A psychologist formerly employed by the Australasian St John of God brothers has called for the order to be closed down, accusing it of being in a state of denial over abuse allegations. Stuff.co.nz reports that former complaints manager for the

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Marrickville Council in Sydney's inner west has ratified a controversial plan to form a sister city relationship with the biblical birthplace of Jesus, Bethlehem, but Jewish groups are concerned over the city's alleged Hamas links. The Age reports

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If there was a redeeming aspect to the whole Abu Ghraib affair, it was in the thoroughness and the passion of the Army's initial investigation, led by Major General Antonio Taguba. The General's investigation found "sadistic, blatant, and wanton

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Tsunamis, earthquakes, poverty, drought, starvation, corruption. These are the times when aid is usually in the news. Recently, however, the Australian media has posed questions about the real purpose of aid. International development agencies such as

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After a court found it was not liable in a sexual abuse case, the Oblates of Mary Immaculate order in Canada's British Columbia province are suing the law firm who successfully defended them - and billed them for over $8 million. The Globe and

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Citing a DNA analysis, Sri Lankan authorities have refuted claims that a corpse discovered allegedly in an army bag was that of disappeared priest Fr Jim Brown. In a report on its website, the Sri Lankan Ministry of Defence notes that Ausralian

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Saying the church "needs priests, not politicians" and "evangelists, not economists", Holy See nuncio to Poland Archbishop Jozef Kowalczyk has called on the clergy to stop preaching politicised homilies and not to turn liturgies into

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With a "clear mandate" for change, Zimbabwe-born Briton Lesley Anne Knight is taking over the reins as newly elected Secretary General of Catholic relief and development federation, Caritas Internationalis. The Tablet reports that Ms Knight

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Sydney Cardinal George Pell and NSW Green MP Lee Rhiannon continued to trade blows yesterday as James Haire from the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture defended the right of religions to involve themselves in politics. The

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A school and convent in a Gaza Catholic compound were ransacked before being torched as fears rise among Christians over their future in the Hamas-ruled territory. The school and convent were ransacked, burned and looted during clashes around a major

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When a Vatican-led team of art restorers started scrubbing what was underneath centuries of soot and grime caked on the ceiling and walls of a major shrine in Rome, they made a spectacular discovery. A whole pictorial series of brilliantly coloured,

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Authorised by the Holy See in 2002 "ad experimentum" for a period of five years, the current statutes of the Neocatechumenal Way expire later this month. It will be interesting to see what variations will be contained in the new statutes as

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Claiming inspiration from Sr Helen Prejean's book on capital punishment, Dead Man Walking, a Texas death row prisoner has organised a joke contest in which he will read the winning entry as his last words before his execution in just over a

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Staff at Whitefriars College in Melbourne's east are reported to be shocked over the arrests of four former students who have been charged with drug trafficking allegedly as part of a Tony Mokbel-directed gang. The Herald-Sun reports that the group

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Commenting on reports that unemployed people are having their benefits withheld for weeks because of Centrelink staff shortages, Catholic Social Services chief Frank Quinlan says that the government should dump its breaching policy if it cannot be

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On a pilgrimage to St Francis of Assisi's birthplace, Pope Benedict has issued a "pressing appeal" for an end to armed conflicts in the Middle East, while in the NT Supreme Court four Pine Gap anti-war protesters have avoided jail after being

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Msgr Peter Elliott and Salesian Fr Timothy Costelloe were ordained on Friday at St Patrick's Cathedral as bishops for Melbourne's southern and northern regions. News.com.au reports that Pope Benedict XVI announced the appointment of the bishops in Rome

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Reacting to a Greens-initiated investigation by the NSW parliamentary privileges committee into his comments on stem cell cloning, Sydney Cardinal George Pell has described the inquiry as a "clumsy attempt" to curb free speech with a

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She once tore up a picture of Pope John Paul II and, some years later, was ordained as Mother Bernadette Marie by a breakaway Catholic sect. Opprobrium stuck to Sinead O'Connor like a nylon chasuble. But next month, the singer will have the chattering

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The Cold War rhetoric heard in the run-up to the recent G8 summit, as President Vladimir Putin tried to block the planned deployment of US missile defences in Poland and the Czech Republic, may have been intended primarily for domestic Russian consumption.

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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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