Jean-Paul Sartre thought that 'hell is other people'. All Saints' Day, though, reminds us of another truth-that heaven is other people. For this feast is, among other things, a celebration of heaven. It's not so much a celebration of heaven as a place,

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The Vatican is unsure “theological dialogue” is possible with Muslims following a letter signed by 138 Islamic scholars calling for shared religious values. Vatican diplomat and president of the Pontifical Council for

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Plans have been unveiled for the Cathedral to replace the former building that was demolished after being extensively damaged by a tornado that ripped through Bunbury on 16 May 2005. Bishop Gerard J Holohan said the design of the new building is a

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The Archdiocese of Adelaide’s 'VS1' building in the city's Victoria Square is the first building in the country to be awarded the top six star green rating. The 10-storey building is being built by the Archdiocese on the corner of Victoria

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Pope Benedict will meet with Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah next Tuesday, a landmark first encounter. The Pope also plans to meet the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan spiritual leader, in December, Associated Press reported. The Vatican and Saudi Arabia

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Our secular age is schizophrenic, or better, deeply cross-pressured. People are not conscious of a need for religion, yet they are moved to know that there are dedicated believers, like Mother Teresa. - James McEvoy. Catholic Theological College,

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Students and young adults from across Sydney will celebrate Halloween in dramatic style tonight with a production of Saints Alive! at St Mary's Cathedral Crypt. While Halloween is usually associated with Trick or Treaters, a trio of actors will be

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A group of 15 youths from St Agnes Parish, Port Macquarie NSW, has returned from a ten day World Youth Day exchange to Tonga. The exchange was one of 10 groups that were all part of Catholic Mission's Youth Exchange program in preparation for 2008

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The Catholic faithful in Fiji is divided over the appointment of an Archbishop as co chair of the People's Council. Radio Australia reports that a delegation of the faithful has met with Archbishop Petero Mataca about his appointment. The interim

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Sr Anne Derwin, director of the Mary MacKillop Place Mission in North Sydney, has been elected Congregational Leader of the "Brown" Josephites in Australia. Sister Anne's appointment was announced at the General Chapter at the weekend. She

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Columban environmental scientist Fr Charles Rue has warned against climate change deniers who seek to sow doubt that leads to confusion. Fr Rue has released 'Climate Change and 2007 Federal Election - Mapping a Moral Response' on behalf of the

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Religion is not only refusing to die out in modern Australian life but there is "some real danger" of its revival and growth, says the Catholic Archbishop of Sydney, George Pell. Cardinal Pell was speaking at the Sydney Institute launch last

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Pope Benedict has urged pharmacists to refuse to supply drugs that cause abortion or euthanasia. Speaking to a convention of Catholic pharmacists, the Pope told the health professionals they must be "conscientious objectors" against

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Two years ago, Canberra Fr Frank Jones of Canberra was sent to help a poor parish in Ecuador, where he serves a community of about 60,000 people. Unable to pay the doctor, he was forced to close the medical centre and use his own background as a registered

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What is offensive?

29-Oct-2007

From time to time, there is controversy over the creation, or the display, or the giving of public subsidies, to art which is considered to be offensive to religious sensibilities. The textbook example in recent times has been Piss Christ, a photograph of

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A young Tasmanian is trekking around the world on a mission of unity. After selling his Land Rover and motorbike, 28-year-old Sam Clear embarked on a walk to help people find their spiritual side. "My focus is to invite people to pray for unity,

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Catholic Mission is to have its first ever lay National Director with the appointment of Mr Martin Teulan. Catholic Mission, the Australian arm of the Catholic Church’s global mission aid agency, is in a worldwide network known as the Pontifical

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Migrant chaplains and their pastoral associates from across Australia will gather for their Second National Conference this week, during which they will hear from both the Immigration Minister and the Shadow Minister. The two-day conference is

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The Vatican Newpaper’s new editor is hoping to promote an exchange of ideas by including news about Judaism, Islam and other Christian communities around the world. L'Osservatore Romano incoming editor chief Giovanni Maria Vian has replaced Mario

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Three Church of Ireland parishes have asked to be received into the Catholic Church - a move which could see more than 400,000 Anglicans become Catholics. The Catholic News Agency reported that the parishes are members of the traditional rite of the

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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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