No Roman summer would be complete without a Catholic soap opera, and this year it has been provided by Fr Sante Sguotti, a priest of the Monterosso diocese near Padua. Sguotti has acknowledged falling in love with a 40-year-old local woman, separated

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I moved to Peru with my family in 1966 when I was 5 years old. Three months after our arrival, Peru was shocked by one of its historic earthquakes. Four years later, when I was 9, Peru suffered one of its most devastating quakes in May 1970, which killed

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A British priest will hear "eco-confessions" at a Greenpeace fair at the weekend in a bid to raise awareness of the need for an examination of conscience on environmental issues. Fr Anthony Sutch will be donning special green robes for the

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In a bid to boost Holy Land visitor numbers, Israel's Ministry of Tourism is partnering with the Holy See's new charter flight service for pilgrims. Ynetnews reports that aim of the venture is to increase the number of Catholic pilgrim visitors to

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An unnamed Marist brother is facing 21 sex offence charges dating back to the early 1970s when he taught in a Sydney Catholic primary school. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the 52-year-old has been charged with 21 sex offences against primary

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Police are investigating a possible link between a recent fire at an ACT Catholic school and a blaze last year in church at nearby Adaminaby. IBN News reports that ACT Police are looking at a possible link between a fire at St Joseph's in O'Connor and

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World Youth Day may be shut out of Randwick Racecourse. Yesterday angry horse trainers vowed that they would stay put and block critical works. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the trainers passed a resolution accusing the Catholic Church of

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The Vatican's semi-official newspaper has condemned a botched double abortion that took place recently in Milan. L'Osservatore Romano's editorial put it that the laws of eugenics are asserting themselves. It said: "The culture of perfection

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Poland's shame

27-Aug-2007

Nearly two decades on from events that led, under John Paul II, to the downfall of Communism, the Catholic Church in Poland is again set to play a significant role in the politics of Europe. This time, however, it is not a Pope, nor even the Polish

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Over the years I have done a lot of talking at bioethics conferences. Commonly, I am approached after my lecture by someone, especially a young doctor or a nurse. They will have a hard question which is troubling them. It will be something like: "I

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Fire has damaged a significant painting at Rome's Purgatory Museum. The Archangel Report says the museum features artworks and relics of saints and others who are alleged to have returned from Purgatory to warn the living to repent. The damaged

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The Catholic Superannuation and Retirement Fund has decided to modify its international equities weighting in favour of emerging markets. The move follows a recent review of its $3.4 billion portfolio. The fund is ramping up its exposure to emerging markets

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z World Youth Day organisers have issued a call for nearly 2000 young volunteers to lead catechesis animating teams during next July's event. They described the role as "pivotal". Each catechesis session will be led by one of 300 bishops

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Police assisted by local aboriginal trackers have found the body of Sr Bernadette O'Connor. ABC News reports that the 88 year old apparently became disoriented in a mangrove swamp near Beagle Bay in remote north Western Australia. Police are

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The head of the US Catholic Bishops Conference has slammed Amnesty International's policy change in favour of abortion. Catholic Online reports that Bishop William Skylstad called the move is an "affront to people committed to human rights".

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According to my sampling of Asian laity-clergy opinions, priests are often viewed distantly, as little more than Sacrament-dispensing zombies. Most survey participants said priests get drained physically and spiritually in the anonymity of today's

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Sexual abuse has been called the biggest crisis for the Catholic Church since the 16th-century Reformation. But according to retired Sydney Bishop Geoffrey Robinson, the church is still mostly tinkering around the edges in its response to the problem.

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Amnesty International has been accused of "duping" Catholic rock singers who contributed to an Amnesty CD to raise money for survivors of Darfur atrocities. Times Online reports that two weeks ago, just two months after the album's

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Cult leader William Kamm has been sentenced to an extra four years in prison for the rape of another of his young followers. 56 year old Kamm is also known as The Little Pebble. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that he ordered the girl, then 14, to

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Horse training legend Bart Cummings has again urged that the World Youth Day papal mass be moved from Randwick Racecourse to another venue. In an interview with the Sydney Daily Telegraph on Saturday, Cummings said the Australian Jocked Club encouraged

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

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