When they hurl the word "Yank" and poke fun at her northwest Ohio accent, Kristina Keneally knows that election-year mudslinging has reached another low point. A 1987 graduate of Notre Dame Academy in Toledo, Mrs Keneally, 38, is the first

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Over a decade ago, then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger laid out with crystal clarity what he saw as the greatest doctrinal threat of the day: a confluence of what he described as "the a-religious and practical relativism of Europe and America" with

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Cardinal Nicholas Cheong Jin-suk's car has been pelted with eggs by local residents living near a Seoul church. UCA News reports that the action is a protest against his intention to build a "charnel house" for the cremated remains of

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The Vatican has announced the excommunication of certain members of a Canadian sect called the Army of Mary. Catholic News Service reports that the group's teachings have been deemed dangerous and erroneous by church authorities. The Vatican's

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he Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith is investigating a book on inter-religious dialogue by Vietnamese-American priest, Fr Peter Phan of Georgetown University. The National Catholic Reporter reports that the US Bishops are also investigating

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The Bishops Conference has published a new booklet setting out answers to frequently asked questions about divorce. The Bishops new easy-to-read booklet outlines the Church's teaching and offers access to pastoral care and support. The booklet is

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A program for young mums in the western NSW town of Bourke has been recognised as "most innovative" at this week's Catholic Social Services annual awards. It is a work of Centacare in the Wilcannia-Forbes Diocese. The program won the Norma

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Caritas Australia has assessors in earthquake-hit Indonesia, determining what response may be required. But early reports from its partners in Sumatra suggest yesterday's earthquake has not had the impact initially feared. The 8.4-magnitude quake off

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Arturo Mari officially handed in a resignation three years ago, but the longtime papal photographer said his "superiors wouldn't let me leave." The photographer of the Vatican's L'Osservatore Romano retired in May after having served during six

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A decade ago I met a 74-year-old nun in Romania who taught me the difference between manners and social goodness - and the real thing. Sr Mary Rose Christy was the closest thing to a saint I have ever met. But it is not because she was particularly kind

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Philippine bishops have called on Catholics to accept the fate of former president and actor Joseph Estrada. UCA News reports that Estrada has been convicted on corruption charges and faces 20 to 40 years jail. Soon after a broadcast message

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He was credited with pioneering Australia's modern art boom almost singlehandedly. During a lifetime handling tens of thousands of art works, Dwyer became renowned as one of the most knowledgeable - and trustworthy - experts in the country. The Age

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A Chinese Catholic man living in Australia is to be deported to face trial on kidnap and murder charges in China. The Herald-Sun reports that he is currently recovering in a Sydney hospital after swallowing razor blades. Refugee advocates claim there

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Austrian and European Jewish leaders asked Pope Benedict to use his moral authority to prevent Iran from developing the capacity to produce nuclear weapons. The plea was included in a letter the pope received during a recent three-day visit to the

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Canberra Auxiliary Bishop Pat Power has warned that compliance burdens imposed by the government, and even the church, could put at risk the many people "who fall between the cracks". On Tuesday he gave the McCosker Oration at the annual

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Outspoken Zimbabwean Archbishop Pius Ncube has vowed not to be silenced by President Mugabe's "wicked" regime. He resigned on Tuesday after being implicated in an adultery scandal that he says was fabricated by the regime. The 60 year old

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It was the earthiness of Pope John XXIII which appealed to so many people, Catholics and non-Catholics alike. Is there a danger in today's climate with so many demands of compliance from government and even church that we become so "professional"

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In an especially moving passage from his recent speech in Vienna, Pope Benedict XVI said, "It should be everyone's concern to ensure that the day will never come when only its stones speak of Christianity." By now this has become the consistent

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The trial of a former Tasmanian priest on charges of abusing a student nearly 40 years ago was yesterday aborted. The Age reports that this occurred after an outburst in Launceston Supreme Court by a witness. 70 year old Gregory Ferguson has pleaded

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A Catholic Health Australia survey has found that people who rent their homes are three times more likely than home owners to postpone visiting a doctor for reasons of cost. The Sydney Morning Herald reports on Catholic Health's highlighting of

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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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