Organisers of Pope Benedict's upcoming visit to Brazil are making him a throne of recyclable materials while a Italian shoe manufacturers have given the pontiff 15,000 pairs of shoes for the poor plus a kangaroo hide pair for

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We read recently of the Brisbane woman who flew to India to receive injections of embryonic stem cells into her spinal injury. It is one of the unhappier jobs of a doctor to tell a patient he or she is a victim of false hope. But somebody has to do it,

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I was interested to read about research carried out by the University of NSW which shows that the human brain processes and retains more information if it is digested in either its verbal or written form, but not both at the same time. What, you may

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In its annual message to the world's Buddhists as they celebrate their Feast of Vesakh, the Vatican says that interreligious harmony is possible even in areas ravaged by war, starting with peace education in "ordinary homes". The statement

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Women activists have expressed concerns over the Government's 24-hour pregnancy helpline which will store recorded conversations between callers and counsellors for seven years. The Brisbane Times reports women's health activists are concerned the

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Griffith Mayor Dino Zappacosta has hit out at Fr Chris Riley of Youth off the Streets, which was launched in the NSW city at the weekend, over his alleged failure to involve the council in addressing youth violence issues. The ABC reports that Fr

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The head of Nigeria's bishops conference, Archbishop Felix Alaba Adeosin Job, has joined human rights groups in denouncing the recent violence-marred presidential elections. Angola Press reports that the US-based rights watchdog Human Rights Watch

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Opposition leader Kevin Rudd's star recruit and former journalist, Maxine McKew, has launched a new book on Elizabeth McQuoin, the pioneering Mercy nun who helped found a congregation in Sydney. Ms McKew, a former Mercy student from All Hallows

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A fashion frenzy hit the streets of Liverpool in south western Sydney on Monday when the local Vinnies store's $10 bag clothing sale began. The Liverpool Champion reports that customers rushed into the store to grab a bargain, buying a large plastic

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There are very strong reasons why Benedict's attendance at the upcoming Brazil meeting will enter into South American history, just as did - for other reasons - two of the continental meetings that preceded it: the one in Medellin, Colombia in 1968,

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Much of opposition leader Kevin Rudd's youth has been well documented. But one aspect of his life he likes to gloss over is the two years he spent boarding at one of Brisbane's elite Catholic boys schools after his father died, perhaps because it was

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In a renewed attack against federal industrial relations laws, Parramatta Bishop Kevin Manning says that "the Government has canonised the economy" through WorkChoices, as Broome Bishop Christopher Saunders releases a statement to mark the

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In a letter to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Pope Benedict has called for "the rapid, total and unconditional cancellation" of the debt of the world's poorest countries. The Khaleej Times reports that the pontiff also called for

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Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace head, Cardinal Renato Martino says that everyone needs to be concerned about climate change, not just scientists. The International Herald Tribune reports that Cardinal Martino made the comments following a

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An Indonesian priest has called for compensation for thousands of villagers who have lost their homes and livelihoods after an explosion at a part Australian-owned gas pipeline triggered a huge mudflow. UCA News reports that Lela Saiwina tried to tell

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A Sydney woman, Ms Viviana Hood, has been appointed as the new CEO of parish and school supplies giant, Church Resources. The appointment was announced by Mr Tom O'Brien, Chairman of the Board of Management of Church Resources. "Ms Hood as been

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A planned bullet-train tunnel will pass within two metres of the wall of the Sagrada Familia cathedral designed by Antonio Gaudi, threatening the Barcelona landmark, engineers fear. The Age reports that the chief architect working on the Sagrada

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The recent scandal over the bullying allegedly caught on mobile camera at Melbourne's Xavier College seems to surprise some people: this is after all a prominent private school noted for its religious affiliations. But those who are surprised forget

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If the danger of the John XXIII and Paul VI era was throwing the baby out with the bathwater, the chief risk in today's politics of identity cuts in the opposite direction, towards rigidity and exaggerated defensiveness - a sort of "Taliban

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As Germans and other pilgrims flocked to the Vatican to pay tribute to Pope Benedict as he turns 80, the pontiff has thanked God's "divine mercy" for sustaining him in his "weakness". The UK Telegraph reports that faithful from

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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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