In my view, our private schools are examples of state-sponsored segregation and state-sponsored separatism. We are seeing in these private schools the increasing segregation by race, ethnicity, class, and religion. It was interesting that after the London

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Pope John Paul II's former secretary has revealed that the late pontiff seriously contemplated resigning because of ill health as news emerges that that three miracles credited to his intercession are on the verge of being accredited. Times Online reports

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Leaders of the Chinese government-recognised and unofficial Catholic communities have welcomed initiatives announced by the Holy See over the weekend including the formation of a permanent Vatican commission on China. According to UCA News, the initiatives

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A former Christian brother yesterday pleaded guilty to five counts of abuse involving three boys at a Perth Catholic college more than 20 years ago, while denying charges involving a fourth boy. ABC News reports that 56-year-old Graeme James Down admitted

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Western Australian Minister for the South West, Mark McGowan, yesterday presented a cheque for $2.5 million to Bunbury Bishop Gerard Holohan for the rebuilding of the city's tornado-devastated Cathedral precinct. According to a statement published on

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France's equivalent of Mother Teresa, a priest known as Abbe Pierre who was a member of the French Resistance during World War II and who became famous for his campaign against homelessness, will be buried with national honours after his death yesterday at

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A Vatican soccer dream team to be selected from the best players in a 16 team soccer league made up of seminarians, clergy and lay men studying in Rome to debut next month may play against top Italian football clubs. Times Online reports that the prospects

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Because Italian Cardinal Camillo Ruini is in charge of "the pope's backyard," his actions carry an emblematic weight that few others can rival. His comments at this week's meeting of the Permanent Council of the Italian Bishops' Conference are thus worth

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In 1949, the future Pope was a misspelled name in the reports sent to the secret police by a turncoat priest in the Krakow curia. But they would get to know him very well over the next forty years, until the death of the regime, while his life was bugged,

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Former Milan Cardinal Carlo Martini has weighed in on the Italian euthanasia debate in favour of a right to refuse treatment following the case of a man who was denied a Church funeral because he had asked to be removed from a life-saving

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Withdrawing welfare payments was not the way to help people into jobs, Catholic Social Services director, Francis Quinlan, said after reports emerged of a four-months pregnant unemployed woman whose welfare payments were cut off for eight weeks for breaching

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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

22-Jan-2007

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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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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