With an estimated 100,000 poor farmers estimated to have killed themselves over the last ten years in India's "suicide region", the Catholic Church is mobilising to assist widows and prevent further deaths. UCA News reports that Manda Davak

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Breda Bishop Tiny Muskens, who once worked as missionary in Indonesia, has proposed that Dutch Catholics should pray to Allah just as Christians already do in other countries with significant Muslim populations. Radio Netherlands reports that Bishop

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A report on the welfare of primary school principals has found that while many schools often fail to extend pastoral care to their own principals Catholic schools score best on this issue. The health and well-being of Australian primary school

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WYD coordinator Bishop Anthony Fisher has called on Australian Islamic leaders to assist in offering facilities for inter-faith forums during next year's World Youth Day in Sydney saying that the event will be an opportunity to demonstrate "the

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Every year I write a column on suicide and each of those columns usually prompts a flood of mostly grateful letters. The gratitude comes from the fact that those columns suggest that, in most cases, suicide claims its victims in the same way as does a

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University of Manchester researchers have uncovered evidence that Indian scholars discovered elements of the mathematical calculus hundreds of years before Leibniz and Newton, the latter of whom may have received assistance from Jesuit missionaries who

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ast Timore police have arrested a teenage youth who is suspected of raping an 11 year old girl at a Catholic convent in Baucau diocese during violence that erupted after the naming of independence hero Xanana Gusmao as the country's new Prime

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The well-known jockey Ray Setches committed suicide eight years ago as a result of abuse at a Melbourne Catholic school, according to his brother, James Setches, also an abuse victim, who is now organising a protest against what he regards as inadequate

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In questions to Australia's political leaders during an Australian Christian Lobby webcast, Australian Bishops president, Archbishop Philip Wilson asked Prime Minister Howard and Opposition leader Rudd to identify the personal qualities required for

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Pope Benedict will hold a consistory in November this year with up to 17 new cardinals expected to be named from countries including Germany, Brazil, France and the United States, reports say. The Earth Times quotes an Il Messagero report that German

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In an interview in which he criticises an over-emphasis on theological education, Parramatta Bishop Kevin Manning says that the Church has become "too professional" leading to a loss of sensitivity for other people who are suffering and need

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When does a human become human? Is it at the moment of conception when a sperm cell fuses with an egg? As a researcher in developmental genetics (the study of how genes control embryo development) I would like to put in my two cents worth to remind the

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A Catholic priest who kidnapped and killed his son to preserve the secret that he had broken his vow of celibacy has been sentenced to 55 years imprisonment by a Mexican court. BBC News reports taht Dagoberto Valle Arriaga had confessed in 2005 to

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Victorian police have arrested two teenagers over a fire that destroyed five classrooms and an office at the Lavalla Catholic College junior campus in Traralgon during the weekend. The fire broke out at Lavalla Catholic College junior campus in

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Even though the Holy See has backed the right of its parish priest to close down and sell the local St Brigid's church and hall, the Western Victorian country Catholic community of Crossley is fighting to retain the facilities and to transform the church

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In an encyclical to be published for the 40th anniversary of Paul VI's Populorum Progressio, Pope Benedict plans to condemn tax evasion as "socially unjust" and will denounce "tax havens", Vatican sources say. The Times

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Commenting on a battle between Prime Minister John Howard and Opposition leader Kevin Rudd for the voting allegiance of Christians, Queensland Nationals Senator Barnaby Joyce says he doesn't know whether God is on his side and that He may indeed be

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Describing next year's World Youth Day in Sydney as a great opportunity to showcase Australia, Prime Minister John Howard has agreed to a request from Cardinal George Pell for another $15 million in federal funding while Opposition leader Kevin Rudd has

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Sixty-two years ago, on 9 August 1945, the second of the only two atomic bombs (a plutonium bomb) ever used as instruments of aggressive war (against essentially defenceless civilian populations) was dropped on Nagasaki, Japan, by an all-Christian bomb

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Amnesty International's decision to abandon its neutral policy on abortion in favour of advocating a raft of abortion rights has surprised many members and friends. Amnesty is not a Catholic or religious organisation. I am not seeking to impose a

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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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