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American pilgrims are complaining of exorbitant airfares from the US of up to $5,000 to attend this year's World Youth Day in Sydney. Catholic News Service reports airline tickets are ranging from $2,000 to $5,000. Tickets also have been hard to

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After five years work, the Holy See has finally approved the canonical statutes of the Neocatechumenal Way. Catholic Online reports the decree of approval, dated the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, was solemnly consigned to the initiators of the way,

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An Oxford radiocarbon testing lab is to make new tests on the Shroud of Turin to determine whether contamination could have skewed earlier tests which indicated a creation date of the 13th or 14th century. Catholic News Agency reports University

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The Pontifical Council will organise a major conference next year to mark the 150th anniversary of the publication of Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species. The Times Online reports the Vatican is planning a special conference in 2009 that will

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Key Vatican officials have dismissed suggestions of an impending change to the practice of receiving Communion while standing despite four dozen people receiving the Eucharist on the tongue while kneeling from Pope Benedict on the feast of the Body and

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Sorry Day has a special significance this year, according to Australia's Catholic Bishops. A Bishops Committee for Relations with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders statement acknowledges the special significance of this year's Sorry Day in

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We can no longer simply say that we are a Christian country and therefore Christianity should play the lead role in public life. Such a view is rightly criticised as the desire to maintain unmerited privilege. We need, first, to observe some ground

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Though the parallel shouldn't be pushed too far, in some ways Christian-Muslim relations today might be compared to where things stood with personal computers back in the early 1980's. Everybody knew PC's were the future, but they wouldn't change the world

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Senior pastoral leader of City Impact Ministries in Perth, Bruce Downes and friends raise and discuss issues affecting Christians today, from a Catholic perspective. Special guests tell their own personal stories of what being a Christian means to them and

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Launched on Saturday by Cardinal Pell to mark the 50th Day count-down to World Youth Day in Sydney, YBenedict is a news website designed to serve pilgrims to the event. Visitors to the site are encouraged to sign up for the free daily news service

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A young Melbourne Vinnies volunteer and a young Aboriginal man from Walgett in western NSW will dine with Pope Benedict during his visit to Sydney for World Youth Day in July. "As they say, when the archbishop calls you, it's either really,

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It is entirely possible to enjoy The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian as a vivid fantasy film or see it as an allegory about the defeat of Nazi evil in WWII or even about the medieval Christian crusades to reclaim the Holy Land. But whatever way we

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The Edmund Rice Institute for Social Justice is based in Fremantle, Western Australia and is the flagship social justice institute in that state. It is also one of the more prominent ministries of the new Oceania province of the Christian Brothers. Its

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The things we often complain about are really our greatest blessings: What is worse than being too busy? Having nothing to do. What is more painful than having to give away something we own? Having nothing to give away. What is harder than being dragged out

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The formation and transmission of Catholic consciousness and commitment depend critically on three bases: home, school and parish. It really makes no sense to think that if home and school are without Catholic identity then a weekly visit to Sunday Mass can

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Zimbabwean government soldiers are hunting Catholic priests and lay leaders who voted against Robert Mugabe's ZANU PF party in recent national elections, reports say. Catholic priests are hiding for fear of their lives, because they are being hunted

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A court has placed a former Melbourne Catholic primary school teacher on the sex offenders' register after he downloaded child pornography to a school laptop. Frankston Magistrates Court has adjourned sentencing on Tyrone Jones, 32, formerly of

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Anglican Dean of Sydney Reverend Phillip Jensen has spoken out strongly against Catholic doctrine at the same time as defending government support for the upcoming World Youth Day event. In an article in The Sydney Morning Herald Phillip Jensen, the

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A sculpture of a crucified frog holding a mug of beer on display at a Bolzano museum has sparked outrage in Italy. ANSA reports that local clerics and politicians want the work removed. The one metre high work by late German artist Martin

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Cuba is to get its first new Catholic church in more than fifty years, a Maltese missionary priest says. Located in Cuba's Santa Clara region, the Santa Ana church which houses 100 people will be demolished for a bigger church to be built to take 600

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

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