Up to 750 unemployed tea workers in India's West Bengal have died of malnutrition and other causes following mass closures since 2003 of tea estates employing mostly Catholic tribal people. UCA News reports that Jalpaiguri diocese in eastern India has

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Unreasonable failure to treat pain is poor medicine, unethical and also an "abrogation of a fundamental right", according to Dr Frank Brennan of Sydney's Calvary Hospital in Kogarah. Writing in Anesthesia & Analgesia, the official

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There are now estimated to be 100 permanent deacons in Australia working in a huge range of ministries, the newly appointed national deacon coordinator, Rev Paul Simmons says. Rev Simmons, who has been appointed by the Australian bishops as

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In a "Motu Proprio" published yesterday, Pope Benedict has overturned changes to the procedure for papal elections introduced by the late John Paul II and restored the traditional method of election that always requires a two-thirds

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Despite opposition from the Church and a prayer campaign by Christian MPs, the NSW Upper House yesterday voted to pass a law lifting the ban on stem cell research in the state. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the ban was lifted after upper house

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For scientists who are people of faith, like Kenneth Miller, a biologist at Brown University who is a Roman Catholic, asking about the science of the soul is pointless, in a way, because it is not a subject science can address. Miller said he spoke often

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I've never understood why Christians do not take the commandment to "love your enemies" seriously. We Catholics believe in transubstantiation, and never question that the bread and wine become the body and blood of Christ. We eagerly obey the

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British teenager Lydia Playfoot has sued her school for violating her religious freedom after school officials banned a New Testament inscribed ring she wore as a sign of her commitment to chastity before marriage. Catholic News Agency reports that

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A NSW Port Macquarie parish aged care centre has launched a project to assist a HIV/AIDS program run by Port Moresby diocese as Religious leaders meet in Perth today to explore ways they can be better "neighbours" to their Pacific

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Randwick racecourse trainers will meet Australian Jockey Club officials this week about concerns over the impact on their 720 horses of preparations for the World Youth Day vigil and Mass with Pope Benedict next year. The Australian quotes trainer

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Vatican Cardinal Ivan Dias has written to 610 enclosed female monasteries around the world calling for prayers that Pope Benedict's soon to be released letter to Chinese Catholics will be well received and bear fruit. AsiaNews reports that more than

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In a move that raises the profile of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, Pope Benedict has named former Vatican diplomat French Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran as president of the revived institution. Catholic News Service reports that

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Social enterprise is a hot topic in the non-profit sector - among cooperatives, social agencies and charities. Even among those who claim to be social enterprises, however, there's no agreement on a definition. Social entrepreneur Sonia Pouyat of

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The Catholic Education Offices from the Sydney and Broken Bay dioceses were among the winners of prestigious business excellence awards for 2007. The Sydney Catholic school system was one of five recipients of the major award in the 19th annual

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Former Australian Idol winner Guy Sebastian will play his gospel "anthem" for World Youth Day 2008 for the first time in public as Sydney welcomes the WYD cross and icon at Darling Harbour next Sunday. The Herald Sund reports that the former

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Tony Blair told Pope Benedict that he wants to become a Catholic, Vatican sources say, but the pontiff did not hesitate to criticise the outgoing British PM's policies on Iraq and other issues in what was described as a "frank exchange of

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Shooting hero, Brendan Keilar, who was killed while attempting to rescue a woman from her attacker in central Melbourne last week, made the "ultimate sacrifice", mourners heard at the slain lawyer's funeral on Friday. Mr Keilar, 43, of East

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Questioning whether Government authorities understand the background of Aboriginal communities, Darwin's Bishop Ted Collins has warned against adopting a "bullyboy" approach and called for consultation with Indigenous people.

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Imagine an attack on a civilian population aimed at causing maximum hurt, shock, disruption and terror. 9/11? Resistance in Iraq? No, the Allied bombing of Hamburg in late July of 1943. Among the Dead Cities is a moral evaluation of the Allies' area

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Formerly chief executive of the old South Melbourne Football Club, now the AFL's Sydney Swans, Noel Brady, today has 18 teams of a different kind to manage in his role as a parish priest in Melbourne's West. Kairos reports that Fr Brady, parish priest

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