An outspoken Polish critic of the communist regime, Fr Tadeusz Isakowicz-Zaleski, was attacked twice in 1985 by communist agents. Twenty years on, Fr Zaleski has finally been allowed to view the secret files compiled about him by the state. "The shock

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An Iraqi bishop has warned that Iraq is moving towards a terrible division with the US doing nothing to stop it as a spokesman for the American bishops calls on his government to end troop deployment in the country "at the earliest

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The official Vatican newspaper has described as "cruel justice" the hangings in Baghdad of Saddam's henchmen, Barzan Ibrahim and Awad Hamed al-Bandar, as the Vatican reiterates its opposition to the death penalty. "Following Saddam Hussein's

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Scottish church leaders have condemned a local program handing out over 1,000 free condoms per week to children under the age of 16, saying that it makes sex as easy as having a pizza. A total of 53,638 free condoms were issued to 13 to 15 year olds in

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A Nigerian bishop has issued a pastoral letter warning his flock that it is their "sacred duty" to vote in the upcoming national elections and those failing to register will not be allowed to receive holy communion. Bishop Francis Okobo, who

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Parramatta diocesan priest Fr Les Campion will tomorrow bless 83 roses - one for each person killed in Sydney's Granville rail disaster 30 years ago - to be thrown in a ceremony from the local railway bridge onto the tracks. The Sydney Morning Herald

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The Pope's always-elegant personal secretary, Msgr "Gorgeous Georg" Gaenswein, is the inspiration behind the clerical black jackets and priestly white shirts in Donatella Versace's latest men's fashion show, the Italian designer says. "I was

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Except on occasion of grave illness, my father never missed Sunday Mass in his entire life. One wife, one family, one profession, one religious faith, one house, his sons at the same school as him: a life as unfashionable in its limits and commitments as

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The fortunes of war brought Francis Tran to Australia in 1987, a refugee from Vietnam with no friends or family in Australia and no English, setting him on the usual route of such newcomers: four months in a migrant hostel followed by hard labour at the

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Warning that warring Palestinian factions could trigger a civil war, Christian church leaders in Jerusalem are urging an end to the violence and offering to play a mediating role between Hamas and Fatah. The pledge was made in a statement by 13 church

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Speaking at his Wednesday general audience, Pope Benedict called for Christians and Jews to respect and appreciate each other and to cooperate for justice and peace in the world. The International Herald Tribune says that the Pope, who visited a synagogue

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Most hospitals in Australia do not offer IVF services, says Sydney Bishop Anthony Fisher, and criticisms of Catholic hospitals for not doing so are a bit of a "beat-up". Bishop Fisher was commenting on the decision of Little Company of Mary (LCM)

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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has accused Archbishop Roberto Luckert of lying following criticisms of his leadership style, saying that he would meet the Bishops Conference vice-president in hell because "he is not going to heaven". Archbishop

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The Catholic Social Justice Group of Manly parish on Sydney's North Shore is campaigning on behalf of a Muslim Pakistani who has lived in Australia for 19 years but who faces deportation after a visa mix-up. The Catholic Weekly reports that Muhammad

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Former German World Cup winning captain, Franz Beckenbauer, has returned to the Catholic faith after a meeting with Pope Benedict that he describes as the "most important experience of his life". Catholic World News reports that Beckenbauer, who

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Over the last few weeks Catholic hospitals have been the target of disgruntled doctors and misguided politicians. The upshot has been yet another round of "anti-Catholic" bashing and the projection of an erroneous perception that Catholic health

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Before the ferry anchored, a Trappist monk with a long, white beard was already waving from the pier. Fr Nicholaus Kao Se-tsean then greeted each person as the visitors landed. An hour-long journey by boat had brought them from downtown Hong Kong to an

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Top officials from Holy See agencies are meeting today with leaders of the Catholic Church in China to discuss challenges for the Church in the world's most populous country, including unity of the official and unrecognised churches. AsiaNews reports that

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Toowoomba diocese social justice coordinator, Dr Mark Copland, has welcomed an about-face by Tamworth Regional Council over an earlier decision to refuse to relocate Sudanese refugee families to the north-western NSW centre. ABC News reports that

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With drought now affecting 93 per cent of NSW, the St Vincent de Paul Society has launched an urgent appeal for drought victims who face stress and "are also feeling the knock-on effects of the drought." The NSW branch of the Society has set up

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From St Mary’s, North Sydney. The first Mass of the day on YouTube

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