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St Vincent de Paul Society Queensland spokeswoman, Julie McDonald, says that the the organisation, which has just launched its Winter Appeal, is facing unprecedented demand for emergency accommodation and help. Whole families had been put out into the

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Saigon Cardinal Jean Baptiste Pham Minh Man has issued a strongly worded Pentecost pastoral letter condemning the exploitation of the environment and urging the faithful to protest against economic plans that benefit only the minority in power. Cardinal

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We usually take truth for granted in everyday life. It is only when we discover that we have been deceived, or at least mistaken, that the full truth dawns on us. We need truth like we need oxygen. *** My final claim is that there are moral

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The Northern Territory's longest serving missionary, MSC Brother John Pye, and the man known as the Top End's "Father of Football" has died in Darwin aged 102. Br Pye worked on Catholic missions in the Northern Territory for almost seven

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Leading Hong Kong pro-democracy campaigner and prominent Catholic layman Martin Lee said on Saturday that he had been the target of an assassination plot during the 2008 elections. Lee, who founded the city's Democratic Party, said two men had been

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Religious orders at the centre of a report into child abuse in the Republic should make more resources available for compensation, Irish Christian Brothers leadership team head, Br Edmund Garvey has said. Br Garvey also said criminal prosecutions should

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Echoing former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev's call for "new thinking", Pope Benedict XVI has challenged lay people to undertake a "change in mentality" by becoming aware of "being Church and of the pastoral co-responsibility

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The Australian Catholic Students Association will host its annual National Conference in Brisbane next month. All Catholic students studying their HSC or at tertiary institutions such as university or TAFE are invited to a weekend of prayer, talks, and

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Recently I have been reflecting on how much more difficult it is to think generously than to act generously. Most Christians will make all kinds of sacrifices for others but find it much more difficult to think generously of others, especially if we do

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Last week, too late, the bishops of Ireland finally appeared to realise that the way in which Church authorities have exercised power for more than half a century has caused incalculable damage to Christianity. Led by the example of Archbishop Diarmuid

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The Sydney Congress Embracing the New Evangelisation will mark the first anniversary of Pope Benedict's visit to Sydney. The congress website says that SCENE "is a Congress for the Catholic Church in Sydney and calls families, parishes, young

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We have a Vatican II president. Barack Obama, I am sure, does not think of himself in those terms, but when I heard his speech at Grant Park in Chicago the night he was elected, and more recently his commencement address at Notre Dame, that is what

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St Mary's Geelong parish priest Fr Kevin Dillon, who is celebrating 40 years of priesthood, counts honorary life membership of the local Vietnam Veterans Association among his proudest achievements in the city. Association leaders bestowed the

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On the eve of the 20th anniversary of the 1989 Tianmanmen killings, retired Hong Kong Cardinal Joseph Zen has urged China to reassess its verdict on the events of that period. Cardinal Zen said he wanted an official inquiry into what happened so

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Boystown founder, Fr Edward Flanagan decided to return to the land of his birth in 1946 to visit his family, and also to visit the "so-called training schools" run by the Christian Brothers to see if they were "a success or

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A Kansas man Scott Roeder, is expected to be charged over the shooting death of late term abortionist, Dr George Tiller, who was killed as he arrived at his local church in Wichita Sunday. Police said that Roeder would probably be charged Monday with

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Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart has written to all priests of the Archdiocese advising that communion should only be distributed under the species of the Consecrated Host to limit the spread of germs during the H1N1 epidemic. Archbishop Hart also

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A Hindu extremist group calling itself the Nepal Defence Army which claimed responsibility for bombing the Assumption Catholic Church in Kathmandu has demanded that all Christians leave the country. According to media reports, a statement released on

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It wasn't rocket science. Anyone with the slightest knowledge of Catholicism could have forecast that Anthony Blair - forgive me if I choose not refer to him by the nickname he cultivates - wouldn't get very far from his position as a recent convert to Rome

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Just as the human body is threatened by breathing polluted air, the human soul is threatened by images and ideas that glorify violence or the exploitation of others, Pope Benedict said in his Pentecost homily Sunday. "The metaphor of the

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From St Mary’s, North Sydney. The first Mass of the day on YouTube

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