Days after the Holy See launched a new bid to reconcile a longstanding dispute with China's government, Nguyen Tan Dung will tomorrow make the first visit by a Vietnamese Prime Minister to the Vatican. Vietnam TV announced that Prime Minister Dung's

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The British Church's adoption services may be forced to close down if new gay rights laws required Catholic agencies to provide services that contradict Church teaching, Westminster Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor told the British Government. Cardinal

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Marist brothers are "dreaming" of a Marist International Festival on the theme "Pilgrimage of the Heart" that the community plans to hold in Sydney in the lead up to World Youth Day. Marist Ministries reports that Marists from around

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An Italian historian claims to have definitively identified the grave of Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa on the basis of information contained in a 16th century "Book of the Dead" newly discovered in a Florence church archive. Discovery News

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In the Middle Ages, the Christian calendar began to mention a Saint "Josaphat" or "Iodasaph." Historians now acknowledge that these references in Latin documents are garbled forms of "Bodhisattva" - that is, Gautama the

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Nun's the word

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Vocations to female contemplative orders in Italy are booming, according to the Italian bishops' conference. The Vatican's Cardinal Franc Rode believes convents offer what is lacking in much of modern, secular society. In a general sense, he said, it

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Pope Benedict has slammed violent or sexually explicit video games and films targetting young children, a day after he offered support to an Italian project which aims to take toy guns out of children's hands. Associated Press reports that Pope Benedict

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Welcoming news that charges against Guantanamo prisoner David Hicks may be downgraded, Australian Catholic Social Justice Council chief, Bishop Christopher Saunders says that respect for natural justice should lead prosecutors to drop all charges against

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Saying that Australia's democracy took centuries to overcome racism and civil war, Suva Archbishop Petero Mataca says that criticism by Fiji's neighbours of the recent coup is "condescending and a throwback to colonial times". In a statement made

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Catholic Social Services has welcomed news that Centacare agencies will be involved in ten new Family Relationship Centres but Greens Senator Rachel Siewert says she is "concerned" at the Government's award of 25 contracts to "faith-based

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A senior Pakistani government official has indicated that the country's harsh blasphemy laws, which Christians and rights groups say are used by Muslims to oppress minorities, will be modified after the forthcoming national elections. The Pakistan Daily

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Often feeling pent up in his papal apartment, John Paul II secretly skipped town for over 100 skiing trips in the Italian mountains but - dressed in jacket, beret and sunglasses - was rarely recognised, according to new revelations by his former

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Many religious and irreligious want the same things when it comes to improving the conditions of life for their fellow human beings. Religious conviction does not make a person morally superior. It doesn't even make a person moral. What does, funnily

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Crowds are flocking to the Vatican, not to get a papal blessing or see the Sistine Chapel, but to snap up bargains at the winter sale at the Holy See's department store. As Rome's post-Christmas sale season gets under way, the Vatican store is offering some

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Lamenting the "painful" condition of many migrants, refugees and exiles, Pope Benedict calls for recognition of the difficulties of migrant families and concrete measures to favour their legal immigration and to keep families united. Pope

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"The church is not afraid of the truth, even if that is a difficult, shameful truth, and it sometimes hurts," Poland's bishops said in a letter announcing the establishment of a special commission to investigate links of all the country's bishops

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Saddam Hussein was in the "front rank of evildoers", Sydney Archbishop George Pell said in his newspaper column yesterday, adding that although the Church opposes capital punishment he did not weep for the executed Iraqi dictator. In his weekly

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Although dismissing claims that the Vatican was negligent in failing to protect children entrusted to clergy, a US judge has allowed plaintiffs in a sex abuse action to pursue a claim that Holy See officials should have warned the public about priests

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Bendigo Catholics are up in arms over rumoured proposals to move the altar from the sanctuary and remove the altar rails at the regional Victorian city's Sacred Heart Cathedral but a spokesperson says that renovation plans are still at the consultation

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A school in South East England has banned a 13-year-old Catholic girl from wearing a crucifix necklace in class because it breaches health and safety rules, according to teachers. News.com.au reports that Samantha Devine, a 13-year-old Roman Catholic, was

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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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