Archaeologists from Jerusalem's Hebrew University say that they have finally located the long-missing tomb and the deliberately destroyed sarcophagus of King Herod the Great, who is blamed by tradition for the massacre of the Holy Innocents. Christian

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A Melbourne Mt Lilydale Mercy College student, Bonnie Anderson has won $250,000 on a Channel 7 talent show - despite being reduced to tears by unforgiving judge Red Symons. Star News Group reports that viewers across Australia recently voted the

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The Brazil and Latin America that Benedict XVI is visiting have undergone great political, religious and economic changes in this generation, which have had the accumulative effect of weakening the church's once unquestioned dominance. Brazil is still

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As a girl in Catholic school, Khadijah Rivera dreamed of becoming a nun despite the fact she feared Jesus. She was frightened by her church's bloodied statue of Christ nailed to the cross and was plagued with fear when receiving communion. Years later,

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Speaking to reporters on his way to Brazil, Pope Benedict has backed Mexican bishops who have threatened excommunication for parliamentarians who voted to legalise abortion in Mexico City. The Age reports that the Pope was responding to a reporter's

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National Catholic Education Commission chair, Msgr Tom Doyle, has welcomed Treasurer Peter Costello's budget focus on the needs of the most disadvantaged students and commended the doubling of English language tuition assistance. "A quality

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Cardinals from the Holy See's Congregation for the Saints have voted to recognise the "heroic virtues" of Pius XII, opening the way for Pope Benedict to declare the controversial World War II pope "venerable". Catholic News reports

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Our Lady Queen of Angels Church in Los Angeles has joined a Hollywood Lutheran Church in announcing that they will offer sanctuary to undocumented immigrants under threat of deportation. The International Herald Tribune reports churches in five big US

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The Czech Republic's first post-communist president, Vaclav Havel, has backed a call by other former communist-era dissidents for the release of Fr Nguyen Van Ly, the pro-democracy priest sentenced to eight years prison in Vietnam for disseminating

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A Catholic member of Poland's Parliament, Artur Zawisza, is proposing a ban on miniskirts as part of a campaign against "enticement to sex". Der Spiegel reports that Mr Zawisza has announced plans for a bill that would ban miniskirts and

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Today Religious may seem to be a dying breed. Certainly, there are only half the numbers of thirty years ago, and the average age is high. Changing conditions in the Western world and within the Church have forced all Catholic Religious to consider who

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Jose Ramos-Horta, who yesterday appeared headed for a landslide victory in East Timor's presidential election, is a Nobel laureate who rose to prominence promoting his nation's right to independence during 24 years in exile. A Catholic, Ramos-Horta is

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Development agency Caritas yesterday joined the nation's Catholic bishops in a call to Cricket Australia to cancel this year's tour of Zimbabwe. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the 42 bishops, meeting in Sydney this week, claimed a boycott

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Catholic reactions to Tuesday's Budget continue with Caritas Australia welcoming an increase in overseas aid programs but local charity Vinnies says that the budget fails to address the needs of "rent-poor" Australians. In a statement,

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As part of a campaign to stop violence against women, Amnesty International's board is calling for abortion to be decriminalised globally but US bishops say that the new policy will compromise its previously excellent human rights

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Sydney Life Office officer, Dr Brigid McKenna, says that a new Victorian law legalising cloning of stem cells is "gravely unjust" and will create a "laboratory sub-class" of human beings. Dr McKenna said that the new Victorian law

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As Brazil's bishops announce a bid to host World Youth Day in 2011, Holy See nuncio Archbishop Ambrose De Paoli has challenged the Australian church to give opportunities to young people to share the impact that the experience has had on

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The leaders of Iraq's Catholic communities, Assyrian Church Patriarch Mar Dinka IV and Babylon Patriarch Emmanuel Delly say that Christians are facing persecution from Al-Qaeda insurgents and accuse Iraq's government of failing to protect them. DNA

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With the 2008 election cycle in the United States already well underway, a burning question-mark hovers over the Democratic Party in its attempt to build on its 2006 success in Congress and to recapture the White House: can it "get" religion?

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June Norman is not some radical, dreadlocked ratbag, although she has been arrested for her protesting. She is a woman with five children and seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, from a conservative background who has simply decided to live

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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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