For the past two centuries Judeo-Christian dialogue served as the medium of a politics of social conciliation, not religious inquiry into the convictions of the other. Negotiation took the place of debate, and to lay claim upon truth in behalf of one's own

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On their recent trip to Brazil, Pope Benedict and Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone did not bring their passports, Brazilian newspapers report, resulting in airline Alitalia being fined for allowing undocumented foreigners travel to

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Describing himself as a "very dedicated Catholic", California Governor Arnold Schhwarzenegger is backing stem cell research initiatives, saying that religion should not interfere with government policy. The Star reports that Governor

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Explaining a new archdiocesan policy to boost the percentage of baptised students at Tasmanian Catholic schools, Hobart Archbishop Adrian Doyle cites studies showing a low rate of religious literacy among teenagers. The Mercury reports that

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As the United Kingdom marks 40 years since the 1967 Abortion Act, Edinburgh Cardinal Keith O'Brien has slammed the "pack of lies" behind the law saying that abortion in Scotland now kills the equivalent of two classrooms of children or two

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With Redfern parish priest Fr Gerry Prindiville taking leave from the troubled inner Sydney parish, Cardinal George Pell has hit out at "sad and shameful attitudes" by parishioners whom he accuses of mounting a "program of intimidation,

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The imams in the mosques are directing the persecution of the Assyrian Christians in Iraq. It comes from them, and it also on the other hand, comes from the Kurds. We are getting it from every side, it's not just one element, and we're isolated, with

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It is looking more and more that Labor will win, and that the present unforeseen Coalition government majority in the Senate may be lost too. That will give a Rudd Labor government the potential for winding back bad laws and correcting past injustices.

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After meeting a woman from Vietnam's central highlands who was crippled by self-inflicted burns to 60 per cent of her body, a Geelong Catholic couple arranged for her to be brought to Australia for a series of operations at the St John of God

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A national advertising campaign in major newspapers asking readers if they know what Catholics believe has attracted a quick response, Catholic Enquiry Centre director Marita Winters says. Readers of papers in every state capital and the Northern

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As part of a drive to make Indonesia a major rubber producer, the provincial government of Borneo's Kalimantan province is offering rubber saplings to Catholic parishes to help them to become financially self-sufficient. "Ideally, each parish in

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Calling for the Uniya spirit to live on, former director Good Samaritan Sr Patty Fawkner says that the legacy of the Sydney-based Jesuit research and advocacy centre, which closes this week, must not be allowed to die. Speaking at a Uniya farewell

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Catholic social teaching recognises profit as the "primary indicator" of the good functioning of a business, Pope Benedict told a meeting of young Italian entrepreneurs this week, adding that human life

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Commenting on claims that up to a third of Australia's official overseas assistance did not go directly to fighting poverty, Caritas CEO Jack de Groot says that the public would not regard programs such as the Pacific Solution as alleviating

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Our beautiful but murderous English is swallowing the world in great gulps, threatening to install the uniformity of "might is right". When I talk about Timor-Leste I sometimes meet people who find it hard to comprehend that we at Mary

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The candle burning within a cage of barbed wire has over the past 46 years become one of the world's most recognisable and potent symbols. The logo for Amnesty International is a succinct evocation of the organisation's charter for the impartial

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Vatican goes solar

28-May-2007

The Vatican's Paul VI Centre is to get a green makeover with the installation of a giant rooftop garden of solar panels that will power all of the building's heating, cooling and lighting needs year-round. Catholic News Service reports that the

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Describing 17th and 18th century laws banning the British monarch and his or her spouse from being a Catholic as "unacceptable" today, a Liberal Democrat party spokesperson has called for the laws to be repealed. Catholic Online reports that

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Catholic education offices from eleven dioceses in NSW, Queensland and the Northern Territory have joined together to launch a new not-for-profit information and communication technology service company. Responding to the important role digital

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With Amnesty International groups active at 500 Catholic schools, Melbourne Vicar-General Monsignor Les Tomlinson says that the Australian bishops will soon provide a unified response to a new Amnesty policy supporting the decriminalisation of

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Mass on Demand

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From St Mary’s, North Sydney. The first Mass of the day on YouTube

Mass Online

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Live streamed from Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral, Waitara

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Daily Prayer

Daily Prayer

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