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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Catholic Social Services has welcomed news that Centacare agencies will be involved in ten new Family Relationship Centres but Greens Senator Rachel Siewert says she is "concerned" at the Government's award of 25 contracts to "faith-based

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A senior Pakistani government official has indicated that the country's harsh blasphemy laws, which Christians and rights groups say are used by Muslims to oppress minorities, will be modified after the forthcoming national elections. The Pakistan Daily

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Often feeling pent up in his papal apartment, John Paul II secretly skipped town for over 100 skiing trips in the Italian mountains but - dressed in jacket, beret and sunglasses - was rarely recognised, according to new revelations by his former

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Many religious and irreligious want the same things when it comes to improving the conditions of life for their fellow human beings. Religious conviction does not make a person morally superior. It doesn't even make a person moral. What does, funnily

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Crowds are flocking to the Vatican, not to get a papal blessing or see the Sistine Chapel, but to snap up bargains at the winter sale at the Holy See's department store. As Rome's post-Christmas sale season gets under way, the Vatican store is offering some

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Lamenting the "painful" condition of many migrants, refugees and exiles, Pope Benedict calls for recognition of the difficulties of migrant families and concrete measures to favour their legal immigration and to keep families united. Pope

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"The church is not afraid of the truth, even if that is a difficult, shameful truth, and it sometimes hurts," Poland's bishops said in a letter announcing the establishment of a special commission to investigate links of all the country's bishops

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Saddam Hussein was in the "front rank of evildoers", Sydney Archbishop George Pell said in his newspaper column yesterday, adding that although the Church opposes capital punishment he did not weep for the executed Iraqi dictator. In his weekly

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Although dismissing claims that the Vatican was negligent in failing to protect children entrusted to clergy, a US judge has allowed plaintiffs in a sex abuse action to pursue a claim that Holy See officials should have warned the public about priests

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Bendigo Catholics are up in arms over rumoured proposals to move the altar from the sanctuary and remove the altar rails at the regional Victorian city's Sacred Heart Cathedral but a spokesperson says that renovation plans are still at the consultation

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A school in South East England has banned a 13-year-old Catholic girl from wearing a crucifix necklace in class because it breaches health and safety rules, according to teachers. News.com.au reports that Samantha Devine, a 13-year-old Roman Catholic, was

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In May, Benedict XVI will travel to Brazil to attend the Fifth General Conference of Latin American and Caribbean Bishops. In doing so, he will be visiting a continent in which Christianity is in a state of flux. It is a continent in which politicians are

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According to a new study commissioned by the Australian bishops, Catholics disconnected from Mass attendance and other parish life believe the Church is out of touch with the world today and is not relevant to their own lives. I am sure if we conduct a

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Suggestions that Centacare should be excluded from involvement in providing pregnancy counselling are misguided and could ironically lead to an "anti-choice" outcome, Catholic Social Services Chairman Fr Joe Caddy says. Writing in this week's

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The number of state registry weddings is rising and church weddings are declining in parallel with the rate of religious participation, a Melbourne Christian think tank researcher says. According to a Melbourne Age report, Dr Phillip Hughes, senior

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Sunshine Coast priest, Fr John Dobson, says that an attempted Federal Government ban on a controversial book offering tips on self-help euthanasia is not likely to stop those who want to commit suicide. "People that will look for that, will look for

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With a plan to rewrite Ecuador's constitution, former Catholic social worker Rafael Correa was yesterday sworn in as the country's new president, the latest in Latin America's line of left-wing political leaders. The Guardian reports that the charismatic

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Against overwhelming odds, the Catholic Church in northern Sudan is continuing to grow, a local bishop says, with the Sudanese capital now boasting 121 priests ministering to 900,000 Christians. Aid to the Church in Need reports that the figures, which

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A new Italian magazine has a hit on its hands with the runaway success of electronic audio cards bearing the image and voice of Pope John II while a dealer is auctioning on eBay a car that the late Pontiff rode during a 1979 US trip. ANSA reports that the

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