Polluting the environment, drug pushing and genetic manipulation have been added to the list of mortal sins. Reuters reports head of the Apostolic Penitentiary - the Vatican body which oversees confessions and plenary indulgence - Bishop Archbishop

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Many people assume that biofuels must be a good thing because they help the world to combat global warming and reduce dependence on oil from politically unstable regions. Both of those assumptions are incorrect. The present use of biofuels does not even

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A Marist Brother who molested eight students at a Sydney school in the 1970s has been jailed for a minimum of 18 months. The Age reports Ross Francis Murrin, 52, was 18 when he was appointed a teacher at the Marist Brothers' school Daceyville, in

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An Irish nun has been awarded more than $14,000 in compensation for age discrimination by a Catholic College. The Independent reports Sr Mary Loye told the court she was "shocked and very upset" when she heard the Mary Immaculate College

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Festivities for Ireland's and perhaps Australia's favourite saint will be pushed forward this year so as not to disrupt Holy Week. The Age reports the Church will be marking St Patrick's day this Friday - March 14 - instead of on Monday, March

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I'm a traditionalist when it comes to weddings. But this idea really hit a chord with me. First, it's a nice touch on the wedding day. Second, it's a visual symbol of your commitment and marriage bonds in your house, every day. Third, it's a life-preserver

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With director Richard Attenborough at 83, we are not expecting an avant garde film. No, this is old-fashioned film-making which appeals to older audiences and those with a romantic vein. Closing the Ring boasts a good cast, a chance to see Shirley

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A confidential survey has revealed white students are leaving public schools to attend Catholic and private institutions to avoid studying with Aboriginal, Muslim and Asian pupils. The Sydney Morning Herald reports a confidential survey of school

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NZ Catholic website is an online companion to New Zealand's national Catholic newspaper, NZ Catholic, though as it points out it is not an online version of the print edition. Most of the content of the website does not appear in print and most of the

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The Bishops of the Eastern Catholic Churches in Australia and New Zealand have met in a show of unity among churches. Frs Peter Stasiuk (Ukrainian), Issam Darwish (Melkite), Ad Abikaram (Maronite) Gabriel Kassab (Chaldean) and Zakaria Gayed

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Australia's new Apostolic Nuncio has arrived in Canberra after a brief stop in Sydney. Archbishop Giuseppe Lazzarotto, who arrived in Sydney last Tuesday, March 4, welcomed by the Chargé d'Affaires of the Apostolic Nunciature, Msgr Jude Thaddeus

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On May 1, it will be ‘Angel Wings’ that will raise up Fr John Fowles from Thurgoona parish in the Diocese of Wagga Wagga, on a charity flight around Australia to raise money for East Timor. The project aims to raise a sum of $1 million to

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Two World Youth Day programs will get a plug across Sydney parishes on Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday in an effort to spread the word about the rapidly approaching event. WYD08 organisers are hoping to recruit as many people as they can for the two major

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Medieval cathedrals did more than simply inspire awe. They acted as superb resonating spaces to enhance the power of the liturgy and the human voice. In fact, sacred spaces from many traditions have acted in just this way. Our 'architectural instruments'

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The newly revised list of the seven deadly sins is indeed an announcement that makes everyone step back and consider our moral actions in terms of a much larger global perspective. Maybe this new listing of the seven “new” and improved deadly

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H2onews is a Catholic news service on a worldwide scale that creates and distributes multimedia news on a daily basis in eight languages. The news focuses on the life of the Church and on social and cultural events that directly pertain to Catholics living

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A new provincial leader has been elected for the Redemptorists for Australia and New Zealand. Fr Paul Bird CSsR, who is editor of the family magazine The Majellan, was elected to the role at the order's retreat and conference centre in Galong,

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Just under 50 people in India have gone blind after staring at the sun hoping to see an image of the Virgin Mary. The Telegraph reports alarmed health authorities in India's Kottayam district have set up a sign dispelling rumours of a miraculous image

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Relations between China and the Vatican will not improve until its citizens have religious freedom, the Archbishop of Taipei says. The China Post reports Archbishop John Shan-chuan Hung, who is currently in Rome for the meeting of a study committee on

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Grave concerns have been expressed by an Iraqi archbishop that kidnapped Chaldean Catholic Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho of Mosul is sick, injured or has been killed. Catholic Online reports nothing has been heard from Archbishop Rahho since he was

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Mass on Demand

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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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