Vatican bank president, Angelo Caloia, has offered assurances that deposits are safe. The International Herald Tribune quotes Angelo Caloia in an interview, days ahead of publication in Famiglia Cristiana magazine, that the bank only makes safe

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Local authorities in Vietnam's Hue archdiocese have ordered Catholics in An Bang parish to remove a cross and altar from their church as the government plans to bulldoze the church to reclaim the land. Fr Peter Nguyen Huu Giai, the parish's pastor

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Thousands of dollars worth of copper piping has been stolen from under a Catholic presbytery in Maitland, New South Wales. The Newcastle Herald reports the copper theft phenomenon has hit the Catholic Church with several thousand dollars worth of

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In a rare step, Pope Benedict took the floor at the Bible Synod yesterday to recommend that the bishops adopt a proposition on how exegetes and theologians can better inform each other's work. National Catholic Reporter's, John L. Allen Jr

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The Congregation for Divine Worship has written to the South African Bishops Conference calling for an end to the practice of anointing people with the "oil of gladness". Catholic Culture reports that in a sharply worded message to SACBC

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Noting that there are 4,500 languages in which Scripture is not yet available, Catholic Biblical Federation President Bishop Vincenzo Paglia announced an agreement with the United Bible Societies to cooperate in translating the Bible. Vatican

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Iraq's government says it will send officials to the country's north to tackle violence against Christians that has caused thousands to flee their homes. "The cabinet stressed the need to move quickly to support the security effort with

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Three times a day the French hilltop village of Taize in Burgundy comes to a standstill. The church bells call everyone to stop what they are doing and come to prayer. Thousands of young people from around the world, pilgrims to Taize, do just that because

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Lewis used letter writing to explore deeper and more serious connections between people than they would usually establish across the table. The letters reveal a bruised and open heart that was thoroughly and painfully explored by the God Lewis came,

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CatholicMom.com is a US based website labelling itself as a proud celebration of Catholic motherhood. It promotes itself as a forum for sharing and learning about parenting and faith issues. It contains a blog, podcast and daily reflections and

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Religious responses to environmental catastrophe should not be confined to encouraging individuals among us to minimise their carbon footprints, however important this might be. We have to engage with consumerism seriously and recognise the psychological

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Korean Professor Thomas Han has told the Bible Synod that Church leaders need to examine their lifestyles and possessions while Hong Kong lay leader Agnes Kam proposed a multi-lingual blog for the Pope. Business Professor Thomas Hong-Soon Han who is

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The Christian Brothers have announced that its New South Wales based Edmund Rice Community Services (ERCS) will come under the banner of MacKillop Family Services from July next year. The brothers also announced the appointment of Ms Jude

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The Religion Report host Stephen Crittenden pre-empted an announcement by ABC Radio National that the program is to be axed as part of major changes to the national broadcaster's schedule for 2009. The Sydney Morning Herald reports when staff at Radio

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Catholic schools in Sydney area dioceses will cut fees to assist thousands of families hard hit by the economic crisis, Sydney Catholic Education Office Br Kelvin Canavan has announced. The Daily Telegraph reports families in financial strife

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Kerala Bishop John Thattumkal of Kochi is in trouble with his priests after he adopted a 26 year old woman for "spiritual reformation". A statement by six vicars termed the bishop's action as violative of the rules of the Church and demanded

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The head of China's Communist Party central leadership school has said the country will have a form of democracy by 2020 with an increased role for civil society including religious groups and other NGOs. The Age reports Zhou Tianyong, 50, deputy head

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The late Pope John Paul II was wounded by a crazed knife wielding priest in 1982, the year after he was shot, but the injury was kept secret his former secretary, now Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, has revealed in a new documentary. Reuters

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New research into Biblical women shows that most receive positive or matter-of-fact coverage with words such as "blessed", "righteous" and "beautiful" referring to 60 of the Bible's 175 female characters. "Some people have the impression the Bible is

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Padre Ian Johnson had a way of approaching the new guys. He sidled up beside them, offering his right hand for shaking, maybe with his left hand on the Digger's shoulder. "All the best mate," he'd say. "G'day Padre," said the

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