initiated by the Vatican. DPA reports that Secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship Archbishop Albert Malcolm Ranjith Patabendige

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The Catholic Church in Italy has accused the national medical association of playing politics over abortion joining the debate in the lead up to parliamentary elections in April. Reuters reports while most of the outgoing centre-left coalition supports

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Qatar will have it's first church in 14 centuries - and just in time for Easter. Independent Catholic News reports the Gulf state of Qatar's Catholic community is getting ready to inaugurate the Our Lady of the Rosary Church on 14 March. Costing $15

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This week, Encounter is off to Ballarat in country Victoria, where delegates have gathered from around the world for a conference on children's spirituality. In a program called The Divine Spark, meet educators, health workers, and psychologists - some with

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I continue to wonder how modern attitudes reflect old ones, especially when people enter Aboriginal communities with a set of ready-made answers around employment, health and education. I am reminded of a mind-set that seeks to change people's lives for the

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Some years ago a friend of mine was dying of cancer. She was a woman, still in her forties, who had both a faith and depth that made her stand out in a spiritual crowd. In the last months before she died she did a remarkable thing. She wrote a long,

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Parramatta Bishop Kevin Manning joined a 4,000 person strong protest outside the gates of Parliament House in Sydney yesterday to oppose the Government's plans to sell off the electricity retailers and lease out the power generators. Speaking at the

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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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