It was a sight that was totally unexpected for a group of Singapore Catholics holidaying in Cambodia recently. The group was taking a leisurely boat ride down the Siem Reap River when one of them spotted a wooden cross on top of a wooden structure from

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As the Pax Christi peace movement calls for prayer and action for Zimbabwe, a local political analyst says that a pastoral letter by the country's bishops calling for the removal of the Mugabe regime may help end the crisis. John Makumbe, a Zimbabwean

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The Spanish Church is in uproar over the closure by Cardinal Antonio Rouca Varela of a Madrid parish run by three priests who celebrate Mass wearing plain clothes and with biscuits for children instead of the traditional communion wafer. However, the

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After a career spanning more than 50 years, the Australian Catholic University has awarded acclaimed Indigenous performer Jimmy Little an honorary doctorate. An ACU National statement says that the University will give Mr Little its highest honour,

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Melbourne's exclusive Xavier College has expelled one student and suspended three others over their alleged sale and purchase of marijuana but critics say the school should have reported the matter to police. The Herald-Sun reports that two of the

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Nearly 500 years after it was written, a manual on magic and the power of numbers written by Leonardo Da Vinci's best friend and teacher, Franciscan monk Luca Pacioli, has finally been translated into English. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the

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American Sr Sheila Salmon will go to jail later this month after being convicted of trespassing at the site of the notorious former School of the Americas whose graduates tortured and killed scores of people including four US church women. "I'm

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The incredulity of Thomas and his following profession of faith - "My Lord and my God!" - are at the centre of the message that Benedict XVI addressed to the world on Easter Sunday. But little or nothing of this proclamation of the risen

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Caroline Pemberton, who was last week crowned Miss World Australia, is serious about using her status to help others, as a recent trip to East Timor with Fr Chris Riley shows. "It was my first purely humanitarian trip and my first with Youth Off

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In remarks published in a new book yesterday, Pope Benedict refused to endorse "intelligent design" theories, instead backing "theistic evolution" which considers that God created life through evolution with no clash between religion

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Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart has called on Catholic state premier Steve Bracks to reconsider plans to introduce a proposed Victorian law that would legalise the cloning of human embryos for medical research. The Age reports that in his letter

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Police has seized a small quantity of cannabis that Xavier College in Melbourne had earlier confiscated from a student but the Victorian Premier is backing the college's right not to report the matter to police. The Age reports that Boroondara Police

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Youth advocate and Brisbane priest, Fr Wally Dethlefs, who is one of four members of a national panel looking into youth homelessness, says that the phenomenon is growing. The Catholic Leader reports that Fr Dethlefs is joining Major David Eldridge

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A number of samurai who chose non-violence in spite of their fighting skills are among 188 mostly lay Japanese martyrs expected to be beatified in November, according to Tokyo-born Cardinal Stephen Fumio Hamao. UCA News reports that Japanese Cardinal

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McDonald's in the US has agreed to a substantial pay rise for low-paid tomato-picking farm workers after intensive lobbying by American religious congregations and bishops. Catholic News Service reports that McDonald's has reached an agreement with a

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You may be familiar with the adage, "the one thing you can count on is change". It is difficult to disagree with this statement, particularly in these uncertain times. Change is an unavoidable part of life, yet we sometimes struggle to come

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All humans and not just historians yearn to assign names to singular achievements. The name of St Benedict attaches to the Rule that he compiled out of several preceding ones. Once his Rule began to establish itself after 650AD, a need arose to know

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Citing the failure of a Jerusalem museum to remove an "offensive" photo caption criticising Pius XII, the Holy See nuncio to Israel is refusing to take part in an annual diplomatic ceremony to commemorate the Shoah. AsiaNews reports that the

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In another incident at Melbourne's elite Xavier College, five students have been suspended after a mobile phone video of a student being kicked and dragged along the ground by other students was distributed at the school. The Age reports that the

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Japanese Cardinal Stephen Fumio Hamao has rejected a call by Pope Benedict to learn Latin prayers and Gregorian chant as Euro-centric and "impossible for Asians", saying that Vatican officials treat Africans and Asians as second or third

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

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