Celebrations marking the 150th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Lourdes began on Saturday with 20,000 faithful attending, and over 400 priests presiding. The day also coincided with the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. AFP reports

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Pope Benedict has criticised the consumerism of Christmas saying the holy day suffers from a "materialistic mentality". The Pope has also expressed his dismay at how even young children are caught up in consumer pursuits. The Associated

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The Dalai Lama has expressed his disappointment at not having met the Pope during his ten day visit of Italy. He said he is sorry the Pope had some “difficulties”, and that he misses John Paul II. Reuters reports that most Italian

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Sydney Archdiocese Life Office director Dr Brigid McKenna, has rejected claims that new sperm and egg donor legislation in NSW will pose a “huge incursion” on privacy. The claims were made by health and family law expert Prof Jenni Millbank

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A rare sketch of St Peter’s Basilica drawn by Michelangelo has been discovered by the Vatican. Catholic News Service reports that it is believed the 1563 drawing may be the last surviving example of the Renaissance artist’s work before

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In their letter A Common Word, the Muslim leaders asked all readers to recognise that Christianity and Islam are both based on the foundation of love of God and love of neighbour. Dialogue between different religions is not about coming to an agreement

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Melbourne Sister of Mercy Cathy Solano has just completed two years as Education Co-ordinator for the Diocese of El Obeid in central Sudan. The area has been traumatised by a 21-year civil war, and she experienced many black periods of doubt, but

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Following a rocky start, last week's positive meeting between the Pope and the ecumenical head of the Russian Orthodox Church has produced “great feelings of hope”. Catholic World News reports Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensek compared

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The Christian Brothers have taken a further step in making social justice the primary focus of their mission, with the handing of formal responsibility for their education mission to Edmund Rice Education Australia. Pathways reports that 40 Christian

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A parish priest in the western outskirts of Jakarta has been prevented from celebrating mass by Indonesian authorities who have bowed to pressure from Muslim extremists agitating for the closure of his church. AsiaNews reports Fr Matthew Widyalestari

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An Argentinian Bishop has said "greater equality and social justice" - not sterilisation programs - will counter the poverty attributed to overpopulation. Catholic News Agency reports Bishop Juan Ruben Martinez of Posadas in Argentina says

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Archbishop Francis Carroll is part of a high level delegation of leaders from the National Council of Churches in Australia nearing the end of a nine-day visit to Palestine and Israel. The main aim of the visit is to highlight the plight of Palestinian

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St Michael the Archangel has been restored to his preeminent position overlooking the old Catholic section of Sydney's Rookwood cemetery after being struck by lightning 12 years ago. The Catholic Weekly reports that a two-tonne bronze statue, cast

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Gruesome photographs of aborted foetuses are often distorted for greater impact. These images undoubtedly tell stories about the gruesome reality of abortion, but these pictures and associated websites also tell another story – about the people who

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Adelaide resident David Norman and soccer superstar David Beckham have a lot more in common than a first name and a “very sharp haircut”. Beckham is one of the many celebrities worldwide who have championed innovative British street magazine

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Pope Benedict has urged the world to protect the family, adding that attacking the institution harms the entire community, as it is the foundation for society. Catholic News Agency reports the Pope made this plea as he announced the forthcoming 41st

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Relations between Israel and the Vatican have hit yet another bump in the road, with officials pessimistic about the outcome of today's meeting to finalise legal and financial status of the Church in Israel. AsiaNews reports the meeting between the

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Acknowledging problems within the ranks of the clergy, the Vatican's Congregation for the Clergy has said that prayer may not be the only solution, but it is the best starting point. The advice was contained in a statement issued at the start of a

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A discussion paper titled Confronting the Death Penalty: People, politics and principle will be launched next week in the parish of the parents of Bali 9 death row inmate Scott Rush. The paper in the latest published in the Catholic Social Justice

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The Young Christian Workers have launched a web survey designed to provide input into the organisation of a major youth forum at next year's World Youth Day. The survey, which will ask 10,000 young people about the challenges they face and what they

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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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