Holy See spokesman on ecumenical issues, Cardinal Walter Kasper, says that there is hope that Pope Benedict may meet Moscow Orthodox Patriarch Alexy II in what would be a groundbreaking meeting. The International Herald Tribune reports that the meeting

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A dismembered body discovered in a bag off the coast of Sri Lanka has been identified as that of Catholic priest Fr Jim Brown who disappeared last August during clashes between government troops and Tamil separatist rebels. The charity Aid to the

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A private members' bill that aims to compel pregnancy counselling services to disclose the fact that they will not refer clients for abortion has stalled after lobbying by Catholic agencies, reports say. The Age reports that the bill's sponsors -

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After five hours deliberation, a "visibly distressed" NT Supreme Court jury has found four protesters guilty of 14 charges over a protest at the involvement of the Pine Gap spy base in the Iraq war. The Australian reports that Christian

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In a letter to Perth Archbishop Barry Hickey, WA Parliament Speaker Fred Riebeling says he accepts that there was no intention to threaten MPs over their cloning vote but warns that "improper interference" cannot be allowed. The West

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Liturgy is the passion of Sr Carmel Pilcher, a "brown Josephite" and liturgical consultant who joined the Maitland-Newcastle diocesan community earlier this year. Sr Pilcher's arrival is timely given that decisions are being made about the most

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The Church teaches that it is never justifiable to kill an innocent human life. Abortion is murder. To selectively justify abortion, even in the cases of rape, is to define the innocent child within the womb as an enemy, a "thing" that must be

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Mystical whirling dervishes danced at the Vatican's Chancery Palace this week in a Holy See commemoration of the 800th anniversary of the Sufi poet Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi's birth. Zenit reports that the performance was organised by the Turkish Embassy

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In a wide ranging interview, Brazilian Dominican liberation theologian, Frei Betto, has slammed "vaticanisation" of the Church and held up Cuban strongman, Fidel Castro, as a model of the revolutionary "new man". In the interview

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Backing a refusal by Muslim, Christian and Jewish leaders to give national security tip offs to authorities, Melbourne Jesuit Fr Peter Norden says that no minister of religion can betray a confession without doing away with the profession. The

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Saying that cash is more effective than goods, St Vincent de Paul Society CEO, John Picot, has called for donations to a nationwide appeal by the charity for victims of the Newcastle region floods. The Society is asking for monetary donations only to

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Federal Education Minister Julie Bishop says that Catholic and independent schools have reason to be concerned about their funding under a Labor Government but Opposition Education spokesman Stephen Smith insists private schools will not miss out. The

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Amnesty International deputy secretary-general, Kate Gilmore, has accused the Catholic Church of misrepresenting the organisation's position on abortion after Holy See Justice and Peace Cardinal Renato Martino slammed Amnesty for "betraying its

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Women in drought

04-Jun-2007

In the last month or so, rural NSW has been blessed by rain - but not rain that fills bank accounts, fend off bank managers or replace livestock. It's easy to assume when we see those photographs of muddy rain dances with hats hurled high into the air

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In a week in which storms have wrought havoc in NSW and Bangladesh has been devastated by mudslides, one item has dominated the news. The big news has been Paris Hilton. We had, in quick succession, Paris in jail, Paris being excused on medical grounds,

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Seventeen-year-old South African girl Francesca Zackey is claiming to have received visions of Our Lady surrounded by bouquets of roses and pictures of the crucified Christ but church authorities remain cautious. PR Inside reports that hundreds of

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Spanish sisters who drank beer for 45 days straight as part of a medical research project are part of a growing trend to study nuns whose unique healthy, celibate lifestyle makes them ideal for such purposes. Every year hundreds of Catholic nuns are

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The Caritas Jerusalem medical centre in Gaza has closed owing to heavy clashes between Palestinian militias with snipers stationed throughout the area. In his first hand report, Dr Bandalay Sayegh, Caritas Jerusalem's Gaza Medical Centre Director,

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Latin American bishops have sent Pope Benedict the draft conclusions of their recent conference at Aparecida Brazil, retaining the traditional but still controversial "see, judge, act" format. The Pope received the document from the

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American forces have deployed Orion spy planes in the search for an Italian missionary priest kidnapped in the Philippines. The Australian reports that the US has deployed Orion spy planes and on-the-ground intelligence assistance as part of a

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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

Mass Online

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Live streamed from Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral, Waitara

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