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from being a Catholic as "unacceptable" today, a Liberal Democrat party spokesperson has called for the laws to be repealed.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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Questioning what has been achieved since the 1967 referendum relating to Indigenous Australians, leaders of the Mercy and Josephite congregations have challenged Australia to ensure that Aboriginal people have "a standard of living commensurate with

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year after Pope Benedict merged it into the Vatican Council for Culture, Holy See Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone has announced that the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue will be restored in its own right. Last year, Pope

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With Jesus on side

28-May-2007

It has been a long time coming, but more than two decades since God had a hand in a World Cup triumph, soccer is returning the favour. With heart on sleeve and slogan on chest, Kaka's post-match celebration in Athens last week thrust his faith into the

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As a kid, I had seen an Aboriginal woman begging milk to feed her child at the back door of a boarding school kitchen where my mother worked. I found the woman cowering in the college woodheap like a beaten dog. I saw the good brothers drive her away.

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On the brink of tears, the Catholic parents of disappeared British four-year-old Madeleine McCann yesterday met Pope Benedict who blessed a photo of their daughter. Madeleine's mother, Kate McCann, appeared to be holding back tears as she and

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NSW south coast "prophet", William Kamm, known as the "Little Pebble" to his followers, has been found guilty of sex offences against a girl aged 14 and 15 at the time of the acts. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Mr Kamm,

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Hobart Archbishop Adrian Doyle has confirmed plans for a new Catholic high school in the Tasmanian capital that would introduce a new policy requiring that at least 75 per cent of students be baptised Catholics. The Mercury reports that Archbishop

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Describing the "daily hardships and humiliations" of Palestinians as "unacceptable", Jerusalem's Christian leaders have called on Israel to end its occupation of territories and for the recognition of a Palestinian state. Catholic

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Pope Benedict has called on Palestinian factions to end clashes in Gaza and on Israel to end its armed intervention which is "provoking the bloody deterioration of the situation". AsiaNews reports that the pope appealed to Palestinian and

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The NSW St Vincent de Paul Society has emphatically rejected allegations by the Australian Services Union that the charity is becoming "corporatised". In a statement, the Society says it "absolutely rejects" the comments of the ASU

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As census figures show that the tide may be turning on church attendance, Australia's bishops are backing a new outreach initiative based on a growing recognition that religious decline is an important national issue. Archbishop John Bathersby,

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With the World Health Organisation estimating the annual number of abortions worldwide at 30-50 million, a US-initiated post-abortion support program with branches in Australia, Project Rachel, is extending its operations around the

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Three siblings from the St Martin de Porres parish school at Laverton in Melbourne's west who had been enrolled by the parish priest in a local state school will not be turned away, priest Fr Ian Ranson said over the weekend. "We are not turning

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Addressing a conference of Latin American bishops in Brazil last week, Vatican Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos has confirmed that Pope Benedict plans to loosen restrictions on the celebration of the old Latin Mass. Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos, who

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Tony Blair is still in office; but the carefully orchestrated transition to his post-Downing Street incarnation has begun. When his longed-for departure actually does at last take place, even his most severe critics (wishing to be seen as fair or

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A scene from The Root of All Evil?, a two-part ABC series on religion shows Richard Dawkins accusing the evangelical pastor the Reverend Ted Haggard of running worship sessions in the way the Nazis ran their rallies. To the scientist Dawkins, a room

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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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