Polish-born Australian sociologist and friend of the late Pope John Paul II, Jerzy Zubrzycki, also known as the "Father of Australian Multiculturalism", has died in Canberra aged 89. Zubrzycki was the founding professor of sociology at the

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UK Caritas chief, Chris Bain, has been caught up in the furore over British MPs expenses after it was revealed that Northern Ireland Minister Paul Goggins had allowed him to stay rent free at a house allegedly paid for by taxpayers. The BBC reports

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A bomb exploded during Sunday Mass at Kathmandu's only Catholic church, the Church of the Assumption, killing two people and injuring fourteen. A Christian leader said the attack, the first on a Christian church, marked the "saddest day" in

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On a visit to Monte Cassino, Pope Benedict has urged Catholics in China to renew their loyalty to the Holy See as the Vatican marked the second annual day of prayers for the church in China. During a visit to the southern Italian city of Cassino,

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Holocaust investigator, French priest, Fr Patrick Desbois, says that estimates of the number of Jewish dead on the World War II killing fields of the Ukraine will have to be revised upwards. After a five-year investigation he has received a shocking

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Sydney Cardinal Pell has attacked Sydney City Council's consideration of development application for a brothel opposite historic St Benedict's on Broadway, the city's oldest consecrated Catholic church. "It is not acceptable that a brothel is

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Hesitancy and uncertainty are definitely not the Nichols style. At 63, he has a fluency any politician would envy and while his hooded eyes inevitably evoke an intensely calculating mind, they are offset by a natural, almost childlike smile. His

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Part of what led to my conversion is the first time we [he and Callista] went to St. Peter's together. It's St. Peter's. I mean, you stand there and you think, this is where St. Peter was crucified. This is where Paul preached. You think to yourself, two

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Launched to coincide with World Communications Sunday, Pope2you is the Vatican's newest attempt to project the Gospel message to the digital generation. Sadly, the English version of the site is rather stilted - a sure sign that it has been

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Don't be fooled by the title into thinking this is yet another superficial entertainment about the perennial boy-girl nonsense. That could not be further from the mark. In this writer's opinion, My Year Without Sex is simply one of the best-crafted

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At one stage he masqueraded as a Catholic priest, celebrating Mass. It started out as a skerrick of vague information: an unidentified foreigner, probably an Australian, had been arrested in eastern India after sexually abusing boys at an orphanage.

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British churches will be forced to accept practising homosexuals or "transsexuals" in positions as youth workers and similar roles, under upcoming equality legislation, Deputy Justice Minister Maria Eagle has said. The Labour government's

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At least 500 women in Ireland are conducting clandestine affairs with Catholic priests, said excommunicated Irish Bishop Pat Buckley, who leads a support group for those in forbidden relationships. Bishop Buckley, who was ordained illicitly, said a

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What do I say to the religious orders who have been identified as being responsible for what happened? Let me speak to them directly: I think that you have to ask and truly try to answer the question which Ryan has put to you: “What happened that

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The director of the Scientology Celebrity Centre in Paris, Alain Rosenberg, and five other French Scientology leaders have gone on trial in Paris on charges of organised fraud that could lead to the banning of the organisation. The court is hearing a

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Ghana priest, Fr Martin Corazzin, describes how an exodus of young people to sects could be halted by a new initiative to help Catholics know their faith. Young people, he says, are leaving the Catholic Church to join the various sects that have

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My mother was a very strong, practising Catholic and she instilled in me a deep sense of the importance of faith. However, as an adult, decisions for me were not taken till much, much later; until I was on the road to university. But since I was about

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Fifteen year old Young Christian Students leader, Celeste Joseph, and 18 year old bride, Deepa Patrick, were those killed in the Sunday bombing of Kathmandu's Assumption Church. The recently married couple of Binaya and Deepa Patrick were in Kathmandu to

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A Sri Lankan priest, Fr Amalraj, who was caught with his parishioners in the so-called "no-fire zone", has described army shelling as like rain and also accused the LTTE of killing people in the last week's of the just concluded civil war. The

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The International Catholic Movement for Intellectual and Cultural Affairs is fortunately known by an easier to remember name - Pax Romana. Founded in the aftermath of World War I, it is one of the earliest international lay movements. Pax Romana

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