It made sense for Malta's Prime Minister to start his Australian visit in Fremantle, the port city where so many Maltese children were unloaded like cargo for a life of 20th-century slavery. He did well to acknowledge the unimaginable misery of those

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A petition addressed to Australia's bishops has called for an acknowledgment that the Church is facing a "major crisis in ministry" and urges bishops to move on the ordination of married men, the reintegration of former priests and discussion

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A new series of arrests of underground Catholic priests and blocking of activities by Chinese authorities appear to indicate a hardening of the government's position following Pope Benedict's letter to Catholics in China, a local source

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f he marries his Canadian Catholic fiancee, Queen Elizabeth II's grandson Peter Phillips may be disqualified from succession to the British Crown by a law which bars the monarch and heirs to the throne from marrying a Catholic. The Times Online reports

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As Mehmet Ali Agca prepares to publish a book claiming to tell the "full truth" about his attempt to kill John Paul II, a Bulgarian airline official accused of involvement in the plot has been found dead in Sofia. Catholic World

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Bishops' conference President Archbishop Philip Wilson says that the forthcoming public debate, which he will attend, between Prime Minister John Howard and Opposition leader Kevin Rudd will be a great opportunity for them to hear the public policy

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Describing him as an irredeemable optimist who would have admired the iceberg that sank the Titanic, Jesuit Bishop Greg O'Kelly has ordained a fellow Jesuit, Sacha Bermudez-Goldman to the priesthood. It was Bishop O'Kelly's first ordination to the

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Robert Kubica, whose car was totally destroyed in a 230km per hour crash at the Canadian Grand Prix, may have enjoyed a "miraculous" escape owing to the intervention of John Paul II whose name emblazons the Formula 1 driver's helmet, Polish

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Addressing a meeting of Philippines Catholic bishops, World Health Organisation official Dr Shigeru Omi said that priests and ministers could play an effective role in reducing infant mortality by promoting breastfeeding among their

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About twelve current Polish bishops had ties to Poland's communist era secret police, a special bishops commission has concluded, but file documents failed to show the scope or intensity of any cooperation by the bishops with security services. The

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Horse trainers at Sydney's Randwick racecourse claim that disruption caused by World Youth Day preparations could "send some people broke if compensation is not worked out in a fair and reasonable manner". The Australian reports that

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Announcing a Pauline Year to commemorate the 2000th anniversary of the birth of the Apostle of the Gentiles, Pope Benedict emphasised the ecumenical dimensions of the event, saying that St Paul "spent himself for the unity and harmony of all

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Stating that more detail is needed on how hospital waiting lists would be reduced under sweeping health care reforms proposed by the Opposition, Catholic Health Australia head Francis Sullivan says that Labor's new policy is a "good start but surely

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The first Sunday of July has been mandated by the Australian bishops as National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday. The first thing that must be said is that special intentions such as this are not liturgical events. The possibilities for

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Many in the West and in Muslim-majority states believe a functioning democracy requires a strict separation between state and religion - the latter regarded as a purely private matter. Functioning democracies, however, have introduced a range of

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The life of an Indian nun who was stabbed to death by a contract killer for her work with landless labourers inspired a "paradigm shift" in her Franciscan Clarist congregation as well as a surge of vocations. UCA News reports that the killer

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Announcing that the Federal Government will provide funds to almost 1,400 schools to employ chaplains, Prime Minister John Howard said that a further $25 million will be allocated to the scheme. "The overwhelming majority of schools made a strong

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US Chaldean Catholic Bishop Ibrahim B Ibrahim has called for a withdrawal of troops from Iraq saying that local factions are killing each other not because they are Sunni or Shiite but because they are with or against the Americans. "Let the

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St Paul turns 2000

25-Jun-2007

Pope Benedict is to declare a Year of St Paul in honour of the 2000th anniversary of the apostle's birth, Rome sources say. Independent Catholic News reports that Pope Benedict will make the announcement from the Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls

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British bishops say that human-animal hybrid embryos or "chimeras" conceived in the laboratory should be regarded as humans having a right to life while Pope Benedict yesterday backed adult stem cell research as an alternative to embryo

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Mass on Demand

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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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