Today Religious may seem to be a dying breed. Certainly, there are only half the numbers of thirty years ago, and the average age is high. Changing conditions in the Western world and within the Church have forced all Catholic Religious to consider who

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Jose Ramos-Horta, who yesterday appeared headed for a landslide victory in East Timor's presidential election, is a Nobel laureate who rose to prominence promoting his nation's right to independence during 24 years in exile. A Catholic, Ramos-Horta is

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Development agency Caritas yesterday joined the nation's Catholic bishops in a call to Cricket Australia to cancel this year's tour of Zimbabwe. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the 42 bishops, meeting in Sydney this week, claimed a boycott

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Catholic reactions to Tuesday's Budget continue with Caritas Australia welcoming an increase in overseas aid programs but local charity Vinnies says that the budget fails to address the needs of "rent-poor" Australians. In a statement,

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As part of a campaign to stop violence against women, Amnesty International's board is calling for abortion to be decriminalised globally but US bishops say that the new policy will compromise its previously excellent human rights

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Sydney Life Office officer, Dr Brigid McKenna, says that a new Victorian law legalising cloning of stem cells is "gravely unjust" and will create a "laboratory sub-class" of human beings. Dr McKenna said that the new Victorian law

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As Brazil's bishops announce a bid to host World Youth Day in 2011, Holy See nuncio Archbishop Ambrose De Paoli has challenged the Australian church to give opportunities to young people to share the impact that the experience has had on

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The leaders of Iraq's Catholic communities, Assyrian Church Patriarch Mar Dinka IV and Babylon Patriarch Emmanuel Delly say that Christians are facing persecution from Al-Qaeda insurgents and accuse Iraq's government of failing to protect them. DNA

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With the 2008 election cycle in the United States already well underway, a burning question-mark hovers over the Democratic Party in its attempt to build on its 2006 success in Congress and to recapture the White House: can it "get" religion?

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June Norman is not some radical, dreadlocked ratbag, although she has been arrested for her protesting. She is a woman with five children and seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, from a conservative background who has simply decided to live

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All Adelaide church workers and volunteers will require police checks, the city's archdiocese has announced - and top church officials including Archbishop Philip Wilson will be among the first to undergo the checks. The Advertiser reports that the

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Hobart Archbishop Adrian Doyle is calling on the Tasmanian government to revise anti-discrimination laws that make it technically illegal for Catholic schools to give enrolment priority to Catholic children. The ABC reports that Archbishop Doyle is

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Children live in states of divine consciousness and bliss and should be taught meditation from as early as five, visiting Benedictine monk Fr Laurence Freeman says - and teachers confirm that the practice reduces aggression among

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Reports are emerging from Catholic schools in NSW and Victoria of a spate of mobile phone and MySpace incidents including bullying, bad language and graphic photos. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that police have been notified of a MySpace page

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Only 50 days after registrations opened, more than 1,000 groups representing 65,000 participants have already enrolled for next year's World Youth Day in Sydney, organisers say. Organisers say they are delighted with the response, which indicates more

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Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger is staying at the Vatican's Domus Sanctae Marthae - residence of the conclave cardinals who elected Pope Benedict - while he participates in a Holy See seminar on charity and justice. Catholic News

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Over the past two decades there has been a massive encroachment of work into family time. An increasing number are juggling the demands of work with their family commitments. Perhaps it is time to put work in its proper perspective. Can we reawaken the

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Limbo: In or out?

30-Apr-2007

The Vatican's International Theological Commission last month released its long-awaited document, The Hope of Salvation for Infants Who Die Without Being Baptised. The document has sparked a lot of controversy but Commission member Sr Sara Butler says

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Pope Benedict yesterday appointed Melbourne priests, Salesian Fr Timothy Costelloe and Msgr Peter Elliott as bishops for Australia's biggest diocese. Archbishop Denis Hart has welcomed the appointments. "I welcome with much joy and gratitude

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Genoa Archbishop Angelo Bagnasco, who has been leading the Italian Church's campaign against same sex marriages, has received a bullet in the mail together with his photo with a swastika cut into the paper. Vatican Radio reported said that the bullet

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