In his first words as the new pastor for the Beijing diocese, Bishop Joseph Li Shan has thanked the pope and promised to visit every parish of the Chinese capital. AsiaNews reports that Monsignor Li began his ministry by promising to visit each and

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The National Catholic Education Commission is in broad agreement with a plan by Australian states and territories to reinstate teachers as primary assessors of students. The Australian reports that the system being adopted will provide a means of

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Federal Agriculture Minister Peter McGauran has again warned that World Youth Day preparations at Randwick racecourse are "quarantine madness". The Age reports that the NSW government should look at shifting the event. But the state's

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Canberra Auxiliary Bishop Pat Power says he is concerned by the scale of gambling at an ACT club that aims to "foster Christian standards". The Canberra Times reports that he has called on the Southern Cross Club to think about the impact of

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Catholic Health Australia has called Labor's surprise adoption of the Coalition's Medicare safety net a "sensible decision". The ALP announced its change of policy at the weekend. In the past it has criticised the safety net. But Labor now

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Legendary Rugby League commentator and Catholic Weekly columnist Frank Hyde died yesterday at the age of 91. Frank ruled the airwaves on the church-owned radio station 2SM for 31 years. "I was a product of the Depression, so everything I have

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In what is described as a world first, the World Youth Day cross and icon have been taken down a tourist mine at Mt Isa in western Queensland. The Catholic Leader reports that World Youth Day co-ordinator for Townsville diocese Rachel Grahl said it

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The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has rejected claims of a British woman who says that Our Lady has been appearing to her for more than 20 years. The London Telegraph says the Vatican has dismissed as a fraud, her claims that the

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An Indian man convicted of murdering an Australian Christian missionary and his two sons in 1999 has been convicted of killing an Indian Catholic priest in the same year. The Daily Times reports that he has received a second life sentence. A court

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Lebanese Catholic bishops have "strongly condemned" the assassination last week of a leading Maronite political leader, Antoine Ghanem. Maronite Fr Joseph Mouannes, secretary of the Lebanese bishops' communications commission, said the

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Pope Benedict is expected to tell the United Nations that action on climate change is a moral obligation. The London Independent reports that his speech to the United Nations is likely to contain an appeal for sustainable development. Vatican

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Pope Benedict XVI has approved the ordination of the new archbishop of Beijing, Joseph Li Shan. UCA News reports that the archbishop was the choice of the Chinese Government. The ceremony took place on Friday at Beijing's Immaculate Conception

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Fiona Cairns of Newcastle was born with Spina Bifida. Her family’s belief in her and the challenges she had growing up have given Fiona not only a deep understanding of the struggles of others, but a conviction that help and healing come through

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I must confess my reluctance to give up the time to read any book of 600 pages. However the magic eventually worked on me as I was caught up into the chase, the succession of violent encounters as Harry, Hermione and Ron flee for their lives before the

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With the US housing market in crisis, vendors are turning for help to St Joseph, patron saint of home sellers. Agence France-Presse reports that vendors bury a statue of St. Joseph in the garden of a property they want to sell, and then beseech him

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Melbourne Catholic Education Office Director Stephen Elder has written to all schools in the archdiocese urging them to cut ties with Amnesty International. The Age reports that the move follows that human rights group's abandonment of its neutral

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New Zealand Catholic journalist Gavin Abraham has won a major church award for an article exposing a ban on altar wine in kiwi prisons. The Australasian Catholic Press Association annual award for the best news story was announced at the

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Notre Dame University Australia Professor Frank Brennan has said the fate of 72 proven refugees in the Nauru detention centre rests on the outcome of the Federal Election. The Jesuit human rights activist said this week in Eureka Street magazine that

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A NSW Upper House committee has ruled that Cardinal George Pell was not in contempt of the State Parliament when he warned Catholic MPs they would face "consequences" if they voted in support of a stem cell-related bill. The Age reports

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Federal Agriculture Minister Peter McGauran says that authorising workers to begin preparing the Randwick World Youth Day venue now may breach equine influenza quarantine protocols. The West Australian reports the Minister has vowed to pursue the

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

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