Two years ago, Canberra Fr Frank Jones of Canberra was sent to help a poor parish in Ecuador, where he serves a community of about 60,000 people. Unable to pay the doctor, he was forced to close the medical centre and use his own background as a registered

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What is offensive?

29-Oct-2007

From time to time, there is controversy over the creation, or the display, or the giving of public subsidies, to art which is considered to be offensive to religious sensibilities. The textbook example in recent times has been Piss Christ, a photograph of

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A young Tasmanian is trekking around the world on a mission of unity. After selling his Land Rover and motorbike, 28-year-old Sam Clear embarked on a walk to help people find their spiritual side. "My focus is to invite people to pray for unity,

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Catholic Mission is to have its first ever lay National Director with the appointment of Mr Martin Teulan. Catholic Mission, the Australian arm of the Catholic Church’s global mission aid agency, is in a worldwide network known as the Pontifical

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Migrant chaplains and their pastoral associates from across Australia will gather for their Second National Conference this week, during which they will hear from both the Immigration Minister and the Shadow Minister. The two-day conference is

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The Vatican Newpaper’s new editor is hoping to promote an exchange of ideas by including news about Judaism, Islam and other Christian communities around the world. L'Osservatore Romano incoming editor chief Giovanni Maria Vian has replaced Mario

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Three Church of Ireland parishes have asked to be received into the Catholic Church - a move which could see more than 400,000 Anglicans become Catholics. The Catholic News Agency reported that the parishes are members of the traditional rite of the

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Catholic Social Services Australia’s Executive Director Frank Quinlan, has called for a new approach to the mutual obligation policy which underpins current approaches to welfare payments. The mutual obligation debate has become increasingly

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More than half the recipients of red hats next month are from Europe, representing the Pope's concern with the ‘old' continent. And most of the new cardinals are young enough to carry Benedict's torch even if a conclave is not necessary for 15

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The 1996 assassination of Bishop Pierre Claverie of Algeria as part of the carnage created by the Islamic Salvation Front, a template for radical Islamic movements elsewhere. In that context, Claverie - whose cause for sainthood opened recently - could

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The TV series The Sopranos is brutally violent, riddled with foul language and often coarsely sexual. Yet the program is more sharply aware of Catholic morality than any other successful television series in recent years. - NZ Herald

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The Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) has said that if the ACT Legislative Assembly can support the conservation of frogs, it should also be able to support unborn babies. Last week, the ALC issued a election call supporting "conservation of both

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A new book discrediting Padre Pio as a saint, claims the Italian priest used acid to “create” the stigmata on his hand, feet and sides. The book - The Other Christ: Padre Pio and the Italy of the 19th Century which is due for release next

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Preparations for the biggest mass beatification are underway to honour 498 Catholics killed during the Spanish Civil War. Many of the victims of the bloody war were priests and nuns murdered by left-wing militias at the outbreak of the 1936-39

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Following Cardinal George Pell's reassertion this week of his skepticism towards climate change, The Climate Institute has renewed its call to Christian churches to sign an interfaith Call to Action directed towards the Federal

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Catholic Health Australia CEO Francis Sullivan said yesterday that both the Coalition and Labor must introduce a two fold voucher system to reduce waiting lists keep pressure off public hospitals. He was speaking after the release of the AMA’s

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Randwick Racecourse will host World Youth Day – an “inevitable” and disappointing outcome - Randwick Trainers Association has confirmed. The Trainers Association’s president Anthony Cummings said a

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If you ask pre-marriage educators Frank and Beatrice Doughty the recipe for a long and happy marriage they'll readily offer up some of the key ingredients: loving one another, being good friends, spending time together, affirming your partner and

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The reflections of Dorothy Day, an enduring influence on US Catholicism, suggest what that more might be. In her life, with its mixture of intellectual enquiry, hospitality to the poorest of people and protest against injustice, pacifism had a central

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The Vatican will support Iran’s nuclear energy program – as long as it serves a “peaceful purpose” an official has said. At an inter-religious gathering in Naples earlier this week, Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace

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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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