British teenager Lydia Playfoot has sued her school for violating her religious freedom after school officials banned a New Testament inscribed ring she wore as a sign of her commitment to chastity before marriage. Catholic News Agency reports that

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A NSW Port Macquarie parish aged care centre has launched a project to assist a HIV/AIDS program run by Port Moresby diocese as Religious leaders meet in Perth today to explore ways they can be better "neighbours" to their Pacific

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Randwick racecourse trainers will meet Australian Jockey Club officials this week about concerns over the impact on their 720 horses of preparations for the World Youth Day vigil and Mass with Pope Benedict next year. The Australian quotes trainer

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Vatican Cardinal Ivan Dias has written to 610 enclosed female monasteries around the world calling for prayers that Pope Benedict's soon to be released letter to Chinese Catholics will be well received and bear fruit. AsiaNews reports that more than

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In a move that raises the profile of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, Pope Benedict has named former Vatican diplomat French Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran as president of the revived institution. Catholic News Service reports that

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Social enterprise is a hot topic in the non-profit sector - among cooperatives, social agencies and charities. Even among those who claim to be social enterprises, however, there's no agreement on a definition. Social entrepreneur Sonia Pouyat of

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The Catholic Education Offices from the Sydney and Broken Bay dioceses were among the winners of prestigious business excellence awards for 2007. The Sydney Catholic school system was one of five recipients of the major award in the 19th annual

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Former Australian Idol winner Guy Sebastian will play his gospel "anthem" for World Youth Day 2008 for the first time in public as Sydney welcomes the WYD cross and icon at Darling Harbour next Sunday. The Herald Sund reports that the former

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Tony Blair told Pope Benedict that he wants to become a Catholic, Vatican sources say, but the pontiff did not hesitate to criticise the outgoing British PM's policies on Iraq and other issues in what was described as a "frank exchange of

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Shooting hero, Brendan Keilar, who was killed while attempting to rescue a woman from her attacker in central Melbourne last week, made the "ultimate sacrifice", mourners heard at the slain lawyer's funeral on Friday. Mr Keilar, 43, of East

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Questioning whether Government authorities understand the background of Aboriginal communities, Darwin's Bishop Ted Collins has warned against adopting a "bullyboy" approach and called for consultation with Indigenous people.

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Imagine an attack on a civilian population aimed at causing maximum hurt, shock, disruption and terror. 9/11? Resistance in Iraq? No, the Allied bombing of Hamburg in late July of 1943. Among the Dead Cities is a moral evaluation of the Allies' area

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Formerly chief executive of the old South Melbourne Football Club, now the AFL's Sydney Swans, Noel Brady, today has 18 teams of a different kind to manage in his role as a parish priest in Melbourne's West. Kairos reports that Fr Brady, parish priest

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The ex-wife of former US congressman, Joseph P Kennedy, son of the late Robert F Kennedy, has welcomed the decision of the Vatican Rota appeals tribunal to overturn the annulment of the couple's marriage saying that they had had a strong union that

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A leading Victorian barrister, Allan Myers, has donated $1 million for the establishment of a national chair of law at ACU National's new Institute of Legal Studies. The Allan Myers Chair of Law, initially funded for a period of five years, will be

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An international convention on arms limitation should include a total ban on cluster bombs, Vatican representative Archbishop Silvano Tommasi has told a United Nations arms conference. The world community does not need more proof to realise

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Radical changes to family assistance payment proposed by Federal Family and Community Services Minister Mal Brough will result in the "effective stigmatisation of welfare recipients", Catholic Social Services Australia chief, Frank Quinlan

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A veto of congressional stem cell legislation by President George W Bush "enhances not diminishes" the chances of a life-saving scientific breakthrough, according to US bishops spokesman, Cardinal Justin Rigali. Earlier this month the US

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Patricia McKeever does not like to be photographed. She does not like people to know where she lives and prefers to communicate with the outside world by letter or email. But, from the security of her home, the 58-year-old former secondary school teacher

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Can Islam be compatible with religious freedom? I certainly hope so, but doubts are raised by a decision of Malaysia's highest court, given a month ago, preventing 43-year-old Malay woman Lina Joy, a Christian convert, from marrying her Christian

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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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