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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In June, Pope Benedict XVI surprised the Church with an apostolic letter issued "motu proprio", ie on his own initiative, concerning the votes required at a conclave for the valid election of the pope. The document is brief, its language is

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The Hong Kong diocese has issued a new translation of Pope Benedict's letter because the Vatican's translation "contains mistakes and is hard to understand", according to Taiwan and Hong Kong bishops. UCA News reports that the revised text,

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The Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions has lodged an appeal against a "manifestly inadequate" fine imposed on Pine Gap Four protestors by the NT Supreme Court and is seeking a custodial sentence. The four Christian pacifists -

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One of the skateboarders who provoked a tirade from Melbourne's St Patrick Cathedral Dean Geoff Baron has expressed regret over his role in the affair but said that the priest's reaction was also wrong. The Sunday Herald Sun reports that the

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A Gold Coast Catholic school, Marymount Primary, has chartered a plane to fly home a group of over 150 students from a Canberra excursion after more than 50 students fell ill with flu, including 16 who were hospitalised for overnight observation. The

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A Melbourne bishop well known for his support for Timorese people, Bishop Hilton Deakin, is calling on Australians to remember the role played by Papuans in assisting Australia during World War II and has urged Australia to resist human rights abuses in

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Major US supermarkets and toy chains will start to carry a line of "faith-based" toys for children including Old Testament action heroes and heroines - and a 10 metre high inflatable ark. The National Catholic Registe reports that parents

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The Vatican officially accepts the Billings method. But how many bishops' conferences accept it as a viable, positive alternative to artificial family-planning methods? As a group, they all would support promoting it, but they have differences. In India,

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"The greatest poverty-reducing machine in history is the market economy." So said former Melbourne philosopher and economist Samuel Gregg, now a high-flyer with the Acton Institute, a free-market think tank in the US, last week. Dr Gregg, back in

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In a pre-election statement calling for "fair industrial laws" and an end to Aboriginal child abuse, Australian bishops have urged Catholics to get involved in the political process to promote the "common good" and not just their own

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Described by Pope Benedict as a "great figure" of the Church in France, retired Paris Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger, a Jew who converted to Catholicism and whose Polish mother was a victim of Auschwitz, has died after a long illness. The

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Moscow churches will this week recall the 70th anniversary of Stalin's Great Terror with the Orthodox Church to hold a ceremony at a shooting range where mostly Orthodox but also Catholics and people of other faiths were slaughtered. AsiaNews reports

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Citing concern that states are set to lift a series of moratoriums on the planting of genetically modified food crops, a Sydney-based Columban justice centre has called on Australians to lobby their state parliaments to extend the bans. The states

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Blaming two Australian mining companies for hardships experienced by villagers in several remote Philippines villages, a town mayor has called on the local Catholic bishop for backing in his "lonely fight" against the mines. The Philippines

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Fernando Lugo, who resigned as a Catholic bishop last December to avoid a constitutional ban on clergy seeking political office, has kicked off his presidential campaign with a rally in a small Paraguay town. The International Herald Tribune reports

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In the documents of the Second Vatican Council is a mandate for an encouragement of the popular in music - the "music of the people" at Mass. This is an aspect of Vatican II that lovers of fine music hope will not always be understood as it has

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Shortly after being appointed editor of The Universe, the Catholic weekly, I received a letter of complaint from the late Archbishop of Birmingham. The paper had reported the case of a priest of his diocese who had been found guilty of child abuse.

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At least two months is needed for genuine consultation on draft legislation introduced into Federal Parliament yesterday by Indigenous Affairs Minister Mal Brough, says Catholic Social Services chief Frank Quinlan. In a statement, Mr Quinlan also

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