SBS television tonight presents a documentary titled The Bible Unearthed, in which Professor Israel Finkelstein and historian Neil Silberman compare the discoveries made by archaeology with biblical texts to test the historical veracity of the Old

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Screenshot from the Sydney Morning Herald report --- A Sydney jury has cleared a former headmaster of a NSW Catholic boarding college, who was accused of sexually abusing four boys, said an AAP report in the Sydney Morning Herald. Peter William Dwyer,

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Malaysia's poor human rights record and refusal to sign the Refugee Convention raise "deep fears" for the newly-announced asylum seeker deportation deal, according to a statement by the Edmund Rice Centre. "The deportation deal announced with Malaysia

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Nations and individuals have a duty to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and enact policies to deal with the impacts of climate change, said a Vatican-sponsored working group, reports the Catholic News Service.  People must recognise "the serious and

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A Melbourne priest has challenged people to forgive Osama bin Laden, including him in a "We Remember" tribute to those who have died recently in a parish newsletter, reports the Herald Sun. Father David Hofman, from the Our Lady of Mount Carmel church, in

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  Spanish pilgrims celebrating the announcement of WYD11 --- More than 340,000 young people from more than 170 countries have signed up to participate in World Youth Day Madrid, reports the Catholic News Agency. The main objective of the event, World

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Screenshot from the video Pope enjoys gondola ride in Venice, by Rome Reports on YouTube --- Pope Benedict was rowed across Venice's spectacular Grand Canal in a luxury gondola on Sunday, with his four "gondoliers" fighting off fierce competition for the

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  Liz Wiemers SGS with Meye Mulladad --- Good Samaritan Sister, Liz Wiemers, admits that living and working in a remote Aboriginal community can be tough at times, but overwhelmingly, it’s a rich and life-giving experience, reports The Good Oil.

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When Wayne Swan handed down the federal budget last night, we probably already knew what it would say about the state of Australia’s major public sectors. Less certain, however, is what the ‘tough’ budget would say about the

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The United Nations General Assembly has proclaimed that May 15 shall be observed as the International Day of Families. The United Nations states that “this annual observance reflects the importance which the international community attaches to families

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Catholic Social Services lauded the Federal Budget for 2011-12 as containing "many positive measures", while Caritas Australia said it commends the support it promises for the world's most vulnerable communities, according to media statements. According to

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Bishop Bill Morris --- Toowoomba's retired bishop, William Morris, said he would like to make public a copy of the Vatican written report on his diocese, reports Tom Roberts of the National Catholic Reporter. Bishop Morris, in answer to questions from

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Image from the Domaine des Côtes d'Ardoise website --- In a move to become more ecological, the Archdiocese of Montreal in Canada will source its communion wine from local producers rather than from California, which is about 4,000 kilometres away,

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'NSW District Court, Sydney', on Flickr --- A former pastor of St Stanislaus College in Bathurst, NSW has been sentenced to 15 months' jail after pleading guilty to four counts of gross indecency, reports the Central Western Daily. Father Kevin Francis

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The Vatican will shortly circulate a letter to bishops worldwide with guidance on combatting child sex abuse within the Roman Catholic Church, said an AFP report in the Sydney Morning Herald. Cardinal William Levada, Prefect of the Congregation for the

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Archbishop Fernando Filoni, screenshot from the Catholic News Agency report --- Pope Benedict has appointed the Vatican's deputy secretary of state as the new head of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, reports the Catholic News

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Bali drug mule Scott Rush has had his appeal against the death sentence upheld. Father Tim Harris is the family's Catholic parish priest in Surfers Paradise and has been their backbone since 2005. Here he speaks on ABC radio about his response, and that of

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When Pope Benedict XVI used the word "infallible" in reference to the ban on women's ordination in a recent letter informing an Australian bishop he'd been sacked, it marked the latest chapter of a long-simmering debate in Catholicism: Exactly where should

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Suffering is part of the history and the very being of the Haitian people, says Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Lafontant. This devotion and the Haitian faith were revitalized and strengthened in the wake of the January 2010 earthquake, reports Zenit. A year

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Mrs Carey’s Concert is a fly-on-the-wall documentary about inspirational teaching at one of Sydney’s premier girls’ schools. Every two years, staff and students at Methodist Ladies’ College rally behind Mrs Karen Carey of the

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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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