This rapid rise in religious schooling has, of course, been accompanied by concerns, not least of which is that faith schools can be deeply socially divisive. While I share that worry, my greatest concern is that the smoke generated by the battle over

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Descendants of 19th century PNG cannibals have expressed sorrow for the actions of their forefathers who killed and ate four Fijian missionaries in 1878. The expression was part of a massive ceremony of reconciliation in the country's New Britain

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Federal Health Minister Tony Abbott will be a keynote speaker at tomorrow's annual convention of the Christian Democratic Party. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Abbott, a fervent Catholic, will give a speech entitled "life in federal

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Retired French Cardinal Roger Etchegaray has said that both Pope Benedict and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Alexy II want to meet. However he added that the time should be favourable, and no "show" should be made of the event. Catholic

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Trainers and other affected racing professionals are considering a ban on moving horses blocking preparatory work at World Youth Day's Randwick Racecourse venue. They have accused the Church of stalling on compensation negotiations for disruption to

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The Australian Catholic Commission for Employment Relations has said the Industrial Relations Commission's decision on the Federal Minimum Wage discriminates against low paid workers with family responsibilities. Brian Lawrence chairs the Catholic

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Pope Benedict has called on the world community to come to the aid of coastal regions in Peru devastated by Wednesday's earthquake. Catholic News Service reports that in in a telegram sent to bishops of the dioceses affected by the magnitude 7.9

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The continuing debate over the access of same-sex couples to social benefits and so-called entitlements is a distraction from the real issue. The real issue is not about infringement of rights. Rather, it is about what heterosexual marriage can offer

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Whenever a moral issue swims into public view, people will call for church leaders to make a statement about it. The call should be weighed carefully - such statements have their place but are not normally all that helpful. The reason is that church

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A California researcher says that he has uncovered evidence of efforts by dozens of companies, political and other organisations - including the CIA, the British Labour Party and the Vatican - to edit entries on the popular Wikipedia website in order to

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With non-Catholic enrolment in Wollongong Catholic schools varying from 10-15 per cent, diocesan Catholic education head, Peter Turner, says that the Church will maintain its current policy on admissions. "We have had our current enrolment policy

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Australian Catholic Bishops Conference president Archbishop Philip Wilson has published a letter noting that, while celibacy is not essential to the priesthood, it has a value "not just as a personal choice" but as a "clear sign of the

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Condemning the lack of consultation on the Federal Government's Northern Territory Indigenous legislation, Catholic Social Services Australia chief, Frank Quinlan, yesterday insisted on two months of deliberation before passage of the bills presently

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Sydney Muslim leaders have offered to open their mosques and schools to World Youth Day pilgrims while the Catholic Church has given a commitment not to try to convert WYD volunteers of other faiths. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the Muslim

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Likening materialist ideologies including consumerism to the red dragon of the biblical Book of Revelation, Pope Benedict yesterday reminded his Feast of the Assumption audience that "love is stronger than evil" and God more powerful than the

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In the boom years after World War II, when we were making lots of babies, anyone who had drunk too much would be accused of being "as full as a Catholic school." A few decades on, it seems that Catholic schools are not so full of Catholics, but

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When the engagement between Peter Phillips, the 29-year-old son of the Princess Royal, and Autumn Kelly, 31, his management consultant girlfriend, was announced a fortnight ago, it barely created a ripple. But the royal romance took an unlikely twist

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The Holy See has endorsed a new tourist venture that plans to fly pilgrims around the globe under the slogan "I'm searching for your face, Lord". Just as Qantas flies with the slogan "the spirit of Australia", the new Vatican

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With an estimated 100,000 poor farmers estimated to have killed themselves over the last ten years in India's "suicide region", the Catholic Church is mobilising to assist widows and prevent further deaths. UCA News reports that Manda Davak

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Breda Bishop Tiny Muskens, who once worked as missionary in Indonesia, has proposed that Dutch Catholics should pray to Allah just as Christians already do in other countries with significant Muslim populations. Radio Netherlands reports that Bishop

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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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