A book by an Italian-Israeli historian who claims there is a factual basis for medieval allegations of ritual murder of Christians has drawn fire from Jewish and Catholic scholars. The just published book by Ariel Toaff, who is also son of Elio

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Warning that witchcraft is real and is destroying the Catholic Church in Africa, scholars from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa say that many African priests fear witchcraft or are ignorant of their power to confront the devil. The Catholic

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Sydney priest Fr Paul Hilder is looking for the crest of a World War II US naval destroyer that saved the lives of 627 Australian sailors for display in a church honouring friendship between the US and Australia. Catholic News Service reports that Fr

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Guided only by the secular press over the last 30 years, many young men could have come to believe that priests in general are unhappy in their vocation and resentful of their celibacy. We priests need to show by word and example that we are in fact

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The Pope has long-held and passionate convictions about liturgy, sketched in many of his books. In his understanding, the rites, both of East and West, belong first of all to the whole Church. The different families of rites structure the ways in which

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Praising volunteering as a "school of life", Pope Benedict has warned against allowing the experience to degenerate into "simple activism". Catholic News Agency reports that Pope Benedict made his comments in an address to

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The Portuguese government says it will go ahead with plans to legalise abortions in the predominantly Catholic country even though a weekend referendum on the issue failed to attract the quorum required for a binding vote. The Age reports that

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A capable non-profit "third sector" is necessary if Australia is to achieve economic resilience, social inclusion and stronger, more confident communities, according to Jesuit Fr Michael Kelly. According to an announcement from the

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The parish priest of St Florentina on Rapu Rapu island in the central Philippines has condemned the re-opening of an Australian-owned mine on the island after the government lifted a 15-month suspension of operations owing to earlier tailing

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Archbishop Raymond Roussin of Vancouver, Canada, will direct Catholic institutions to terminate their contracts with a mobile phone company which has introduced a service offering pornographic photos and videos available through its network. Catholic

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At least 11 students at a Toronto Catholic school have been suspended for cyber-bullying after posting comments on the internet about the school's principal who had enforced a ban on electronic devices on the school campus. Toronto's City

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Recent years have witnessed a growth in religious fundamentalism throughout the world. Regrettably similar trends are also taking roots in our own Church. The large majority of Catholics are liberal, thinking and practising their faith. Unfortunately

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Long road to justice for Japan's WWII "comfort women" In 1942, Jan O'Herne's nightmare began. She was captured by the Japanese in Java and was forced into sexual slavery as a ''comfort woman'' for the soldiers. Mrs O'Herne never told her friends

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Issuing a call for reconciliation between faith and science, the president of the Vatican's science and social science academies, Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, has identified three key "areas of conflict" between the two domains. Catholic

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Welcoming an agreement announced in Beijing yesterday for North Korea to wind down its nuclear program in exchange for fuel relief, Seoul Cardinal Nicholas Cheong Jinsuk said the deal had "averted a catastrophe of unimaginable

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Africa and Asia now account for over 20 per cent of Catholics in the world, according to figures just released by the Holy See, while overall the Church is keeping pace with the rate of population growth around the world. The Catholic Information

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A Victorian jury yesterday found a church music director and Australian Catholic University student not guilty of bashing his obsessive mother to death with a hammer but guilty of manslaughter. The Age reports that Simon Alan Randall, 27, gasped,

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The Society of St Vincent de Paul will next month open an innovative budget grocery store as part of a neighbourhood renewal project in the Victorian Ballarat suburb of Wendouree West. According to the ABC's Encounter program, the non-profit

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While the UK Church advises people to pray to the Archangel Raphael - the patron saint of "happy meetings" - to find love, Australia's bishops in their Valentine's Day message say that sex is good and love is sacred. The UK

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Reasonable people can debate whether Pope Pius's strategic decision to avoid an explicit, public condemnation of Nazism to saving lives was the correct one. But it takes a certain bias, contradicted by many facts, to conclude that this decision was

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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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