Catholic Social Services Australia’s Executive Director Frank Quinlan, has called for a new approach to the mutual obligation policy which underpins current approaches to welfare payments. The mutual obligation debate has become increasingly

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More than half the recipients of red hats next month are from Europe, representing the Pope's concern with the ‘old' continent. And most of the new cardinals are young enough to carry Benedict's torch even if a conclave is not necessary for 15

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The 1996 assassination of Bishop Pierre Claverie of Algeria as part of the carnage created by the Islamic Salvation Front, a template for radical Islamic movements elsewhere. In that context, Claverie - whose cause for sainthood opened recently - could

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The TV series The Sopranos is brutally violent, riddled with foul language and often coarsely sexual. Yet the program is more sharply aware of Catholic morality than any other successful television series in recent years. - NZ Herald

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The Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) has said that if the ACT Legislative Assembly can support the conservation of frogs, it should also be able to support unborn babies. Last week, the ALC issued a election call supporting "conservation of both

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A new book discrediting Padre Pio as a saint, claims the Italian priest used acid to “create” the stigmata on his hand, feet and sides. The book - The Other Christ: Padre Pio and the Italy of the 19th Century which is due for release next

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Preparations for the biggest mass beatification are underway to honour 498 Catholics killed during the Spanish Civil War. Many of the victims of the bloody war were priests and nuns murdered by left-wing militias at the outbreak of the 1936-39

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Following Cardinal George Pell's reassertion this week of his skepticism towards climate change, The Climate Institute has renewed its call to Christian churches to sign an interfaith Call to Action directed towards the Federal

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Catholic Health Australia CEO Francis Sullivan said yesterday that both the Coalition and Labor must introduce a two fold voucher system to reduce waiting lists keep pressure off public hospitals. He was speaking after the release of the AMA’s

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Randwick Racecourse will host World Youth Day – an “inevitable” and disappointing outcome - Randwick Trainers Association has confirmed. The Trainers Association’s president Anthony Cummings said a

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If you ask pre-marriage educators Frank and Beatrice Doughty the recipe for a long and happy marriage they'll readily offer up some of the key ingredients: loving one another, being good friends, spending time together, affirming your partner and

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The reflections of Dorothy Day, an enduring influence on US Catholicism, suggest what that more might be. In her life, with its mixture of intellectual enquiry, hospitality to the poorest of people and protest against injustice, pacifism had a central

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The Vatican will support Iran’s nuclear energy program – as long as it serves a “peaceful purpose” an official has said. At an inter-religious gathering in Naples earlier this week, Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace

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The Christian Brothers' international Promoter of Eco-justice, Br Moy Hitchen, has told the congregation's provinces that they must measure the amount of carbon emissions produced by their activities, and pay to offset them. In a letter to Edmund

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Two Australians have been ordained as deacons in a special ceremony held at St Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Joined by 19 other young men from Australia and North America, James McCarthy, from the Archdiocese of Sydney, and the Nicholas Maurice, from

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Sydney Archbishop George Pell has come under attack from Anglican Bishop George Browning over his stance on climate change. Canberra Bishop George Browning, the Anglican Church's global environmental chief said Cardinal Pell was out of step with his

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The solution to the country’s ailing health system is simply a matter of money, Catholic Health Australia (CHA) believes. Mr Francis Sullivan, who heads Catholic Health said the Federal Government must take responsibility for hospitals and put

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Australia is in desperate need of a new Pentecost, Auxiliary bishop of Sydney Julian Porteous says, and World Youth Day is the perfect platform to make it come to fruition. Bishop Porteous believes this was the intention of Pope Benedict in asking

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Professor Franz Magnis-Suseno SJ, who lectures in philosophy at the Catholic University of Jakarta, says Muslims who are included in philosophical debate "see Islam in a different light.. We need people who can think critically and

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Dietrich Bonhoeffer once defined a blessing as "a visible, perceptible, effective, proximity of God." He is right, but what does that mean? To bless someone, literally, means to speak well of him or her. More deeply, that means to see

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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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