Pope Benedict has formally rejected the resignation submitted by Hong Kong's Cardinal Joseph Zen after the combative prelate turned 75 and asked him to keep working to improve relations between China and the Holy See. The International Herald

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A Muslim militant from Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, was yesterday sentenced to twenty years in prison for masterminding the beheading murder of three Christian girls. Hasanuddin, 34, who goes by a single name, along with co-conspirators

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Sydney-based Uniya Jesuit Social Justice Centre, established in 1989, will close in May after the research institute's board concluded that it would not be sustainable over the long term. In a public announcement yesterday, the Australian Jesuit

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Christian groups are up in arms over a decision by Queensland's Gold Coast Hospital to turn its Christian chapel into a multifaith "reflection room" but Southport's parish priest, Fr Peter Pillon, is backing the decision. According to the

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Two former students from Marist College, Burnie have alleged in Launceston Criminal Court that Gregory Laurence Ferguson, then a teacher at the college, abused them in the early 1970s. Ferguson is charged with committing sex crimes against the two

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Saying that faith "carries us through", flamboyant boxing promoter Don King, who once managed Muhammad Ali, yesterday presented a green and gold boxing belt to Pope Benedict following the pontiff's General Audience in St Peter's

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I must admit I found it very hard to celebrate International Women's Day this year. I have three daughters and I see how vulnerable they are to messages about sexuality and body image. Many gains have been made by the women's movement. But at some

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When Santo Santoro arrived at a Young Liberals meeting three decades ago, his reputation as a hard worker preceded him. Unlike colleagues including Alexander Downer, Santoro was not a born-to-rule Liberal with a plummy accent and a silver spoon in his

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Zimbabwe's Archbishop Pius Ncube has said he is "ready to face bullets" in joining an anti-government street protest as Australian Embassy staff intervene to help a beaten activist flee the Mugabe regime. New Zimbabwe reports that the

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With NSW moving to parliamentary elections this weekend, the Council of Churches has revealed that only five state politicians bothered to answer a questionnaire on key social issues. In the 12 question survey commissioned last month by the NSW

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Christian fellowships are now active in most Chinese universities, resulting in a "Christian explosion" that has "reshaped the religious landscape" in the communist country, a British academic has found. "Today it is an open

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Two weeks after Brazilian President Lula da Silva signed an "alliance" with the US to promote ethanol-producing crops, Brazil's Catholic Farmers Pastoral has slammed the deal for enriching landowners at the expense of landless peasants. The

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Trooper Joshua Porter, who died when his Black Hawk helicopter crashed into the sea off Fiji late last year, has finally been farewelled in a Catholic funeral at Toukley on NSW's Central Coast. Porter and Captain Mark Bingley were killed on 29

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Recalling claims that "Jesus spirit" ended a SARS outbreak in 2003, a Filipino sister has called on global warming to stop "in Jesus' name". UCA News reports that Sr Raquel Reodica of the Religious of the Virgin Mary has prayed

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Muslims won't help their cause if they always claim they are victims and ignore or ridicule the fears, real or exaggerated, of majority Australia. But Melbourne Sheik Mohammed Omran is right in pointing out that we, the majority, have work to do too.

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Only the good die young, they say, and this was a plane full of both the good and the young. Liz O'Neill had worked with refugees before joining the Department of Foreign Affairs, where she looked after families and journalists in the ghastly aftermath

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Repentance is the most effective way to change oneself and society, Pope Benedict said yesterday, in a Lenten warning that true conversion is the only path to conquering evil and death. Catholic News Agency reports that Pope Benedict's Sunday talk

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The diocese of Rome has completed its examination of the life and virtues of Pope John Paul II in the first step of the process towards canonisation of the late pontiff. Cardinal Camillo Ruini, Vicar General for the diocese, announced on

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Fifty per cent of all patients in medical and tuberculosis wards in Port Moresby are admitted due to AIDS, the Papua New Guinea National Catholic AIDS Office says, as fears grow that the disease could kill millions in Australia's northern

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A Tasmanian child abuse campaigner, Walter Tusyn, has called for the State Government to investigate alleged abuse of hundreds of girls at Church-operated commercial laundries in the years after World War II. ABC Regional News quotes Tusyn, a former

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