British Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor and an international group of bishops have challenged Group of Eight leaders to redouble their aid efforts for Africa. Independent Catholic News reports that Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor (pictured), the President of

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Pope Benedict has asked for prayers for his upcoming trip to Brazil beginning next week with a battle over abortion expected to figure on the pontiff's agenda. The International Herald Tribune reports that the pope will make his first pilgrimage to

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Mercy Sisters owned media agency Fraynework has taken out a series of prizes at a leading international interactive media awards competition. The Horizon Interactive Awards, a leading international interactive media awards competition, announced the

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The Australian Catholic University has won a $423,000 contract from the Australian Government's AusAID program to train educational leaders from South East Asia and East Timor. An ACU statement says that a total of 11 current and aspiring leaders

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A Catholic-linked hospital in Kumamoto, south-western Japan, is testing the country's first baby hatch where mothers can anonymously drop off newborn babies. The Age reports that Jikei Hospital has built an incubator-like hatch with access from the

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Nuns, priests and a seminarian have joined a group of Catholic farmers in southern Java, Indonesia, to promote organic food crops and assist the farmers to commercialise their products. UCA News reports that nine nuns, two priests and a seminarian

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In Federal Parliament last year, Senator John Faulkner argued there was once a minority religion in Australia that threatened the fabric of our society, whose members bred faster than the rest of "us" and whose poor and uneducated were taught

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In the 1980s, I bought my first house, a fibre cottage situated on the Woronora River in Sydney's Sutherland Shire. The Woronora River is better known for the site of the Lucas Heights Nuclear Reactor than its delicious rock oysters, leaping mullet and

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Christians, Muslims and Jews have come together for a "landmark" Middle East peace congress organised by Australia's bishops - but controversial Sheik Taj el-Din al Hilaly was not invited. Key people from the three major Abrahamic traditions

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Head of emergency at Sydney's St Vincent's Hospital, Dr Gordian Fuldem, has praised a $150 million Federal Government plan to combat the "ice" crystal methamphetamine epidemic. The Federal Government's pledge to tackle the epidemic

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Speaking to the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, Pope Benedict has identified the environment as well as respect for human dignity and recognition of spiritual values as three major challenges for humanity today. In a message to the Pontifical

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Caritas New Zealand has come out in support of a "third way" amendment to a controversial parliamentary bill on physical punishment of children that seeks to outlaw most cases of spanking. Scoop reports that Caritas CEO Michael Smith said

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Well known Jesuit social commentator Fr Frank Brennan is seriously ill in a Sydney hospital after accompanying a group of high school students to Papua New Guinea for a Kokoda Track trek. The Jesuit online newsletter Province Express reports that Fr

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Peasant farmers in Mexico are crediting a Mexican Robin Hood, who was hanged in 1909 and has become known as the patron saint of narcotics traffickers, for their bumper crop prices. Catholic News Service reports that Miguel Angel Salazar and his

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Anyone who has ventured into the Catholic blogosphere recently is aware that speculation about a motu proprio - a document under the pope's personal authority - on the pre-Vatican II Mass has been at a fever pitch for months. In part, the frenzy

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Like many Anzacs that Belgian morning, Lieutenant Leo Corrigan, of Waverley, NSW, was almost certainly soaked from the waist down before he set off. Corrigan bumbled into the bog, his rosary beads nestled in a tunic pocket. We don't know how far he had

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In a long-awaited document published on Friday, the Vatican says that the traditional view of limbo as the destiny of those who die unbaptised is based on an "unduly restrictive view of salvation" and that God "wants all human beings to be

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NSW racehorse trainers claim that the two-day World Youth Day event with Pope Benedict at Randwick racecourse next year will cost them up to $12 million in relocation expenses. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the racecourse is expected to be

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In a submission to the Government's Fair Pay Commission, the Church's industrial relations body has called for the minimum wage to be increased by $27 a week so that an average family will achieve "an acceptable standard of

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China's top state-appointed Bishop Michael Fu Tieshan of Beijing who was never recognised by the Holy See has died at the age of 75, leaving China's most important episcopal see vacant as Pope Benedict prepares to publish a letter to Chinese

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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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