Saying the church "needs priests, not politicians" and "evangelists, not economists", Holy See nuncio to Poland Archbishop Jozef Kowalczyk has called on the clergy to stop preaching politicised homilies and not to turn liturgies into

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With a "clear mandate" for change, Zimbabwe-born Briton Lesley Anne Knight is taking over the reins as newly elected Secretary General of Catholic relief and development federation, Caritas Internationalis. The Tablet reports that Ms Knight

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Sydney Cardinal George Pell and NSW Green MP Lee Rhiannon continued to trade blows yesterday as James Haire from the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture defended the right of religions to involve themselves in politics. The

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A school and convent in a Gaza Catholic compound were ransacked before being torched as fears rise among Christians over their future in the Hamas-ruled territory. The school and convent were ransacked, burned and looted during clashes around a major

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When a Vatican-led team of art restorers started scrubbing what was underneath centuries of soot and grime caked on the ceiling and walls of a major shrine in Rome, they made a spectacular discovery. A whole pictorial series of brilliantly coloured,

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Authorised by the Holy See in 2002 "ad experimentum" for a period of five years, the current statutes of the Neocatechumenal Way expire later this month. It will be interesting to see what variations will be contained in the new statutes as

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Claiming inspiration from Sr Helen Prejean's book on capital punishment, Dead Man Walking, a Texas death row prisoner has organised a joke contest in which he will read the winning entry as his last words before his execution in just over a

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Staff at Whitefriars College in Melbourne's east are reported to be shocked over the arrests of four former students who have been charged with drug trafficking allegedly as part of a Tony Mokbel-directed gang. The Herald-Sun reports that the group

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Commenting on reports that unemployed people are having their benefits withheld for weeks because of Centrelink staff shortages, Catholic Social Services chief Frank Quinlan says that the government should dump its breaching policy if it cannot be

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On a pilgrimage to St Francis of Assisi's birthplace, Pope Benedict has issued a "pressing appeal" for an end to armed conflicts in the Middle East, while in the NT Supreme Court four Pine Gap anti-war protesters have avoided jail after being

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Msgr Peter Elliott and Salesian Fr Timothy Costelloe were ordained on Friday at St Patrick's Cathedral as bishops for Melbourne's southern and northern regions. News.com.au reports that Pope Benedict XVI announced the appointment of the bishops in Rome

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Reacting to a Greens-initiated investigation by the NSW parliamentary privileges committee into his comments on stem cell cloning, Sydney Cardinal George Pell has described the inquiry as a "clumsy attempt" to curb free speech with a

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She once tore up a picture of Pope John Paul II and, some years later, was ordained as Mother Bernadette Marie by a breakaway Catholic sect. Opprobrium stuck to Sinead O'Connor like a nylon chasuble. But next month, the singer will have the chattering

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The Cold War rhetoric heard in the run-up to the recent G8 summit, as President Vladimir Putin tried to block the planned deployment of US missile defences in Poland and the Czech Republic, may have been intended primarily for domestic Russian consumption.

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The Holy Stairs that Jesus is said to have ascended for his trial before Pontius Pilate have reopened after a painstaking restoration of neighbouring frescoes - and the removal of pilgrims' chewing gum. The Age reports that the Santa Scala, or Holy

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Holy See spokesman on ecumenical issues, Cardinal Walter Kasper, says that there is hope that Pope Benedict may meet Moscow Orthodox Patriarch Alexy II in what would be a groundbreaking meeting. The International Herald Tribune reports that the meeting

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A dismembered body discovered in a bag off the coast of Sri Lanka has been identified as that of Catholic priest Fr Jim Brown who disappeared last August during clashes between government troops and Tamil separatist rebels. The charity Aid to the

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A private members' bill that aims to compel pregnancy counselling services to disclose the fact that they will not refer clients for abortion has stalled after lobbying by Catholic agencies, reports say. The Age reports that the bill's sponsors -

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After five hours deliberation, a "visibly distressed" NT Supreme Court jury has found four protesters guilty of 14 charges over a protest at the involvement of the Pine Gap spy base in the Iraq war. The Australian reports that Christian

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In a letter to Perth Archbishop Barry Hickey, WA Parliament Speaker Fred Riebeling says he accepts that there was no intention to threaten MPs over their cloning vote but warns that "improper interference" cannot be allowed. The West

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

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