A father has left his three year old son at the newly opened "Stork's Cradle" baby hatch at a Japanese Catholic hospital in Kumamoto that was designed for parents to safely abandon new born infants they are unable to care for. The Yomiuri

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A Vietnamese artisan has made the nation's biggest bronze trumpet for his Catholic parish in the northern village of Xuan Tien - a 5.5 metre long musical instrument that weighs 350 kilograms. Vietnam News reports that Ngo Van Hoa has had a life-long

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The Rev Jerry Falwell - founder of the US Moral Majority and the leader of the religious right in the '80s - died on Tuesday after he was discovered unconscious in his office. Now that the evangelist has finally met his maker, we pray for his sake that

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There are times when I wonder if I have become immune to the deaths, violence and suffering of Aboriginal people. And then, often quite unexpectedly, something lifts me up to a new place of insight and range of emotions. This describes something of my

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Criticisms of the mother of a newborn child left outside a Melbourne hospital this week could push her "towards the edge", Centacare's Fr Joe Caddy has warned, saying that the mother needs to be invited in so as she can accept her

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Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony has announced that the archdiocese will sell its chancery building along with 50 other properties to raise funds towards a potential $1.2 billion that may be needed to settle hundreds of sex abuse cases. In a

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A Tasmanian Supreme Court Justice has sentenced former Marist priest Gregory Ferguson to two years prison with eligibility for parole after 12 months even though the man's crimes were "relatively serious". Gregory Laurence Ferguson, 70, who

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A jury in the Brazilian frontier state of Para has found a wealthy rancher guilty of ordering the killing of American-born landless people's champion, Sr Dorothy Stang. The Los Angeles Times reports that human rights experts hailed the decision as a

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Four Year 8 students at Hobart's Sacred Heart College have been suspended after dressing in balaclavas and crying "hold-up" to frightened school office staff in a prank apparently inspired by the controversial Jackass TV series. The

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Twenty Batesman's Bay men - including retired railway gangers, professors and bankers - have got their own "Men's Shed" thanks to local parish priest Fr Tom Thornton who donated a piece of land to the community initiative. The Bay

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I spent my annual leave in this place, which from old is dear to many of us around the world: the "little town" whose name evokes magic associations in each of us from the early days of our childhood. The welcome in Bethlehem I received was

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There has been a lot written about "Into Great Silence", a film which shows the life of monks in the Carthusian monastery of Le Grande Chartreuse. It wasn't long after my wife and I saw this movie that the murders at Virginia Tech happened.

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The British press is abuzz with speculation that outgoing Prime Minister Tony Blair is about to join his wife Cherie as a Catholic after a British priest who says weekly Mass for the family made the prediction at a recent event. Fr Michael Seed, who

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Citing weaknesses in its christological and ecclesiological foundations, controversial ACU religious education lecturer Fr Daniel Donovan, says that a draft pastoral plan for the Sydney archdiocese is "seriously flawed" and has "shades of

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Parents of three Melbourne children, including one who has a learning disability, are claiming discrimination after their parish priest informed them their children would be finishing up at the parish school and that he had enrolled them in another

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A police video interview with Dante Wyndham Arthurs, who is soon to face charges of raping and strangling eight-year-old Perth Catholic schoolgirl Sofia Rodriguez-Urrutia, could be thrown out of court owing to alleged questionable police tactics. The

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Police in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu have arrested a prison ministry nun on charges of smuggling marijuana to a prisoner suffering from AIDS. Police say they arrested St Anne Sister Anastasia, 63, on May 14 after finding 18 grams of marijuana in

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May is the month when Catholics generally show special devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. This concentration on her helps us better understand her participation in the mystery of the Incarnation, for no one exemplifies better a total commitment to

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Last month, playwright Tommy Murphy's adaptation of Melbourne-born actor Tim Conigrave's memoir Holding the Man was short-listed for the NSW Premier's Literary Award. If there's anyone left in Sydney's theatre community who hasn't heard of Murphy after

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Reacting belatedly to an Easter letter by Zimbabwe's Catholic bishops, President Robert Mugabe has warned that the bishops have chosen a "dangerous path" but Archbishop Pius Ncube says that it is time for Mugabe and his "corrupt"

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

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Live streamed from Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral, Waitara

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