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With the UN review Conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty underway, the United Nations website carries a rich array of news, archival information and this subjdect, and also many issues of social and political interest. http://www.un.org/en/

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Bishop Peter Ingham --- The Federation of Catholic Bishops Conferences of Oceania will meet in Sydney from May 10-14, gathering prelates from more than a dozen countries around the region. The event, held once every four years in

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An unrelated photo, illustrating of a "laying of hands" ceremony --- A foreign-trained priest who laid a mentally and physically disabled girl on an altar during a West Australian mass at the weekend and ordered her to walk has raised a

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Catholic schools have received no new funding in Victoria's budget, despite educating almost a quarter of the state's students on less money per student than government schools. Catholic Education director in Melbourne, Stephen Elder, said Victoria's

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At the age of 15 Peter Hitchens burned his Bible, leaving the Holy Book a “disagreeable, half-charred mess” and the teenager with a sense of anti-climax. It was his “year zero”, and he went on to develop, throughout his late teens and 20s, the typical

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Michael Haneke, Director of Hidden (2005), brings another extraordinary movie to the screen. This movie won the Palme d’Or at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, and like all of Haneke’s films, it presents us with seemingly innocuous appearances that hide

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The Pontifical Swiss Guards have had a controversial history. As they prepare to swear in 30 new recruits, this site provides detailed information about the tradition they will inherit and live up to.

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The Queensland Catholic Education Commission has launched a revised policy statement on Catholic schooling in rural and remote areas. QCEC executive director Mike Byrne said the policy articulated a commitment to Queenslanders living in isolated areas

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St Vincent de Paul will hold its annual Matthew Talbot Homeless Services Race Day this month to raise funds for its refuge centre that helps middle-aged and older women, mainly abuse victims.All proceeds raised on the big day, on May 22, will go to expanding

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Kevin Humphreys --- A funeral service will be held today for former Australian Rugby League chairman Kevin Humphreys at the All Hallows Catholic Church in Five Dock. The Mass will start at noon followed by a private cremation, reports

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Hans Küng --- Vatican critic Hans Küng has warned against "condemning the church and its priests wholesale" over clerical sex abuse and dismissed as nonsense claims that Pope Benedict has been "the worst" pontiff "for centuries". "It

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Archbishop Joseph Mitsuaki Takami of Nagasaki has met with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon to appeal for the abolition of nuclear weapons and handed in a joint statement from himself and the Bishop of Hiroshima. Welcoming the archbishop on the

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German canonist Hartmut Zapp says he will sue the Vatican in his battle against the church tax that is deducted from the salaries of all employed German Christians. Zapp, a retired canon law professor from Freiburg, was taken to court by Germany's

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If the Tories get up in the UK general election tghis weekend, Tony Abbott ought to take this as a sign that he should be running toward - not away from - his Catholicism, writes Scott Stephens. Since taking over the Liberal leadership in December last year,

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Lutheran church in Hermannsburg, NT --- Word is spreading in in Hermannsburg, west of Alice Springs, that an Aboriginal woman said she was cured from an illness some momnths ago after drinking from a tap next to the site of the old Lutheran

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The crisis in Greece shows that a new treaty is needed to protect the euro currency, said Vatican economists.Professors from the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences at a special plenary session "addressed the recent package of relief measures, as well

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Thousands of pilgrims have set off on foot from Lisbon toward Fatima, in central Portugal, where Pope Benedict XVI is expected to arrive in a week. "Several thousands of people are already en route because, at a rate of 30 kilometres per day,

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I heard a joke the other day about a pious soul who dies, goes to heaven, and gains an audience with the Virgin Mary, writes Nicholas Kristof in the New York Times. The visitor asks Mary why, for all her blessings, she always appears in paintings as a bit

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At the end of the 1990s British film dirfector Michael Whyte put a note in the letterbox of the Carmelite monastery at Notting Hill in London asking if he could make a film about the Sisters there. The reply, a few weeks later, was cryptic: it was an

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Geza Vermes, arguably the greatest “Jesus” scholar of the 20th century, was born into an assimilated Hungarian Jewish family in 1924. At the age of seven he was baptised into the Roman Catholic Church. He lost both his parents in the Holocaust, joined the

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