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This is an Australian movie that explores in detail the relationship between a young woman, Heidi (Rachael Taylor, pictured), who arrives in Australia from the US to begin a journey to recover memories of her childhood and dead father. Her father left her

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If there’s one thing even the most religiously illiterate person tends to get about the Catholic church, it’s the difference between a cardinal and everybody else. Cardinals matter: they set a leadership tone, and, of course, they elect the next

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Mary MacKillop --- Former president of the Australian Jewish Historical Society, Trevor Cohen, said he glowed with pridewhen Mary MacKillop became a saint on Sunday. His great-great-great uncle, Emanuel Solomon, played a large role in her life, providing

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Screenshot of the cover of 'Such A Long Journey', from Amazon.com --- An Indian Jesuit priest has been praised for defying a ban on a novel by acclaimed Canadian writer Rohinton Mistry, being used as a text at Mumbai University. Critics say the

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Bob Guccione pictured in The Age --- Bob Guccione, the founder of Penthouse magazine, and one time altar boy at his Church, has died in the US. He was 79. A statement issued by the Guccione family said he died on Wednesday in Dallas after a long battle

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John Dominic Crossan is arguably the world’s foremost scholar of the historical Jesus. Twenty-five years ago, Crossan co-founded the Jesus Seminar with Robert Funk, a group of mostly liberal scholars who decide on the historicity of the deeds and

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St Mary of the Cross now joins the ranks of women deemed worthy of canonisation because of extraordinary works, virtuous behaviour, service and leadership but not worthy of serving as priests. Australians have connected with different aspects of St Mary's

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The special synod for the Middle East at the Vatican is shedding light on a segment of the Christian world in dramatic movement, in several directions and with an uncertain future. The exodus of Christians from those lands is an important part of

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Here we are again in that most familiar Hollywood territory - romantic comedy land in which a couple who bicker and squabble cannot see what is perfectly clear to the audience: namely, that they really, truly love one another and will be well on the road

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A ten-year sentence for a Queensland teacher convicted of abusing 13 schoolchildren may be extended, after the state's Attorney-General Cameron Dick lodged an appeal against it. "We welcome the appeal very much," a mother of the victims told the Toowoomba

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Anglican Archbisop of Adelaide, Jeffrey Driver --- The Anglican Archbishop of Adelaide said voluntary euthanasia should not be introduced except by electoral mandate. "I am concerned about the recent renewed push for the legalisation of voluntary

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The Synod for the Middle East held in the Vatican was hijacked by enemies of the Jewish state, said Israel, after a communique released at the end of the two-week meeting said Israel should accept the UN's calls to end its occupation of Arab lands. The

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Franciscan Friars have been involved with Australia almost since the start of its European history. When the French explorer La Perouse sailed into Botany Bay just a few weeks behind the first fleet, he had Friars on board working as chaplains and

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Middle Eastern churches are seeking a common Easter and Christmas time for the various Christian traditions in the region, as a step to greater communion between Christians in the region. In all Christian traditions, the Easter holiday changes from

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A coalition of 13 peak education bodies, including Catholic teachers and principals, has criticised the national school curriculum, saying it lacks a rationale and is unclear in its aims. The Australian Curriculum Coalition, in a letter to all education

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"Christian And Muslim Playing Chess", from Wikimedia Commons --- Two Syrian bishops living in Lebanon told a Vatican meeting of bishops that Catholic-Muslim dialogue projects did not work and may never lead to real understanding - but a third urged for

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A seminar will be held in Melbourne tomorrow night titled Not Much God, The Spirituality of Teenage Boys. The evening will feature two keynote speakers, Michael McGirr and John Marsden (pictured), who will talk on their wide-ranging understanding

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The new social study Moving from the Edge is not a welfare tale of woe. It is a celebration of lives that have "come good". Individuals and families have spoken in a basically human way about their transition from being "outsiders" to social

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The bucolic setting of a cemetery belies the intense challenge to operate such an enterprise. This is most certainly the case for Catholic cemeteries. Like other Catholic organiSations, Catholic cemeteries struggle with their mission and their

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'bad-cyberbully', on Flickr --- A Queensland alliance including Catholic, state and independent schools wants cyber-safety taught in class, and has called for every school in the state to be audited for anti-bullying measures. Recommendations

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