A program for young mums in the western NSW town of Bourke has been recognised as "most innovative" at this week's Catholic Social Services annual awards. It is a work of Centacare in the Wilcannia-Forbes Diocese. The program won the Norma

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Caritas Australia has assessors in earthquake-hit Indonesia, determining what response may be required. But early reports from its partners in Sumatra suggest yesterday's earthquake has not had the impact initially feared. The 8.4-magnitude quake off

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Arturo Mari officially handed in a resignation three years ago, but the longtime papal photographer said his "superiors wouldn't let me leave." The photographer of the Vatican's L'Osservatore Romano retired in May after having served during six

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A decade ago I met a 74-year-old nun in Romania who taught me the difference between manners and social goodness - and the real thing. Sr Mary Rose Christy was the closest thing to a saint I have ever met. But it is not because she was particularly kind

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Philippine bishops have called on Catholics to accept the fate of former president and actor Joseph Estrada. UCA News reports that Estrada has been convicted on corruption charges and faces 20 to 40 years jail. Soon after a broadcast message

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He was credited with pioneering Australia's modern art boom almost singlehandedly. During a lifetime handling tens of thousands of art works, Dwyer became renowned as one of the most knowledgeable - and trustworthy - experts in the country. The Age

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A Chinese Catholic man living in Australia is to be deported to face trial on kidnap and murder charges in China. The Herald-Sun reports that he is currently recovering in a Sydney hospital after swallowing razor blades. Refugee advocates claim there

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Austrian and European Jewish leaders asked Pope Benedict to use his moral authority to prevent Iran from developing the capacity to produce nuclear weapons. The plea was included in a letter the pope received during a recent three-day visit to the

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Canberra Auxiliary Bishop Pat Power has warned that compliance burdens imposed by the government, and even the church, could put at risk the many people "who fall between the cracks". On Tuesday he gave the McCosker Oration at the annual

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Outspoken Zimbabwean Archbishop Pius Ncube has vowed not to be silenced by President Mugabe's "wicked" regime. He resigned on Tuesday after being implicated in an adultery scandal that he says was fabricated by the regime. The 60 year old

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It was the earthiness of Pope John XXIII which appealed to so many people, Catholics and non-Catholics alike. Is there a danger in today's climate with so many demands of compliance from government and even church that we become so "professional"

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In an especially moving passage from his recent speech in Vienna, Pope Benedict XVI said, "It should be everyone's concern to ensure that the day will never come when only its stones speak of Christianity." By now this has become the consistent

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The trial of a former Tasmanian priest on charges of abusing a student nearly 40 years ago was yesterday aborted. The Age reports that this occurred after an outburst in Launceston Supreme Court by a witness. 70 year old Gregory Ferguson has pleaded

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A Catholic Health Australia survey has found that people who rent their homes are three times more likely than home owners to postpone visiting a doctor for reasons of cost. The Sydney Morning Herald reports on Catholic Health's highlighting of

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The Vatican's Vox Clara Committee has announced that the new English translation of the Roman missal is expected to be ready by the end of 2009. This follows a meeting in Rome over the past few days, under the chairmanship of Sydney's Cardinal George

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Australian Bishops Conference president Archbishop Philip Wilson yesterday called on Amnesty International to abandon its policy of promoting abortion. He said Amnesty's shift away from a neutral stance on abortion is deeply regrettable. He said:

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An imprisoned Chinese bishop has died in custody amid suspicion from his supporters. 71 year old Bishop Han Dingxiang spent nearly half his life in prison. He was cremated a mere six hours after his death on Sunday from unknown causes. The US-based

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Unfortunately, there is a tendency for us to combat moral decay in the arts by producing sanitised alternatives to decadent forms of entertainment. The results are morally innocuous, but uninspiring. A pop song that happens to be about God instead of

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The Federal Government has moved to act in respect of the horrendous findings of the report into sexual abuse in Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory. There would be few who would not respond with outrage at the commission of such criminal

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A priest who runs the controversial Catholic Radio Maryja may hold the key to Poland's forthcoming national election campaign. The London Daily Telegraph reports that the station has been often accused of fostering xenophobia and anti-Semitism. It says

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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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