The Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia has announced the Mercy Justice Conference 2009 on the theme "Embrace the other Welcome Difference". The conference will be held 6-8 November at the Queanbeyan Conference Centre and the

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Reports suggest hundreds of priests will be implicated this week when Ireland's Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse will publishes its findings. The Commission has spent nine years looking into allegations, some of which date back more than 60 years,

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The (American) Confraternity of Catholic Clergy and the Australian Confraternity of Catholic Clergy have announced a joint conference and a special seminar in Rome, January 4 - 8, 2010. The groups describe their event as a "historic combined

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Two priests with sharply different views. Fr Richard McBrien, a professor of theology at Notre Dame, supports the decision to honour the president. Fr Frank Pavone, director of Priests for Life, has been leading protests against Mr

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Although the NSW Land and Environment Court ordered its closure two years ago, a Potts Point brothel continues to trade within three metres of boarding students living at St Vincent's College. Right next door to a Catholic girls' school is Sydney's most

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The Vatican is launching iPhone and Facebook applications in an effort to help Catholics, especially younger generations, use new technologies to create a culture of dialogue, respect and friendship. The new applications are part of a brand new Vatican

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Church groups in India are overjoyed by the return to office for a second five-year term of a secular alliance, which they regard as a "repudiation of sectarianism". The Indian National Congress Party led the United Progressive Alliance (UPA)

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French First Lady, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, says that she has allowed her Catholic faith to lapse because of Pope Benedict's approach to contraception in Africa. She said that the Church's teachings had left her feeling "profoundly secular",

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I only met Bud Tingwell once. Like so many others, I went away the better for the brief encounter. But the meeting also led me to ask questions about what matters, and how we should nurture it in Australian society. I had not planned to see him. I

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The Australian Catholic Council for Employment Relations has criticised the Fair Pay Commission for using inaccurate estimates of housing costs for low-income workers in setting the minimum wage. The FPC has not denied dudding low-income workers by

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Catholic schools in NSW are combating homophobic bullying with a "hate the sin, love the sinner" approach, Catholic Education Commission policy director Ian Baker told the NSW bullying inquiry last week. Quoting the Catholic Catechism, he said

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Australian-based priests are expected to be named when Ireland publishes its long anticipated report on child abuse later today. The Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse, an Irish organisation, has spent nine years looking into allegations - some of

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The address last night by Papal spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi at Allen Hall, the Westminster seminary in Chelsea, was what I imagine hearing Jesus' own Sermon on the Mount have been like. Blessed was Regensburg, blessed was the condoms story, blessed was

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The Michigan-based Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty says that its core principles integrate Judeo-Christian Truths with Free Market Principles. Founded in 1990, the Institute is named for Lord John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton,

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The Australian Catholic University has appointed University of the Sunshine Coast business lecturer, Scott Prosser, as the director of its new Public and Contextual Theology Research Centre. Recently appointed dean of the Canberra campus, Patrick

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There is a need to focus now on "healing the wounds of people rather than the celebration of victory", Sri Lankan priest, Fr Nihal Fernando said as the island country's government declared an end to its 25 year civil war. The parish priest

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What's the difference between a maze and a labyrinth? Sister of St Joseph Lorraine N. Villemaire has a pithy response: A maze is a puzzle to be solved; a labyrinth is a path to be walked. She has published The Labyrinth Experience, a resource to

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Sandwiched amid Pope Benedict XVI's trip to the Middle East and President Barack Obama's commencement address at Notre Dame, a behind-closed-doors "study week" in Rome sponsored by the Pontifical Academy for Sciences on genetically modified

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Former Deputy Prime Minister Brian Howe was one of a record fifteen graduates who were awarded doctorates from Melbourne College of Divinity this month. It was the largest number of doctoral degrees in any year awarded at the Melbourne College of

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First there was The Abbey, then The Convent and now The Retreat. In Part 3 of this latest Compass series three women and three men explore the spiritual side of Islam in a beautiful but remote Muslim retreat in Andalusia in southern Spain. - The

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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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