Catholic Health Australia has called Labor's surprise adoption of the Coalition's Medicare safety net a "sensible decision". The ALP announced its change of policy at the weekend. In the past it has criticised the safety net. But Labor now

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Legendary Rugby League commentator and Catholic Weekly columnist Frank Hyde died yesterday at the age of 91. Frank ruled the airwaves on the church-owned radio station 2SM for 31 years. "I was a product of the Depression, so everything I have

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In what is described as a world first, the World Youth Day cross and icon have been taken down a tourist mine at Mt Isa in western Queensland. The Catholic Leader reports that World Youth Day co-ordinator for Townsville diocese Rachel Grahl said it

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The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has rejected claims of a British woman who says that Our Lady has been appearing to her for more than 20 years. The London Telegraph says the Vatican has dismissed as a fraud, her claims that the

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An Indian man convicted of murdering an Australian Christian missionary and his two sons in 1999 has been convicted of killing an Indian Catholic priest in the same year. The Daily Times reports that he has received a second life sentence. A court

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Lebanese Catholic bishops have "strongly condemned" the assassination last week of a leading Maronite political leader, Antoine Ghanem. Maronite Fr Joseph Mouannes, secretary of the Lebanese bishops' communications commission, said the

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Pope Benedict is expected to tell the United Nations that action on climate change is a moral obligation. The London Independent reports that his speech to the United Nations is likely to contain an appeal for sustainable development. Vatican

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Pope Benedict XVI has approved the ordination of the new archbishop of Beijing, Joseph Li Shan. UCA News reports that the archbishop was the choice of the Chinese Government. The ceremony took place on Friday at Beijing's Immaculate Conception

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Fiona Cairns of Newcastle was born with Spina Bifida. Her family’s belief in her and the challenges she had growing up have given Fiona not only a deep understanding of the struggles of others, but a conviction that help and healing come through

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I must confess my reluctance to give up the time to read any book of 600 pages. However the magic eventually worked on me as I was caught up into the chase, the succession of violent encounters as Harry, Hermione and Ron flee for their lives before the

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With the US housing market in crisis, vendors are turning for help to St Joseph, patron saint of home sellers. Agence France-Presse reports that vendors bury a statue of St. Joseph in the garden of a property they want to sell, and then beseech him

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Melbourne Catholic Education Office Director Stephen Elder has written to all schools in the archdiocese urging them to cut ties with Amnesty International. The Age reports that the move follows that human rights group's abandonment of its neutral

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New Zealand Catholic journalist Gavin Abraham has won a major church award for an article exposing a ban on altar wine in kiwi prisons. The Australasian Catholic Press Association annual award for the best news story was announced at the

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Notre Dame University Australia Professor Frank Brennan has said the fate of 72 proven refugees in the Nauru detention centre rests on the outcome of the Federal Election. The Jesuit human rights activist said this week in Eureka Street magazine that

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A NSW Upper House committee has ruled that Cardinal George Pell was not in contempt of the State Parliament when he warned Catholic MPs they would face "consequences" if they voted in support of a stem cell-related bill. The Age reports

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Federal Agriculture Minister Peter McGauran says that authorising workers to begin preparing the Randwick World Youth Day venue now may breach equine influenza quarantine protocols. The West Australian reports the Minister has vowed to pursue the

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Many religious faiths entreat us to be good to our neighbours. That's a bold demand to make of foreign policy makers, though, because history tells us that neighbouring countries are often at each others' throats. In peacetime, too, interstate rivalry is

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How can we Catholics be sure about things like whether Jesus rose from the dead? Whether He is in fact God? How can we be sure we aren't being fed centuries-old propaganda, cooked up long after the deaths of Christ's contemporaries? It's something we can

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Venice gondolier Vittorio Orio has finally arrived with his gondola at St Peter's Square to meet Pope Benedict. This follows a 17 day trip down Italy's Grand Canal to Rome, and finally a truck ride to the Vatican. Orio invited the Pope to Venice for

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Cologne's Cardinal Joachim Meisner has expressed regret over his use of the word "degenerate", which has Nazi era overtones. Associated Press reports the cardinal addressed the concerns of critics, who objected to his use of the term in a

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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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